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Beacon Converters Celebrates Its 60th Year

“June at Medical Design & Manufacturing East in New York City, DuPont Medical Packaging honored Beacon Converters with an award in recognition of Beacon’s 60th anniversary. Karen Polkinghorne, North American marketing manager, medical packaging, presented the award during DuPont’s annual hospitality event.

Michael Scholla, senior consultant for DuPont and a PMP News EAB member, explained later: “There are large converters and there are small converters. Beacon is a small family-owned converter that has all the benefits of a large converter. The firm has always been at the forefront of developing and testing new products and has invested time and resources in industry organizations. It started with Bill [Daly], who was a founder of the Sterile Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC). Jackie [Daly Johnson] is active in SPMC and is cochair for AAMI Packaging Working Group 7� not something you would expect from a small company. It pays off when customers see that people at Beacon helped write the standards and ISO 11607 Technical Information Report.”

Beacon Converters opened for business 60 years ago when its founders saw an opportunity to improve product and services for the food packaging market. With the help of three generations, the company evolved from its humble beginnings into a flourishing medical packaging company. In 2003, Beacon Converters was certified by the New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission as a Small Business Enterprise, and in 2004 was certified as a Woman- Owned Enterprise.

How does a relatively small player survive such changes as business cycles from centralized to decentralized purchasing and engineering, reverse auctions, and corporate mergers and acquisitions?

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