The WMWTA recognizes that international trade is a vital ingredient for this area’s business growth and economic stability. Annually we recognize either a business, organization, or an individual that has contributed to the growth of world trade in this region. Selection Criteria
GRAND RAPIDS, May 2, 2016 – The West Michigan World Trade Association (WMWTA) is pleased to recognize Mol Belting Systems, Inc. as its 2016 World Trader of the Year.
Companies, organizations, and individuals having a presence in West Michigan and demonstrating a strong commitment to the global marketplace are eligible for the prize, which the WMWTA has given every year since 1977. Mol Belting Systems, Inc. joins a distinguished line of recipients that include Bulman Products, Inc., Skytron, LLC, the previous winner, GNS Steelcase, SoundOff Signal, Meijer, X-Rite, and Amway.
“In West Michigan, we are fortunate to have an abundance of import/export industry leaders,” noted WMWTA Spokesperson Jim Gilbert. “This decision is always difficult; however, the recent international success of Mol Belting Systems, Inc., could not be overlooked. A competitor in China and many other markets, it is safe to say that everyone we know has purchased a product that has been touched by a Mol Belting System.” Started by Edward K. Mol in 1986, Mol Belting Systems is a manufacturer, fabricator and wholesaler of process conveyor belting, motorized pulleys and conveyor accessories for a wide array of industries around the world including the treadmill, checkstand and light industrial conveyance industries.
The locally owned company has products which are now recognized as the gold standard among their competitors. Their "top of class" food grade conveyor belting trademarked and patented under the name of “ThermoDrive” has been licensed and sold to Intralox, LLC, which sells it throughout the world to companies like Kellogg. In conjunction with their partner, Handstands Innovations, they also pioneered and patented a high quality belt wrapping technique that allows advertising directly on belt covers at checkstands in supermarkets under the trademark “Message Wrap” where Mol is the industry leader.
Mol also engineered motorized pulleys which they manufacture in its Chinese subsidiary, Mol Belting Systems Changshu, and which they sell in North America, Europe, China and beyond. It also has formed a joint venture under the name of Yongli America, LLC with Shanghai Yongli Belting, a publicly traded belt manufacturer in China, which now sells and distributes slabs of belting in North America and Mexico. Mol Belting Systems buys the slabs of belting from Yongli America and fabricates them into treadmill, checkstand and light industrial conveyor belts.
Mol has not only stressed the importance of a strong commitment to its customers through the delivery of high quality, innovative products and exceptional service but it also has striven to develop a supportive and caring work environment for its employees coupled with a commitment to community. That commitment has been expressed through the Mol Family Foundation and a collaboration of the Company and its employees which involves the contribution of their time, talents and financial resources to many community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, WMWTA, the World Affairs Council and numerous Grand Rapids charities through its employee 25K, 10K and 5K run/walk “Chase for Charity” Program.