IAPD announces multiple award winners at 61st annual convention and plastics expo

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD; Overland Park, KS), an international trade association comprising companies engaged in the distribution and manufacture of performance plastics, announced the winners of the group’s various awards. The awards were presented at the opening general session of the 61st Annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo on Oct. 18 in Chicago.

Winners of the IAPD 2017 Environmental Excellence Award are as follows:

  • Best Overall Program: Isak Plastik A.S.
  • Gold: Curbell Plastics Inc., Cope Plastics Inc. and Sekisui Polymer Innovations LLC
  • Silver: Laird Plastics, Simona America Inc., Piedmont Plastics, Polymer Industries, Palram American Inc., Spartech LLC and Cast Nylons Ltd.
  • Bronze: Finger Lakes Extrusion Corp., Asahi/America Inc. and Colorado Plastics Products
Mark Kramer
Mark Kramer of Laird Plastics and North American Plastics received the prestigious Paul Davis Award of Merit.

The awards were established by the IAPD Environmental Committee in 2008 as a way to celebrate the environmentally responsible practices of IAPD member companies, including recycling, community outreach, employee engagement and more. “The Environmental Committee congratulates the 2016 Environmental Awards winners, especially during a year in which we received the highest number of submissions since the award was established,” said IAPD Environmental Committee Chair Allan Harari. “Clearly, IAPD members are investing more in sustainability measures and demonstrating a growing commitment to increasing their levels of environmental stewardship during the manufacturing and distribution of multi-use performance plastics.”

The IAPD also announced the 2017 Education Circle of Champions Award recipients. The following 10 companies were selected for their commitment to continuing plastics education and sales training through IAPD’s certificate programs and education resources:

  • Gold Award recipients: Cope Plastics Inc., Curbell Plastics Inc., Laird Plastics Inc., Piedmont Plastics, Polymershapes LLC and Redwood Plastics and Rubber.
  • Silver Award recipients: Midland Plastics Inc., Plastifab Industries Inc., Asahi/America Inc. and CartierWilson LLC.

“Albert Einstein said it best: ‘Education is not the learning of facts, but of the mind to think,’” said IAPD Education Committee Chair Mark Steele. “That’s how IAPD University is organized. The IAPD certificate programs put information to practical use with applications from a variety of markets. The IAPD courses challenge one’s technical knowledge, research skills and business acumen by evaluating the ability to help customers find real solutions. I’m pleased with the growing number of Education Circle of Champions award winners. It shows our members’ commitment to put customers’ interests first by investing in training and education for their employees.”

The IAPD named Mark Kramer its 2017 Paul Davis Award of Merit recipient. Kramer was honored for his many years of support to the association and the plastics industry. In his role as President and CEO of Laird Plastics and North American Plastics, Kramer has encouraged the involvement of his employees in every level of IAPD, said the IAPD announcement. “Thanks to his support, North American Plastics and Laird Plastics employees are dedicated volunteers on committees, councils, common interest groups and on the board of directors and executive committee. Kramer has also encouraged his employees to take advantage of IAPD regional events, such as the charitable gold tournaments each year.

The award is named for Paul Davis of Plastics Manufacturing and Supply Corp. in Cleveland, OH, who recognized how difficult it was for a small independent plastics distributor to compete with much larger distributors. He longed for the same buying power that multi-branch distributors enjoy. In the summer of 1956, he began calling other small distributors to see if the owners were interested in teaming up to become a larger voice in the trade. Davis recruited six individuals, representing four plastics distributors at that first meeting, and the group launched what was initially named the United Plastics Warehouse Corp., today known as the International Association of Plastics Distribution. In 1986, the IAPD created the Paul Davis Award of Merit to recognize members who have performed exceptional service on behalf of the association and the plastics distribution industry. It named Paul Davis the first recipient of this esteemed award.

“Mark values IAPD and has fostered a culture of IAPD volunteerism throughout this organization,” said IAPD CEO Susan E. Avery, CAE. “IAPD relies on the dedication and expertise of its volunteers at every level of the association and thanks to Mark’s unwavering support over the years, IAPD has benefitted greatly. Thank you, Mark Kramer, and congratulations on this well-deserved award.”

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