Later today, Plastics News will announce its winner for the 2021 Processor of the Year, but if you want a sneak peek at the five finalists, you can find them now at plasticsnews.com.
For the past several years, PN staffers have put together video highlights as part of our visits to the finalists. This year, Erin Sloan, audience engagement editor for PN, collected and edited interviews from those visits.
No hints from me on which company will win (watch for a news alert at 9 p.m. or so) but you can certainly get a good idea what made these finalists stand out by watching the videos.
Comar LLC of based in Voorhees, N.J, is an injection molder and blow molder with 11 manufacturing facilities and more than 1,100 employees, all in North America.
MMI Engineered Solutions of Saline, Mich., is an injection molder, blow molder and toolmaker producing automotive parts in plants in Saline and Warren, Mich., and in Monterrey, Mexico.
Protolabs, based in Maple Plain, Minn., offers 16 manufacturing processes, which fall under four main service offerings: 3D printing, injection molding, sheet metal fabrication and computer numerically controlled machining.
PTI Engineered Plastics opened in Macomb, Mich., in 1984, initially as a prototype tooling and sample molding specialist. Today, PTI is a custom injection molder serving a diverse customer base, including medical, automotive, defense/aerospace and commercial/consumer products companies.
Teel Plastics of Baraboo, Wis., has been best known since 2020 as a key supplier of swab sticks used in COVID-19 test kits. The injection molder and extruder has produced approximately 1.5 billion swabs sticks in the last 19-20 months.