Jay Kumar Speaks at Plastics News’ 17th Annual Executive Forum

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Owner of Universal and Mayfield Plastics Discusses Attracting Young Talent to Plastics Industry

Jay Kumar, owner of thermoforming companies Mayfield Plastics and Universal Plastics, was recently a featured speaker at the Plastics News 17th Annual Executive forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plastics News' Executive Forum is one of the oldest and longest-lasting events in the plastics industry. The conference offers a comprehensive understanding of leadership in the plastics industry, focusing on how leadership skills can translate to business success.

This year the conference also featured a panel discussion with ‘Rising Stars in Plastics’, a session that highlights how different major companies train and retain some of the top talent in their fields. Jay Kumar was selected as a Rising Star by Plastics News in 2014 and spoke of the many efforts that both Universal and Mayfield have undertaken to train and attract young workers in the plastic thermoforming manufacturing industry in Massachusetts

Kumar spoke about his optimism about the opportunities in advanced manufacturing and about developing an organization where people are aware of and attracted by the opportunities available to them. “We see young people who are hungry and eager to make an impact – and we take them on because that’s their shot”, he said. Kumar also dismissed the theory that millennials come with a sense of entitlement and commented that “we have good people at all different ages; our job is to find and retain them."

The panel discussion was moderated by Plastics News Editor Don Loepp and was attended by over 100 executives from the plastics industry.

About Mayfield Plastics:

Mayfield (http://www.mayfieldplastics.com) is a leading manufacturer of custom pressure, vacuum formed and thermoformed parts and components specializing in thermoformed medical devices and components, but also serving a variety of additional industries including aerospace, telecom, electronics, computer, hospital, chromatography, machine-tool and transportation. In 2013, Mayfield Plastics was purchased by Jay Kumar, who also owns Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with the intent of growing the thermoforming business locally through the combined strength and synergies of both companies. Together, Mayfield & Universal Plastics represent the largest thermoformer in New England and are proud to offer a manufacturing service which is state of the art. Equally, as a family-run business, Mayfield Plastics takes special pride in upholding a strong commitment to its customers and employees. For more information about Mayfield Plastics, please visit http://www.mayfieldplastics.com.

About Universal Plastics
Universal Plastics is a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with strong legacy of expertise in manufacturing thermoformed plastic parts of the highest quality with a distinct focus on customer satisfaction. Universal has been in business for over 50 years with a world class management team and currently serves customers in a variety of industries including aerospace, medical device manufacturers, transportation, consumer products, food packaging and electronic companies.

As a custom manufacturer, Universal has made kayaks, air ducts for the Space Shuttle, all of the bus stop signs currently used in New York City and the bow of the submarines used by the Navy Seals. In 2008 they added a 30,000 square foot addition to their Whiting Farms Road building for a total of 100,000 square feet of production and office space. The company is ISO 9001 certified. For more information visit http://www.universalplastics.com.

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