After developing an innovative new wet wipe container closure design during his internship in Currier Plastics’ quality assurance department, Tom Maloney ’09 found himself in front of some of the company’s largest clients.
“They put a lot of faith in me as an intern,” says Maloney, who was hired by the Auburn, N.Y., based company after graduating with his technology management degree. He is now a business development manager at Currier, a comprehensive custom design, injection molding and blow molding facility.
“I’ve always felt prepared,” Maloney says. “Everyone here has been very supportive of me. It’s a great place to work.” Maloney is among several SUNY Oswego graduates working at Currier, including the Vice President of New Product Development, Gary Kieffer ’80, who helped Maloney land his internship.
Currier Plastics designs and manufactures products around the northeast, mostly in the amenities and personal care packaging industries. The majority of its customers are within a 400-mile radius of the company, but Maloney attends sales meetings with clients as far away as Chicago and North Carolina.
“I call upon my coursework at Oswego almost every day,” Maloney says. Technical writing and drawing, manufacturing, communication and business classes all contribute to his ability to speak effectively with clients, Maloney says. His advice for students: “Pay attention to what you are learning in class! You never know when you’ll need that information.”
Maloney, who played on the men’s lacrosse team and volunteered with the Student-Athlete Mentors program as a student, attends lacrosse alumni reunions and maintains many of the friendships he made at Oswego. Maloney spoke to campus employees as part of an alumni panel, about the impact that faculty and staff members make on students, at the President’s Opening Breakfast in August 2014.
“There have been a lot of amazing changes on campus since I left—both in the physical campus and with the academic and athletic programs,” he says. “I have a lot of Oswego pride as an alumnus.”
— Tyler Edic ’13