New Berlin, Wis. — For nearly 40 years, Radius Packaging was a family-owned regional blow molder. Three years ago, it was purchased by investment firm Mason Wells Inc.
While it's no longer family-owned, the company has retained its fun, friendly culture. That includes a strong commitment to the communities where it does business.
"It's the fabric of who we are," President and CEO Tom Frank said. "You're successful if you've created a company that the people within it are willing to give back to the community that they're in. And so that can be financial, that could be through volunteering, time, coaching."
Radius supports local high school athletics, blood drives, food drives, and its local fire department, youth center and homeless shelter. Education is another a big emphasis, Frank said.
"We've developed relationships with all the different school districts and tried to provide opportunity for people to learn trades and understand manufacturing — modern manufacturing with automation. We've hosted tons of tours. And we do a lot with regards to charity events to help kids get education even outside of manufacturing," Frank said.
Being active in the community is something that sets Processor of the Year finalists apart from the pack. And in Radius' case, it also earned the firm the 2022 Plastics News Excellence Award for Industry and Public Service.
"In my role, as I make decisions, my decision has an impact on every single one of our members in the organization and their families. So I have to be able to go to bed at night thinking I made the right decision for those 200 or so members and their families," Frank said.