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Jack Black retired from PLASKOLITE LLC effective March 31, 2021. He joined the company eight years ago and was the director of the lighting business and national account manager prior to serving as executive vice president of sales for the past five years. PLASKOLITE President Ryan Schroeder said, “Jack’s dedication and leadership to the organization has allowed for us to grow organically as well as assisting with integrating multiple acquisitions. The legacy he leaves will resonate for many years to come.”
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Arnie Hopkins, panel dividing specialist at Stiles Machinery Inc. retires this year after 31 years with Stiles and Holzma US. His expertise in panel dividing solutions was showcased during presentations at industry events, during live demonstrations and at various networking events such as IAPD conventions. Stepping in for Hopkins at future IAPD functions will be Joe Wentzlof, product specialist in Stiles’ Great Lakes Region.
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CartierWilson LLC announced the recent hire of Mick Fisher, who will join the team as territory manager for the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Fisher comes to CartierWilson with more than 20 years of experience in the performance plastics industry. His background includes experience in sales management, fabrication sales and product management, focusing on processing plants, medical device manufacturers and fabricated parts. Fisher is highly skilled in business development and specification selling, which attributes to his successful ability to close and grow new business.

“Mick, being a longtime friend and partner of CartierWilson, is an ideal fit for our team. His experience and knowledge of engineering plastics, combined with his strategic vision, brings tremendous value to our distribution, OEM, manufacturer partners. We look forward to Mick continuing his legacy of being an advocate for performance plastics in the Great Lakes territory,” said Principal Chris Corona.

“I am pleased to be part of an organization that exhibits energy, integrity, and sincerity in helping companies, as well as their people, reach their full potential,” stated Fisher.

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Curbell Plastics, Inc. recently promoted three individuals to new leadership positions. Bill Rummell and AJ Lacey have been promoted to regional sales managers and Sherrie Bloom has been promoted to associate director of marketing.
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Bill Rummell is now regional sales manager for the Curbell Plastics Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Detroit, MI, USA; and Chicago, IL, USA locations. He uses his comprehensive understanding of performance plastics to increase the value plastics bring to machinery manufacturers, specialty vehicle makers, designers of packaging and dunnage, aerospace and others throughout his region. Rummell covers the Midwest territory including the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He shares his vast material knowledge with customers to solve application challenges and propose innovative business solutions to meet their manufacturing and supply chain goals.
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AJ Lacey is now regional sales manager for the Curbell Plastics locations in Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Atlanta, GA, USA; and the states of Virginia and Florida. He has extensive experience serving customers in a broad range of industries, but regularly works with customers who manufacture and maintain emergency vehicles, heavy equipment, security glazing, industrial machinery, semiconductor and electronics equipment, as well as data center containment systems. He supports his team helping customers in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.
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Sherrie Bloom is now associate director of marketing for Curbell Plastics. Bloom joined the Curbell Plastics marketing team in 2014 as the senior graphic designer, bringing more than 20 years of marketing, printing and graphic design experience to her role. In 2018 she became the digital marketing manager. During her tenure at Curbell, Bloom has helped drive the company’s digital marketing and ecommerce strategy. She is a member of the Curbell Plastics Green Team, supporting the company’s sustainability initiatives and recently joined the IAPD Editorial Committee. In her new role, Bloom will oversee the company’s marketing and communication activities and serve as a member of the Curbell Plastics senior management team, partnering to set strategic direction for the company.

“A key component of our success at Curbell is the ability to attract and grow outstanding talent,” said Curbell Plastics President Gerry Helbig. “We are pleased to announce the promotion of these three individuals who have demonstrated strong work ethics, sound leadership abilities and a desire to learn and share knowledge among their teams. We are proud of these individuals and look forward to many more years with them in company leadership positions.”

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Professional Plastics announced several promotions and one retirement.
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Chris Ferris was promoted to territory manager at Professional Plastics where he will develop relationships and close business with new and existing customers in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino areas of California, USA. After starting as a temp in Denver, CO, USA, Ferris quickly excelled at learning various facets of the business. He began in shipping and receiving before moving to CNC router and overseeing the production of dividers for Colorado school districts. He relocated to California in 2020 to accept an outside sales position. Ferris is motivated to continue accomplishing great things as territory manager. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do,” said Ferris.
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Professional Plastics promoted Lori Osuna to business manager – PMF. In her new position, Osuna will oversee daily operations and drive profitable growth for the PMF division of the company in San Jose, CA, USA. Her responsibilities include managing the staff, manufacturing, business assets and inventory, as well as developing business plans that generate new growth. Osuna has extensive management and sales experience from 35 years in the manufacturing industry. She is skilled in leading high-production teams using lean manufacturing to reduce costs and increase process efficiency. As business manager, she is focused on growing the business and exceeding customer expectations. Her drive, dedication and expertise will help her achieve her goal to streamline business functions while mentoring and motivating the staff.
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Professional Plastics recently promoted Wayne Coomer to outside sales representative – Seattle. He will concentrate his efforts on maintaining current accounts, closing new business and increasing profit margins in the Seattle, WA, USA region. Coomer’s background with Professional Plastics will be a great asset in his new role. He joined the sales team nearly eight years ago and focused on inside sales for 18 months prior to this new position. His hands-on experience with both sides of sales, combined with vast local market and product knowledge, are invaluable in his new role. “I am very excited to get back out in the field with all of the knowledge I gained to help the branch and company continue to succeed,” said Coomer.
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John Markulis has been appointed territory manager – Florida at Professional Plastics. After success as the territory manager for Ohio, USA; Indiana, USA; and Western Pennsylvania, USA, he relocated to Florida, USA to continue his efforts expanding the company’s customer base. Markulis will cultivate new opportunities while serving and growing existing accounts in the state of Florida. Since joining Professional Plastics in 2018, Markulis has established a track record for exceeding expectations and increasing sales. He was a pivotal part of a team that closed multiple large accounts in Cleveland, OH, USA, helping grow the location into one of the most profitable branches in the company. According to the company, his experience and skillset are ideal for continued success in Florida.
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After machining plastics for 10 years, Brandon Masso has joined the inside sales team, supporting sales efforts at the Adapt division of Professional Plastics. In his new inside sales role, Masso will provide product information, pricing and support to Adapt customers. He will serve, maintain and grow existing accounts and develop targeted accounts with the goal to increase sales revenue and gross profit dollars. Masso looks forward to contributing to the company in his new capacity. He said, “My goal for this new role is to add as much value as I possibly can for the Adapt division and the company overall.”
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After 40 years in the plastics industry, Ervin “Erv” Baker retired from Professional Plastics in March. Baker accomplished a lot during his career, starting as a delivery driver and progressing in a variety of roles including fabrication, sales and management. He joined Professional Plastics 19 years ago as a semiconductor specialist traveling to branches to assist with materials and welding. He then took on the role of branch manager in Salt Lake City, UT, USA before becoming the business manager of fabrication at the location. Baker made a positive impact on the company, both personally and professionally. The team enjoyed working with him and he played a key role in building and growing the company’s Utah operations. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Erv over all these years,” said CEO and Chairman of the Board Dave Kietzke. “His integrity and honesty always showed through each and every day as he protected and promoted the company. I wish him the best in his retirement and thank him for being a part of the Professional Plastics family.”
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Asahi/America, Inc. announced the addition of Andrew (Andy) Meschisen to its executive management team. Meschisen joined Asahi/America on February 24, 2021 as vice president of operations and materials where he will oversee the company’s operations and manufacturing, materials and supply chain, quality assurance, warehousing and facility maintenance. Meschisen brings a broad range of skills and experience with him to Asahi/America, ranging from operations and manufacturing to quality and inventory management. He has worked with large, mid-size and small specialty manufacturers. Meschisen holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
A&C Plastics, Inc. headquarters
When A&C Plastics, Inc. owners Carolyn Faulk and Katie Clapp broke ground last January on an expansion of their company’s headquarters in Houston, TX, USA, little did they realize what a rollercoaster ride the year would be. Like most entrepreneurs, the mother-daughter duo feared the worst from the pandemic, so they paused construction. When plastic partitions and face shields became the standard for pandemic-related safety barriers and demand soared, the company resumed work and its new headquarters and 77,000-square-foot warehouse expansion is now open.

The new 35,000 square feet of office space features technology incorporated throughout the building, including real-time sales data screens in the open office environment. In addition to a completely equipped gym, library space, laundry room and large lunchroom, A&C Plastics added COVID-era health precautions including a new air ultraviolet germicidal irradiation purification system. All bathrooms feature automated touchless fixtures and exits.

“The importance of our team members is central to our success,” said Carolyn Faulk, the company’s founder and CEO. “So, we designed our new headquarters with their needs in mind. If we take care of them and let them know how valued they are, they will proudly take care of the company and our customers.”

Throughout the new building are more than 50 examples of the company’s products. In addition to shelving, dry erase boards, light fixtures, display cases, signs and artwork, multi-wall polycarbonate sheets are used as partitions between desks and gym lockers are fabricated from HDPE sheets. Bullet-resistant windows let in the outside light.

“We can now physically show prospective customers what a plastic fabricated product can look and feel like,” said Clapp. “And our staff better understands the result of their hard work and is proud of their contributions to A&C’s success. Integrating our products in the design of our space is a win-win situation for all involved.”

Pexco LLC, a North American specialty plastics extruder, has acquired Altaflo, LLC. Founded in 2006 by Mary Hyde and Chris Bishop, Altaflo has built a reputation for developing fluid handling solutions for aggressive applications. Pexco CEO Sam Patel stated, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Altaflo to the Pexco family. They are well known for their strong customer focus and agility in expanding product lines and material offerings to meet rapidly evolving needs and requirements. The acquisition of Altaflo significantly expands our high-performance polymer capabilities and technical expertise and brings a proprietary suite of highly sought after branded products. Pexco looks forward to growing Altaflo by broadening the spectrum of solutions available to their customers.”

Owners Chris Bishop and Mary Hyde remarked, “Pexco’s scale and expertise in custom extrusion creates an excellent opportunity for our organization and our customers, providing a robust platform for future growth. We are excited to begin this new chapter for Altaflo and look forward to continuing our mission of offering the highest quality fluid-handling products on the market.”

Since 2009, Pexco has executed on multiple acquisitions as it has grown into the largest custom industrial extrusion company in North America. Pexco was acquired in 2018 by global private equity group AEA Investors. The purchase of Altaflo Inc. represents Pexco’s eighth acquisition under its new ownership. Patel stated, “This acquisition is an important step in our continued efforts of diversifying our capabilities and knowledge base as a diversified supplier of critical polymer products to a variety of industries.”

C.R. Onsrud received the 2020 Governor’s Export Award, presented by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. C.R. Onsrud was among one of the Top Small Business Exporters recognized. “It is a great honor to be recognized for our work bringing American-made products to the rest of the world. Our CNC machinery is used in industries from aerospace to furniture manufacturing to marine, automotive and many more. Our team and their hard work and dedication made it all possible. We have a great group of talented people here in North Carolina that work hard every day to do all facets of the manufacturing process: from welding to machining to machine assembly, support and sales,” said Jeff Onsrud, director of sales for C.R. Onsrud.

When North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the winners of the award, he said, “These diverse companies raise the profile of North Carolina-made products around the world, promoting excellence in goods and services made possible by the exceptional workforce in our state. Today, we honor these companies for the way their exports promote the North Carolina economy, their grit during tough economic times and the more than 412,000 jobs they support statewide.”

Piedmont Plastics headquarters
Piedmont Plastics® has opened its 51st location, Piedmont Plastics Dallas, in Arlington, TX, USA. The branch is located at 1700 Tech Centre Parkway, Suite 106, approximately halfway between downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. This new location allows Piedmont to expand its distribution, services and product offerings in the South-Central market. The Dallas branch operates as a full-service distribution facility with a comprehensive inventory, cut-to-size services and local delivery options. “We could not be more excited to open a third Piedmont Plastics branch in Texas,” says Jimmy Jones, area manager at Piedmont Plastics. “There is a lot of opportunity for growth in the South-Central market and we look forward to providing better service and support to our existing customers, as well as new customers, in this region.”

Arkema had joined the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2021. This ranking recognizes the best performing companies in terms of corporate social responsibility among their industry peers. Arkema also received the bronze award, making it one of the six leaders in the sector. Arkema Chairman and CEO Thierry Le Hénaff said, “This latest tribute recognizes Arkema’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and the inclusion of sustainability within the group, in the service of a transition to a more sustainable world. Arkema’s expertise and innovation, in collaboration with our stakeholders, are its main assets. We are very proud to have received this award, which confirms Arkema’s standing as a CSR leader in the chemical sector.”

Plas-Tech Inc. headquarters
Plas-Tech Inc. relocated to a larger facility on March 1, 2021. The 37,000-square-foot facility is located at 350 Vaughan Valley Blvd, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4H 2C3 Canada. It accommodates state-of-the-art machinery such as large format printing, laser cutting and 5-axis machining. The company also announced three new hires: Sara Martins in sales, Kay Osinowo in shipping/logistics and Jeff Bernardino in special operations.

Plaskolite LLC was awarded the 2020 3M Supplier of the Year Award in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness. This year, 3M recognized 20 suppliers supporting the United States and Canada, among thousands in its global supply base, for world-class performance in providing products and services. These suppliers were identified and rated based on actions taken to improve 3M’s competitiveness and overall supplier performance.

“We’re honored and grateful to receive this recognition from 3M, a company that shares our dedication to using innovation to solve the world’s problems,” said Plaskolite CEO Ryan Schroeder. “When the pandemic hit, Plaskolite met the massive global demand for virus safety shields and barriers while providing uninterrupted service to 3M. Reliable relationships and collaboration have been critical to our success and to the success of our customers, and they always will be.”

“Supplier collaboration is critical to supply chain success,” said Debora Fronczak, vice president, 3M Strategic Sourcing. “We are fortunate to work with great suppliers who are committed to fostering a relationship with 3M. These collaborative relationships help us to serve our customers with innovative and valuable solutions. It’s important that we recognize our most outstanding suppliers, and that’s what this award is all about.”

Braskem announced the first international shipment of polypropylene from their new Global Export Hub in Charleston, SC, USA. This facility provides packaging, warehousing and export shipping services to support Braskem’s six U.S. polypropylene (PP) production facilities. The hub has the capacity to support export shipments of up to 450 million pounds (204 kilotons) of polypropylene and specialty polymers annually.

Alexandre Elias, vice president, olefins and polyolefins North America, said, “Given the current tight North American market, we are prioritizing our domestic clients. Over time, the hub will allow us to leverage our feedstock advantaged, polymer production assets in the U.S Gulf Goast, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, to best meet our international clients needs. With excellent access to national rail and highway networks this important new logistics and distribution facility in the South Carolina port region significantly enhances Braskem America’s international export capability.”

Construction activity to support Braskem America’s new Global Export Hub in Charleston has positively impacted the economic activity in the region with approximately 150 development and construction workers contracted throughout the process to design and build the facility. Approximately 60 new permanent jobs have been created in the Charleston region to support the facility covering on-site operations management, packaging, logistics and more. The total economic impact that comes about through the SCPA yields a statewide employment multiplier of 2.4. This implies that, on average, for every 10 new jobs that are directly supported by SCPA port operations or port users, an additional 14 jobs are created elsewhere in South Carolina.

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Former IAPD President Mike Hill announced the second edition of his book Measuring to Manage: Using Measurable Data to Get Maximum Employee Performance. This new edition includes the five-step proven method for giving employee feedback, which tells the reader when and how to give that feedback. A new chapter in the book discusses how to motivate the different generations now in the workplace.
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Sharilyn and Don Beem (first row) with their daughters, from left to right: Cindy Smalley, Roxanne Wittman, Jane Saale and Donna Rintoul. Together, they represent the second and third generations of Cope Plastics, Inc., founded by Sharilyn’s father Dwight Cope 75 years ago.
Cope Plastics, Inc. is celebrating its 75th year in business in 2021. The company was founded by Dwight and Mozelle Cope in 1946 in their basement in St. Louis, MO, USA. Now owned by the second and third generation of the family and run by Cope’s granddaughters, the company supports a nationwide customer base and is one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the St. Louis region. The current owners, Don and Sharilyn Beem, have been with the company for more than 60 years. Don is Chairman of The Board and Sharilyn, daughter of Dwight and Mozelle Cope, is the major stockholder.

Cope’s growth has continued over the decades, expanding to 19 locations across the United States. Cope remains the supplier of choice for more than 8,000 companies and OEMs in numerous industries. The company now employs more than 370 people nationwide.

“We are thrilled and blessed to be celebrating our 75th year in business,” said Jane Saale, president and CEO. “The plastics industry has changed drastically over the past 75 years and Cope Plastics has become one of the premier distributors and fabricators across the nation. Now in its third generation, the Beem family ownership is proud of what Cope has accomplished over the years. A big part of our success is our dedicated, hardworking and skilled employees. We will continue to advocate our core values in all aspects of our business because we recognize that our best asset is our valued Cope team members.”

Celebrating this milestone, the company has announced several investments that are supporting their growth. The company’s Vadnais Heights, MN, USA branch is undergoing its second expansion in 12 months, including a 5,000 square foot addition that will be used for fabrication and inventory growth. The new space is complete with floor-to-ceiling racking, high efficiency LED lighting and an additional dock door to handle extra incoming and outgoing shipments. Cope’s Huntsville, AL, USA branch has also announced an expansion that will triple their office and warehouse space, allowing the branch to stock more local inventory to support customers in the southeast region of the country.

In 2019, the company officially announced the opening of the Goodyear, AZ, USA sales branch, introducing a brick-and-mortar location to the West Coast. As of January 2021, the company now owns CNC Routing AZ, a high-production routing company in Chandler, AZ, USA. “The acquisition of CNC Routing AZ is in perfect alignment with our corporate strategic plan to add fabrication capacity in growth markets,” said Alex Cannon, director of business development for Cope.

After 75 years in business, the owners of Cope Plastics have committed to investing back in the business to help support controlled growth. Recent fabrication equipment purchases have added 20 percent more lathe capacity and 20 percent more routing capacity to the company’s nationwide fabrication offerings. Additions and upgrades of company saws across the country have been completed over the past couple of years. Delivery trucks have been added to the company’s fleet to support distribution growth. Upgrades have been made to shop and office lighting, vacuum and air systems throughout the company’s manufacturing footprint. In 2020, Cope upgraded all forklifts in their corporate location to increase operator safety and to improve the speed and accuracy of shipments.

“I have never been more proud of our business and our people,” said John Lee, vice president of sales and marketing. “During 2020 we kept our blinders on, we continued to serve our customers and Cope Plastics’ outlook has never been brighter,” said Lee. “Our recent CAPEX expenditure and expansion of multiple facilities ensures we meet the increased demand of our current and prospective customers.”

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From left to right: Ashoo Saigal, Andy Saigal and Rohit Saigal of Polymer Industries celebrating Andy’s 80th birthday.
Polymer Industries founder Andy (Kapal) Saigal celebrated his 80th birthday on February 1, 2021. Saigal built a company with a 45-year history by being a visionary. His leadership skills and strong work ethic serve as an inspiration to all who know him, employees and customers alike. Saigal is actively involved with project initiatives, continues to set priorities in manufacturing and comes to work every day.
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Teresa Parsons is celebrating her 30th anniversary with Total Plastics Int’l. She joined the company in 1991 at the Fort Wayne, IN, USA location. While in her role as branch manager – industrial, she became involved in offering materials to the medical industry. In 2008 she transitioned exclusively to branch manager – life sciences division and continues in that position today. Chief Operating Officer Jason Jenkins shared, “Congratulations, Teresa! Thank you for your commitment to Total Plastics and the customers you serve, and we look forward to your continued leadership in our life sciences business.”
In Memoriam
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Former Port Plastics President Keith Eitzen has passed away. He was an industry icon who played a crucial role in shaping Port Plastics. He was a leader and mentor who impacted the lives of many. He was well respected by his staff, customers, vendors and competitors. Keith joined the organization on January 2, 1980. He learned the business by working every job from order entry to warehouse roles to branch manager before becoming controller. He retired as president in 2015. He credited the success of Port to several factors: Being in the right place at the right time; acquiring the full line of Polymer now MCAM mechanical materials; forging alliances with top tier manufacturers; and, most importantly, the caliber of the team he recruited. He claimed that their work ethic and customer-centric attitudes made his job easy. Those who worked for or with Keith credit his commitment to excellence as a driver in their success. His brilliance contributed much to Port Plastics, which helped create the foundation of the North American Plastics we know today.

Keith loved to travel with his wife Marian and was passionate about golf. He is survived by Marian, his son Scott and Brandy (wife) Rollins, his daughter Kerry Eitzen Cureton, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. North American Plastics is establishing an annual college scholarship to honor his memory and contribution to the company and the industry.