media release

Date: August 19, 2021
Contact: Courtney Karr, Director of Marketing and Education, +913.345.1005


IAPD Announces 2021 Education Circle of Champions Award Recipients

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacturer of performance plastics, is pleased to announce the following member companies as the 2021 Education Circle of Champions Award Gold Award recipients:

- Cope Plastics, Inc.
- Curbell Plastics, Inc.
- CartierWilson LLC
- Piedmont Plastics
- Polymershapes

These five companies were selected for their commitment to continuing plastics education and sales training through IAPD's certificate programs and education resources. The recipients were honored at the opening general session at the 65th Annual IAPD Convention in Louisville, KY, USA, by IAPD President Craig Saunders.

“On behalf of the IAPD Education Committee, I would like to congratulate the members and their employees who received this year’s Education Circle of Champions award. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for everyone, but these award winners have taken adversity and turned it into opportunity. By investing in the education and training of their employees, these award winners are ensuring the current and future workforce are prepared to improve profitability, sustainability and safety. Thank you all again for your commitment to furthering the performance plastics industry,” said IAPD Education Committee Chair Chad Procida.

“The Education Circle of Champions award recipients this year have demonstrated a strong commitment to furthering their employees’ performance plastics knowledge and sales skills,” said IAPD CEO Susan Avery, CAE. “Continued earning is imperative to the success of not only these IAPD members but the longevity of the performance plastics industry.”

Companies earn points by participating in any number of training and education activities, including:
- Establishment of a new company-wide training program.
- Companies with existing training programs can earn points by establishing a new program in addition to current programs or by upgrading/replacing a program.
- Establishment of a new internship program (headquarter or branch level or company-wide). This option can be met at a company where no internship program existed previously.
- Establishment of relationships with schools/universities and/or conducting university/student outreach to promote the plastics industry.

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. For more information, visit

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