Brian Anderson Sr. can be viewed as a study in contrasts.
In junior college in California, he played the punishing position of middle linebacker albeit at 192 pounds. (“I couldn't keep the weight on.”)
After school, he entered big business. He was was a CPA working for major accounting firms PriceWaterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand before buying his first company (Myers Electric) at age 28.
Today, he's a confused deal junkie who also believes strongly in organic growth.
Call him what you like, the self-described Type A owner of Molded Devices Inc. has immersed himself in the plastics industry since buying into the sector with a small acquisition in 1998.
So, why plastics?
“I knew at a young age I wanted to do my own thing,” said the 58-year-old Anderson. “I love manufacturing. I like things. It's concrete and from a selfish business standpoint, you're able to leverage people from a lower wage. You can't really do that in the service sector. I've found manufacturing easier to scale. When I hear noise out of the backroom, I like it.”