Ben Womer joined PFC in January 2016 after a successful career spanning more than six decades* in the domestic surveillance and homeland security fields. As Chairman of the Board, Ben oversees all PFC activities in Connecticut. During his short tenure, Ben has distinguished himself with his unwavering commitment to employee well-being and health, in particular by ensuring that his colleagues eat less, and by promoting physical fitness by involving virtually every PFC employee in a comprehensive “Walk-Me-4-Wellness”™ exercise program during regular business hours. Ben has also had a significant impact on overall productivity by teaching his coworkers how to incorporate multitasking into their everyday routines – how to simultaneously perform one-handed data entry and canine massage therapy, for example.
*in dog years
Having joined PFC in the fall of 2017 to succeed Ben Womer when he retires, Freyja Womer’s down to earth values and direct, no-nonsense management style come as no surprise given her rural upbringing as one of eight siblings in the hardscrabble Great North Woods of Vermont.
Like Ben, Freyja has an unwavering commitment to employee health and well-being, primarily through reducing the presence of food temptations that her fellow employees only thought they wanted to consume themselves, and, her “Take a Paws” canine relaxation initiative.
A dedicated amateur athlete, Freyja holds records in the 25 and 50 meter inter-office sprint and hurdles.
In addition, Freyja has pushed the organization towards both new product development and sustainability outside of the plastics industry, specifically the ancient art of ‘Chiengora’ – the spinning and knitting of natural canine fibers into custom sweaters, gloves, scarves, and ponchos using copious quantities of raw materials she produces herself on site.
John C. Womer joined The Plastic Forming Company (PFC) full-time as a Technical Sales Representative in 1982 after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in English from The University of Rochester. Prior to that, he worked for PFC part-time during summers and school vacations as a Molding Machine Operator, Material Handler, and Set-Up Mechanic. During the subsequent nine years, John served PFC as Sales Manager, Operations Manager, and Vice President and General Manager. In 1991, he was named PFC President. In 2003, Mr. Womer purchased the Company from the Schurman family.
When not working at PFC (and sometimes when he should be), John enjoys piloting his Jabiru light sport aircraft. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Mary Beth, and has four children.
Mike joined PFC in 1994 as the Assistant Production Manager in the newly opened Massillon, Ohio manufacturing plant. In the following 20 plus years, Mike has served in the roles of Production Manager, Plant Manager, Director of Manufacturing, and VP of Operations before his current position of Vice President and General Manager. Prior to joining PFC, Mike worked for Goodyear Aerospace and later Lockheed Martin supervising the assembly of electronic sub-systems for prototype defense and aeronautic projects. He earned an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology from Stark State Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys outdoor activities and competing in 5k road races. He is also a state certified high school basketball official. Mike resides in Canal Fulton, Ohio. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Mary Beth Womer joined PFC in 2012 and handled Accounts Payable and special accounting and financial analysis projects before moving into her current position of Director of Finance and Administration in 2015. Prior to joining PFC, Mary Beth worked for CIGNA as a group insurance underwriter and later Ernst & Young as a Health and Welfare Benefits Consultant and Area Resource Manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Italian from Middlebury College and an M.S.W. from Rutgers University.
Mary Beth lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut with her husband John, daughter Molly, PFC office dog Ben, and coon cat Marley.
Richard Kolling studied business administration at Allegheny Community College. Upon graduation, Rich accepted a job as an operations manager at A & D furniture in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa. After a five year tenure with A & D, Rich decided to make a career change and accepted a Regional Sales position with the Cadillac Plastic Company, Inc., (at the time a fortune 500 company) advancing to Branch Manager of the Monroeville, PA location after five years of service. During his seventeen year career at Cadillac Rich continued his studies to expand his knowledge of business management, marketing and sales by attending Learning International. In 1997 Rich accepted a new challenge and moved to The Plastic Forming Company.
Rich resides in McMurray, PA with his wife Joan and their two dogs Coca, and Pollyanna. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Cross joined PFC in August 2016. After studying mathematics and psychology in college, he decided to take a job in the commercial satellite industry. He worked in communications for 13 years as a technician, sales rep. and project manager. He then made a career move by joining a plastics sales and distribution company in 2002, and has been in the plastic case, bag, and display industry for over 14 years as a broker, distributor and sales rep.
Andy resides in West Chester, PA with wife of 23+ years Kristin, children Phoebe, Samantha, and Drew, and 3 dogs and 2 cats. He enjoys travelling with his wife, is an avid Philly sports fan and enjoys playing an occasional round of golf. Cross can be reached at email@example.com.
Jacob Warth joined PFC in 2017. Prior to joining PFC, Jacob worked for Staples as a B2B sales consultant. He received his Sales Management Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Akron.
Like his father, Jacob is a state certified high school basketball official and can still be found playing the occasional game of pickup basketball. Jacob lives in Massillon, Ohio with his dog (best friend) Ace. Jacob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Pietrantonio joined PFC in November 2005 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Patrick has continued his Post-Graduate education by completing numerous certificate courses ranging from CAD/ CAM programming to CNC Machining. Patrick manages the engineering department as well as the machine shop.
Patrick resides in Meriden, CT with his wife, two children and dog Bella. During his collegiate career Patrick Captained the Wentworth Men’s Soccer team and he continues to play competitively to this day. Patrick can be reached at email@example.com.
Since 1989, a significant portion of PFC has been owned by its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). So when you call PFC, you’re talking to one of the owners – no matter whom you speak with – and that makes a big difference.
Find out more about how our employees have a vested interest in PFC.