Do you know of or work for a processor that should be recognized for outstanding work?
Even though the past three years have been tough on manufacturers, many companies are doing just fine, thank you, and have interesting stories to tell about how they have navigated the choppy waters and managed to remain successful. Well, the time has arrived to share such inspiring stories.
Plastics News (Booth N5126) is seeking nominations for its annual Processor of the Year Award, honoring a North American plastics processor for performance, corporate responsibility and excellence. To nominate a company - your own, a supplier or customer - submit the form available at Plastics News' NPE booth, or download the form from www.plasticsnews.com/nominate. The deadline for entries is Sept. 15.
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 our editorial staff will select the finalists and eventual winner based on verifiable accomplishments in areas such as financial and quality performance, innovation, customer and employee relations, industry and public service, and environmental efforts.
Nominees greatly strengthen their cases when they provide financial data and documentation of their accomplishments. The award is open to companies engaged in any type of processing, including injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming and rotational molding.
If you doubt the value of participating, hear what the award's most recent winners have to say about the experience. A tie for our 2002 award meant that both Precise Technology Inc. of North Versailles, Pa., and Tech Group Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., went home with a victory trophy.
John Weeks, president and chief executive officer of Precise, said that capturing the award ``raised morale at all Precise global locations, gave credence to existing customers that they were working with a winner, while exposing Precise to new, previously unknown opportunities at potential new customers - always a boon to any midsize manufacturer in such prevailing, tight market conditions. We would say to any molder, any size - go for it!''
Tech Group Chairman and CEO Steve Uhlmann said the honor ``has instilled a sense of pride and accomplishment within the entire organization. The credibility of receiving this award has enhanced the Tech Group's reputation with customers and vendors.''
We plan to run a story Dec. 1 naming the finalists. The winner will be kept secret until a ceremony at the Plastics News Executive Forum 2004, which takes place Jan. 25-28 at the J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort in Summerlin, Nev., about 10 miles from Las Vegas.
Next year's winner will join a distinguished group. In addition to Precise and Tech Group, prior winners include Cascade Engineering Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Tessy Plastics Corp. of Elbridge, N.Y.; Royal Group Technologies Ltd. of Woodbridge, Ontario; Courtesy Corp. of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass; and Bryan Custom Plastics of Bryan, Ohio.
Senior reporter Bill Bregar again is coordinating the award and can be reached by calling (330) 865-6158 in Akron, Ohio, or by e-mailing him at [email protected]