Tonight Dan Thurmond, president of GMN Plastics, won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) of the Columbia River section. This award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond to support and contribute to the plastics community. Beginning in 1996, the Lifetime Achievement Award has honored many members of the industry from injection molders to key suppliers. The SPE, the largest plastics professional society in the world, aims to spread scientific and engineering knowledge of the plastics industry.
For his entire career, Dan Thurmond has been working in the plastics industry. In 1985, Dan and his business partner, Egon Steinborn, started a plastic injection molding company called Danegon and 10 years later, the business was purchased by GM Nameplate (GMN). While Dan stayed on to run GMN’s new plastic division, Egon Steinborn decided to focus on his tooling business instead and continues to do business with GMN Plastics today. Along with Dan, Egon Steinborn, was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bruce Cleckley, CEO of GMN, said of the award, “We are so happy the Columbia River SPE is recognizing Dan’s contribution in acknowledgement of his decades of work in the plastics industry. Dan is an outstanding example of executive leadership and an invaluable member of our team. This Lifetime Achievement award is well deserved. We are pleased the association has noticed what we experience from Dan each day.”
Dan Thurmond is an irreplaceable member of GMN and his contributions to the plastics industry throughout his career have been countless.