Mount Vernon, Ind. — Before Robert Carpenter arrived at Infinity Plastics Group, the company did not regularly share information with employees.
Carpenter, however, changed the culture at this injection molder when he arrived in 2005 as president and CEO. Now, monthly staff meetings for all are the norm. And workers who participate in a company profit-sharing plan can easily view bulletin boards in the lunchroom that track progress on finances, safety, scrap parts and more.
In fact, Carpenter says the folks on the shop floor have access to a lot of the information his six-member board of directors sees at the privately owned company.
“It's not just technical information [at the monthly meetings],” Carpenter said. “They kind of get to know the people [on Infinity's executive team].”
Mount Vernon sits just west of Evansville in what locals argue is the heart of the U.S. plastics industry. Larger players in this sector dot the landscape. But Infinity, led by Carpenter's team, has carved out what he calls a middle niche serving mostly automotive customers.