GW Plastics is pleased to announce that we have been selected as Plastics News’ “Sustained Excellence” award winner for 2015. This prestigious award honoring continued excellence in well-rounded plastic processing companies was announced at the Plastics News’ Executive Forum in Naples, FL.
The award is given only to past Processor of the Year winners — which Plastics News awarded to GW Plastics in 2009 – and is given to the company that has best sustained their level of excellence year after year. GW Plastics was judged on a number of continuous improvement categories, including financial excellence and proof the company has been profitable every year since winning Processor of the Year. We were also judged on extraordinary new developments that have been instrumental to our company’s success.
GW Plastics was recognized for our revenue and employment growth, which both doubled during the last six years. Our commitment to reinvesting into our company is clear, spending over $40,000,000 on plants and equipment since 2009 and adding seven Fortune 500® customers during the same period.
Plastics News acknowledged GW Plastics for its growth in medical device contract manufacturing, providing the world’s most successful healthcare companies with fully assembled and packaged medical devices. Plastics News noted our company-wide investment and transformation in all of our operations, supporting world-class manufacturing of medical devices and automotive safety critical components.
GW Plastics was also recognized for our innovative approach to career development and workforce training. In response to a growing national skilled labor shortage, we have created a unique training program capable of ensuring a sustainable pipeline of skilled workers. The program begins at the high school level, where local students are able to enroll in the GW Plastics’ “School of Tech” for an introduction into advanced manufacturing. Students design, manufacture, and market their own product over the course of an entire semester under the leadership of our team. From there, we fund a generous college scholarship program in collaboration with Vermont Technical College, in which recipients are also eligible for a paid summer internship at GW Plastics. Between the scholarship and internship program, it is possible for a student to completely cover the tuition cost of an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. We also offer several workplace training options for our employees, including a Manufacturing Technology Leadership Program, a Toolmaker, Molding, and Automation Apprenticeship Program, and Scientific Injection Molding certification courses.
Brenan Riehl, President and CEO, attributes our company’s success to our stability of ownership, highly trained and tenured workforce, and commitment to long-term customer relationships. “This is only the second year that Plastics News has given the ‘Sustained Excellence’ award, and I could not be more thrilled that GW Plastics received this recognition,” said Riehl. “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Plastics News and all of our hardworking associates worldwide for continuing to improve and strengthen our company, helping us to serve our customers better every year.”
Global market-leading companies choose GW Plastics to deliver their most challenging projects. To learn more about how our sustained excellence can help you succeed with your next project, please visit our booth #1615 at the MD&M East 2016 Exposition in New York City this June 14-16. For more information, please contact Anthony Fleszar, North America Sales Manager, at Anthony.Fleszar@GWPlastics.com or visit our website at www.GWPlastics.com.