An Oregon project manager is nearing the end of a 51-year career in plastics with a few opinions.
At the rate resin suppliers are raising the cost of resin, they will price themselves out of the industry, said Jim Stump, who works at Hillsboro injection molder R&D Plastics LLC.
As for opportunities in the [plastics] industry, start at the bottom and learn everything possible, he advises.
Born and raised in Portland, Ore., Stump got his start in plastics in April 1959 at Grant & Roth Plastics Inc., then in Portland, for $1.50 per hour.
I was working in a wheat warehouse at $2 per hour, he said. There was no future, and there was too much dust.
Subsequently, he worked at Oregon firms Industrial Plastics Inc., Quality Plastics Co. Inc. and Modcom Inc. Since 1998, he's been with R&D in Hillsboro.
Jim certainly has seen a lot of change, said R&D President Rod Roth, who said Stump has spent the last half of his career in a project manager's role.
While planning retirement, Stump intends to keep working until a break in the real estate market allows him and his wife, Raye, to sell their home in Manning, Ore., and move to an acre of land they own in the central Oregon outback, where Stump plans to put up a manufactured home, a pole building for my toysand spend time lots of time fishing and hunting.
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