Plastikos Team named the 2016 “Sustained Excellence” award recipient by PlasticsNews
Erie, Pa (June 1, 2017) – Plastikos, Inc. was named the “2016 Sustained Excellence” award recipient, presented by PlasticsNews earlier this Spring in Naples, FL. The exclusive Sustained Excellence award that is limited to companies that previously won the North American Processor of the Year award (POY Award), which Plastikos earned in 2010.
“The entire Plastikos & Micro Mold Team is extremely honored to be presented with the “2016 Sustained Excellence” award, seven years after Plastikos was named the “North American Processor of the Year” by PlasticsNews,” expressed Philip Katen, Plastikos’ President & General Manager. Katen continued, “Plastikos & Micro Mold remain strongly committed to our ‘100% Made in the USA’ strategy, and we believe that our Team affords the highest value for our customers’ hard earned dollar. And the “Sustained Excellence” award recognizes the hard work and dedication of our Team, who strives to exceed our customers’ expectations every day.”
Plastikos was recognized for the company’s growth and continued operational excellence along with its impressive capital equipment reinvestment throughout the past 7 years. The core values of Customer Service, Teamwork, Professionalism, Respect, and Continuous Improvement have defined the Plastikos & Micro Mold culture since its founding in 1978, almost 40 years ago.
Plastikos’ Manufacturing Manager, Robert Cooney stays particularly close to continuous improvement projects. “Over the past 10 years, Plastikos has reinvested heavily in an effort to position itself at the very top of the injection molding industry and our investment in cutting-edge technology has directly benefited our customers and our employees.”
Cooney continued, “Since 2010, Plastikos has replaced over 85% of our injection molding machines with brand-new, all-electric presses coupled with integrated robots and cutting-edge quality and production monitoring technology. Moreover, we also added eight (8) new medical clean room molding machines to support our Team’s continued growth in the medical device industry.”
All former Processor of the Year (POY) award winning companies who were considered for the 2016 Sustained Excellence Award needed to demonstrate excellence in the following areas (in addition to being a previous POY winner):
- Continued Operational Excellence
- Sales Growth, Diversification, And Corresponding Financial Performance
- Advancement In Technology & Innovation
- Industry-Leading Employment Practices And Workforce Development
Plastikos earned high remarks in all categories. For example, Plastikos sales over the last seven years (2010 – 2016) have increased more than 50%! Plastikos realized impressive sales growth from both its long-term customer base as well as from the addition of multiple strategic medical device accounts. Moreover, Plastikos built a state-of-the-art ISO 7 (Class 10,000) clean room medical center complete with eight (8) new clean room molding machines in 2015 to support the growth of its medical device customer portfolio.
Finally, Plastikos was also recognized for its outreach efforts within our local community of Erie, PA. Over the last three (3) years alone, Plastikos hosted over eighteen (18) interactive student plant tours that focused on continued education and career development for those local students. During these tours, well over 100 students ranging from grade school to high school have been exposed to Plastikos’ industry-leading manufacturing operation and to the larger plastics industry.
Philip Katen commented “I believe the success that Plastikos & Micro Mold has attained during these past seven years is a direct result of the hard work, continuous improvement, and dedication to excellence that defines our unique culture and defines our Team. Rob [Cooney], Ryan [Katen], and I are so proud of every member of our Team, and all that we have accomplished together. And we are also so thankful for the support and trust that our customers place in us each and every day. We appreciate what this award represents, and we are confident that the very best for the Plastikos & Micro Mold Team is yet to come!”
About Micro Mold Co., Inc. & Plastikos, Inc.:
Based in Erie, Pa., Micro Mold & Plastikos specialize in precision mold design & fabrication as well as tight-tolerance injection molding. Our unique Lifetime Mold Warranty program is a testament to our devotion towards manufacturing the highest quality products for our customers. Our primary fields of expertise relating to plastic manufacturing include; medication delivery systems, surgical eye care, microfluidic, and electronic connector, among others. Our medical molding room is controlled through an ISO 7 clean room (class 10,000) with press tonnages ranging from 88T – 220T. Both companies have achieved leading industry recognition as the “Processor of the Year” and “Best Places to Work” awards, presented by leading industry publications.