Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Yesterday evening in Tampa, FL, Maureen Steinwall, the owner of custom injection molding specialist Steinwall Inc. of Coon Rapids, MN accepted the Plastics News’ Processor of the Year Award on behalf of her company.
Congratulations are definitely in order. Not only is Steinwall Inc. a very successful company in terms of growth and sales, and a groundbreaker in employee training and other areas, but the two other finalists for the Award, Bemis Manufacturing Co. and Rodon Group LLC, are also very successful plastics processors, and thus strong competitors.
Steinwall Inc.’s fiscal-year 2011 sales of $19.1 million are almost three times its 2001 sales, and 50% more than during its worst recession year — and company growth is continuing. During 2012, Steinwall Inc. will open a new building, which frees up space in its current facility for 48 injection molding machines that will come from Bosch Security Systems. Steinwall last year won a global competition to take over what until now has been Bosch’s in-house molding operations.
Maureen Steinwall is a long-time active member of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and currently serves as a member of the SPI Board of Directors. SPI sponsors the Plastics News Processor of the Year Award, but is not connected in any way with the judging of winners.
“As the voice of the industry, SPI is extremely proud to be sponsoring the premier award in our industry recognizing the best of the best of plastics processors,” said SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux when he announced SPI’s participation in the award. Peter Bemis, the CEO/owner of Bemis Manufacturing who accepted the finalist award presented to his company, also has been an active SPI member for many years, serving on SPI’s National and Midwest Regional Boards of Directors at various times.
As noted in a previous post here, many thanks are due to the judges who decide this award. The companies who have received the Award in previous years are absolute proof that it takes true excellence just to become a finalist. You can see the Plastics News story about the award ceremony, as well as an accompanying video, by clicking here.