Plastics Business

Welcome Ian Gjertson

Gjertson-IanIan Gjertson is the newest member of the MAPP team. Gjertson will assist with the benchmarking program. After spending nearly a decade working in customer service, Ian knows how to best connect with people and drive conversations to create meaningful outcomes.

Ian has worked in aerospace and diecast car manufacturing, assisting with sales, customer service, accounting, quality, shipping, production and engineering. Although Ian is new to the plastics processing industry, he has completed six Routsis Training modules on injection molding and has toured several injection molding facilities.

Ian graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Master of Science in Management in August 2020. He was granted the Top MSM Scholar award for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout the two-year program. Additionally, Ian obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He also is certified in Lean Six Sigma (White Belt) and Project Management Essentials through the Management & Strategy Institute.

2021 EHS Summit

ehs-summitThe Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies. This one-of-a-kind learning and networking conference will focus on uniting manufacturing executives from across the United States. Attendees will focus on best practices in environment, health and safety, along with becoming a better leader.

This Summit promises to provide high-level safety professionals with implementable ideas they can take back to their facilities to improve their operations and achieve world-class safety. The event features:

  • The Safety Ninja: Regina McMichael, The Learning Company
  • Peer Networking 
  • Understanding Your Environmental Responsibilities: Salvatore Caccavale, Tilcon 
  • From the Legal Perspective – PPE and Vaccinations in the Workplace: Nelva Smith and Bill Wahoff, Steptoe-Johnson
  • Mill Safety Panel 
  • How to Establish an Emergency Action Plan: Scott Lowry, StrataSite
  • How to Conduct a Cyber Risk Assessment: Duane Dunston, Champlain College
  • Federal OSHA Standards and the Biden Administration: Peter Kirsanow, Benesch
  • The Looming Safety Crisis – Mental Health in the Workplace: Laurence Pearlman, Marsh Risk Consulting
  • EHS Safety Awards 

MAPP Welcomes New Members

MAPP is proud to welcome the following plastics organizations into the MAPP network from Q1: 

Westmed – Tucson, Arizona

Champion Plastics, Inc. – Auburn Hills, Michigan

Zacros America – Newark, Delaware

Spa Manufacturers – Clearwater, Florida

Advanced Plastiform, Inc. – Zebulon, North Carolina

Westfall-Technik – Las Vegas, Nevada

Tunda Innovations – White Bear Lake, Minnesota

PCS Company – Fraser, Michigan

Fortify – Boston, Massachusetts

Amesbury Truth – Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Rapid Robotics, Inc. – San Francisco, California

W-L Molding of Michigan, LLC – Portage, Michigan

Mikrotech, LLC – Kenosha, Wisconsin

Harbor Industrial Corp. – Conneaut, Ohio

MAPP Building Leaders of Character Program

Brought to You by MAPP and Thayer Leadership Program at West Point

LeadershipTrainingThis program is an immersive and interactive experience designed exclusively for MAPP, led by retired General Officers and faculty who reveal their leadership lessons learned from West Point and the US Army. This comprehensive leadership program builds leaders of character. Attendees will engage in academic sessions and interactive experiences among a cohort of plastics executives from varying backgrounds. The experience includes an assortment of applied academic classroom modules, interactive experiential sessions, mentoring with expert faculty, networking time with other participants and inspirational speakers. Attendees will:

  • Discover tactics to improve the trait of holding people accountable
  • Learn proven methods to develop and maintain trust
  • Uncover the power of providing immediate feedback
  • Understand ways to align teams to meet company objectives
  • Find new techniques to improve communications
  • Acquire new skills in organizational improvement via the use of after action reviews

Who: Mid- to senior-level leaders, across the plastics industry, who want proven, practical tools to be a more effective leader

Registration: Limited to 35 participants 

Programming will take place in sessions throughout the year. Stay tuned to the MAPP website for registration details.