General Plastics Manufacturing Co., (Tacoma, Wash.) a global supplier of rigid and flexible polyurethane foam materials and build-to-print parts, marks its 75th anniversary on Dec. 1, 2016 with the announcement of the promotion of Mitchell Johnson to company president. This signifies the company’s continued focus on developing new materials and manufacturing methodologies that satisfy the exacting tolerances and product performance expectations of the aerospace, defense, nuclear and composite-manufacturing industries.
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Johnson succeeds Bruce Lind as president of General Plastics. Lind, who has led General Plastics as president for the last seven years, becomes chairman of the board. In this position, Lind will focus on strategic planning, applying his 38 years of managerial experience and manufacturing expertise to help the company successfully navigate new challenges in a fluid, technology-driven environment.
Johnson joined General Plastics as a product development chemist in 2008. He was promoted to director of research in 2009, senior technical director in 2011, and again to vice president of materials technology in 2015. He earned his doctorate from the University of Utah and pursued post-doctoral studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“We have a very strong succession planning process and have been moving in this direction for the last four years,” Lind says. “In his role as executive VP, he was involved in nearly every facet of the business. Dr. Johnson has essentially been at the helm of the company for the last year. This very deliberate approach ensures continuity of philosophy, dedication to quality and continuous improvement. It will make the transition seamless to our employees, our customers and the markets we have served the past 75 years.”
Looking forward, Johnson welcomes the opportunity to provide more sophisticated, high-value solutions in the burgeoning realm of non-metallic materials and composite fabrications, extending beyond urethane foams to other engineered materials that will satisfy evolving needs in the aerospace, tooling and composites markets.
“Our current and prospective customers recognize the consistency and excellence of our on-time, on-spec, cost-competitive products, taken to the next level through very specific quality measures and well-honed procedures,” says Johnson.