Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Receives 2019 Healthiest Employer Award

North Kingstown, Rhode Island (September 10, 2019)—Toray Plastics (America), Inc., has been named by the Providence Business News a 2019 Healthiest Employers® of Rhode Island winner in the award category of those with 2,000 to 4,900 employees. Lisa A. Ahart, Toray’s VP of U.S. Corporate Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety, accepted the award at a luncheon held on August 8 at the Providence Marriott.

“Toray is a great place to work for many reasons. Among them is our employee health and wellness program,” says Ahart. “People come first at Toray, and leadership here is committed to their well-being. We are honored to be recognized by PBN for our efforts.”

Award applicants were evaluated in six key areas: culture and leadership, foundation components, strategic planning, communications and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. Completed assessments were ranked according to the proprietary Healthiest Employers Index, which is a 1- to-100 rubric for wellness programming. The Healthiest Employers® Award Program was developed and is administered by Springbuk, a health analytics software company.

Toray offers employees comprehensive, affordable health plans. It launched a wellness program in 2000 following the opening of the company’s Education and Wellness Center. The center, which employees are encouraged to utilize during work hours, is professionally managed. The company’s wellness program also offers weight loss challenges, group exercise and yoga classes, flu shot clinics, a hiking club, charity races, and more. There are also basketball and tennis courts on site. Membership is open to Toray employees and family members. Ahart notes that the local branch of the National Guard and the North Kingstown police, fire, and school recreation departments have access to the center at no charge.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is a leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, and metallized films, and polyolefin, polypropylene, and polyethylene foams. The company is committed to environmental, social, and corporate governance and aims to contribute to society through the creation of new value with innovative ideas, technologies, and products that help address global issues. R&D is focused on the development of materials that are fossil fuel-free, compostable, biodegradable, and/or recyclable. The company’s sustainability initiative, launched in 2004, includes the operating of one of Rhode Island’s larger solar farms and two cogeneration systems, energy and water conservation, recycling, and zero landfill.

Toray Plastics (America) is a subsidiary of the Toray Group, which believes that materials can change lives and provide real solutions to the challenges the world faces. The Toray Group is the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and high-performance films and has annual sales exceeding US$21 billion. For more information about Toray Plastics (America)’s products, contact Mary Osso at or 401-667-2281. Toray Plastics (America), Inc., headquarters is located at 50 Belver Avenue, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7500; telephone 401-294-4511, fax 401-294-3410. Visit the Toray Plastics (America), Inc., website at

Caption: Lisa A. Ahart, Toray Plastics (America)’s  VP of U.S. Corporate Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety, accepted the Providence Business News’ 2019 Healthiest Employers® of Rhode Island award.

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