media release

Date: October 15, 2018
Contact: Courtney Karr, Marketing and Education Manager, +913.345.1005


IAPD Announces 2018 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, has announced the following member companies as the 2018 Education Circle of Champions Award recipients:

Gold Award Recipients
- CartierWilson LLC
- Cope Plastics, Inc.
- Curbell Plastics, Inc.
- Nylatech, Inc.
- Piedmont Plastics
- Polymershapes
- Redwood Plastics and Rubber
- SIMONA America, Inc.

Silver Award Recipient
- Midland Plastics, Inc.

These nine companies were selected for their commitment to continuing plastics education and sales training through IAPD's certificate programs and education resources. They were recognized in a special video presentation during the opening general session of the 62nd Annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Showcase.

"On behalf of the IAPD Education Committee, I congratulate the companies being recognized with the Education Circle of Champions award. Only a select few companies in the performance plastics industry reach this high level of employee education through the use of the IAPD University training programs. As these companies know, a team of educated employees will increase their shareholder value and allow for excellence in serving customers in the performance plastics industry," said IAPD Education Committee Chair Jeff Toth.

The Education Circle of Champions has three award levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The criteria are demanding, so it is significant that eight companies achieved the Gold Level and another company achieved the Silver Level.

"The continued success of the IAPD Circle of Champions award is a testament to the value our members place on education and training," said IAPD CEO Susan E. Avery, CAE. "This year's winners have gone above and beyond by advancing not only their own employees but the performance plastics industry as a whole. These awards as well deserved."

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.

The eligibility period for the 2019 Education Circle of Champions Award is open from August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019.

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.

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