Announcing the recent promotions of three executive team members.

Cathy Tempesta


Tom Johansen


Art Bennert


Bethel, Vermont-based advanced manufacturing company GW Plastics is proud to announce the recent promotions of three executive team members.

Cathy Tempesta has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. Tempesta joined GW Plastics 15 years ago as the Director of Human Resources, and in her new role as Vice President, she will work to bring best practices to all of GW Plastics’ worldwide operations, including workforce training and career development, employee engagement, and retention. Prior to joining GW Plastics, Tempesta had a successful human resources career with Unilever. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University with MBA studies from the State University of New York. Tempesta also serves on the Board of Directors of Vermont’s Green Mountain Development Corporation and on the Advisory Board of the Technical Career Center’s Advanced Manufacturing Program in Randolph, VT.

GW Plastics has also promoted Tom Johansen and Art Bennert to the position of Executive Vice President. Johansen has been an employee of GW Plastics for 26 years and served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer prior to this promotion. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Cornell University. Bennert has been a GW employee for 24 years and previously served as VP and Chief Operations Officer. He is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from New York University.

“Cathy, Tom, and Art have been instrumental to our success in transforming GW Plastics from a regional injection molding company into a leading global plastics contract manufacturer,” said Brenan Riehl, GW Plastics President and CEO. “We are very grateful for their efforts in helping to make GW Plastics an industry leader.”

Founded in 1955, GW Plastics has earned a reputation as an industry leader in precision tooling, injection molding, and contract manufacturing serving the world’s most successful companies in the healthcare, automotive safety-critical, and filtration markets. Headquartered in Bethel, Vermont, the company’s standardized ISO-certified facilities are located in Bethel and Royalton, VT; San Antonio, TX; Tucson, AZ; Querétaro, Mexico; Dongguan, China; and Sligo, Ireland. GW Plastics is a Plastics News’ Processor of the Year and Sustained Excellence award winner, as well as the Dean Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award recipient.