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


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

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!

Exciting Projects Coming to Cleveland

The Montville team attended The Who’s Who in Building & Construction Showcase in Cleveland on April 17th. It was a fantastic afternoon walking the show hall and meeting with various industry vendors. There’s a lot of energy in the city and plenty of great projects happening right in our back yard!

Montville Plastics Launches New ‘Scuff Liner Boards’ for Transportation Industry

Montville Plastics now offers scuff liner boards for the insides of trucks and trailers, launching its latest product line for the transportation industry. The company’s HDPE heavy duty scuff boards provide protection against damage from tow motor punctures and cargo pallets.

As an alternative to wood and aluminum liners, Montville’s scuff liner boards offer the flexibility and durability fleet owners require to extend their trucks’ service life and reduce maintenance costs. The company specializes in creating custom scuff profiles for specific dimensions, as well as standard 12-inch-wide liners available in black or white. Standard lengths are 27’, 47’, and 52’. These new scuff boards offer a floor lip turn-down to increase scuff life and provide a snag-free surface.

“We’ve created custom profiles since the late 1970s, and we’re continually innovating with new products based on the needs of our customers,” said Jay Roberts, President of Montville Plastics. “Our focus in the transportation industry allows us genuinely understand what our customers need: products that decrease weight on vehicles with durable materials to help lower maintenance costs. We know this highly regulated industry and understand what it takes to meet safety requirements.”

About Montville Plastics

Montville Plastics has created custom profiles since 1977, and today we continue to offer a full line of seals and gaskets for the transportation industry. All products are created in our 150,000-square-foot facilities outside Cleveland, Ohio. We outsource nothing: from project concept with our in-house design team to injection molding, assembly and shipping, we can handle it all.

Montville Team Exhibiting at D2P Akron

Come out and see us at the Greater Ohio Design-2-Part Show, running today and tomorrow at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. D2P is known as the area’s largest contract manufacturing trade show.

The show is a great chance for attendees to compare suppliers, meet them in person, and help to reduce costs. There will be more than 300 manufacturing categories represented from metal, plastics, rubber and electronics. The show is free to attend and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

For just about any industry that utilizes manufacturing, D2P is an opportunity to find quality suppliers, discover new technologies, and solve manufacturing challenges.

Montville Plastics is an exhibitor and will showcase our design and tooling capabilities at booth #610. If you’re in attendance, stop by our booth to say hello. We’d love to meet you!


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

Iron Horse Engineering, MAGNET & REMSA to host Congressman Joyce for tour, rail and manufacturing discussion


Event scheduled for March 9, 11 am – 1 pm

WHAT: Iron Horse Engineering Co., the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), will host Congressman David P. Joyce (R-OH-14) for a tour of Iron Horse Engineering and discussion of public policy priorities for Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing and rail communities. Local Ohio manufacturers, railroads, and rail safety groups have confirmed attendance.

WHEN: March 9, 2016.

11:00am – Tour and discussion with Rep. Joyce

12:00pm – Lunch and networking

WHERE: Iron Horse Engineering

15567 Main Market Road

Parkman, OH 44080

WHO: Rep. David P. Joyce, Member of Congress, Ohio’s 14th Congressional District

                Ethan Karp, President & CEO, MAGNET

                Tracie Roberts, Vice President, Iron Horse Engineering

                Gena Sheldon, State Director, Operation Lifesaver – Ohio

                Sean Winkler, Grassroots Coordinator, REMSA


Iron Horse Engineering Co., a division of Montville Plastics & Rubber, was started in 1989. All of Iron Horse’s innovative products are made in America and are a crucial part of the burgeoning manufacturing renaissance around Cleveland. Montville / Iron Horse employ roughly 50 people are is a proud member of both MAGNET and REMSA.www.ironhorseeng.com

 REMSA is a non-profit membership-based organization located in Washington, D.C. that represents and promotes over 350 companies and individuals who manufacture or sell products and/or services in the railroad maintenance-of-way industry. REMSA connects members to important Washington policy makers through its Grassroots Program.www.remsa.org/grassrootspr.

 MAGNET’s mission is to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Northeast Ohio with the goal of transforming our regional economy into a powerful, global player. For more than 30 years, MAGNET has offered a wide range of capabilities to manufacturers as part of the national and Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). These services, which include product and process development, workforce initiatives, and lean/operations consulting, help companies by improving revenue and job retention as well as driving manufacturing and economic development in Northeast Ohio. www.manufacturingsuccess.org


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.