Greg McNeely of McNeely Plastics Inc. in Clinton and Bryan Hawkins of Hawkeye Industries Inc. in Tupelo have been named vice chairman and secretary-treasurer, respectively, of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA).
At its most recent meeting, the MMA board of directors voted to fill a vacancy on its executive committee, which was created when Joe Mercado of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, who served as vice chairman for the 2009-2010 term, was transferred from Meridian to Texas earlier this year. Following precedence, the board voted to move McNeely, elected 2009-2010 secretary-treasurer, to the position of vice chairman, and selected Hawkins to serve as secretary treasurer for the remainder of the 2009-2010 term.
McNeely is president, COO and co-owner of McNeely Plastics, a manufacturer of plastic films and bags. McNeely served as the company’s vice president from 1988 to 2001 and became CEO and president in 2001.
McNeely also owned and served as vice president of Mega Plastics, a related plastics manufacturing company, from 1996 to 2005. In 2003, Mega Plastics was selected to the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Fast 40.” The two companies merged in 2005, forming what is today McNeely Plastics. The company employs 90 people.
McNeely also serves on the board of directors of the Harbor House Chemical Dependency Center. McNeely graduated magna cum laude from Millsaps College, receiving a bachelor of business administration degree, and has completed some postgraduate MBA studies. He is a resident of Jackson and has two children, Jacob, 12, and Emily, 6.
Hawkins is founder and president of Hawkeye Industries Inc. In business since 1995, Hawkeye Industries is a “high-tech” OEM contract manufacturer of precision fabricated sheet metal components and assemblies for a wide variety of manufacturers. A native of Tupelo, Bryan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Mississippi. In 1999, Hawkins retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Mississippi Army National Guard (MSARNG), where he served for 23 years as a helicopter pilot holding various command and staff positions in army aviation.
Hawkeye Industries was selected during biannual reviews by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Top 40 fastest-growing privately held businesses in 1999, 2001 and 2005. In 2003, Hawkins was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration to represent the State of Mississippi as its Small-Business Person of the Year in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the board of the Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation, the charitable arm of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.
Hawkins actively attends The Orchard, a United Methodist congregation, where he serves in various leadership positions and other activities. He also serves as a member of the Renasant Bank Community board and is the state treasurer of the Magnolia Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America. Since his retirement from the MSARNG in 1999, he has been an active supporter of numerous activities in support of the armed services and particularly the MSARNG. In 2003, Hawkins was awarded the National Guard Association of America’s Patrick Henry Award, which recognizes exemplary support of the National Guard by retired members. He also serves and assists with various professional and community organizations.
He and his wife, Brenda, who also serves as secretary/treasurer and office manager of Hawkeye Industries, have three sons, Jim, Alan and Marc.