Design, Analysis, and Management Consultants
Plastech Consulting, Inc.
Mr. Hickman has been involved in multiple turn-around situations mostly involving polymer based companies. In each case Mr. Hickman has the ultimate responsibility for turning these companies around. In one case, recognition was given by Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management as being one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Northwest Ohio.
Mr. Hickman has significant hands-on experience with silicone rubber, nanocomposites, productivity programs, product/design development, concurrent engineering, team building, labor partnerships, engineering technology value assessments, market analysis, management evaluations, advanced manufacturing and total business evaluations.
Mr. Hickman’s education consists of Chemical engineering at Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University with management courses beyond the master’s program.
A significant portion of Mr. Hickman’s experience in the polymer industry was obtained on the manufacturing floor, directing a problem-solving environment. In addition, Mr. Hickman completed several assignments as an executive advisor to students in the nationally recognized MBA program at Case Western Reserve University and served as the co-chairman of the Technology Committee on the Polymer Ohio, Inc. Board of Directors ( currently a trustee on the board).
Mr. Hickman currently participates on various boards of directors for privately held companies and teaches several polymer–related courses for the Polymer Engineering Department at the University of Akron Polymer Training Center, as well as for private clients. Recently the Akron section of The Society of Plastics Engineering inducted Mr. Hickman into the plastics Hall of Honor located at the University of Akron.
John R. Hickman has over 37 years in the polymer industry in management, engineering and consultation. He has held key engineering and management positions with Weatherchem Corporation, Scott Fetzer, Carlisle, and ITT before founding Plastech in 1988. He has over 30 trade secrets and five polymer component patents currently in practice, with several pending.