PMT Team Awarded for Export Achievement

PMT Team Awarded for Export Achievement

PMT_Team_2016U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) presented a 2015 Export Achievement award on January 29 to El Paso-based Plastic Molding Technology, Inc.

PMT was nominated as a candidate for the award by Robert Queen, director of the U.S. International Trade Administration’s El Paso, Texas & New Mexico Export Assistance Center, part of the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service.

During his remarks, Congressman O’Rourke portrayed PMT as a microcosm of the broader vision to reignite American manufacturing, right in El Paso, Texas.

“This certificate is a small but important acknowledgment of the work and pioneering innovation that is taking place here,” O’Rourke said.

PMT is a veteran-owned family business, founded in 1973 by Charles E. Sholtis. Sholtis pursued his vision of the American Dream by opening up shop in Connecticut with one molding press and rented space in an 1800s mill building. Three decades later, PMT opened a satellite facility in El Paso, Texas. In 2004, all operations were consolidated to El Paso as part of a new strategic plan.

As a contract injection molder, most of PMT’s customers require shipment of finished parts from their warehousing facilities in the U.S. to assembly sites worldwide. Over 85 percent of PMT’s finished products—in excess of $8 million annually—are exported to an international client base, with Mexico as a primary market.

“PMT is honored to receive this award. It affirms our success in making quality components, which are delivered and used worldwide,” said Charles A. Sholtis, PMT owner & CEO. “Manufacturing is so important not only to our region, but also to the economy of America,” Sholtis said, “and I am proud PMT has become an essential link in the supply chain.”

El Paso, PMT, and each individual team member within the company can perhaps serve as “the model for what this country can do going forward to have valuable, high-skill, high-wage jobs with great benefits here in this country,” O’Rourke said.

During his comments Friday, Congressman O’Rourke emphasized the importance of returning to manufacturing—to make and consume what we need here in America—as well as the critical importance of PMT’s place in the supply chain.

Success in exporting Made-in-USA components has helped PMT advance innovation and cultivate its Team’s skills with investment in workforce development. Through the University of Texas-El Paso— based Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), an affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, PMT is training its workforce on lean manufacturing across all levels of the facility.

PMT continues to partner with customers while remaining an integral part of the community. The company has created and sustained more than 100 jobs in El Paso over the past decade, and was recognized by the Manufacturing Leadership Council as the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year.