Once again, Plastics News is seeking nominations for our Processor of the Year Award, and we're looking for companies that want a chance to shine.
Based on seven criteria, the award honors a North American plastics processor for its performance, corporate responsibility and overall excellence.
The award is open to all companies - public or private - or corporate operating divisions engaged in North American plastics processing for at least five years.
Finalists will be named in advance in a news story. But we will keep the identity of the winner a secret until next year's Plastics News Executive Forum, set for Feb. 25-28 in San Diego.
Once again, professional and financial services firm Ernst & Young Corporate Finance (Canada) Inc. will co-sponsor the award and reception at the Executive Forum.
The deadline for entries is Oct. 20. To nominate a company - your own, a customer's or a supplier's - submit an entry form and a letter briefly explaining why the company deserves the award.
Include some examples of activities such as innovative employee programs, community involvement, industry support or extraordinary performance in any area.
The form is available online at www.plasticsnews.com/nominate.
At NPE 2006 in Chicago, hard copies of the nomination form also were available at Plastics News' exhibit, and those forms may be submitted by mailing them to Processor of the Year, Plastics News, 1725 Merriman Road, Akron, Ohio, 44313 or faxing them to 330-836-2322.
Once again, senior reporter Bill Bregar is coordinating the award. He can be reached at tel. 330-865-6158 or e-mail [email protected]
Judging is done by Plastics News' editorial staff, with help from Ernst & Young. The judges pick the finalists and eventual winner from eligible nominees.
The seven criteria are: financial performance, quality, customer relations, employee relations, environmental performance, industry and public service, and technological innovation.
The winner will join a prominent group. The last Processor of the Year was U.S. Farathane Corp. of Sterling Heights, Mich.
Past winners are Miniature Precision Components Inc. of Walworth, Wis.; Jarden Plastic Solutions of Greer, S.C. (formerly called Unimark Plastics); Precise Technology Inc. of North Versailles, Pa. (now part of Rexam plc); Tech Group Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 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.