Detroit — Four companies have reached the finalist stage for Plastics News' Processor of the Year Award: MTD Micro Molding, Petoskey Plastics Inc., Plastek Industries Inc. and Trilogy Plastics Inc.
The list includes three processors that have been finalists before. Petoskey and Trilogy were finalists in last year's competition, covering 2016. MTD was a finalist for the 2015 award.
Plastek is a newcomer to the finalists' stage.
MTD does micromolding of medical parts in Charlton, Mass. Petoskey Plastics is a blown film manufacturer based in Petoskey, Mich., that specializes in running recycled plastics. Plastek, in Erie, Pa., is a custom injection molder and mold maker of packaging for markets that include personal care and cosmetics. Trilogy Plastics, a custom rotational molder, is based in Alliance, Ohio.
Candidates are judged on seven criteria: financial performance, quality, customer relations, employee relations, environmental performance, industry/ public service and technological innovation. Judges are members of the Plastics News editorial staff.
Last year's winner was Dymotek Corp., a custom injection molder in Ellington, Conn.
The winning Processor of the Year will be announced at the Plastics News Executive Forum, March 5-7 in Naples, Fla. Before then, Plastics News editor Don Loepp and senior reporter Bill Bregar, who coordinates the annual award, will visit all four companies.