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Clare Goldsberry

October 7, 2016

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International Association of Plastics Distribution celebrates 60th anniversary

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD; Overland Park, KS) held its annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Showcase in Phoenix, AZ, on Oct. 4 to 8. The IAPD brings together manufacturers, fabricators, distributors, recyclers, manufacturers’ representatives and service providers for the plastic sheet, rod, tube and profile industry.

Each year, the organization presents awards to honored members in various categories. This year, the IAPD announced the 2016 Environmental Excellence Award recipients, recognizing accomplishments of companies in the development of environmentally friendly materials and the manufacture of plastics in an environmentally responsible manner.

The award for the Best Overall Program went to Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products for identifying opportunities and initiatives that reduce waste and energy consumption while increasing its global product offerings. Quadrant made a multi-million dollar investment in its Scranton, PA, facility, and introduced two ECO (recyclable) grades of performance plastics, TIVAR ECO UHMW-PE and DURAPRO, as well as an aggressive postconsumer buy-back program.

Cope Plastics Inc., Curbell Plastics Inc. and Laird Plastics each received a Gold Award. The Silver Award went to Cast Nylons Ltd.; EnCore Products, a divison of Elmer’s Products Inc.; and Piedmont Plastics. Bronze awards went to Colorado Plastic Products, Finger Lakes Extrusion Corp., Isik Plastic A.S. and Palram Americas Inc.

Education is a big part of IAPD’s mission, and Gold Award recipients in the IAPD 2016 Education Circle of Champions category were Curbell Plastics Inc., Cope Plastics Inc., Laird Plastics Inc., Midland Plastics Inc., Redwood Plastics Corp. and Sabic’s Poymershapes. The Silver Award went to Interstate Plastics, and Mulford Plastics received an honorable mention.

These eight companies were selected for their commitment to continuing plastics education and sales training through IAPD’s certification programs and education resources. “Ben Franklin once said, ‘an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.’ I am pleased to see so many member companies taking advantage of and benefitting from the fantastic resources that the IAPD has to offer,” said IAPD Education Committee Chair Mark Steele.

Other awards included the IAPD Pacesetter Award, given to Total Plastics International’s Regional Branch Manager, Bob Grennes, for his work with the IAPD’s governance structure, including updating policies, job descriptions and IAPD bylaws; Curbell Plastics Inc.’s Keith Hechtel received the prestigious President’s Award for “going above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the association.”

Three companies received the IAPD Marketing Excellence Award. Redwood Plastics Corp. was recognized for engaging in numerous activities that helped promote plastics as well as the company’s own expertise via various platforms. Redwood implemented two successful campaigns in 2016, including a materials campaign titled, “Take the Guesswork Out of Switching to Plastics” and a first responders campaign titled, “When Seconds Matter, Wood Doesn’t Hold Up,” to promote the benefits of performance plastics.

Also receiving a Marketing Excellence Award was Cope Plastics Inc., a distributor and fabricator, for actively promoting performance plastics and launching an online store for selling remnants of stock shapes created from its manufacturing processes. The company also launched its first finished part for sale, Waterjet Bricks, which are suited for straight and abrasive water-jet cutting.

The third recipient of the Marketing Excellence Award was Asahi/America Inc. for actively promoting its products. The company’s employees promote the benefits of performance plastics via magazine articles and social media marketing.

Jane Saale of Cope Plastics Inc. was the recipient of the 2016 Paul Davis Award of Merit for her many years of outstanding personal and professional contribution to the association and the plastics industry. Saale was elected as IAPD’s first woman president in 2012, and during her two-year term, she oversaw many of the improvements currently benefitting the association.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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