I just returned from the Plastic News Executive Forum in Henderson, Nevada. A recurring theme at this year's event was the idea of creating a great place to work. By treating employees, the community and the environment with same respect we treat our customers, we can deliver better customer service and higher quality products.
If we consider our team members as valuable as our customers, we create employees who are motivated to do more and better work. Working with the community builds your local brand and helps companies recruit and retain the best talent in the region. And of course, respecting the environment, recycling and minimizing energy consumption helps free us from dependence on foreign oil and preserves the environment for future generations.
At the forum, Plastics News recognized a variety of manufacturers for excellence. Many of the winning manufacturers at the Plastics News Executive Forum embodied the theme above and many of them were IQMS customers!
Automotive manufacturer, Prism Plastics, Inc., received the Excellence Award for Customer Relations. Across its three highly-automated factories, Prism specializes in safety critical products for Tier 1 and 2 suppliers. The manufacturer's extremely low defective parts per million (PPM) have resulted in long-term customer relationships.
Nicolet Plastics Inc., a manufacturer specializing in low-volume, complex parts, received the Excellence Award for Employee Relations. Rather than holding a static job position, Nicolet employees instead learn a range of skills. These cross trained employees create a more flexible team that drive improvements and contribute to a better manufacturing process.
Open only to previous winners of the Processor of the Year award, the inaugural Sustained Excellence award went to Plastic Components Inc. (PCI). Another IQMS manufacturer, PCI has continued to demonstrate manufacturing leadership and innovation since its Plastics News win in 2008.
Finally, three IQMS customers joined the Plastics News Great Places to Work winners circle. B&B Molders LLC, Custom Profile Inc. and PCI boast some of the most employee-friendly manufacturing companies in the nation.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Plastics News for conducting an excellent forum.