The Plastics Hall of Fame can serve as a way to remember and honor the past while also providing a foundation to build industry today and tomorrow, president of the hall believes.
So with that outlook, the Plastics Hall of Fame has named 17 new members to the group who will be honored at the upcoming NPE2024 in Orlando, Fla., in May.
It's a group of both living inductees as well as those who are being inducted posthumously. The Plastics Hall of Fame, also has dug back into the annals of plastics to find two historical figures that have been previously overlooked in the more than 50 years the Hall of Fame has been around.
As president of the Plastics Hall of Fame, Maureen Steinwall is front and center in guiding the selection process, a process that includes a three-step approach to whittle down the field to the eventual winners. Nominees are first considered by a nominating committee and then the Plastics Hall of Fame board before finally being voted on by living members of the group.
"The mission is to identify and honor individuals whose innovation and leadership have advanced the plastics industry and provided valuable solutions to societal needs," Steinwall said.
With this year's inductees, the Plastics Hall of Fame now has 236 members, said Steinwall, herself a 2015 inductee.
The hall, she said, has a "mission to keep the history of our industry alive and celebrated," she said. Those joining the plastics industry today are "going to stand on the shoulders of some pretty impressive and innovative people who have made some pretty good things happen in this world."