Joe Prischak, chairman of Plastek Group, received the Legacy Award during the Commitment to Erie Business Awards on September 14 at the Bayfront Convention Center. The awards, which are sponsored by The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com, were created to honor employers who have invested in their customers, employees and
Over the past 30 years, Prischak has stewarded the growth and development of Plastek, taking it from a handful of workers to over 2000 employees. In 1991, he was
honored with the “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, which is sponsored by Inc. magazine, Merrill Lynch Financial Services and the national accounting and consulting firm of Ernst and Young. He has served on the Hamot Corporators Board and currently serves on Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows. Prischak was a driving force behind the development of the Plastics Technology Program at Penn State University and has supported many other organizations.
In June of 1999, Plastek opened its first facility outside the United States in the United Kingdom followed by the opening of a plant in Brazil in May 2000 and an
additional plant opening in Hamlet, North Carolina in July 2010.