AKRON, OHIO — Plastics News (Booth E11547) is looking for nominations for its fifth annual Processor of the Year Award, honoring a North American plastics processor for its performance, corporate responsibility and excellence. For the second straight year, Plastics News will run a story in advance naming the finalists. But the winner will be kept secret until an Oct. 17 awards banquet during the newpaper's Oct. 15-18 Executive Forum 2001 in San Antonio.
To nominate a company — your own or that of a supplier or customer — submit a statement of 250 words or less outlining why the firm deserves the award.
Forms will be available at Plastics News' booth at NPE 2000 in June and other upcoming trade shows. A nomination form also will be posted on Plastics News' Web site at www.plasticsnews.com.
Submit nominations using the online form, or mail or fax entries to: Processor of the Year, Plastics News, 1725 Merriman Road, Akron, Ohio 44313; fax (330) 836-2322.
The contest is open to all private and public companies or corporate operating divisions engaged in North American plastics processing for at least five years. A team of judges from Plastics News' editorial staff will select the finalists and eventual winner from the eligible nominees, based on verifiable accomplishments in areas such as financial and quality performance, innovation, customer and employee relations, industry and public service, and environmental efforts.
This year's winner will join a distinguished group. In 1999, Royal Group Technologies Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario, won out over a field of 26 entries. In 1998, the winner was Courtesy Corp. of Buffalo Grove, Ill. Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass., won in 1997.
The first winner, in 1996, was Bryan Custom Plastics of Bryan, Ohio. Bryan Custom is now owned by Plastech Engineered Products Inc. of Dearborn, Mich.
The award is open to companies engaged in any type of processing, including injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming and rotational molding.
Senior reporter Bill Bregar will coordinate the award. He can be reached by calling (330) 865-6158 or e-mailing him at [email protected] crain.com.