PLASTICS Names McGwire Winner of 2024 William R. Carteaux Leadership Award

Iranpolymer/Baspar  The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has named Tad McGwire, president of Industrial Heater Corp., as the winner of the William R. Carteaux Leadership Award. This award, named after the late CEO of PLASTICS, Bill Carteaux, recognizes unity, dedication, perseverance and selflessness, and is intended for an industry professional who has achieved distinction working for the betterment of the plastics industry.

McGwire has been an active member of PLASTICS for more than 40 years and has served on multiple committees and boards since 2005, including chair of the board of directors and chairman of NPE2021. McGwire, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago, began his career in the plastics industry as founder of Phoenix Lighting Products. In 1991, he moved into the president’s role at Industrial Heater Corp., Chesire, Connecticut, where he has served for 32 years. Additionally, McGwire has served on various volunteer boards, from youth sports leagues to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Haven.

“I want to thank the Plastics Industry Association and its members for recognizing me with the William R. Carteaux Leadership award,” McGwire says. “This award came as a very pleasant surprise, and I am honored to accept it. I love working in and supporting our industry, and treasure the relationships I have built along the way, which is why this award is deeply meaningful to me on both professional and personal levels. I also loved working with Bill Carteaux who was my friend and mentor and am grateful for the role he played in my career.”

PLASTICS President and CEO Matt Seaholm congratulates McGwire on winning the William R. Carteaux Leadership Award. “Tad’s history of dedication to our industry, our organization and his strong leadership values make it easy to see why he was chosen for this honor by his peers,” Seaholm says. “I look forward to presenting Tad this very well-deserved Carteaux Award as we kick off NPE2024 in Orlando this May.”

The award was presented Sunday as part of the Plastics Hall of Fame Ceremony.


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