ORLANDO, FLA. — The plastics industry honored the nine new members of the Plastics Hall of Fame just before the start of NPE 2015 at the Chapin Theater at Orange County Convention Center.
As an orchestra played, the nine new members accepted their medallions and gave short speeches. New Plastics Hall of Fame members are: John Beaumont, Terence Browitt, Bill Carteaux, Robert DeLong, Eugen Hehl, Ed Hunerberg, Manfred Lupke, Donald Norwood and Maureen Steinwall.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson gave a keynote speech. The Wisconsin Republican formerly owned sheet extruder Pacur LLC.
The master of ceremonies was Jay Gardiner, president of the Plastics Academy, which administers the Plastics Hall of Fame. Also speaking were the winners of major awards from the Society of Plastics Engineers, including Richard Spontak, who received SPE's top honor, the International Award.
Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed the plastics industry to her city, for NPE 2015. “We are thrilled to be a part of this important ceremony,” she said.
Jacobs, who also has attended the K show in Germany, said she is impressed with the plastics industry. “You are helping to grow the future of your industry,” she said.