New York — Mack Molding Inc. is looking to the future with a new head of business development.
After three years with the company, Jonathan Whitney has been promoted to director of business development, the custom injection molder announced in June at the MD&M East show in New York.
“Since he arrived at Mack, Jon has played a significant role in shaping our diverse customer base,” said Joan Magrath, sales and engineering vice president for Arlington,Vt.-based Mack, at the show. “He came to us with great depth of knowledge in plastics and medical devices, as well as contract manufacturing. That breadth, coupled with Jon's business and technical strengths, helped drive growth in several key markets. Jon is a valuable contributor and this promotion highlights his talents and the strategic insight he will provide as we look to target new industries and technologies.”
Whitney joined Mack in 2013 as a business development manager for the New England region.
“What's nice about my position is that I get to see a lot of where the industry is going, look for new technologies. Mack is really open to making investments into having the latest and greatest technology which is a differentiator vs. other companies,” Whitney said. “Mack is always looking to figure out where we should go next, to plan ahead, and that's something from a business standpoint is a big advantage.”
The company is always looks internally to see where the company can grow and “expand our borders without jumping too far outside them at the same time,” either with internal growth or smart acquisition, he said, citing the Mack's 2015 $2 million clean room expansion project to take on single-use disposable medical device business as an example.
“An investment was made in something that was a little bit different from what we had historically done. Now we can offer that to customers across the board,” he said. “Mack really thinks through what kind of work it brings in. We want to make sure we're always a good fit, a good match … it's a marriage, you're literally working side-by-side and I think that's something we do pretty well.”
Family-owned Mack Molding employs about 1,200 in six plants across the United States, producing molded plastic components and assemblies for diverse industries ranging from medical to electronics to consumer markets, with about 40 percent of the company's sales for medical products, including orthopedic disposables and enclosures. It also makes metal parts and offers design, prototyping and other secondary services.
Whitney holds an MBA from Babson College, a master's in engineering management from Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Before joining Mack in 2013, he was a senior project manager for the design, development and commercialization of cardiovascular devices at Abiomed. Whitney has also worked at Gyrus ACMI and Raytheon with a background in product development and project management.