Mayfield Plastics – Sister Company of Universal Plastics – Host Students for AMP it up! Video Challenge
Sutton, Ma. Almost 40 middle school children from the Sutton Middle School visited custom thermoformer Mayfield Plastics last week to participate in the AMP it up! Video challenge. The AMP it up! Challenge invites students to research the inner workings of an advanced manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world around them. The students are challenged to bring this topic to life in a 3-minute video and submit it on the AMP it up! website. The video must capture three main ideas about a product, including “how it is made, why it matters, and what it means to me”.
“Mayfield Plastics, which is owned by Jay Kumar, who also owns Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA, is a strong advocate of workforce development and embraced this opportunity to give students an inside view of advanced manufacturing processes”, said Paul Davidson, Sales Manager at Mayfield Plastics, “We have a strong legacy in local manufacturing and a commitment to engaging the younger generation in what we do – someday we hope that they will be part of our workforce.”
The students’ visit to Mayfield Plastics included an SPE introduction to thermoforming video, reviewing various sample parts and a question-and-answer session both before & after the shop tour. After careful review by a panel of judges, the public will vote online for the best student-developed video. Winning videos will earn cash prizes or grants donated to their schools. One video will take the grand prize of $5,000. Additionally, one middle school and one high school from each of five regions across Massachusetts will be awarded each. There will be a total of eleven winners and $30,000 in prize money, provided by the Manufacturing Futures Fund. Winner will be announced on June 8th.
“We are delighted to participate in & support this initiative and enjoy working with the local schools in educating young people about the wealth of opportunities in manufacturing right in their backyard”, said Paul Davidson.
About Mayfield Plastics:
Mayfield (www.mayfieldplastics.com) is a leading manufacturer of custom pressure, vacuum formed and thermoformed parts and components specializing in thermoformed medical devicesand 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 www.mayfieldplastics.com.
About Amp it up!:
AMP it up! was created to help students (middle through high school) and adults (parents, guidance counselors, and other influencers) take advantage of the many great, highly skilled, well-paying manufacturing jobs available in Massachusetts. Through AMP it up!, students who like to build things and solve problems can plan for a lucrative career with a choice of jobs, often without a four-year college degree. They provide schools with resources, and guidance students need for jobs in high-tech processing, factory automation, product development, nanotechnology, direct digital fabrication, micromanufacturing, and other exciting fields. Amp it up! is part of MassDevelopment. For more information visit ampitupma.com
Owner of Universal Plastics
& Mayfield Plastics Selected as Rising Star by Plastic News
Holyoke, Ma – Jay
Kumar, Owner and President of Universal Plastics, has been selected as a Rising
Star by Plastic News in their August
11, 2014 edition. Kumar is one of 20 top achievers under age
40 selected by Plastics News for recognition as the plastics industry’s
best and brightest stars. The selection process focused on individuals who are
on the path to becoming plastics industry leaders – or who are already there.
June of 2014 marked the second anniversary of Jay Kumar’s
introduction to Advanced Manufacturing in the Plastics Industry when he
purchased 47-year-old Universal Plastics in Holyoke MA from Joe, Mike and Rich
Peters, the second generation owners who had run the thermoforming operation
for over 25 years. Alongside growing
Universal and less than 18 months after the acquisition, Jay acquired a second
facility when he bought out Sutton, MA-based Mayfield Plastics with the intent
of growing the thermoforming business locally through the combined strength and
synergies of both companies.
What is most unusual about this story is that all of Jay’s
business experience came from being a Wall Street Trader for ten of his thirty-five
years. States Joe Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics, “Jay has been here for 2
years and has no plastics, manufacturing or management background. What he has
done is tremendous in terms of learning, adapting, and growing the business.”
Jay’s entrepreneurial drive is manifest in his focus on
results. Says Don Andreoli, Universal Plastics’ Head of Engineering, “With Jay,
it’s all about results. It’s that very thing that is in his ‘sight’ from the
beginning. Keeping his eye on this is a key
factor to his success in managing this business. To help take this company from
where it was to where it is speaks to his entrepreneurial drive. He has a
vision and knows how to chart the course to get there. ” According to
Terry Minnick, Owner & President of Molding Business Services, who has
worked with Jay on a variety of projects, including the Mayfield acquisition,
“In addition to his compassion and integrity, Jay is a visionary thinker in the
plastics business. He understands the market for thermoforming and is
looking for ways to offer more solutions to his customers. This forward
thinking almost guarantees success. If Jay gets locked onto a project, you
know, without a doubt, it will get done.”
Don Loepp, Plastics News editor,
said, “I’m really excited about our inaugural group of Rising Stars honorees. The
interest and response to the call for nominees was outstanding. We accomplished
our goal of finding some of the best and brightest young talent in the 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 45 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, bus stop signs, kayaks from recycled detergent
bottles, etc. 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 www.universalplastics.com
Mayfield Plastics Acquired by
Owner of Universal Plastics
Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Sutton MA, was recently acquired by
Jay Kumar, owner of Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke
(PRWEB) December 16, 2013 – Mayfield Plastics was recently acquired by Jay Kumar, the owner of
Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA. The acquisition
will allow Mr. Kumar to continue to execute on his vision to find ways to add
additional value to customers, grow the business and establish a stronger
footprint in the custom plastic thermoforming space. The intention of this
merger is to provide Mayfield with additional management, technical and
financial support. Both Mayfield and Universal will continue to maintain their
facilities, brand, employees and procedures.
Mr. Kumar plans to invest in Mayfield which ensures that Mayfield can
continue to service customer needs and support existing business and any new
business for years to come. The companies’ combined capabilities will support
greater productivity & capacity within custom thermoplastic manufacturing.
Longer term, the combination is expected to provide a broader suite of product
offerings and services to customers. The terms of the sale were not made
“I, along with my management team, believe that this merger strengthens
both Mayfield and Universal Plastics. The combined entity will be among the
largest custom thermoformers in the North Eastern United
States and with greater scale, we are well-positioned to provide customers with
top quality products and excellent service in meeting their thermoformed
plastics needs. Specifically, this merger will benefit customers through our
increased capacity in custom thermoforming, broader range of secondary services
in trimming, and enhanced operational efficiencies & value added services.
Everyone I’ve spoken to at both Mayfield and Universal is excited about this
merger and to be working together to meet all of our customers’ plastics needs.
Above all, we value our relationships with our customers and are committed to
maintaining and growing the value that we provide to them. Their success is our
top priority,” said Jay Kumar.
Universal Plastics is a custom thermoforming company 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 45 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
Universal Plastics has gross annual sales of approximately $12 million,
employs 70 people and manufactures thermoforming plastics that include custom
containers, protective covers and enclosures for many large companies including
Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and BE Aerospace.
About Jay Kumar
Jay Kumar is a graduate of Cornell University and has worked extensively
in the investment arena, at JPMorgan for ten years as a proprietary trader and
most recently as Managing Principal at PAON LLC. Jay currently serves as President
of Universal Plastics and Mayfield Plastics. In 2012, Jay Kumar acquired
Universal Plastics from the Peters family, pledging to serve as an on-site
manager alongside Joe Peters and grow the business. Over the past eighteen
months under Jay Kumar’s day-to-day leadership and Joe Peters’ ongoing
oversight, Universal Plastics has seen strong growth and expanded its business
with key customers.
Mayfield Plastics has played a prominent manufacturing role in Central
Massachusetts for almost a half-century. In 1970 the former parent company of
Mayfield Plastics, S.Ralph Cross and Sons, decided to transform its pattern
making business. Founded in 1917 by S. Ralph Cross, his sons, Stanley and
Gordon Cross, made a strategic decision to capitalize on their core competency,
mold making, by coupling it with the manufacturing of custom made plastic parts
using the emerging plastic forming process of thermoforming.
Ron Cross, Gordon’s son became the president and opened the new facility
in 2006. That tradition continues today while the company increasingly serves
the custom plastic parts needs of a variety of industries including aerospace,
medical device manufacturers, transportation and electronic companies. Mayfield
Plastics is registered with the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO), which certifies that the company pays strict adherence to the
manufacturing processes it promises its customers. Working with the
Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, the
Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Mass Development Corporation,
Mayfield Plastics has assumed a leadership role in advancing careers in
Mayfield Plastics Releases Thermoforming Guide
October 30, 2013
Mayfield Plastics has
announced the release of the “Thermoforming Design Guide”. This design
guide is provided for mechanical engineers and designers and for others who
have a need to understand the technical specifications for thermoforming,
vacuum forming, and pressure forming.
Design Guide explains and illustrates the design requirements that
engineers and designers need to keep in mind when designing for the
thermoforming process. The guide provides
detailed information on dimensional tolerances, draw ratios, undercuts, plug
assists, radii and chamfers as well as other technical information.
“We hope to educate
engineers and designers on the finer points of thermoforming”, said Harrison
Greene, Vice-President of Growth and Development. “We feel it is important to
educate and inform since we are experts in this field and engineers and
designers today are often faced with sourcing a huge variety of products.” Greene
The Guide may be downloaded at http://connect.mayfieldplastics.com/thermoforming-and-vacuum-forming-design-guide
Mayfield Plastics Awarded ISO Registration Demonstrating Company’s
Vision of World-Class Manufacturing Operation
July 1, 2013
Mayfield Plastics, a leading thermoforming supplier, proudly announces that its manufacturing facility has been awarded ISO 9001 Registration, demonstrating the company’s vision of a world-class manufacturing operation combined with unrivaled customer service.
The award of ISO 9001 Registration indicates that Mayfield Plastics has implemented a quality management system that enables it to consistently provide products that meets customer requirements and enhances customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system. “The ISO Registration demonstrates our continuing commitment to the quality and reliability of all of our thermoformed products,” said Ron Cross, Mayfield President. “Our customers should be confident we are following the process and procedures reviewed before doing business with Mayfield,” Cross said.
ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management system developed by the International Organization of Standardization that requires a manufacturer demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. ISO 9001:2008 is recognized by businesses around the world as the premier quality management standard. It provides a universally accepted suite of quality-oriented business management process objectives and standards that must be made an integral part of a quality-run business in today’s global manufacturing and business environment
“By meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008, we have clearly demonstrated our commitment to continuously enhancing our processes and adapting to the needs of each area of our company. This certification qualifies us as a trusted company that plans, organizes and controls all of its processes, allowing us to offer our clients consistent high-quality thermoformed products,” Cross said.
Too see full release check PR Web Website.
Thermoformed Medical Device Capabilities detailed
May 10, 2010
Sutton, MA May 10,, 2010 – Mayfield Plastics is the featured article in this month’s edition of Plastic Technology magazine. The article entitled “Mayfield Rides the Medical Wave” details the transformation the company has made from the machine tool industry to a major player in medical thermoformed parts. According to the article, Mayfield’s physical location in Massachusetts played a role in its decision to seek out medical business. “This area has typically been where innovative companies have located,” says company president Ron Cross.
Mayfield has served the medical market for the past 25 years, and today some 70% of its business is in that field, notably housings and skins for diagnostic machines like CAT Scanners. Its medical product line also includes sidewalls, user interface panels, bezels and thermoformed enclosures, internal components, thermoformed medical devices , work-in progress trays, and hospital room panels.
The full article can be found at http://www.ptonline.com/articles/201005fa3.html and more information regarding Mayfield may be found at the company website www.mayfieldplastics..com
New thermoforming capabilities provides additional capacity and repeatability
February 13, 2010
Sutton, MA — Keeping current with customer demands as well as improving efficiencies and quality, Mayfield Plastics has announced the delivery of a new MAAC single station thermoforming machine. “The new equipment is indicative of our commitment to our customers in providing the latest technology,” said Ronald Cross, President. “The new 48 X60 MAAC 54S has a PLC controller providing 10 automatic forming techniques to give the customer repeatability when producing thermoformed parts. It has unlimited storage of job files and is equipped with top and bottom quartz ovens providing “instant on” during the heating cycle and “instant off” during the forming cycle for the most in energy efficiency,” Cross said.
Mayfield Plastics is a leading custom thermoforming and vacuum-forming supplier to the medical, industrial and electronic markets. They supply custom thermoformed panels, medical devices, covers, bezels, radomes and enclosures for many industries. “In spite of the weak economy in 2009, we continue to invest in our plant and equipment to provide unmatched quality and service for our thermoformed products. We are heavily involved in the thermoformed medical device market and will continue to invest in state of the art equipment to remain a leader in our market,” Cross said.