Naples, Fla. — Mack Molding Co. is getting serious about finding talent.
“We had to create our own process,” Mack executive Bryan Campbell said at the 2016 Plastics News Executive Forum, Feb. 15-17 in Naples, Fla. “We can't recruit our way out of the gap.”
Mack is a custom injection molder based in Arlington, Vt. Campbell is president of the firm's Southern Division. He joined Mack in 2008 and has held his current position since 2015.
The Northeast U.S. “has quality schools, but their students are drawn to sexier tech jobs or to Wall Street,” Campbell said. Colleges in the Southeast U.S. do a better job of preparing they type of talent that Mack needs, he added.
In recent years, Mack has increased its commitment to local communities.
“We want people in the area to think of Mack Molding,” Campbell said. “We need to engage tomorrow's talent early. It's never too early to recruit.”
With this goal in mind, Mack has hosted events and tours for middle school and high school students and has had some events for students as young as kindergarten. The firm also has changed its internship process to more defined projects.
“We want the right person for the right job,” Campbell said.
One recent human resources intern ran a fitness program that drew many Mack employees.
“We need to engage employees in the business community and in their personal lives,” Campbell explained. “We attempt to build a foundation in everything we do.”