March 21, 2019

Dennis Tully, president of MTD Micro Molding, dies

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Dennis Tully

Dennis Tully, president of Charlton-based plastic injection mold manufacturer MTD Micro Molding, has died.

Tully, 58, died unexpectedly on Feb. 28, according to his obituary.

He leaves behind his wife of 34 years Darlene, three children, two grandchildren and a host of other family members.

Tully purchased the company from his father, the company's founder, in 2008. He re-positioned the company for the medical device market, a move helping the company grow to enormous success.

The company was named Processor of the Year by Plastics News on March 6, less than a week after his death.

"It's the biggest accomplishment in Dennis' eyes," said Marketing and Sales Director Lindsay Mann, also Tully's niece. "That was extremely bittersweet."

MTD is preparing to break ground on a 12,000-square-foot expansion of its Charlton facility after recently investing about $1 million to increase production capacity.

Because of Tully's planning, his death should have no material effect on the company. He had stepped away from the day-to-day operations about two years ago. Gary Hulecki, executive vice president, has essentially been running the company.

Ownership of the company will stay within Tully's family, Mann said. There are no plans to sell or become public.

As an uncle, Mann described Tully as full of life and extremely generous.

As a boss, he was a whip-smart business man who set the company up for future success by establishing a core team of leaders and instilling a successful business culture, she said. That included keeping things loose and keeping his employees happy, including routinely providing breakfast, lawn games and company field trips.

"He plugged those into the calendar throughout the year to make sure people were happy and proud to be MTD employees," Mann said. "That was very important to him."


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