We're less than a month away from announcing the finalists for the Plastics News Processor of the Year award. Narrowing down the list of nominees to just a handful of finalists is never easy, but I can't remember it ever being this difficult.
We got a lot of very well-qualified companies, so quantity alone makes 2021 an excellent year. The quality of the entries is also outstanding.
Something that stood out in the 2020 awards was the way the companies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. That was a difficult year, but our finalists, including winner Plastek Industries, really stepped up, staying open, making much-needed PPE and other products, and keeping workers safe.
I think people will forget over time, but 2020 was a pre-COVID-vaccine year. These companies stayed open just using best practices like cleaning, social distancing, temperature taking, testing and quarantining. It was an amazing effort.
I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag and disclose the identity of the finalists yet — that will come Jan. 10. We'll announce the big winner at the 2021 Executive Forum, set for March 21-23 in Naples, Fla. We will also profile the winner and other finalists in our April 4 and April 11 print editions.