Mack makes major investments in local operations

This new machining center was part of a capital investment by Mack at its Arlington plant.

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ARLINGTON - Mack Molding has announced a capital investment worth well over $1 million in new production equipment at its Arlington headquarters.

The custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services continues to experience heightened commercial activity, and the new equipment is geared toward meeting current needs and future opportunities, according to a company statement.

Mack works with 617 full-time employees in its Arlington, East Arlington and Cavendish facilities.

Across all Mack divisions, Mack Group's total sales were $371 million in 2017.

"We are seeing a significant wave of new product development, the most in a decade," said Jeff Somple, president of Mack. "From robots to 3-D printers to new medical devices, our customers have put their confidence in Mack's manufacturing expertise and the experience of our team. With the tax laws making it easier to facilitate these types of investments the time was right to commission the tools we need to ensure success for Mack and our customers."

The largest pieces of equipment were recently delivered to Mack's headquarters in Arlington, including a new, fully automated laser for sheet metal fabrication and two computerized machining centers.

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These build on previous additions Mack made in 2017 that expanded the specialty materials and thickness of gauges that can be handled while increasing the

capacity to meet customers' milling and turning demands. Each investment also benefits the company's business model of bringing value to customers through a full suite of vertically integrated services.

A new laser is used for automated sheet metal fabrication at Mack Molding's headquarters in Arlington.

"While the new laser and machining centers represent our most visible investments, we have seized the opportunity to make a number of improvements at all our Vermont facilities to meet our day-to-day operational needs," Somple noted. "When you consider we have been hiring new talent across the organization as well, it is an exciting time for our business."

Mack Molding specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately-owned business that operates 11 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is CEO and chairman.

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