Independence, Mo.-based resin distributor PolySource has taken the top spot for Plastics News' Best Places to Work for 2019 after having won the same honor in 2017.
"No. 1, it's an honor and you're humbled to win or to be part of the group. And No. 2, it challenges you every day to think about how we can make it better," President and CEO Grant John said. "We're learning from those other Best Places to Work companies."
But there's not something in the water at PolySource; it's in the DNA.
"I know that our employees make a difference [and] a huge impact in our company and on our customers and I think our company on our employees because we adhere so closely to that PolySource DNA," John said. "To me, the magic of PolySource is the people and the team and the way that we work together. I think it's absolutely the spirit of sincerity, compassion [and] hard work. We've got our core values. We adhere to those very closely, and we all believe in those."
The leadership regularly meets to discuss successes, challenges, objectives and other key topics of the company.
"We believe that the cohesiveness of our leadership is a really important thing for our business, and that carries throughout our company and I think creates a larger cohesiveness as a company," John said.
One of the pillars of PolySource, which has 19 employees, is giving back to others, with community service, John said.
The employees worked a Habitat for Humanity event for a local retirement community where they removed and hauled away kitchen and bathroom fixtures, filled trucks and then unloaded the items to a storage building. Some employees came from out of town to help with the event.
The company also donates to organizations such as Keep Omaha Beautiful "because it's not just helping in Kansas City where we're located, but it's about helping in those communities where we conduct business," John said.