CINCINNATI — The awards ceremony May 11 at the International Composites Exposition '99 in Cincinnati was bittersweet.
While the competing companies were eager to take home a prize, they also knew the ceremony would be the last. The Composites Institute, which organized ICE '99, has been absorbed by the Composites Fabricators Association, bringing an end to the organization and its annual trade show.
For CI President Terry McQuarrie, who won CI's Person of the Year award, the honor was tinged with sadness.
``I have mixed feelings on accepting this award,'' Terry McQuarrie said. ``I have never worked so hard as I have in our attempts to save this 55-year-old organization.''
McQuarrie also is vice president of Glasforms Inc. of San Jose, Calif., which took home a brace of product awards for its Duraspan pultruded bridge deck system.
The system won the award for top infrastructure product, the People's Choice award for best product selected by show attendees, and the top overall honor.
Other award winners included:
Raytheon Aircraft Co. of Wichita, Kan. — aircraft/aerospace/ defense product award for its Premier I wing flap, which is resin transfer molded with carbon-fiber reinforcement.
Zehrco Plastics Inc. of Ashtabula, Ohio — corrosion product award for a compression molded spill container made of vinyl ester sheet molding compound for use at gas stations.
Coastal Plastic Molding Inc. of Alvin, Texas — consumer goods product award for its needlenose pliers molded from a compound of 40 percent nylon and 60 percent long-glass fiber.
Resolite FRP Composites of Zelienople, Pa. — construction product award for a translucent-blade louver made from pultruded parts and for use in ventilating and providing light in industrial buildings.
Creative Pultrusions Inc. of Alum Bank, Pa. — electrical/energy product award for its Powertrusion 2000 utility pole.
Seasafe Inc. of Lafayette, La. — specialty products award for its pultruded Bellagio structural grating system used in the construction of a giant ``dancing waters'' fountain display at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Avanzate Tecniche Di Pulstrusione srl of Angri, Italy — development products award for a pedestrian bridge using pultruded and molded thermosets.
Structron Corp. of San Marcos, Calif. — sporting goods and recreational equipment product award for an outdoor pool table. The table features pultruded fiberglass and polyester structural pieces, rotationally molded ABS legs and injection molded pockets and bumpers. Structron pultrudes the structural parts for JPJ International of Sanger, Calif.
The Composites Institute also gave a plaque to outgoing director Catherine Randazzo in recognition of her nearly 15 years of work heading the organization.
``It has been a pleasure working for this industry,'' she said in acknowledging the award.
The several hundred attendees gave her a standing ovation.