But Miles was fortunate. He began as an apprentice tool-and-die maker with Western Electric, the manufacturing division of AT&T, and rose through the ranks with increasing responsibility within the company. At one point, Plzak supervised more than 600 employees and was instrumental in setting up Western Electric’s new Shadeland plant in Indianapolis.
He also held numerous leadership roles in civic and professional organizations. He remains active in the Fayette Rotary Club.
He moved from Indianapolis to Fayette about 10 years ago following the death of his wife, Bessie, with whom he was married for 62 years. Plzak is the father of CMU President Marianne Inman.