Plastek Industries Inc., which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, was named 2020 Plastics News Processor of the Year on March 18, at a virtual edition of the annual Executive Forum.
The Erie, Pa.-based company was founded as a toolmaker in 1956 by Joseph Prischak , who is joining the Plastics Hall of Fame this year. Still on its second generation of Prischak family leadership, 2020 marks the third time that Plastek has been a finalist for the award.
Plastek is a global injection molder and the 26th company to be named Processor of the Year. The winner this year receives the Bill Bregar Trophy, named for the PN senior reporter who was the coordinator of the award for 14 years.
At the virtual ceremony, Plastics News also named the winners of three PN Excellence Awards.
Comar LLC, an injection molder, blow molder and toolmaker based in Voorhees, N.J., won the PN Excellence Award for Industry and Public Service. The company was honored for its COVID response: staying open, creating jobs and making essential products.
MMI Engineered Solutions Inc., an injection molder and toolmaker based in Saline, Mich., was honored with the PN Excellence Award for Employee Relations. MMI was cited for prioritizing its workforce and their safety during the pandemic year, and taking steps to ensure sustained growth and a strong future for the company.