Michael Smith, general manager for Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.'s western region in Costa Mesa, Calif., has received the 2001 Western Plastics Award for exceptional individual service.
Smith ``passionately believes in helping the community,'' Joe LaFountain said in presenting the award at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Western Region conference, held May 15-19 in Kamuela, Hawaii. LaFountain founded Joe's Plastics Inc. in Pico Rivera, Calif.
Smith became the SPI West chairman June 1 after serving as vice chairman. Also, he now chairs an advisory group of regional representatives counseling SPI's national board. He intends to address industry issues involving the economy and energy and will encourage community involvement.
``I became involved in SPI to create positive change in the industry,'' he said. ``Our future growth in industry is limited only by restraints we impose upon ourselves.''
He noted the availability of utility incentives for processors and equipment buyers and the need to draw original equipment manufacturers closer to the plastics industry.
Smith began his plastics industry career with Industrial Molding Corp. in Torrance, Calif., in 1975 and joined Euro-Tec Inc. in Anaheim, Calif., as vice president and general manager in 1987. He took his present Husky position in 1990.
He holds bachelor's degrees in business administration and management and a master's degree in business administration. Smith has held numerous SPI regional and chapter offices and committee roles over the years and received a Distinguished Service Award in 1997.