Acrylon Plastics CEO wants managers to act as owners
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.”