Parsippany, N.J.-based Asahi Kasei Asaclean Americas Inc. makes Plastics News' Best Places to Work 2021 list for suppliers at No. 6. It has ranked on the list every year since 2015.
In August 2020, Sun Plastech Inc., manufacturer and distributor of Asaclean Purging Compounds, changed its name to Asahi Kasei Asaclean Americas. The company joined Asahi Kasei Group, a manufacturer centered on chemistry founded in 1922, nearly 25 years ago. It serves thermoplastic injection molders and extruders across North and South America.
When the coronavirus pandemic started, employees who were able started working remotely and schedules were flexible. Asahi Kasei conducted weekly all-hands company meetings to provide updates.
Business Development Manager Jerry Weddell said management went above and beyond to ensure everyone's safety.
Kiran Raza, technical sales representative, said it felt like employees' safety was "at the forefront" and that everyone has "each other's backs."
The company made internal changes to ensure jobs were safe. Senior leadership took a pay cut, and they volunteered to do so in order for others to continue receiving their full salaries. Asahi Kasei did not lay off a single employee in 2020.