Don Paulson took some of his strategy in business from the U.S. Navy.
When the captain says to be ready to leave at 0800 hours, and a machine is in need of repair, then that machine needs to be in tip-top shape and ready to go at that time, Paulson joked over a recent Zoom call.
"There's no point in telling him the machine is broken down," he said. "So that better be ready."
"That's a good experience, in business sometimes you just do what you have to do to get something done."
Paulson, founder of Paulson Training Programs Inc., is one of the 2021 Plastics Hall of Fame inductees. He's being honored for his contributions to the industry. which include creating training processes for plastics.
"It's quite an honor and I do appreciate it," he said.
Troy Nix, executive director of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors, penned a letter in 2017 in support of Don's nomination into the Hall of Fame.
"When I think of Don Paulson, one of the first descriptive words that comes to my mind is pioneer, or a person, who by definition, 'is among those who first enter or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise or progress,'" Nix wrote. "Don Paulson led the revolution to turn the plastics industry from that of a black art to that of science; in that light, Don Paulson is a true pioneer."