Honoring the men and women around the world who have made major contributions to shape the direction and future of the Plastics Industry.

Throughout our plastics industry, there are countless individuals who have made important, groundbreaking contributions to the growth and strength of the plastics industry. 

As our industry has matured to its role as a major and influential segment through innovation, technology and medical advances, it is critical we remember the dedicated work of these individuals.

Among the Plastics Hall of Fame members are a group of leaders whose contributions were so significant that without them the industry and our everyday would not be where it is today.

The Plastics Academy has announced the selection of five new members to be posthumously inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 4 during the 2017 Spring National Board Meeting of the Plastics Industry Association in Palm Beach, Florida.

2017 Posthumous Inductees:
L.D. Blackwell – A pioneer in the development of plastics molded products for Healthcare, Aerospace, and Consumer Products. Among his accomplishments was the co-development the first coronary by-pass pump used in open heart surgery.
Saul Blitz – An innovator in injection molding, injection blow-molding and plastic processing, Blitz was a well-known speaker at national conferences as well as one of the original members of the Editorial Advisory Board of Plastics Technology Magazine.
Tom Mohs – The founder of Placon Corporation, a leading manufacturer of thermoformed and injection-molded plastic packaging, Mohs was an early advocate of closed loop and continuous production of food service products, as well as a champion for sustainability and re-use of recycled plastics in many of Placon’s products.
Leonard Steiner – The developer of the Ceramic Band Heater, the standard for heating barrels on plastic processing equipment worldwide. The founder of Industrial Heater Corp. in the early 20th century, Steiner later became the primary supplier to most of the major equipment manufacturers.
Lucien Yokana – A leading inventor and designer of extrusion machinery, Yokana was the founder of Sterling Extruder. He also was responsible for the design of unique barrier screws as well as gear-drive sheet stack and other new technologies. 



The Plastics Hall of Fame was founded in 1972 by Editor-in-Chief Sid Gross in cooperation between Modern Plastics Magazine and Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI. Separate ceremonies for living and posthumous inductees are held every three years. The Plastics Academy administers the Hall of Fame and memorializes the tradition through honoring individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of plastics or the plastics industry and inducting them into the Plastics Hall of Fame.