A 2016 Honda Odyssey, which includes the winning part from Port City Division.
A new experience is where growth happens, and it is a bonus if success happens on your first attempt at it. That is exactly what Port City Division accomplished last month when we entered the North American Die Casting Association's (NADCA) International Die Casting Design Competition. This was our first year to submit an entry, and the risk paid off when we took home the prize for Best Aluminum Die Casting Under One Pound.
The annual international competition, held the last 43 years, promotes increased use of die castings through the recognition of outstanding designs. The competition showcases outstanding die cast designs, while acknowledging the continuous contribution die casters provide to the manufacturing industry.
Entries this year came from the U.S., Canada and overseas. Some of the additional winners were from Italy and Austria. Each entry was judged on its ingenuity of design, quality, cost savings and industry-changing potential. Winners are featured in national industry magazines (including Die Casting Engineer) and are displayed at the 2016 Die Casting Congress & Tabletop.
Pace's Port City Division won in the aluminum category for our side mirror inner base, manufactured for our customer Magna Mirrors. This innovative design differs from methods previously used to attach side mirrors on cars, most notably by minimizing post processing and eliminating a machine operation. This gives our customer a distinct industry advantage.
When deciding what parts to enter, we looked at several unique parts that Port City Division has developed and agreed that we should pick something that gives our customers a commercial advantage or that solves for an existing problem. We are proud of our side mirror inner base part and the recognition it and our team members have received. It serves as an excellent example of our continuing and unwavering commitment to providing creative and uncommon solutions.
We look forward to competing again in the NADCA awards. It is an excellent way to showcase our everyday work on a grander scale. Our top priority is, and always will be, the manufacturing of innovative and quality products that we take pride in. And a satisfied customer is always the biggest reward. However, there's no denying that being labeled a winner is also a nice perk.