Storing tools and dies adjacent to presses on the mezzanine level of the plant.

“Change is a way of life. It is an opportunity, not a threat,” says Bob MacIntosh, CEO of Nicolet Plastics Inc., a small plastic-injection molder nestled in Northern Wisconsin’s Nicolet Forest.

Openness to change enabled MacIntosh, along with key player CFO Joyce Warnacut, to seize new opportunities in a foundering economy. With employee cooperation and support, they have transformed Nicolet from a firm struggling to adapt to a changing economic landscape to an enterprise that has emerged thriving, with the financial metrics to prove it.