Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Many Plastics Companies Win Manufacturing Leadership Awards

The plastics industry is well represented, both quantitatively and qualitatively, among the winners of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards, which are presented annually by the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council.

Of the 100 awards, 10 are going to companies and individuals whose business is based in plastics. Another dozen or so process or use a significant amount of plastics in their products but would not describe themselves as plastics companies.

In judging for the awards, which are now in their ninth year, the MLC’s intention is to recognize companies and individuals that have embraced breakthrough innovation and enabled their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility.

Nominations in 11 categories are vetted and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Seven of the categories celebrate outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company, and four categories honor the achievements of individual manufacturing professionals.

The 2013 winners are from the United States, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Switzerland. The awards will be presented on May 15, 2013 at a celebration following the Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, FL.

The plastics companies winning Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards are:


Information Leadership: Johnson Controls Inc. (2 awards)

Information Leadership: Creative Foam Corp.

Operational Excellence: Flextronics International

Operational Excellence: Nicolet Plastics Inc.

Operational Excellence: Plastic Components Inc.

Operational Excellence: Plastikos Inc.

Sustainability: KLW Plastics Inc.

Sustainability: Plastikos Inc.

Game-Changing Technologies: Thogus Products Co.

Game-Changing Technologies: In’Tech Industries Inc.


Advocacy: Ray Coombs, Jr., Westminster Tool Inc.

Manufacturing Entrepreneur: Matthew Hlavin, Thogus Products Co.

Congratulations to each of the winners, and double kudos to Johnson Controls and

Plastikos for winning two awards each, and Thogus Products, which won an award for Game-Changing Technologies and whose president, Matthew Hlavin, won an individual Manufacturing Entrepreneur award.

Additional information about the award-winning companies can be found in a recent article by Clare Goldsberry on PlasticsToday.com.

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