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Cascade Engineering Opens
Originally started as a department for mold tryouts, Cascade Engineering (CE) officially opened in 1973 as a division of Paragon Die and Engineering led by Fred P. Keller.
First Automotive Contract
Cascade wins its first automotive contract - an air-conditioning duct for Oldsmobile.
First Acoustical Barrier Contract
A contract with General Motors began our acoustical engine barrier expertise.
North Plant is built
Cascade Commercial Products is Established
Now known as Cascade Engineering Innovative Plastic Technologies, this group was formed when Cascade began work for Herman Miller, Inc.
Cascade Innovative Plastic Technologies
Herman Miller Product Development Award
Cascade receives the first-ever Herman Miller Product Development Award for work on the Equa Chair.
East Plant Acquired from Paragon D&E
StarCade was a joint venture business between Cascade Engineering and Starlite Co. Ltd. of Japan.
Cascade Container Group is Established
In 2008, our Container Group was renamed to Cascade Cart Solutions.
Award of Excellence and Vendor of the Year
Herman Miller once again honors Cascade Engineering with its Award of Excellence and its Vendor of the Year Award.
Ford Motor Company Selects Cascade Engineering
Ford Motor Company selected CE to be the sole manufacturer of an oil flow control rod – the first ever plastic part inside the engine.
Cascade Container Plant Built
Our facility on 37th Street was established and started production. Now known as Buursma Plant.
World's Largest Molding Press Installed
A 9,000-ton Battenfeld, the world’s largest injection molding press, was installed at Container Plant (now known as Buursma Plant)
Cascade Engineering Europe Established
EsCade established as a joint venture in Halásztelék, Hungary. Later renamed Cascade Engineering Europe (CEE) when CE became its sole owner.
CE receives the coveted Q1 Quality Award from Ford
33rd Street Plant Built
Container Plant Named Among Top 10 Plants in America
Cascade Cart Solutions' Container Plant (now Buursma Plant) was selected as a finalist for Industry Week Magazine’s list of top 10 plants in America.
Labor Investing for Tomorrow Award
The U.S. Secretary of Labor presented Cascade Engineering with the Labor Investing for Tomorrow Award for achievements in employee skill improvement and outstanding contribution to workforce quality.
Literacy Partnership Award
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Ron Jimmerson and Cascade Engineering the Literacy Partnership Award for efforts to advance literacy.
Systex Products Corporation Established
Systex Products Corporation, a joint venture between CE and Systex Japan, Inc., opened in Battle Creek.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People® program was introduced
General Motors Supplier of the Year Award
General Motors awards Cascade Engineering the Supplier of the Year award for cost, quality, and delivery.
Certificate of Merit from Nippondenso
Nippondenso recognized the CE Acoustics Group (a team within Cascade Engineering Automotive Americas) with a Certificate of Merit.
Top Supplier from Nippondoso
Systex was honored as one of Nippondenso‘s top suppliers in 1995, 1996, and 1997.
ISO 9002 Certification
Cascade Engineering Europe earned ISO 9002 certification, becoming the first in the Cascade Family of Companies to be ISO registered.
Cascade Cart Solutions ISO 9001 Certification
Container Group became the first U.S. waste container producer to be ISO 9001 registered.
Noble Polymers Established
Chrysler Role Model Award for Technology
Chrysler presented its Role Model Award for Technology to CE.
Fred Keller Named Manufacturer of the Year
Michigan Manufacturers Association presented its Manufacturer of the Year Award to Fred Keller.
Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership
The White House presented the Presidential Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership to Fred Keller for the Company’s PHASES Work and Family Program.
Decade Products Established
Decade Products, a joint venture between CE and Dolav Israel, was formed.
Cascade Begins Welfare to Career Program
Welfare to Career
West Plant is built
Sklyhouse Business Person of the Year
The Economic Club of Grand Rapids named Fred P. Keller Slykhouse Business Person of the Year.
Corporation of the Year Award
Cascade Engineering recieves "Corporation of the Year Award" at Minority Business Celebration from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Founding Member of EPA's Green Power Partnership
CE joined EPA’s Green Power Partnership as one of the three founding members in Michigan.
Plastics News Processor of the Year
CE received the 2001 Processor of the Year Award from Plastics News.
Cascade Engineering Named Processor Of The Year
CK Technologies Established
CK Technologies, a joint venture between CE and Kline Holdings, was created in Montpelier, OH.
Invisible Waste Services Established
WOW® (Working On Wellness) Program started
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Award
CE receives Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Award for five years of participation in "Clean Corporate Citizen" program.
Entrepreneurer of the Year
Fred Keller awarded "Entrepreneurer of the Year" award from Earnst & Young Professional Services firm.
Fred Keller Inducted to West Michigan Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement inducts Fred Keller to the West Michigan Business Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement.
Society of Plastic Engineers presents Fred Keller with annual award for "Outstanding Achievement in Buisness Management"
30th Anniversary for Cascade Engineering
CE celebrated its 30th year of business with a focus on sustainability and growth for the future.
CE purchased a nearby building, located on newly renamed Innovation Court, to serve as corporate headquarters
Fred Keller Named to National Manufactuing Council
Commerce Secretary Don Evans named Fred Keller to the National Manufacturing Council. CE hosted the inaugural meeting.
CE launched its first brand and tagline, “Shaping Ideas in Plastics”
CE published its first Triple Bottom Line Report
National Governor's Association Award for "Distinguished Service to State Government" by Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm
Surge Medical Solutions, LLC Established
CK Technologies Expands to North Carolina
CK Technologies announced an expansion of its operation to Mount Airy, North Carolina.
The Learning Community is opened. Re-designed as a LEED building
Neighborhood Recycling Center opened at Cascade Engineering's East Plant
The Neighborhood Recycling Center opened to support Cascade’s sustainability and Clean Corporate Citizen goals.
CE recieves "Employer Recognition Award" for women in the workplace from Women's Resource Center
The Society of Plastics Engineers honored CE with the Environmental Stewardship Award for its Triple Bottom Line Report
CE purchased equity interest in Brandmotion, LLC, gaining access to automotive aftermarkets
Kenyatta Brame joins Cascade Engineering Family of Companies as Vice President of Business Services
Mark Miller joins CK Technologies as VP of Sales and Marketing
Zero Waste group is formed starting "Zero Waste to Landfill" initiative
Cascade Renewable Energy Established
Cascade Consulting Group Established
Quest business unit was formed. Later rebranded as Cascade Consulting Group.
Star Awards Program Begins
Cascade Engineering begins peer appreciation and employee recognition program "Star Awards".
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm visits Cascade Engineering GR campus
Diversity Visionary Award
Cascade Engineering named Diversity Visionary Award recipient by Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
CK Technologies becomes wholly owned subsidiary of Cascade Engineering
Decade Products launches RACX pallet made from 100% recycled resins
Health Horizons wellness program is started
Automotive PACE Award
Cascade Automotive Solutions is honored with Automotive PACE Award for their Hybrid Acoustic Technology.
Sustainability for a Greener Environment Award
Cascade Cart Solutions' EcoCart™ is honored with Sustainability for a Greener Environment Award by the Society of Plastics Engineers.
LEED Platinum EB Certification
CE Learning Community building recives Platinum LEED EB (existing building) certification from US Green Buildings Council in Michigan
CE earns the Clean Corporate Citizen Longevity Award
CK Technologies Mount Airy, NC awarded LEED building certification
Triple Quest Established
CE and The Windquest Group partner to form joint venture, Triple Quest.
Car Czar, Dr. Montgomery visits Cascade
Two shot rotary platen for HMI and CAMI projects
Cascade Engineering named as one of 25 “Best of Michigan” companies by Corp magazine
CE receives Environmental Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers
Decade Racx® pallets awarded Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification
Cascade Cart Solutions launches "Pink Cart" program which donates $5 to the American Cancer Society for every cart sold
CE Grand Rapids campus reaches “zero waste to landfill”
CE hosts the Jim Crow Traveling Exhibit at the Learning Community
CE becomes a Certified B Corporation
CKT opens new plant in Brownsville, TX
Forbes Magazine Features Cascade Engineering
Forbes Magazine “Corporate Responsibility and Cascade Engineering”.
Governor Rick Snyder visits Cascade Engineering
Inc. Magazine article recognizes Fred Keller as “Social Entrepreneur”
Awarded Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award Special Achievement for Global Humanitarian Efforts
MLive awards Cascade Engineering “Innovation Michigan Lifetime Achievement Award” (July 28, 2011)
Cascade Cart Solutions and City of Grand Rapids launch “Pay as you Throw” program
Cascade Cart Solutions makes 20 millionth cart
Cascade Engineering and Butterball Farms launch 30/2/2 Returning Citizens program
CK Technologies Expands to Fort Worth, Texas
Kent County Department of Veterans' Affairs awards Fred Keller with "Hero's Salute"
CE receives Credentialed Partner Award from the Partners for a Racism-Free Community
CE celebrates 40th anniversary
Christina Keller named President of CK Technologies
Fred Keller presents "Why Business, Why Now" at TEDxGrandRapids
RFID Green Award from RFID Journal
Cascade Cart Solutions’ RFID-enabled recycling and refuse collection system for the City of Grand Rapids, MI
Move the Box Initiative
"Celebration of Innovation Award" given to Cascade Automotive Americas -West Michigan New Car Dealer Association
Cascade Cart Solutions Makes 25th millionth cart
Also our 25th anniversary
Container plant renamed “Buursma Plant” in honor of Chuck Buursma
Fred Keller becomes the first Executive in Residence at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business- Center for Positive Organizations
Mark Miller named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cascade Engineering FOC
CE receives GM "Supplier Quality Excellence" Award
Corp Magazine names CE one of the “Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies”
Fred Keller, Amy Valderas and Joyce Gutierrez Marsh invited to Governor Rick Snyder’s State-of-the-State address for Welfare to Career program comments from Snyder
PIR/PCR material usage reaches 22,000,000 pounds for the CE Grand Rapids campus
Honda Corporate Citizenship Award and Excellence in Quality Awards presented to Cascade Engineering
Cascade Cart Solutions honored with NWRA’s first Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award
Hillsborough County, FL “Fill It, Tilt It, That’s How We Roll” recycling cart campaign
Jo-Anne Perkins and Caitlin Townsend Lamb receive national STEP Ahead awards for “Women in Manufacturing”
Kenyatta Brame testifies on Welfare to Career program success before US House of Representatives Ways and Means subcommittee hearing regarding Human Resources in Washington D.C.
Jo-Anne Perkins named one of 50 of West Michigan's most influential women
Haworth Innovation Award for the Fern Chair Back Frame
Christina Keller named President of Campus Business Team
Anthony Kramer named President of CK Technologies
Jo-Anne Perkins Influential Women Q&A featured in GRBJ
Mark Miller and Kenyatta Brame testify before state of Michigan Law and Justice Committee
Brame named Outstanding Community Leader by Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Assessment score of 141
Fred Keller receives Whitney M. Young Service Award
Fred Keller named Communicator of the Year by West Michigan Public Relations Society
Cascade Engineering receives Herman Miller's Gold Supplier Status
Cascade Cart Solutions receives recognition from MDEQ Recycling Program
For helping to increase recycling across the state of Michigan
Cascade Cart Solutions makes 30 millionth cart
Best Places to Work in West Michigan Best of the Best Large Companies Best and Brightest Awards
Pillar of Excellence Award for Empowering Woman at Work by the Women's Resource Center
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