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Innovation Award

Introducing the 2022 Innovation Award: Automated Manufacturing Solutions


At MAPP's core lives the mission to connect and share innovative best practices. Every year, MAPP elects a committee from our membership that selects a relevant and important theme for the Innovation Award. MAPP members are encouraged to submit their company's best practices in alignment with the selected theme. Every submission will be evaluated by the award committee, which will narrow submissions down to six finalists. The final six submissions will be sent out to the MAPP membership - and winners are voted on and selected by their peers. Winners of the Innovation Award are recognized on stage at MAPP's annual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference in November in Indianapolis in front of more than 600 of their peers. Winners also receive free registration to specific events and recognition in MAPP's national publications.

MAPP's leadership team believes that being an innovator requires nothing more than owning what you do and having pride in it. Innovation isn't something a company or an individual does separate from their everyday work. Instead, innovation is a means of taking a look at the work you and your colleagues do and seeing how you can do it better!

A special thank you to AMCO Polymers for sponsoring the 2022 Innovation Award.

You can view all the winners & submissions in the annual Best Practices Books.

2021 Innovation Award Winners: Employee Retention

< 150 Employees Winners:

  • Plastic Components Inc.
  • Intertech Plastics, Inc.
  • Greenleaf Industries

 150 Employees Winners:

  • Seitz Corporation
  • Deluxe Plastics - Medford
  • Viking Plastics

2020 Innovation Award Winners: Technology on the Plant Floor

Under $15M Annual Sales Winners:

  • Automation Plastics
  • Noble Plastics
  • Bamar Plastics

Above $15M Annual Sales Winners:

  • Intertech Medical
  • Falcon Plastics
  • HPC

2019 Innovation Award Winners: Workstation Layout

Under $15M Annual Sales Winners:

  • Blue Ridge Molding
  • Wadal Plastics
  • Bruin Manufacturing

Above $15M Annual Sales Winners:

  • Intertech Medical
  • Plastic Components Inc (PCI)
  • Falcon Plastics, Lexington

2018 Innovation Award Winners: Defect Detection 

  • Microplastics, Inc. 
  • Intertech Medical 
  • Byrne Electrical Specialists
  • Donnelly Custom Manufacturing
  • Falcon Plastics - Lexington 

2017: Innovation Award Winners: Automation Deployment

  • Intertech Plastics
  • Microplastics
  • Makuta Technics
  • Wisconsin Plastics

2016: Innovation Award Winners: Water Manifold Systems

  • DeKalb Molded  Plastics
  • Dymotek
  • Nicolet Plastics

2015: Innovation Awards Winners: SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die) Carts

  • Deluxe Plastics
  • PMT (Plastic Molding Technology Inc)
  • Microplastics