Project Manager – Machining
Diverse opportunities to grow
I work with a lot of creative people here who are willing to tackle complex parts, and collectively, we don’t ever give up on finding solutions. Every day brings new, fun projects that we get to work on. And even when change might seem a little stressful at first, with a lot of good people around, it ends up being a lot of fun.
Sr. Sales Executive
Turning a job into a career
A career worth pursuing
When MMD leadership came to my high school and talked to my CAD class about pursuing a career in manufacturing, I was immediately intrigued. When I started tech school, I had no clue of the magnitude of the journey I had begun. Upon graduation, I was hired by MMD as a mold maker apprentice. I immediately benefited from MMD’s willingness to fuel my voracious appetite for knowledge. Learning every day, over the next decade I worked as a mold maker, mold designer, and eventually as a mold design manager. This gave me a sound technical background to thoroughly understand our offerings. As the company grew, I continued to serve in a variety of roles, including estimating and project management. Having direct contact with customers, I learned how to communicate our value and listen to their needs. After twenty years, MMD backed up its belief in my abilities, entrusting me with the position of VP – Industrial. The company has been a fantastic fit for me because it has been as eager to help me learn the business as I’ve been to learn it, giving me the necessary education that goes far beyond schooling. Today, I enjoy being part of the leadership team that not only guides the business but also personally invests in the development of others just like me.
Earning trust, gaining responsibility
And that’s another thing about working at MMD – the people. You’re not treated like a number here. Owners walk around, know your name and say “hi.” It really makes a difference when you can enjoy going to work every day and get along with everyone in the company.
MMD has invested in training for me, and I’ve been given numerous chances to continue my career growth here. I’m not sure many other companies do that. It’s been a really great fit for me since Day 1.
Supporting a career path
That goes for training, too. The company has paid for me to get trained and certified so that I can continue offer more to the company while gaining more responsibility and trust. I love that the CEO of the company knows who I am, I know everyone at the company, and we all work together to continually contribute to our success. I can’t believe I’ve ended up in this role after just three years, especially when I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be a great move to apply at MMD.
Endless opportunities for everyone
Having started as an apprentice mold builder in 1997, I’ve been a part of a lot of change – both at the company and in my career. It’s been exciting to be a part of MMD’s evolution from strictly mold building to sampling some of our own molds to eventually adding precision machining. Plus, I’ve been able to jump around the company to pursue different opportunities I was interested in – from mold building to machining to supervision.
It’s very important to understand that if you come to MMD and are willing to put in the effort, grow with the company, and have an open mind, the opportunities are pretty endless here. When you show the ability and drive, people will definitely acknowledge it, and provide the coaching and training to make you successful.
Rewarded for your efforts
Over the years, many position changes have been offered to me – into places that needed my help. Each time, I’ve been willing to go wherever they ask me to go. Once I help turn things around, they let me move on to somewhere else that needs my help. I’ve never been at a company where I’ve gotten this kind of support.
At MMD, they trust their employees, and if you prove you’re willing to grow with the company, the opportunities for growth, for movement, for expanding – climbing up the ladder – and additional training and education – will all come your way.
Experts all around to make me look good
At the very least, this is an exciting, fast-paced environment, running different parts and tackling different challenges every single day – it’s an exciting place to work. But it’s even more than that. I know I’m going to face issues throughout the day, but with so much knowledge in this building, through collaboration and constant problem solving, we accomplish so much more than we would on our own, or in some other type of environment.
Now that I’m in management, I deal with social, political and sales issues between people in our building, other buildings and with customers, on a regular basis, and just because someone’s opinion is different, it’s not wrong. Everyone respects what you have to say. That’s what I like most about working here – the people. And we make pretty cool products, too. The way we’re set up here – it’s this perfect mesh for success.
A place you can be heard
What I have enjoyed most about working at MMD has been the ability to choose my own career path. They ask you what you want to do in the company, how you want to grow and give you the options to pursue the positions you want. And they really hear you and back it up. They encourage you to branch out and look at any training options that might help in your career, and then make sure you get it. Basically, I really like the people that I work with on a daily basis. We’ve all been here for a while and enjoy the culture that we’ve helped build over the years.
Line Lead – Medical
Building a foundation of knowledge
Mostly, I enjoy being appreciated for the work that I do at MMD. They respect you and treat you fairly, and invest in you as a person. Over time, I continue learning about the Medical Molding industry – doing setups, paperwork and making sure things got done on time. These are skills that I can use throughout my career. The knowledge, constant learning and on-the-job experience you receive at MMD will help you pursue anything you want in a career in manufacturing. I have never second-guessed my decision to work here.