Lewiston, MN September 13, 2013 – PlastiCert, a 32 year veteran of innovative and quality plastic injection molding design and manufacturing services, recently helped raise scholarship funds and enjoy the company of other industry professionals at the WSU-Miller Brothers School of Engineering Scholarship Golf Benefit.
On Thursday afternoon September 12, PlastiCert took part in the 11th Annual WSU-Miller Brothers School of Engineering Scholarship Golf Outing. Sponsored by The Winona Area Composites Consortium, The 7 Rivers Alliance and The Winona State University Alumni Office, activities were held at the beautiful Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona, Minnesota. The organizers had chosen to use $4,000 of this year’s event proceeds to kick start a new scholarship fund in the name of Mr. Stanley P. Prosen (see photo). With his passing earlier this year, the committee felt it appropriate that the composites business community recognize Stan Prosen for his scientific and entrepreneurial contributions to the composites industry. (see sidebar at end).
PlastiCert President and Owner Craig Porter was on the golf fundraiser planning committee, and put together PlastiCert’s team for this year’s competition. “We had a lot of fun organizing the event, and then my gang and I had a good deal of fun playing in it,” remarked Porter. “We finished in 3rd at 12 under par. We started slow but finished with 10 birdies in a row. We were putting for eagle four times but could not get them to drop! The big winners though, were the Composites Engineering students at Winona State.”
Winona State President and First Lady Dr. Scott & Kelley Olson were on hand to receive the ceremonial check kicking off the Stan Prosen Scholarship Fund. President Olson remarked at how inspired he was by the dedication and commitment by industry professional toward assuring the composites students’ successes.
PlastiCert was founded in 1981 and is a privately held corporation with headquarters and manufacturing in Lewiston Minnesota. Initially a custom molder targeted at the electronics industry, today PlastiCert is a one-stop shop for OEMs and entrepreneurs in telecom, industrial, computer, avionics, medical markets and more. PlastiCert provides both mold development/build and custom plastic injection molding; including insert molding and over molding. Also available are a compliment of value add capabilities including decorating and electro-mechanical assembly. For more information on PlastiCert and the opportunity we present users of custom molded plastic components, visit www.plasticert.com or call 507-523-2300.
About Stan Prosen
Working at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Springs, Md, Stan was one of the first to combine a recent invention, carbon fiber, with epoxy resins and thermoplastics. He helped spawn a new industry and his talents led him to relocate to Winona Minnesota where early plastics pioneer firm Fiberite would take composite materials manufacturing to a new level. Stan became a technical and entrepreneurial cornerstone of the composites industry in SE Minnesota helping found and grow numerous companies that applied the advantages of composites to existing raw material and end product markets. Stan had 40 publications, eight patents, and four ASTM Standards to his credit. In 1987, the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processes Engineering (SAMPE) honored Stan’s contributions to the composites industry by electing him SAMPE Fellow. Stan was one of the technical forces behind Winona State University creating the Composite Materials Engineering program and was instrumental in convincing the Governor and politicians of the day to fund the program and a new building to house it. His final legacy was co-founding Coda Composites and bringing composite materials to the world of music. He helped create a new standard for stringed instrument bows and they are now used the world over by Concertmasters down to music students.