Toray Plastics (America) Receives Workforce Development Award

North Kingstown, Rhode Island—(April 9, 2018) Toray Plastics (America), Inc.’s (, training and career-advancement programs have been recognized as the best among Rhode Island manufacturers’ by the Providence Business News ( Mike Brandmeier, President and CEO and Lisa Ahart, VP of Corporate Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety at Toray, accepted PBN’s Workforce Development & Productivity Award from Christian Cowan, Polaris MEP Center Director, at the awards dinner, held on March 8 at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Toray employs 600 people at its headquarters in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and another 125 at its Front Royal, Virginia, facility. The company also helps cultivate business leaders in the Rhode Island community and is a lead partner in the Real Jobs Rhode Island grant program. The PBN Manufacturing Awards are designed to identify and celebrate the region’s best manufacturers, large or small, focused or diversified.

“All manufacturers understand that their success depends on the skills and motivation of their workforce, but few invest in their workers the way that Toray Plastics (America) does,” says Mark S. Murphy, Editor, Providence Business News. “From training the next generation of leaders to developing more highly skilled workers to helping all staff improve themselves, TPA’s program stands out as a well-conceived, fully realized workforce development approach, one that many Rhode Island employers would be well served to emulate.”

“We are extremely honored to receive PBN’s Workforce Development & Productivity Award,” says Brandmeier. “The heart and soul of Toray are our employees. They support our mission and drive our business, working hard every day to ensure that our customers’ needs are met or exceeded, and that the company maintains its leadership position in its core markets. I’m especially grateful to Lisa Ahart for her commitment to the development of Toray’s workforce.”

About Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is a leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, bio-based, and metallized films for flexible and rigid packaging, lidding, graphic, industrial, optical, and electronic applications, and conducts all of its manufacturing and metallizing at one location. Toray is also a leader in the manufacture of polyolefin, polypropylene, and polyethylene foams for the automotive and flooring industries. The company is a subsidiary of Toray Industries, Inc., the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and high-performance films, which has annual sales exceeding US$19 billion. For more information about Toray Plastics (America)’s complete line of films and foams, contact Mary Osso at or 401-667-2281. Toray Plastics (America), Inc., headquarters is located at 50 Belver Avenue, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7500; telephone 401-294-4511, fax 401-294-3410. Visit the Toray Plastics (America), Inc., website at