The Association of Rotational Molders International selected two products for its 2005 Products of the Year at the group's fall meeting in Rosemont.
Dutchland Plastics Corp. of Ootsburg, Wis., was honored for its Johnson Diversey Cleaning Cart, whose parts are made by rotational molding linear low density polyethylene and blow molding high density PE. The rotomolded cart is produced using a six-part mold. The cart is used in chain stores.
Formed Plastics Inc., based in Carle Place, N.Y., won for its sandblast housing unit used in the jewelry industry. The product was converted from sheet metal to rotomolded polyethylene. Officials said that using black reprocessed material was a factor in making the part cost-competitive with sheet metal and led its customer to convert the part to rotomolding. The product also won for the recycled category.
Bonar Plastics Inc. of Ridgefield, Wash., took top honors in two categories. In ARM's conversion category, it won for the GenEye Junior, a four-piece rotomolded assembly that creates a portable video inspection unit with 200 feet of cable, LED display, camera and battery power unit. In the large-product competition, Bonar was honored for its Polar Box 57. The product is a double-walled foam-filled container used in refrigerated and frozen-food distribution.
In its Innovative State of the Art category, ARM gave the top ward to MBC RotoMould Inc. of Newark, Ontario. The firm molded the Boatin' Bud, a tackle storage system for aluminum boats. In PVC, the Travelocity Roaming Gnome won. The rigid PVC product is molded by Dutchland and is a primary advertising tool for the Travelocity.com LP travel Web site.