In­de­pen­dent thinker

Acry­lon Plas­tics CEO wants man­agers to act as own­ers

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - SUE KATHLER

CRAIG McIn­tosh read­ily ad­mits that he doesn’t ac­cept no for an an­swer. “No just means you haven’t heard me clearly, so let me ex­plain my­self to you some more,” says the pres­i­dent and CEO of Acry­lon Plas­tics, a Win­nipeg-based man­u­fac­turer of cus­tom plas­tic parts for a wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing buses, farm equip­ment, win­dows and doors, fenc­ing, com­mer­cial build­ings and res­i­den­tial play­grounds.

McIn­tosh says his pro­cliv­ity to pos­i­tiv­ity is a com­mon trait of en­trepreneurs. “That’s just part of our na­ture. We don’t re­gard bound­aries as ab­so­lutes but rather as ob­sta­cles to be worked around whereas many oth­ers see bound­aries as ab­so­lutes and are stopped by them.”

Acry­lon Plas­tics em­ploys 240 em­ploy­ees in Man­i­toba and an­other 110 out­side of the province at its six plants in Win­nipeg, Winkler, Saska­toon and Min­neapo­lis. Since tak­ing the helm in 2005, McIn­tosh has bro­ken the rules by de­vi­at­ing from a tra­di­tional, owner-cen­tric busi­ness model for one that en­cour­ages all his man­agers to act as in­de­pen­dent own­ers.

“For us to be suc­cess­ful at what we do, we have to have an en­tre­pre­neur­ial, growth-ori­ented cul­ture and we need lead­ers that can han­dle the en­tre­pre­neur­ial na­ture of our or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

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