Universal Plastics Receives Diplomat’s Award by Associated Industries of Massachusetts

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Recognizes Massachusetts companies that have demonstrated excellence in international business

Universal Plastics recently received the Diplomats Award from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM announced the winners of its 23rd annual AIM Global Trade Awards, which recognizes Massachusetts companies and public agencies of all sizes that have demonstrated excellence in international business. The 2018 honorees also include Bennett & Co, and John Hancock.

Says Pia Kumar Co Owner and Chief Strategy Officer, “Over the last few years, our customers have developed global supply chains while choosing to retain us as their custom thermoformer. So, we have adapted our business to support our customers globally while continuing to manufacture the highly cosmetic, precision thermoformed parts they need at our three thermoforming facilities in the US – located in Western & Central MA, and in Upstate NY.”

“From innovation in product development to supporting the profile of our commonwealth across the world, Massachusetts companies are deeply entrenched in the global marketplace,” said Richard Lord, President and CEO of AIM. “We are delighted to honor the achievements of these winners, who exhibit best practices in advancing global business. During a time when trade and international commerce are key topics of conversation, we want to foster an appreciation for the role of global business in our local economy.”

The three Global Trade Award winners will be honored during the AIM Global Trade Symposium & Awards Breakfast on Thursday, November 8 from 8-11 am at Waltham Woods Conference Center The AIM Global Trade Symposium & Awards is sponsored by Massport, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) and The Provident Bank.

Universal received the Diplomats Award. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Jay and Pia Kumar, Universal Plastics has grown rapidly in the six years since the couple bought the company. Founded in 1965, Universal Plastics manufactures custom thermoformed plastic parts. These include covers and housings for large machinery such as aircraft engines, MRI machines and dental equipment; plastic components for airplane seats; tamper-resistant signs for bus stops, and kayaks. With 300 employees in Massachusetts, five manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and headquarters in Holyoke, Universal Plastics has created over 100 new jobs in the last 6 years, fueled by export growth.

Universal Plastics is part of the Universal Plastics Group. Universal Plastics Group represents a family of plastics manufacturing companies specializing in a range of processes including injection molding, gas assist molding, heavy gauge thermoforming, blow molding and structural foam molding. The companies have expertise in large, complex and highly aesthetic parts with manufacturing volumes of 50-50,000 parts per year.

In addition to Universal Plastics Corp., the group owns Mayfield Plastics Inc., another thermoformer in Sutton, Mass., that Universal Plastics bought in 2013 as well as Sajar Plastics of Ohio, a gas injection molding specialist and Premium Plastic Solutions, a custom blow molder located in Latrobe PA. Universal Plastics Group also recently acquired the assets of custom thermoformer W. Kintz Plastics, based in Albany, New York

About Universal Plastics Group
Universal Plastics Group is a family of plastics manufacturing businesses comprised of Universal Plastics Corporation (three sites in Massachusetts and New York dedicated to custom thermoforming), Sajar Plastics (gas assist injection molding, straight injection molding & structural foam molding) based in Middlefield Ohio, and Premium Plastic Solutions (custom blow molding) based in Latrobe Pennsylvania.
For more information visit http://www.universalplasticsgroup.com/

Universal Plastics Corp. is the custom thermoforming division of Universal Plastics Group with three facilities in Massachusetts and New York with strong legacy of expertise in manufacturing thermoformed plastic parts of the highest quality with a distinct focus on customer satisfaction. Universal has been in business for over 50 years with a world class management team and currently serves customers in a variety of industries including aerospace, medical device manufacturers, transportation, consumer products, food packaging and electronic companies.
For more information visit https://www.universalplastics.com/

For more information about Sajar Plastics, please visit http://www.sajarplastics.com/

For more information about Premium Plastic Solutions, please visit http://www.ppsmolding.com/

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