Viking Plastics Named Corry Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year
Plastic injection molding company is recognized for community leadership and employee development programs.
Corry, PA — March 6, 2017 — Viking Plastics, a leading injection molding and value-added assembly service provider, is the 2016 Corry Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year.
The award goes to a Corry Chamber of Commerce member that has shown outstanding leadership in the community and among its employees throughout the year. The Chamber evaluates the degree to which the business’ employees volunteer outside the business, how involved the company is with internships and sponsoring or coaching student activities, and how highly employees regard the business.
Viking Plastics exemplifies these award criteria. The company’s employees, including president and CEO Kelly Goodsel, are active as sports coaches and serve on local boards such as CCDC and Little League. The company also has a Relay for Life team, participates in the annual Angel Tree program, and encourages its employees to participate in the United Fund and Erie Gives. Viking Plastics opens its doors several times each year to Corry High School ninth-graders who tour various departments of the plant to learn about manufacturing processes, and the business offers internships and co-ops to high school and college students.
Investing in employee training and recognition are also Viking Plastics priorities. The company holds Viking Academy several times per year, which educates employees about all aspects of the business and provides the opportunity for employees to interact with the management team and employees from different departments. Viking Plastics also holds employee appreciation days and hosts lunches for new employees.
Viking Plastics 120+ employees participate in one of four daily drumbeat meetings that include updates, daily sales figures and 2-second improvements employees make to improve processes. The company’s lean manufacturing culture focuses the entire team on eliminating waste and optimizing workflows, which enables them to deliver high-quality products to their customers.
Goodsel accepted the Large Business of the Year Award at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017. In his acceptance speech, Goodsel stated, “On behalf of all of the Viking Plastics employees, we are humbled to receive this honor and recognition for our role in the community. We’re proud to say we work, live and play in the great city of Corry!”
About Viking Plastics:
Founded in 1972, Viking Plastics is a privately held, injection molding and value-added assembly service provider, delivering innovative products including sealing solutions, custom injection molding, assembly, and post-molding secondary services. Viking Plastics’ multiple plants house more than 60 global molding machines, with capabilities spanning the range from 50- to 450-ton injection molding, as well as capabilities including 2 shot, insert molding, and automated assembly cells. Viking Plastics is ISO/TS 16949:2009 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.