Women in a man’s world; female plastics executives thrive


When one woman-owned plastic molding company buys another woman-owned plastics processing company, you've got . . . well, the makings of an interesting story. Susan Parent had no intentions of ever getting into the manufacturing arena, much less plastics, but as she soon discovered, often our paths take some interesting detours. Today, she's into the plastics processing business in a big way. The company she started nearly two decades ago in Torrington, CT, recently expanded into the Midwest with the purchase of C-K Plastics Inc. in St. Louis, MO, also a woman-owned company.

Parent, president and CEO of Technical Industries Inc. in Torrington, CT, began the company with a business partner in 1994. The company's original business model was to give people the opportunity to go into business for themselves by providing the "back-end manufacturing" for them, which included injection molding....
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