announced that Bill Serritella has joined the company as account manager for the medical market. He comes to Industrial Molds Group with many years of experience as a mold maker and working with Fortune 500 medical device companies. Industrial Molds Group specializes in precision injection molds for the medical, automotive and packaging markets.
The American Chemistry Council announced the winners of its new Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards. The winners include Axion International Inc. of New Providence, New Jersey; Nepco Industrial Company Ltd. of Chino, California; and Trex Company of Winchester, Virginia. The winners were recognized for developing products using post-consumer recycled plastics. Together, the three companies employee 700 and process about 325 million pounds of post-consumer plastics per year.
Axion uses recyclate in its rail ties and other building products. Trex is a leader in extrusion of wood/plastic siding and lumber, and consumes some 300 million lbs/yr of post-consumer polyethylene, primarily from bags and wraps. Nepco molds picture frames from recycled expanded polystyrene. Nepco processes 4.2 million pounds of post-consumer polystyrene per year.
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council is seeking entries for its 2011 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The award winner will be announced during the closing session of the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference, scheduled for Sept. 26 - 28 in Nashville, TN. Nominations for this year's award must be received by CPI no later than 17:00 EDT on August 12, 2011. Click here for the award rules and entry form.
Award nominations may include finished products, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes or processing equipment. Entries must represent new ideas, technologies or processes that have not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award or in the marketplace longer than 12 months prior to this year's submission deadline.
Meanwhile, the Wytheville, VA facility of semi-finished plastic parts processor Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products has been recognized for operating three years injury-free. "For 80 employees to work 386,100 hours without one recordable injury is quite a feat. It is evidence of our strong company vision for safety and the strong accountability that each person has for the safety and wellness of their team members," said Alan Freeman, plant manager in Wytheville. Injury-free is defined by Quadrant as no recordable injuries. Recordable injuries are those defined by OSHA Standards.
"Achieving the first injury-free year is the hardest in my opinion, but once people experience it and believe it is possible, the expectations are very employee-driven to continue the hard work. No one wants to be the one who ends it, so people are very mindful of their actions at an even higher level," said Freeman.