Company earns distinction for third consecutive year
January 21, 2019 – In recognition of its ongoing commitment to creating an outstanding workplace, MonoSol, a Kuraray Division, was named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For in the nation for the third consecutive year by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). In 2018, NABR awarded this distinction to only 512 organizations out of 2,400 nominations from across the country.
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For award recognizes organizations that represent best practices in human resources and strong commitments to their employees. The winning companies are assessed by an independent research firm based on key measures like compensation, benefits and employee solutions, employee enrichment, engagement, retention and work-life balance.
“We have a strong and ongoing commitment to create opportunities for our employees to excel, learn and grow their skills and career paths, and we take great pride in earning this esteemed award for the past three years,” said P. Scott Bening, President & CEO, MonoSol LLC. “2018 was a year of great accomplishment and continued growth for MonoSol. Our success, as well as that of our customers, is made possible only through the daily dedication to excellence from all our employees.”
MonoSol’s recent workplace initiatives include the expansion of new office and laboratory space at its headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana. Beyond accommodating the company’s continued growth, the expansion fosters its strong innovation and collaborative culture by bringing together vital parts of MonoSol’s research and development organization, including product design and testing capabilities that were previously stationed at other facilities. Twenty-five company chemists, engineers and technical staff in Merrillville can now collaborate across departments, and host scientists from its major customers and from Kuraray, MonoSol’s Tokyo-based parent company. Together, the teams can access nearly $350,000 worth of new scientific equipment and technical instruments that were added as part of the expansion.
Bening added, “A key aspect of our workplace culture is our employees’ desire to give back to those in need. Our corporate social responsibility program participants logged more than 864 volunteer hours caring for our communities by supporting local food pantries, environmental causes, veteran organizations and local schools.”
The company incents participation by providing employees the time to volunteer and their volunteer hours earn them entries into an end-of-year drawing for two round-trip tickets on United Airlines to any destination in the world. Additionally, this past year, MonoSol contributed nearly $100,000 to more than 50 non-profit organizations.
Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, National Association for Business Resources, said, “Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2018 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.”
In September 2018, the company broke ground on a new $72 million, 150,000-square-foot production facility in Lebanon, Indiana. The facility is MonoSol’s sixth manufacturing plant and its fourth in Indiana. The company makes water-soluble films for single-unit-dose laundry and dishwasher detergents, personal care, food ingredients and agriculture products as well as films that are used to improve manufacturing processes. MonoSol films are made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), a biodegradable, non-toxic film that dissolves in water.
P&G External Business Partner of the Year
CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) recognized seven of its top performing External Business Partners with its prestigious Partner of the Year award yesterday. Additionally, P&G also awarded over 50 other companies The External Business Partner Excellence Award, including two for superior performance in Supplier Diversity.
MonoSol chose to be audited against RC 14001:2015, which provided an opportunity to achieve third-party registration to both Responsible Care® and to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard, simultaneously. The certification process included two stages of audits to ensure that our management system has the necessary elements to achieve continuous improvement in the Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) areas.
Being certified as compliant with Responsible Care® is a powerful message to our customers. It indicates to them that we are committed to the health and well-being of all our stakeholders. It validates to our customers that our standards are nothing less than world-class in the area of environment, health, safety and security.
Our customers see the Responsible Care® branding and immediately know that our core values are aligned with creating a sustainable supply chain for their products. Many of our customers are continuing to find ways to reduce their environmental footprint and make their products safer. MonoSol / Kuraray is a partner they know they can engage and collaborate to improve in these areas. This creates a strong base for innovation and deep-lasting relationships.