The Society of Plastics Engineers’ Thermoforming Division will honor Robert Porsche as its 2017 Thermoformer of the Year this September. The award presentation was postponed from 2017 because of Hurricane Irma.

Robert PorscheThe presentation will take place at SPE’s Thermoforming Award Dinner Sept. 24 to 26 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and the Fort Worth Convention Center in conjunction with the 26th SPE Thermoforming Conference. The dinner will be held Sept. 25 at the AT&T Stadium.

Porsche began his thermoforming industry career 1975 working in sales for Profile Plastics. In 1987, he purchased General Plastics Inc., where he remains owner and president. The company provides solutions for point-of-purchase and original equipment manufacturers in the bus, rail, truck, marine, office, lavatory, medical, health and wellness, gaming, arcade, food and beverage, construction, and machine guarding industries.

When he first bought Milwaukee-based General Plastics, it had eight full-time employees housed in an 11,000 square-foot facility. The company now boasts more than 70 full-time employees and has expanded to a 93,000 square-foot building, which contains a complete collection of the newest single station, rotary, and twin sheeting formers, as well as two 3-axis and six 5-axis CNC routers, as well as fully robotic trimming equipment.

Porsche is an active SPE member and has served in several leadership roles as an SPE Thermoforming Division board member. Within the division, he chaired the finance, machinery, and processing committees, in addition to two SPE Thermoforming Conferences. He previously won the Division Outstanding Achievement Award.

“Last year, members of the SPE Thermoforming Division board of directors were extremely disappointed at losing the opportunity to present Bob with a much-deserved honor,” says Eric Short, the SPE Thermoforming Division chair. “His lengthy list of accomplishments and contributions to our industry [deserves] proper recognition, and we’ll do that this year in Fort Worth. The division will resume its search for the next Thermoformer of the Year in 2019.”