Regardless of the clock, Vince Witherup worked.
It wasn't something he dreaded, it was something called "work ethic." He learned the value of hard work early in life.
From humble beginnings in Franklin, Pa., Witherup molded himself a career after working from the age of 8. He put Conair Group on the map. He served two terms as a local county commissioner.
Witherup is also one of 10 inductees to the 2021 Plastics Hall of Fame, presented by the Plastics Academy.
"My biggest accomplishment might be becoming a member of the Hall of Fame, to be honest," Witherup mused during a recent interview with Plastics News. "I was totally totally shocked, I never expected this so I'm pleased and humbled."
Witherup compared the induction to his time as an Eagle Scout and a Distinguished Service Member of the Plastics Pioneers Association but his place in the Hall "far exceeds anything."
Nominator and former colleague Timothy Womer said Witherup's contributions to Conair and the industry at large were a big part of his deserving of the designation.
"Vince has not only been a figurehead of the plastics industry but he has also been a great mentor to many young engineers and salespersons throughout the years with his unselfish personality as a giving person," Womer stated in the nomination.