Martin Stark – Plastics Hall of Fame

Martin Stark is a dynamic and tireless advocate for the plastics industry. He has devoted more than 48 years of his professional career to the growth and internationalization of “all things plastic”. As a new immigrant to the United States in 1969, Martin began his career as a manager at the Battenfeld Plastics Machinery Corporation. In 1981 he joined the newly formed Bekum America Corporation which was established two years earlier by Plastics Hall of Fame member Gottfried Mehnert. As President and eventually Chairman of Bekum America Corporation, he has continuously strived to promote excellence, providing innovation for the blow molding process, improved customer experience and quality standards. His industry leadership has been exceptional serving the Plastics Industry Association in numerous roles, including serving on their Board of Directors and Chairman of the Machinery Division from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he was inducted into the Plastics Pioneers Association in recognition of his long record of accomplishment and service. Martin has an extraordinary passion for plastics education that has been realized at all levels. He was an early advocate for the K-12 PlastiVan™ program, a supporter of plastics apprentice programs, and supports plastics educational programs at community colleges and universities.

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