Meet Don Hood, a dedicated member of our team whose professional journey spans 24 years at our affiliate company, Continental Carbonic Products. His tenure at Continental Carbonic has been a testament to his adaptability and leadership, progressing from Shift Supervisor to Plant Manager and eventually overseeing production plants as a Regional Manager. His successful turnaround of the Loudon, TN facility and subsequent role as Quality Programs Manager reflect his commitment to organizational growth and operational excellence.
In his current capacity, Don navigates the dynamic landscape of quality compliance. Despite initially facing the challenge of transitioning into Corporate Level Quality with limited experience, Don’s determination and resilience enabled him to not only understand but also excel in aligning Continental Carbonic with Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) guidelines.
Among his proudest achievements at Continental Carbonic, Don highlights the successful launch of the Clearfield, PA facility in 2017 and the expedited attainment of FSSC, surpassing projected timelines by six months, an undeniable reflection of his strategic planning and leadership.
Don finds immense fulfillment in Continental Carbonic’s culture of recognition, career advancement, and open communication—an environment that resonates with his values of safety, integrity, and fostering a close-knit community.
As a guiding principle for new employees, Don advocates for hard work, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to excellence, emphasizing that dedication leads to success. A quote from President Harry Truman encapsulates Don’s work ethic and dedication: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
Beyond the workplace, Don’s passion for the outdoors shines through his pursuits, including hunting, fishing, and embracing traditional archery. He values moments spent with his wife exploring National Parks and savoring winery visits. Don also actively contributes to his community through a men’s group, “Beards & Backpacks,” fostering both physical and spiritual renewal.
Collaboration and teamwork have been pivotal in Don’s time with Continental Carbonic. His ability to lead and empower teams, evident in the successful collaboration between Continental Carbonic and MATHESON Corporate Quality, underscores the importance of collective effort and expertise in achieving organizational milestones.
His journey at Continental Carbonic shows dedication, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence, inspiring colleagues and aspiring professionals alike. MATHESON extends its heartfelt gratitude to Don for his exemplary service and commitment.