Charles A. Sholtis, CEO of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT; El Paso, TX), received the 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Business Management Award on March 22, the night before opening day of NPE2015. The award is one of the highest honors SPE bestows on an individual, recognizing outstanding achievement in the management of corporations, according to current SPE President Vijay Boolani.
"I am honored simply to have been nominated for this award; to be named the recipient is extraordinary," Sholtis said. "This honor serves as a validation of the hard work and dedication I've put into PMT."
Sholtis than thanked the many people who helped build PMT. "This award is much bigger than me; it is about the people in my factory who work daily in the pursuit of excellence," he said in his acceptance speech.
Sholtis also attributed winning the award to the support of his family, including his father Charles E. Sholtis, the now-retired founder, Chairman and Chief Engineer of PMT. "He encouraged me to pursue my education and establish a strong work ethic. Because of his support, I became the first Sholtis in our generation to receive an advanced college degree," he said. Sholtis said this education helped establish the foundation he would later need as the second-generation owner and leader of PMT.
Sholtis was nominated for the award because of a relentless commitment to quality, service, value, innovation and continuous improvement in all aspects of PMT's business, which has resulted in many long-term customer relationships and sustained growth. He was also recognized for his turnaround tenacity after the 2007 Great Recession hit—while many manufacturers were on the brink of failure, Sholtis steered PMT clear of the storm.
Sholtis was officially recognized during the SPE's 73rd Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC), held in conjunction with NPE2015 in Orlando, FL, during both the SPE Leadership Luncheon and SPI Plastics Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony.
PMT is an ISO-certified manufacturer of precision-engineered, injection-molded plastic components, producing more than 150 million parts annually. The company provides a single-source solution for everything from design engineering, prototyping and mold sourcing to manufacturing, assembly, and JIT delivery. PMT has more than 40 years of experience serving an array of industries including automotive, appliances, electrical and consumer products. Strategically located in El Paso, TX, PMT is well positioned to serve maquiladora plants in Mexico.