Comar LLC, Diversified Plastics Inc., MMI Engineered Solutions Inc. and Plastek Industries Inc. have been selected as finalists for the Plastics News 2020 Processor of the Year award.
Three of the companies — DPI, MMI and Plastek — are repeat finalists. Erie, Pa.-based Plastek was a finalist for the 2017 and 2018 award, while Brooklyn Park, Minn.-based DPI and Saline, Mich.-based MMI were finalists for the trophy in 2019. Comar, which is based in Voorhees, N.J., is a first-time finalist.
All four companies are injection molders but have other plastics operations as well. Comar also does blow molding, DPI has a large rapid prototyping business, and both MMI and Plastek have big tooling operations.
Processor of the Year 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.
"These finalists have impressive stories to tell, especially considering their performance in the pandemic year," Plastics News Editor Don Loepp said. "They all stayed open and kept their employees safe, and pitched in to make essential products needed in the fight against COVID-19, including diagnostic consumables, face shields and ventilator components."
The 2019 winner was Intertech Plastics Inc., a custom and medical injection molder in Denver.
Here's a description of each finalist, in alphabetical order: