Falcon Plastics announces leadership changes


Company enters third generation of family ownership

BROOKINGS – The Bender family, owners of Falcon Plastics, recently announced changes to its leadership structure effective April 1.

These changes have been, unofficially, in effect since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and are being made official now. 

Jenn Barlund will assume the role of president and Kyle Bender will assume the role of executive vice president. 

Barland and Bender, as partners in management of the company, will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s performance. 

Together, they will lead Falcon Plastics into its third generation as a family owned and operated company.

Barlund said, “I am very excited to be named president. Falcon Plastics was created by the insight and innovative thinking of its founders, my grandparents, and has been built into what it is today thanks to years of commitment from our team members, stakeholders, and family.” 

Current owners and leadership of Falcon Plastics, Jay and Guy Bender, will remain involved with the business and will maintain ownership of the company. 

Jay will serve as CEO, and Guy Bender will assume the role of chairman of the board. 

Neither Jay nor Guy have plans to retire in the foreseeable future.

These changes have been implemented through a planned and deliberate transition involving the board and management over several years to ensure the leadership team was fully prepared for their new roles.

Jay Bender, CEO of Falcon Plastics, said, “Our goal has been to put in place a leadership transition plan that would allow us to seamlessly pass leadership to Jenn and Kyle. Considerable effort has been made to ensure the proper planning and training occurred for a successful outcome. We are confident we have achieved that today. 

“We are very excited about this transition. We are proud of Kyle and Jenn as well as everyone else at Falcon Plastics. We are positioned very well for continued success and feel fortunate that we have the chance to keep this a family owned and operated business that will continue to follow the values, principles, and ethics that it was founded on in 1975,” Bender said.

Falcon Plastics is headquartered in Brookings. Founded in 1975, Falcon, a custom injection and blow-molding company, manufactures plastic components for a wide variety of products in use every day by people all over the world. Falcon Plastics currently operates four manufacturing facilities with over 335,000 square feet of facilities in Brookings and Madison, Lexington, Tennessee, and Tigard, Oregon, as well as a partnership in Suzhou, China.

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