Every year, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) celebrates its exceptional members with the ACMA Membership and Awards. These prestigious awards honor the work of individuals that have helped to develop and grow critical markets, advocate for composites and make the industry successful through the years.

“Our industry depends on the selfless dedication of outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond for years to help ACMA grow the industry,” said Tom Dobbins, ACMA President & CEO. “Without these leaders, our association and the composites industry at large would not be where it is today.”

This year’s ACMA Membership Awards winners are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: William Seemann, President, Seemann Composites.

William Seemann is largely responsible for laying the foundation for the composite material processes used in today’s marine industry. In the late 1960s, William Seemann’s interest in the research and development of composites fabrication led him to the invention and patenting of the C-Flex boatbuilding system, which enables builders to build one-off composite boats without a mold. In the years following, racing yachts built with C-Flex began to dominate sailing circuits around the world. The system has been used in more than 80 countries and is still being used today. In the 1980s, Seemann began research on vacuum infusion, which resulted in the development and patenting of the SCRIMP (Seemann Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process) vacuum infusion system. Seemann Composites was the first company in the world to make large parts with vacuum infusion, and the principles outlined in the original patent are followed in virtually all vacuum bag/vacuum infusion systems used to build boats, wind blades and much more.

Hall of Fame Award, Awarded Posthumously: Jeff Craney, Former President, Crane Composites.

Jeff Craney began his career in the 1980s at Owens Corning, where he held a variety of positions in operations, sales, customer service and management. In 2007, he joined Crane Composites as president. From 2015-2017, Craney served as Chairman of the ACMA Board of Directors. During his tenure, ACMA grew immensely as an organization by significantly increasing its revenues and drastically improving its operations. Between 2015-2017, ACMA and SAMPE’s CAMX show became the premier composites trade show and conference in North America, ACMA’s government affairs program achieved critical legislative and regulatory victories, ACMA developed CompositesLab – the first central online resource for composites education and its membership grew to more than 500 members. Mr. Craney retired from Crane Composites and the composites industry in 2017. This year, he passed away after a health battle. His many friends and admirers in the composites industry will continue with his legacy and will benefit from his leadership for years to come.