Brothers Joe and John LaFountain have worked together in the plastics industry in California for more than 20 years. It's only fitting they both received the Distinguished Service Award for 1995. The award was presented by the Western Section of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
Joe LaFountain started Joe's Plastics of Pico Rivera, a resin compounding and distribution firm, in 1974. It specializes in ABS, polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene and employs 40.
He has served as president of the SPI's Southern California unit and as president of the California Plastics Pioneers.
John LaFountain began his career working for his brother when Joe was a plant manager for an extruding company in California. After Joe started Joe's Plastics, John went to work with his brother.
In 1978, the brothers got an opportunity from a customer to put a plant in Northern California. John went to Fremont to start Bay Polymer Corp. Two months later the customer began his own processing and left John to find new customers. Today the company employs 30.
``We work together even today,'' said John, even though the brothers operate the companies as two separate entities.
John served two terms as president of the Northern California SPI unit, and held numerous positions on the board of directors, where he continues to serve. He also has been active in the Society of Plastics Engineers in the Golden Gate Chapter. Both brothers support plastics education programs in California.
Goldsberry is a Plastics News correspondent in Phoenix.