January 20, 2021
FloraCraft® Wall of Fame Honorees Class of 2020
FloraCraft® is proud and honored to announce Judy Tomski and Jack Smith have been selected as honorees to the Class of 2020 FloraCraft Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame was initiated in 2017 to recognize individuals who contributed to the successful operation of FloraCraft, the world’s leading manufacturer of craft and floral foam products.
Tomski, from Pomona, California, is the former plant manager of FloraCraft’s Pomona branch. Tomski began her career with Snow Foam Products, which was acquired by FloraCraft in 1989. Starting out as a line leader, she expanded her employment responsibilities in management over her 34 years with the company. She ultimately became Plant Manager in 1999 – a role she held for ten years – where she was responsible for the operations of the facility on a day-to-day basis.
According to President and CEO Eric Erwin, Tomski exemplifies the many opportunities FloraCraft team members have to experience in personal growth within the company.
“Judy is a direct example of our commitment to promoting from within as our associates demonstrate potential to become company leaders,” Erwin said. “As the first female in our company history to become a plant manager, she paved the way for the next generation of FloraCraft leadership.”
Smith, the second member of the Class of 2020, was one of the most versatile managers of FloraCraft. Smith was with the company from 1971 to his death in 2005. During his time of service, he managed the Waldo, Arkansas operation before ultimately becoming director of production for the company’s floral division. He was also responsible for the operational performance of FloraCraft’s England, Arkansas plant. He was instrumental in managing the acquired straw production operations in Arkansas before that production operation was moved to Celaya, Mexico.
Lee Schoenherr, chairman of the board, said, “Jack was an important part of my management team as we expanded our growth during the 34 years of his employment. It was an emotional day for our leadership and our associates upon the untimely passing of Jack. We’re honored to celebrate him today – and forever – as a member of our Wall of Fame.”
FloraCraft is the world’s leading manufacturer of foam products for the craft and floral industries. From its headquarters in Ludington, Michigan, FloraCraft and its 200+ employees provide innovative American-made products to Walmart, Amazon, Michaels, JOANN, Hobby Lobby and other leading retailers. Founded after World War II, FloraCraft is a family-owned business success story built by owner and chairman Lee Schoenherr, who is dedicated to protecting American jobs. For more information, visit www.floracraft.com.