Author: Dennis Gros

Dennis Gros

Originally from South Louisiana, Dennis founded Gros Executive Recruiters in 1989 and moved operations to middle Tennessee two years later. He is a frequent speaker, author, and editorial contributor for publications and events related to plastics and packaging employment. On weekends you might find him playing piano in a swing band.

What it means for YOU

Gros Executive Recruiters opens 2018 under new ownership by Molding Business Services. So what?  Quite a lot, actually. The recruiting division of MBS has been a formidable player in the arena of recruiting talent, primarily in injection molding, for 20 years.  Gros Recruiters’ practice of almost 30 years in recruiting overlaps injection molding, plus other plastics processes and packaging. Now, the MBS recruiting division joins Gros Executive Recruiters, under the ownership umbrella of Molding Business Services. Our directory of contacts is... more

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New ownership for double impact

MOLDING BUSINESS SERVICES ACQUIRES GROS EXECUTIVE RECRUITERS FLORENCE, MA, January 2018 – Molding Business Services of Florence, MA has acquired Gros Executive Recruiters of Franklin, Tennessee. Both firms provide recruiting and executive search services to the plastics industry. Molding Business Services (MBS) was founded in 1998 and during those 20 years, its recruiting division has focused almost exclusively on the injection molding segment of the plastics industry. Gros Executive Recruiters (Gros) was founded in 1989 and serves the packaging, plastics... more

2018: Year of the Raise

Prediction: 2018 will be the year of the raise.   How do we know?  We feel the groundswell developing.  We see the positive economic signs.  We know that nobody has been successful in cloning new employees, so the best, brightest, and most eager are already here.  Business volume and profits will improve, enabling–and requiring–higher wages.  And do you know what?  We deserve it.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Even for dog doo?

Yes, your use of grocery store bags to maintain cleanliness in your neighborhood DOES qualify as reuse of plastic!  (Because WE say so!)  Here are other relevant facts about plastic bags, from bag the ban:

What do you mean, “I quit”?

8 steps to keep your workforce happy Cutting costs and cycle time might be at the top of your list of concerns, but neglecting your employees can hurt the bottom line. Be sure you’re valuing their contributions to your company’s success. –Dennis Gros When your manufacturing floor is humming with a cadence that exudes productivity and there’s a backlog of orders, life at your molding facility couldn’t be better. But what happens when some of your most reliable and productive... more

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Hiring? It’s not simple!

  Hiring companies can advertise their positions on at no charge.  But hiring a new employee is rarely simple. Here are some tips to make the process easier. The most important aspect of a successful job campaign is appeal. Your goal is to encourage qualified candidates to rank your company first on their list.  Here’s how to plan for a productive  advertising campaign and hire on If your script leans toward job requirements, your readers will exclude themselves before they apply! ... more

We promise overtime

Overtime, sign-on bonus, and other non-wage compensation components are among the enticements noted by the Federal Reserve System to entice new employees.  This report is included in the October “Beige Book” published by the FED.  The economists described compensation trends as “modest to moderate wage pressures” at this time.  Within skilled manufacturing and several other economic sectors, employers experience difficulty in finding qualified workers. Here’s a link to the Beige Book:

Light the Night – for LLS

Research to eventually cure blood diseases takes a personal turn toward the plastics industry this year, as the head of the Plastics Industry Association confronts the disease himself.  Bill Carteaux is raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as he deals with acute myeloid leukemia and prepares for a bone marrow transplant.  His goal is $100,000 by October 21.  You can contribute at