Two women in the plastics industry were recently recognized as 2015 STEP Ahead Award honorees: Annette Crandall, President of Quality Assured Plastics Inc., a Lawrence, MI–based custom injection molding company; and Brenda Galindo, Material Planner for Lancer Corp., a maker of soda fountain and beverage dispensing machines based in San Antonio, TX. STEP stands for science, technology, engineering and production.
According to her bio in the Manufacturing Institute’s 2015 STEP Awards information, Annette Crandall began her career working in the administrative division of another plastics company. She realized that there was a need for a manufacturing facility in her hometown of Lawrence, and with the help of seven family members, Crandall began evaluating the feasibility of starting an injection molding plant. Her initial plan of starting up a new $5-million, 12-press facility was rejected by every bank in the area, so she shifted gears, modified the plan and borrowed $30,000. She began manufacturing in an old abandoned canning factory with used machinery.