Plastic Pipe Annual Winners Announced 2024

David Fink, PPI President (left) congratulates Stefan Lupke, Corma, for being named Member of the Year for the association’s Drainage Division.

IRVING, TX – May 29, 2024 – The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI), the major North American trade association representing the plastic pipe industry, has announced the winners of its Projects and Members of the Year for 2023. The awards were presented during the group’s annual worldwide meeting held in Florida, May 13 – 16, 2024 with 348 members attending, which included a record number of new members. Projects that won ranged from the largest residential project in New York State to use a geothermal heat-pump system to constructing a fish habitat with HDPE conduit made from recycled content.

“This year there were a very diverse group of projects submitted, ”stated PPI President,DavidM.Fink.“ It is amazing the vast variety of innovative undertakings that can be accomplished with our members’ products in addition to those helping to improve our nation’s infrastructure.

“It was very gratifying to see that there were 70 first time attendees at this meeting. Our previous recorded was 15. We attribute this growth to the programs led by our staff and members that support many industries. And it’s simple to understand: people want to be part of a successful, viable and altruistic organization.”

Each year the PPI membership reviews and votes on Project of the Year and a Member of the Year for each of the five PPI divisions – Building & Construction, Drainage, Energy Piping Systems, Municipal & Industrial, and Power & Communications. The PPI Member of the Year Award is for an individual’s outstanding support and contributions to the association and the industry.

Lupke has been participating in Drainage Division activities since the Corrugated Plastic Pipe Association joined PPI at the turn of the century. Corma, where he serves as president and CEO, has been an integral part of the CPPA and PPI for decades, routinely sponsoring events at PPI meetings. Lupke has served on the Drainage Management Committee for multiple terms as a Supplier Representative. In 2020 he agreed to serve as Vice Chair, and in 2022 was voted Chair of the Drainage Management Committee, the first Supplier Representative to do so for the division and is a member of the association’s Board of Directors.