Second place: PET Jack Daniels flask containers in four sizes, molded in a two-step process by Amcor Rigid Plastics USA Inc. at Amcor's plant in Nicholasville, Ky. Hallink RSB Inc. made the molds.
Third place: The Glassa Ponti squeezable PET bottle for cooking glazes made by Italy-based Ponti SpA, which is the blow molder. The blow molding machinery supplier is Sipa SpA. The package was converted to a squeezable, slightly oval-shaped PET bottle from a non-squeezable HDPE bottle.
First place: The Esky 135-quart cooler, a big HDPE cooler blow molded by Coleman Co. Inc. and designed to compete against the Yeti brand of rotationally molded coolers. It holds ice for up to two weeks. The mold maker is Hawkeye Preferred Tooling Group. Judges admired the special slides on the mold needed to make the drain at the bottom of the deep-draw part.
Second place: From designers Ed Wu and Alex Lopex, the Buzz Ball Football game table is designed for playing the sliding-triangle football game. Tackoffs were configured to offset a challenging blow area on the top of the table. An extra deep structure was designed in to overcome warping issues. The table has adjustable folding legs. A plastics designer, Wu runs 99studio Inc. in Naperville, Ill. Lopez is at Amiplex Inc. in Miami, Fla. SPI Industries' blow molding plant in Coloma, Mich., molds the HDPE table. The mold maker is Ram Pattern Inc. of LeClaire, Iowa.
Third place: The Water Walker, a large U-shaped flotation device designed for duck hunters, fishermen and trappers to keep them safe in the water — and their guns dry. Agri-Industrial Plastics Co. in Fairfield, Iowa, is the molder. H&H Mold and Tooling Inc. in Fairfield made the mold.