It's that time of year again - time to kick off the Plastics News Processor of the Year Award.
PN is seeking nominations for the annual award, which honors a North American plastics processor for its performance, corporate responsibility and overall excellence.
Finalists will be named in advance, but the winner will be kept secret until a Jan. 27 reception during the Plastics News Executive Forum, set for Jan. 26-29 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix.
This year, professional and financial services firm Ernst & Young will co-sponsor the award and reception.
To nominate a company - your own or that of a customer or supplier - submit a completed nomination form and a letter briefly explaining why the company deserves the award, including examples of such activities as innovative employee programs, civic responsibility, industry support or exceptional performance in any area.
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, assisted by Ernst & Young, will select the finalists and eventual winner from 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.
Nomination forms are available online at www.plasticsnews.com and will be available at PN's booth at several upcoming trade shows.
Forms may be submitted to Processor of the Year, Plastics News, 1725 Merriman Road, Akron, Ohio 44313; fax (330) 836-2322.
Senior reporter Bill Bregar again will coordinate the award. He can be reached at (330) 865-6158 or [email protected]
For details on the Executive Forum program and awards ceremoney, watch www.plasticsnews .com/forum2003.
The winner will join a distinguished group: Cascade Engineering Inc., a custom injection molder in Grand Rapids, Mich.; custom molder Tessy Plastics Corp. of Elbridge, N.Y.; extrusion firm Royal Group Technologies Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario; custom molder Courtesy Corp. of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass.; and Bryan Custom Plastics of Bryan, Ohio, which now is owned by Plastech Engineered Products Inc. of Dearborn, Mich.