As a child, Anne Coates was told anything was possible. She watched as her father went to work as a chemical engineer in Huntsville, Ala., the city where rockets and satellites were being sent into outer space.
“My dad always said you can do anything you put your mind to,” Coates said. “I was blessed with two great parents.”
Today, Coates put her mind toward being president of American Plastic Molding Corp. in Scottsburg, a role she has held for five years after serving as vice-president of the company for 15 years.
“It’s fascinating,” Coates said enthusiastically about her role as president.
As President of an employee-owned company, Coates visits with customers, evaluates projects with a multidisciplinary team, and works to promote a positive culture at the company, where employees are cared for and encouraged, and customers are treated with respect.
“We specialize on respect,” Coates said. “Our customers are human beings too.”
Each day, Coates continues to honor the tradition her late husband, Floyd, started when he founded American Plastic Molding Corp. in 1971. Not only did he set a firm foundation when founding the company nearly 50 years ago, but Floyd Coates also left a legacy of treating others with respect, supporting skilled employees and leaders, and looking toward the future of the industry and the company.
“We are a company that is healthy in every way,” Anne Coates said. “We are a company that respects employees and suppliers.”
During their marriage of nearly 18 years, Anne and Floyd Coates would work together, visiting customers and in executive and financial decisions for the company. They first met through a mutual friend.
“You’ve heard of a knight riding in on a white horse? Well, [Floyd] came on a white airplane,” Anne Coates said.
Floyd Coates was an instrument-rated pilot and enjoyed flying. He was also a Republican nominee for U.S. Congress, Indiana State Senate, and Indiana State Representative and a Christian with strong convictions and beliefs.
“He was the supreme patriot. He was a great believer in the freedoms of this country,” Anne Coates said. “It was in his blood [to run for office]. By running or office, people want you to talk at meetings. He got to talk to a lot of people this way.”
While Anne Coates is not running for office, she, too, carries the beliefs and conviction of her Christian faith. Through her faith and beliefs, Anne Coates shows compassion, caring, and love toward others.
“I am living to communicate that and verbally sharing it from time to time,” Anne Coates said. “Sometimes we stop and pray. We have to have wisdom higher than us.”