MCG BioComposites, LLC began operations in August 2007 by Founder and President/CEO Sam McCord and Partners Dean Reck, Technical Sales Manager, and Phil Neville, Manager of Recycling, to provide sales, marketing and commercialization of biobased materials.
MCG BioComposites arose from Mr. McCord’s many years of involvement in the plastics industry. His leadership of the Society of Plastics Engineers led to his associates requesting that he represent the industry on the Iowa Biomass Working Group, a group formed by the Advanced Manufacturing Research and Collaboration Cluster. The collective of farm, academic, government and metal manufacturing representatives worked to encourage local, state and county entities to purchase Iowa bio-renewable products. Mr. McCord helped two private entities commercialize biobased materials that use Iowa-grown switch grass and kenaf fibers. MCG BioComposites was a natural next step for Mr. McCord, as it combined his expertise in plastics and biobased materials with his leadership experience.
Mr. McCord started MCG BioComposites to handle the growth in biobased materials. His other business, McCord Consulting Group, Inc., is a separate entity but affiliated for additional services to the customer base. McCord Consulting Group provides executive search, business development consulting and business acquisition search to the plastics industry nationwide. The two companies offer a unique and effective combination of critical business services.
SAM MCCORD – CEO, MEMBER PARTNER
Mr. McCord leverages his years of experience in business operations of executive search, business development and strategic planning, site selection for new manufacturing facilities, project coordination and sales and marketing in the plastics industry. He has represented companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. He currently serves on the board of AMRCC (Advanced Mfg. Research and Collaboration Cluster) and BioSIG (Bioplastics Special Interest Group for 2011, Chair 2012-2014). His past board activity includes serving as the 2007-2008 Chair of the Iowa Biomass Working Group. For additional memberships, visit the Links page.
Mr. McCord is responsible for the overall vision and planning for the future of the business.
MARY MCCORD– PARTNER – Vice President 2007 - 2020
Ms. McCord managed the office and bookkeeping for MCG BioComposites since 2009. Previously, she served as office manager for New York Life Insurance in Cedar Rapids. Her responsibilities included overseeing the application processes in the main office as well as sales offices in Waterloo, Davenport, Iowa City and other locations. Over her 35-year career in the insurance industry, she trained agents and produced reports while also managing office services, an office staff of eight to ten and solving problems.
Mary also worked with the CEO on various trade shows for lawn and garden, conferences in the horticulture markets for their private label of plant markers – MCG BioMarkers® and business meetings throughout North America as they expanded their business into Canada. She was also an integral part in the planning and implementation of the company's strategic planning. In 2015 she was diagnosed with Early-Onset Dementia and passed on June 18, 2020.