LEOMINSTER, MASS. (April 11, 3:20 p.m. EDT) — The Plastics Academy plans to honor two industry leaders, one from machinery and one from the processing sector, as Robert Schad and Peter Bemis will receive awards during the Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 26, during NPE 2003 in Chicago.
Schad, who founded Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. in his garage in 1953, will pick up the Daniel Fox Lifetime Achievement Award. Originally, Schad wanted to make a snowmobile, but when that failed, he began making tools, dies and fixtures for other firms. Husky soon began making injection presses.
Today Bolton, Ontario-based Husky has customers in more than 100 countries, annual sales of US$581 million and 2,800 employees. Schad is known for fostering a corporate culture that promotes excellence, innovation, leadership, teamwork and environmental responsibility.
The Fox Award is named after the late Daniel Fox, who invented Lexan polycarbonate and other engineering resins while working at GE Plastics.
Peter Bemis, who will receive the Frank Marra Plastics Industry Contribution Award, is executive vice president of Bemis Manufacturing Co., an injection molder and extrusion firm in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. He also is president of the company's Contract Group.
Bemis has focused on bringing on new technology, such as coinjection molding. He is active in industry associations, including serving as a director of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Midwest Regional Office, and of SPI's national board. He is chairman of the board of the National Plastics Center and Museum, which houses the Plastics Hall of Fame in Leominster.
The award is named after the late Frank Marra, an industry activist who built D-M-E Co. into a global mold components giant.
The induction ceremony and award presentation will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Tickets and information are available by calling the Plastics Academy in Leominster at (978) 537-9529.
The academy also announced the ceremony's keynote speaker: Craig Naylor, group vice president of Wilmington, Del.-based Du-Pont's Performance Materials unit.