Macomb, Mich. — You'd be hard-pressed to find a plastics processor that does more for the community than PTI Engineered Plastics.
Community outreach has been difficult during the pandemic. But Kelley Riley, the custom injection molder's sales coordinator, said PTI managed to keep up with some longtime commitments and initiate some new ones.
PTI supplies plastic components and assemblies and specializes in low-volume, complex parts. The company was founded in 1984 and operates from a 160,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing plant that includes both clean room and controlled environment space.
PTI supplies a diverse mix of end markets, including medical, automotive, defense and aerospace, and commercial and consumer products.
PTI had a successful 2021 and earned a spot as a finalist in the Plastics News Processor of the Year awards. It posted strong marks in customer relations, employee relations and environmental performance.
"Of course, the whole world had to deal with the pandemic and the supply chain issues that came out and all the employee issues," CEO Mark Rathbone said in a recent interview at the company's Macomb headquarters.
The company was considered an essential supplier and stayed open throughout the pandemic.
"It all came down in March of 2020, where we had to deal with government mandates on how to deal with people in close contact, how to deal with people who actually contracted COVID. It kind of changed our whole world," he said.
"We were not familiar with all that as a company. We referred to it as being like building the plane as we're flying it," Rathbone said. "But we kept everybody busy."
In one project, the company made and gave away 160,000 face shields to front-line workers.
"That was kind of the glue for our employees, because they felt connected with something and they felt good about that. And it was all volunteer," Rathbone said.
The largest single donation, 19,600 shields, went to the Gleaners Community Food Bank. PTI also donated personal protective equipment to hospitals, skilled nursing centers, dental offices, school districts, transportation services, restaurants and other community charities.
In September, Macomb County recognized PTI with a Hometown Hero Award for that project. And for donating face shields and many more efforts, PTI is the winner of the 2021 PN Excellence Award for Industry and Public Service.