Staff Info and Contacts
Robert "Bob" Lebeaux formed The Plastics Group of America (TPG) in 1973 as a one-man business that focused on buying and reselling plastic scrap. Since then, TPG has gone through quite an evolution. Today, the Plastics Group is now a state-of-the-art, ISO-registered, plastics compounding company with over 45 employees working at its corporate offices and production facility located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
The company recently completed the restoration of the historic Jules Desurmont Mill Complex, converting the 400,000+ sq. ft. building into much-needed manufacturing and storage space for TPG. In 2013, Bob and his company celebrated their 40th business anniversary, having grown in size as well as stature, succeeding in the rapidly changing plastics industry by “Doing the Needful” in meeting every challenge faced along the way.
“I attribute much of our corporate success to being part of a creative, hard-working team of talented individuals – working closely together has enabled us to both set and achieve substantive goals for corporate growth and product development. At the heart of our success is providing unparalleled customer service to each and every client we serve. Our customers know that they can depend on us to provide them with quality products, attentive service, and timely delivery – these deliverables are the foundation upon which our business is built. We care about their needs and do whatever it takes to provide them with exactly the solution they are looking for. It is why TPG maintains ISO certification, PPAP accreditation and Tier 1 provider recognitions.”
Whether enhancing their proprietary Polifil® resins for national distribution, making their corporate website a reliable source for product and industry information, or expanding the company’s custom compounding, toll processing or recycling services, Bob and his staff are always looking at continuous process and product improvement. He is especially proud of the fact that TPG has earned SHARP recognition for worker safety for 19 consecutive years, further underscoring the company’s commitment to our employees and ultimately, to their families, for continuous on-the-job safety.
Bob lives in Lincoln, RI with his wife Marti and their three dogs, having raised three wonderful children - Seth, Heidi and Jake.
Matt started working with TPG over twenty years ago. Though he looks back with fondness, he ponders the age-old question, “Where has the time gone?” Over the years, he has grown his position from account manager to regional sales manager in 1999, and now serves as TPG’s national sales manager – a position he earned in 2003. Matt is in charge of sales of the company’s Polifil® line, toll processing, brokering and supervising account managers. “Matt is a wonderful asset both for us and our customers,” said Bob Lebeaux, president of The Plastics Group.
A life long resident of Georgia, Matt graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science in 1992. Matt currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Charlene and enjoys golf, tennis and running.
Mike started with The Plastics Group in March of 2008. He brings with him nearly 15 years of experience in the plastics industry. Previously a material buyer, Mike says “it is interesting to be on the other side of the negotiating table.” Customer service and satisfaction are always a top priority for Mike as he is ready to field calls in the evening and meet with customers on weekends if needed. According to Mike, “If a customer puts their trust in me to supply a product or service, the least I can do is be available to answer questions at any time – day or night.”
Mike handles the Mid-Atlantic territory for The Plastics Group. Currently living in Georgia with his wife Sharon and 3 children, he looks forward to relocating to Pennsylvania, which is where he grew up.
Tim Harper has been an Account Manager with the Plastics Group since 2000. “I enjoy meeting with customers and seeing the different applications that use our materials”. I also like working for a smaller Company because communication with Management is faster, allowing for a quicker response back to the customer.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University, Tim enjoys watching his alma mater on the football field or on the basketball court. “I am generally a big fan of both college football and basketball.” Outside of the office, Tim likes spending time with his wife, Michele, and their three children.
When Jay West began working as Northeast Account Manager for The Plastics Group 12 years ago, he brought with him an impressive background in customer service. In fact, he was a customer service trainer implementing programs and protocols for employees and managing special corporate accounts. Prior to that, he was Operations Manager for a nationally known car rental facility. Jay says his varied service background gave him the insight and people skills he uses on the job today.
Jay now travels all around the Northeast, including New England, New York, New Jersey and Canada on TPG sales calls and customer visits. He admits he "will do whatever it takes to make sure the customer's needs are fulfilled." In terms of new business development, Jay likes to approach new customers and prospects with a soft-sell/service-oriented philosophy.
Deb McGee is TPG’s office manager. She joined The Plastics Group of America in 2008, having previously served in the public sector as a director, treasurer, and tax collector.
After graduating from Framingham State with her BS degree, Deb earned an MBA from Bryant University. She is an integral part of the TPG team, making sure that operations at TPG run as smoothly as possible.
Greg Czarnowski has handled marketing and advertising for Plastics Group of America for the past 7 years. An independent marketing and advertising consultant who has been doing marketing for over 30 years, he handles complex projects and delivers effective marketing solutions for TPG that incorporate smart writing and clean design.
Greg lives in Weston,MA with his wife, Betsy, and spends much of his time chasing after his three adorable grandchildren, Lila, Katie, and Maggie.
If you have any marketing opportunities that can effectively promulgate the TPG name and reputation, please do not hesitate to contact him.
Marti has been working with her husband, Bob, at Plastics Group of America for the past 5 years. She is charge of the compilation and distribution of the company’s ResinKits. A true “Jack of all trades,” she also is also the company’s backup receptionist and handles whatever miscellaneous “jobs” relating to the company’s smooth operation need to be done.
She lives in Lincoln, having raised three kids. She and Bob also have three cocker spaniels.
Shelley is the latest addition to The Plastics Group of America. She brings with her 30 years of office administration experience. Her skill-set includes data entry, billing, letter-of-credit issuances, filing, account receivable tasks, and commercial lease auditing.
You'll find her standing at the desk more often than sitting in the chair. She currently maintains her stamina through kick-boxing classes and walking her dog Duke. If you see her walking with Duke in a residential area of North Smithfield give her a friendly wave!
John McElreath, TPG’s new General Manager, has over 25 years of experience in the plastics industry. He began his career at Coz Plastics where he handled both molding and color matching duties. He next worked at ECM Plastics for 10 years where he handled Quality Control and Production Scheduling duties. Most recently, he was the QC Manager for Clariant Plastics & Coatings. His years of training and plastics’ applied expertise make him a perfect candidate for the position. John lives in Northbridge, MA with his wife, Melissa, his son, Michael, and his daughter, Nina.
David started with TPG in 1994 after 10 years of service in the United States Air Force and quickly became an integral member of our team. His leadership experience and expertise in the areas of quality, safety, training, recruiting and calibration enabled him to set up our certified quality lab. David was quickly promoted to Quality Assurance Manager where he established our ISO certification program and later our prestigious SHARPS award safety program.
Promoted to General Manager in 2000, David is a key member of our leadership team and the day-to-day management operations at TPG. He is also responsible for the management and implementation of TPG’s quality programs, ISO, 17025, NSF, UL, safety programs and procedures.
David has been working at The Plastics Group of America for the past 13 years. As Plant Manager, he is in charge of production and personnel on the company's second shift. He makes sure that orders and filled and ready for shipping - he is an integral part of TPG's ability to "Do the Needful" when it comes to both quality control and timely product delivery.
David has five children and spends much of his time away from work handling and fulfilling the varied and challenging duties of fatherhood.
After spending the past two decades plus as a design engineer and technician at TI (Texas Instruments), Chuck Clarke recently joined Plastics Group of America as a product integrity supervisor. Working in TPG’s ISO-IEC 17025 certified laboratory, he is responsible for checking and confirming a variety of product attributes including tensile strength, melt flow, and impact strength. He also oversees color matching to insure that adherence to that critical specification is achieved as well.
Chuck lives in North Smithfield, RI with his wife, Loreli, and is the proud father of 3 children and the grandfather to 8.
Kevin has worked at Plastics Group of America for the past two years, and his exceptional work ethic has enabled him to rise to the position of Assistant Plant Manager. He oversees production, insuring that day after day, the highest quality products are generated on a consistent basis.
Respected and liked by his coworkers, Kevin possesses an infectious smile – and he is happily anticipating the arrival of his first child in the near future. We know he will excel in that special job as well.
Instrumental in the building of specialty resin products in the Consumer, Electronics, and Automotive market spaces. Nicholas has 30 years of Plastic Industry experience in Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing, Product Development, Technical Support, and Planning. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree of Science in Chemistry. In addition, he holds several patents pertaining to novel polymer compounds and alloys.
Prior to working with TPG, Nicholas provided Technical Support to Customers at LNP Engineering Plastics and DSM Engineering Plastics, both premier extrusion/compounding companies. He utilizes a simple, straight-forward approach to solving customer problems.
Dave is finishing up his third year as TPG’s warehouse coordinator. In that capacity, he oversees all the product shipments both coming into and going out from Plastics Group’s manufacturing facility. He makes sure that all the products that TPG makes are properly packaged and weighed before being shipped, and, closely inspects all materials coming into the company. He has a terrific working relationship with all of the shipping companies with whom TPG works.
A proud native of Woonsocket, Dave still lives in his hometown with his wife, Sarah, and his rescue dog, Maggie.
Jacob is the youngest member of our TPG team but is also certainly one of the most involved. With a passion for material handling operations, Jacob can be found out in the plant helping out with training and operating of the company forklifts and machinery. An accomplished mechanic, he is also an expert in performing tractor-trailer repairs. Jacob also helps Dave to move, load and unload trailers when they arrive on site.
When he’s not working on trucks at work, he is busy tuning them up at home. He also loves to ride motorcycles. Jacob also spends a lot of his time renovating his home, making significant improvements to its design and layout.
Paul has worked as Assistant Warehouse Coordinator at The Plastics Group of America for the past 19 years. It is no small coincidence that TPG has earned the coveted SHARP Award for employee safety each of those years. He coordinates trailer movement between TPG's Rhode Island facilities and provides invaluable assistance with whatever else needs to get done in a timely fashion. His hard work and friendly nature make him a valued member of the TPG staff.