Ten Years Strong

Beginning as a collaboration with the city of Aberdeen and the South Dakota Economic Development Corporation, MFG SD is a study in the power of team work.

MFG had a lot to celebrate in November – record business results for 2019, a 10-year milestone, and positive social and economic impacts on their hometown community. To celebrate the occasion, MFG teammates were recognized at a festive, late afternoon dinner event.

Senior Vice President Dave Giovannini and President/CEO Richard Morrison (via Skype) congratulated the 400+ teammates on the achievements of the past decade. Two special guests were on hand for the occasion, former mayor Mike Levsen and former CEO of the Aberdeen Development Corporation Jim Barringer. These...

In The Marketplace

New ULTRA-LITE totes and containers: Legendary strength at 40% less weight

The engineers at MFG Tray found a way to lighten the new line of ULTRA-LITE products by 40% without compromising the durability and strength that the product line is known for around the world.

“ULTRA-LITE is a direct result of customer requests to help improve shop ergonomics and lower shipping weight,” explained Burt Hovis, product line manager for...

John Thompson Promoted to SVP

John Thompson, general manager of MFG Tray Company since 2010, was recently promoted to Senior Vice President for MFG. According to Andy Juhola, VP Human Resources, “John is a dynamic leader and relates to all levels of the organization.”

Upon graduation from Edinboro University in 1989 with a BS in Chemistry, John was attracted to MFG’s “family approach to doing business.” He was hired on as a process engineer for MFG Tray...

2019 Supplier of the Year

INEOS (formerly Ashland Composites) was honored as the 2019 Supplier of the Year at MFG’s annual Supplier Recognition Day.

Twenty-four suppliers and distributors joined the MFG management team at the Quail Hollow Country Club for the morning business presentation, a round of golf and awards presentation dinner.

Herb Griffith, MFG director of corporate purchasing, recognized INEOS for being “an outstanding strategic partner for...


Tony Smith began working at MFG Tray 46 years ago, in July of 1973. He held positions in the mix, paint, wire, and fab departments before moving to maintenance in 1995. He has been the maintenance supervisor for nearly three years.

He met his wife Mary-Ann while working at MFG Tray 21 years ago, and together they have raised two daughters and now have two grandsons. For pleasure Tony enjoys hunting and fishing and is an active member of...