Dennis Tully with the MTD Micro Molding team at the Pawtucket Red Sox game in 2018, on the field. Tully can be seen wearing a Red Sox hat at middle right. Image courtesy of MTD Micro Molding.
The staff of MTD Micro Molding, a specialist in ultra-precision medical micro molding, is mourning the loss of President Dennis Tully, who passed away unexpectedly in February.
Tully had grown Miniature Tool & Die from his father’s electronics components mold making business into MTD Micro Molding, a globally recognized and respected producer of ultra-miniature medical components. Along the way, Tully doubled the company’s workforce, invested 10% of its annual revenue in innovation, and built an award-winning medical plastics processing business.
Tully will long be remembered for empowering and inspiring employees, encouraging teamwork, and building friendships. Several MTD Micro Molding employees shared their words of remembrance with MD+DI, demonstrating that one of Tully’s greatest accomplishments was bringing people together to address the medtech industry’s challenges.
“Dennis had a gift of creating a work place that felt like home,” Patrick Haney, R&D engineer, recalled. “His ability to bring people together to work as a team is a characteristic that is all too often forgotten and not at all mastered by most people. He was truly an influential force and an exceptional role model, and I was honored to have known and worked for him.”
“Dennis was a lover of life and truly believed in the good of people,” Lindsay Mann, MTD’s sales and marketing director, told MD+DI. “He was a fearless leader—willing to make mistakes, try new things, take risks—all for the betterment of his company and his employees. Dennis taught me that there is a solution to every problem. In fact, he built an extremely successful business around that concept. I am so proud of the business that Dennis has created and to be a member of the MTD team, which thanks to him, has become family. He will be missed forever.”
Tully was “intelligent, compassionate, generous, and considerate of his employees,” said Kim Goodwin, director of quality. “Nurturing and analytic at the same time.”
Tully was continually driving MTD forward. “For years he had a vision for the future of MTD that only he could fully understand and bring to fruition,” recounted Sandy Livermore, office coordinator. “As a key team player he worked side by side with us methodically building, growing, and strengthening the bonds of what has become the MTD of today.”
Above: Dennis Tully (shown curling at right) at MTD Micro Molding’s annual curling tournament in Petersham, MA. Image courtesy of MTD Micro Molding.
Added Carl Lemieux, mold maker: “I heard him on multiple occasions thank us for allowing him to be able to live the lifestyle he lived. He was grateful for us, yet he provided the environment for us to succeed.”
The MTD team is committed to continuing Tully’s approach. Said PJ Blando, mold maker: “We need to carry on his vision and legacy here at MTD moving forward and within ourselves as individuals.”
MTD remains privately owned and will continue with Tully’s plans for expansion this year. “Dennis was an amazing husband, father, son, Uncle and friend,” said his wife Darlene Tully. “He was a brilliant business man who had an appreciation for every one of his employees equally. MTD was his family as well and he was proud every day of the direction in where it is going. He truly believed in his saying, ‘Be the first, Be the best, Ever forward.’ He will be forever missed.”