Phoenix Technologies named corporate citizen of the year by Wood County
March 30, 2016 — Phoenix Technologies International, a leading producer of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Ohio’s Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC).Over the past 25 years ago, Phoenix has grown into a major source of rPET for a variety of packaging and other applications. One out of every 20 PET bottles recycled in the
United States comes to Phoenix to pelletize and crystallize for reuse back into consumer packaging applications."When evaluating companies for our Corporate Citizen of the Year award, we look for organizations that have taken a leadership role in their industries and have made a positive impact on northwest Ohio," said Wade Gottschalk, executive director, WCEDC. “Phoenix Technologies is an excellent representation of those ideals."Phoenix has continued to grow its manufacturing capability over the years, most recently announcing an $18 million expansion in 2015 to enable upstream production integration. The company added a proprietary new wash line to self-manufacture clean flake, used as feed material to create rPET. The new line is housed in a leased 66,000 square foot facility located in close proximity to Phoenix’ existing 90,000 square foot manufacturing plant. “On behalf of our employees, suppliers and customers, Phoenix is honored to accept this award. In addition, I would like to thank the people, enterprises and organizations. of Wood County that truly make it a great place to do business,” said L. Robert Deardurff, president, Phoenix Technologies.
Phoenix Technologies participates in Earth Day 2015
In honor of Earth Day 2015, Phoenix employees participated in tree planting. Pictured are Dennis Velkov, Tina Lowe and
Phoenix Technologies supports numerous educational and community programs. Examples of this support are listed on this page.
Peter Kuebeck, Sentinel Staff Writer, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:17
Josh Mandel hopes students will start taking a new look at the skilled trades. "I believe we need to put shop class back in high school," the state Treasurer said Monday during a stop at Phoenix Technologies International in Bowling Green.
Mandel came by to present an inaugural "Ohio Strong" award at the company. The event was one of multiple stops planned by Mandel in the area, including Toledo, Findlay and Lima.
The Ohio Strong awards are intended to help recognize workers in manufacturing and the skilled trades across Ohio, and to raise public awareness to encourage people to pursue careers in those fields.
Prior to presenting the award to Henry Schworm of Phoenix - engineering manager and a 21-year employee at the company who started welding early in his life - Mandel noted that students today are largely told the only way to success is through a four-year degree. Such a degree is only one of the options available, he said, later noting figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that 48 percent of young adults are employed in jobs that don't require a four-year degree - and as a result they are getting in debt for their education needlessly.
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