This is a mentorship program that pairs interested young professionals (under the age of 40) with more tenured plastics industry professionals in mutually beneficial relationships.

Program Goal

To provide a way for industry members to learn more about the plastics industry, develop their professional skills and better serve within their roles through the help of other more experienced and accomplished industry professionals.


6 months, but hopefully forming a relationship that will last much longer.

Time commitment

About 10 hours, but it’s really up to you. Typically pairs set up a monthly call and try to meet in-person at least once.

Why participate?

Rewards for all participants include:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Foster lasting friendships
  • Network and community involvement
  • Share mutual interests
  • Sharpen communication skills
  • Learn from each other and see different perspectives
  • Objective feedback on skills

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Discover how future leaders are cultivated through industry mentorship.

“My mentor helped guide and encourage me; providing not only feedback, but a non-judgmental listening ear as well. I would recommend the mentorship program to anyone that is interested in receiving feedback and support as they navigate their career. I feel as though I have developed a professional relationship that will last through years to come.”

     - 2020 Mentee: Caitlin DeMasellis, Ideal Machinery

“It was great to work with, share knowledge and learn from my 'mentee.'  She was extremely receptive to advice but brought a great perspective and information I learned a great deal from.  I'll remain networked and communicating with her in perpetuity and follow her career in hopes she succeeds.”

     - 2020 Mentor: Bob Montgomery, Attis Innovations

"Those coming in need to know what made the current leaders so successful while the current leaders need to know how to pass the torch on to someone different than they are."

     Annina Donaldson, Maxi-Blast (Mentee)

"You want to take any opportunity you can to understand things from a diverse perspective."

     - Maureen Steinwall, Steinwall, Inc. (Mentor)

Please note: The FLiP/PLASTICS Mentorship Program is not to be used as a recruitment or employment tool.

More than 90 member companies have participated in the mentorship program. See a sample of the Mentor and Mentee companies and make yours the next to join the list.

  Mentor Companies Mentee Companies
  Arburg, Inc.
Attis Innovations
BASF Performance Materials
Bay Plastics Machinery
Berry Global Group, Inc.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
COLLIN Lab & Pilot Solutions, Inc.
Conair/IPEG, Inc.
Dart Container Corp.
Industrial Heater Corp.
Manar, Inc.
Maguire Products, Inc.
Nordson Corporation
Novatec, Inc.
NOVA Chemicals Corporation
Otter Products
Parkinson Technologies Inc.
Ravago Americas
Royce Global
Steinwall, Inc.
US Extruders
Westlake Chemical Corp.
Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc.
Yushin America, Inc.
Americas Styrenics LLC
Arburg, Inc.
Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Beaumont Technologies, Inc.
Berry Global Group, Inc.
Cloeren Incorporated
Eastman Chemical Company
Entek Manufacturing Inc.
Ideal Machinery, Inc.
Jarden Plastic Solutions
Maxi-Blast, Inc.
Mexichem Specialty Resins, Inc.
Mid-America Machining
Milliken & Co.
Printpack, Inc.
Rocheleau Tool & Die Co., Inc.
Sealed Air Corporation
Sepro America LLC
SolveTech, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company
The Dow Chemical Company
UBQ Materials
Westminster Tool, Inc.