The Blow Molding Division's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Division's highest award, is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements and contributions to the business, science and technical engineering aspects in the field of blow molding.
The awardee is selected by the Blow Molding Division's Board of Directors from nominees sponsored by the members of the Society of Plastics Engineers and include a consideration of the candidate’s professional record inside and outside of the industry and the continuing effects the candidate’s work has had in the industry. The awardee is presented with an engraved plaque during the Awards Program and Reception at the Annual Blow Molding Conference and a donation in their name is made to the Division’s Grant Fund.
Lifetime Achievement Winners
2018 Dr. Emmett Crawford & Dr. Thomas J. Pecorini, Eastman
2017 Marcel de Botton, President, Logoplaste
2016 Bob Jackson, Founder, Jackson Machinery, Inc.
2015 Stephen Spence, Founder, Spentech Plastic Container, Inc.
2014 Robert Kleckauskas, President , Arrow Plastic Manufacturing Company
2013 Carl D. Ring, Chairman, Ring Container Technologies
2012 Donald C. Graham, Founder, The Graham Group
2011 Frank G. Hohmann, Founder, FGH Systems Inc.
2010 Brooks Heise Sr., Founder, Heise Industries
2009 Thomas E. Brady, Founder, Plastics Technologies, Inc.
2008 Richard Smith, Founder and Owner, Agri-Industrial Plastics Company
2007 William Gaiser, Founder and Owner, Broadway Companies Inc.
2006 Martin Stark, President, Bekum America Corporation
2005 Dr. Saleh Jabarin, Director, Polymer Institute - University of Toledo
2004 Robert Delong, Solvay Polymers Corporation
2003 Michael Gigliotti, Monsanto Plastics
2002 Robert Slawska, Founder, Proven Technologies
2001 Ralph Abramo, Founder and Owner, R. J. Abramo Associates
2000 Willi Muller, Founder, W. Muller KG
1999 Fred Biesecker, Founder and CEO, Drug Plastics
1998 Cliff Baker, Uniloy
1997 Mike Schmidt, CEO and Founder, ABC Group - Rexdale, Ontario
1996 Jerome S. Heisler, President, Delaware Barrel & Drum and Container Corp. of America
1995 Sam Belcher, Founder and President, Sabel Plastechs, Inc.
1994 Yataro Yoshino, Founder and President, Yoshino Kogyosho - Tokyo
1993 John W. Raymonds, Founder, Captive Plastics
1992 John Szajna, Elmer Mills / Con Can
1991 Dewey Rainville, Founder and President, Rainville Injection Blow Machines
1990 Don Peters, Phillips Chemical Co.
1989 Frank Wheaton, Wheaton Plastics
1988 Katashi Aoki, Founder and CEO, Nissei Plastics/Aoki Technical Laboratories, Japan
1987 Dennis Hunkar, Founder, Hunkar Company
1986 Sam Rupert, Uniloy
1985 Gottfried Mehnert, CEO and Founder, Bekum Machinery Co. - Berlin, Germany
1984 Charles Sewell, CEO and Founder, Sewell Plastics and CKS Plastics