The Sustained Excellence award is offered exclusively to previous Processor of the Year winners. Mack Molding, in Arlington, Vt., won the 2006 award.
The family-owned company celebrated its 100th birthday during the pandemic year of 2020. Mack initially planned a huge party for March 17 of that year but had to reschedule until October after Vermont officials banned large gatherings.
Nevertheless, Mack stayed open and pumped up its manufacturing to record levels. It ended up having one of its best years ever thanks to the key role it played in producing a wide variety of critically needed products.
2020 also marked another milestone: Third-generation family owner and CEO Don Kendall III handed over the reins of parent company Mack Group to the fourth generation, Will Kendall.
Sustained Excellence winners are judged on three criteria: financial excellence, one extraordinary new development since winning Processor of the Year, and one key person who has remained at the company and plays a key role. Mack easily has all three — in fact, it is highlighting three key people.
Back in 2006, Mack had sales of $277 million and employed 1,850 people. Today it has sales of about $600 million and more than 3,000 employees.
Much of that growth happened under the leadership of three key managers: President Jeff Somple, who has been with Mack for 35 years; Vice President of Sales and Engineering Joan Magrath, who has been with the company for 36 years; and Vice President of Procurement Marc Colety, who retired in late 2023 after 27 years at Mack.
Under their leadership, Mack has reinvented itself, launched a medical products group, established clean room molding and finishing operations, and acquired Synectic Product Development in 2013. That acquisition strengthened Mack's ability to provide product design and development services, completing the company's vertically integrated manufacturing strategy that takes customers' programs from concept to production.
Mack has also continued to be a community partner, establishing an approach to sustainable manufacturing that made the company an Environmental Leader and green business partner in the state of Vermont.
The Kendall family and Mack have also been key supporters of health care, most notably donating $5 million to expand the emergency department and renovate Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
PN will profile Mack Molding on March 25.