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Date: October 15, 2018
Liz Novak, Senior Director of Marketing and Advocacy / Editor-In-Chief, +913.345.1005


IAPD Honors Randy Kirkpatrick with the 2018 Paul Davis Award of Merit

Overland Park, Kans. - The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacturer of performance plastics, has named Randy Kirkpatrick its 2018 Paul Davis Award of Merit recipient.

On behalf of IAPD and the plastics distribution industry, Kirkpatrick received the prestigious Paul Davis Award of Merit for 2018 at IAPD's 62nd Annual Convention and Plastics Showcase in Washington D.C., USA. Presented by past award winner Jane Saale of Cope Plastics, Inc., Kirkpatrick was honored for his many years of support to the association and the plastics industry.

When IAPD created the Paul Davis Award of Merit, it was to recognize leadership in the industry and association and a long term, evidenced commitment to improving both. But the character of the person and the relationships and reputation they develop within the industry also play a part in being awarded the Paul Davis Award of Merit. This award is meant for someone like Randy Kirkpatrick, of Artek, Inc.

Kirkpatrick's volunteer resume with IAPD is impressive. It includes two terms on the Board of Directors, chair of the Manufacturers' Council, co-chair of the Distributors and Manufacturers Council Subgroup, the Marketing Committee co-chair and now as an integral part of the Membership Committee. He's generous with his time and expertise when it comes to helping IAPD and supporting the performance plastics industry. He has worked hard to promote the ideal partnerships between distributors and manufacturers.

Kirkpatrick's enthusiasm and dedication to the industry and association haven't waned throughout the years, as he continues to offer his time and energy whenever asked or when he recognizes a need he can fill.

"What Randy is best known for are the strong relationships that he develops, nurtures and maintains in our industry. If you have met Randy, you consider him a friend. If you do business with Randy, you know that he personally epitomizes his company's core values - dependable quality, service and support. He represents the best in all of us - in who he is and all that he does," said IAPD CEO Susan Avery, CAE. "Thanks to Randy, IAPD is able to be stronger, have a wider reach and better promote IAPD membership and the performance plastics industry. Please join me in congratulating Randy on this incredible achievement."

About Paul Davis
Paul Davis of Plastics Manufacturing and Supply Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, recognized how difficult it was for a small independent plastics distributor to compete with a much larger distributor, and he longed for the same buying power that a multi-branch distributor enjoyed. In the summer of 1956, he began calling other small distributors to see if the owners were interested in teaming up to become a larger voice in the trade. Davis recruited six individuals, representing four plastics distributors at that first meeting. This small group launched what was initially named the United Plastics Warehouse Corporation and today is known as the International Association of Plastics Distribution. In 1986, IAPD created the Paul Davis Award of Merit to recognize members who have performed exceptional, extraordinary or outstanding service on behalf of the association and the plastics distribution industry and bestowed Paul Davis as the first recipient of this most esteemed award. 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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