Opportunities Abound for Women in Manufacturing

Opportunities Abound for Women in Manufacturing

Sure, 50 or even 25 years ago, seeing a female worker in a manufacturing plant was an anomoly.

Today, however, there’s no limit to what women can do in the ever-growing manufacturing field. It’s all a matter of being prepared, said Tracie Roberts, vice president of Montville Plastics, at a recent Geauga Economic Leadership breakfast.

Along with two other women in manufacturing leadership positions, Roberts explained that women with and without college degrees can make an impact. Younger women can begin in high school by pursuing a trade or vocational school for training or, if a traditional college is desired, seeking a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree.

Roberts believes that women should seek out a mentor in an area in which they would like to succeed, helping them to define and achieve their career goals.

To read more about women in manufacturing, click here.

Join us: Learn more about Women in Manufacturing

Join us: Learn more about Women in Manufacturing


Manufacturing has a history of being a male-dominated career field. But times, they are changing.

You’re invited to attend a free breakfast event, “Women in Manufacturing,” on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Kent State University, Geauga Campus. Business owners, industry leaders and students are welcome to attend this event sponsored by the Geauga Growth Partnership.

Join Tracie Roberts, vice president of Montville Plastics – along with two other industry entrepreneurs – as they discuss challenges women face in this male-dominated career field, exciting opportunities for women, and what they see for the future of this evolving industry.

Networking and a light breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. at Kent State University, Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon Troy Road, Burton, OH 44021.

Registration is free. Get more details by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you there!





We’re on the Hunt: Extrusion Operator Trainees

We’re on the Hunt: Extrusion Operator Trainees

Have you or someone you know been searching for a job where “on the job training” means you get paid to learn in-demand skills? Montville Plastics is searching for Extrusion Operator Trainees to join a year-long training program where they will learn to set up, run and maintain operations on our extrusion lines. Entry-level trainees will work with a supervisor during training to ensure machines run smoothly and efficiently while also adhering to safety controls.


  • Follow Supervisor/Lead instructions for machine operations (including reading, interpreting and analyzing production orders).
  • Assist with and have the ability to learn set-up tasks (including selecting dies, reading blueprints/drawings, and determining proper positioning and adjusting of downstream equipment to maximize efficiencies and achieve production goals).
  • Ability to consistently maintain speed and quality within guidelines of spec book.
  • Upon completion of training, ability to inspect output to assure quality of materials produced, including locating defects and checking for conformance to specifications.
  • Report to supervisor/lead mechanical problems and/or operator errors.
  • Assist with performance troubleshooting and taking corrective measures.
  • Responsible for keeping your work area clean and safe.
  • Accurately count and report production and inventory.


  • Must be detail-oriented with strong math skills; mechanically inclined.
  • Ability to read measurement instructions: tape measure/ruler (to 1/16th); calipers; gauges.
  • Knowledge in packing, labeling, banding, weighing and sorting finished goods is helpful.
  • Ability to learn new processes quickly in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-motivation to complete other work in downtime.
  • Excellent attendance history.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED) preferred.

Would you like to apply to become one of our Trainees? Or, do you know someone who would be a great fit?

Click here to APPLY NOW!

2016 Montville Plastics Employee Appreciation Picnic a Success

2016 Montville Plastics Employee Appreciation Picnic a Success

Recently, the families of Montville and Iron Horse companies came together for our 2nd annual employee and family appreciation picnic. On behalf of everyone at Montville and Iron Horse Engineering, we are so thankful for our team members and everything they do to make it such a great place to work.

Held at Pioneer Waterland, there were plenty of prizes, food and fun-filled activities. But before we get into raffle prizes and pictures, I’d love to explain more about how fantastic our employees are.

The first half of 2016 was spent focused on our company priority of improving safety. We just started the second half of the year with our new priority: keeping our eyes on the “little things” we can each do every day to continually improve. We’ve grown to more than 50 team members and continue to look for quality people who want to be part of our winning team. We genuinely cherish our teammates who’ve been with us for 10+ years and help to provide training and guidance for our newest team members. I am so excited to see how our continued growth gives even more opportunities for our long-time and new associates.

Our picnic was a chance to bring everyone together, with the “Montville Exclusive” the most sought-after prize giveaway: more than $150 in tools, $50 Home Depot gift card, polo shirts, and one paid day off.

We gave away awards for team members with perfect attendance and plenty of raffle prizes. Everyone enjoyed the hot dog bar (everything from chili and cheese to muffuletta), our very own Chuck and Nick made delicious pulled pork, and plenty of others brought their favorite sides and desserts to round out the picnic.

Water slides, miniature golf, corn hole, go-cart competitions … We had a blast and look forward to next year!

Again … Thank You
Jay Roberts, president

Montville to attend 2016 ASMC ‘Hill Day’ in Washington DC

Montville to attend 2016 ASMC ‘Hill Day’ in Washington DC

Each year, ASMC members and client companies ascend upon Washington DC for its annual “Hill Day,” where manufacturers like Montville Plastics & Rubber can meet with their respective Congressional delegation to advocate for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program in its annual appropriations process.

American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) members provide unparalleled support to the MEP program and the manufacturing community with a focus on improving the manufacturing industry’s competitiveness through innovative solutions to products and processes.

The two-day event begins March 1, 2016, which includes an opening reception to celebrate attendees’ achievements in manufacturing. Featured speakers include Delaware Senator Christopher Coons, Michigan Senator Gary Peters, and New York Congressman Tom Reed.

Wednesday’s agenda includes an informal seminar on legislative activities and approaching congressional offices to request increased funding for the MEP program. Attendees can also hear from fellow manufacturing colleagues with lessons and tips on how to build effective congressional relationships. Manufacturers will also have the opportunity to meet with their delegation in House and Senate office buildings.