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Daisy Bedolla
Trevor Dodge
Steve Ferrero
David Kendall
Professional Plastics, Inc. announced the promotion of a long-time employee and welcomed eight new team members.
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Daisy Bedolla was promoted to International Procurement Specialist based in Fullerton, CA, USA. She is responsible for providing support in strategic procurement, negotiation and inventory replenishment for the company’s Singapore and Taiwan branches. She will also work closely with sales to help achieve goals and maintain smooth operations. She originally joined the company in 2015, where she gained extensive knowledge about products, order management and purchasing. Bedolla is excited to continue growing with the company and collaborating with the international team.
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New Inside Sales Representative in Portland, OR, USA, Trevor Dodge, will cultivate business with both new and existing clients through proactive outreach and discovery. With a wealth of sales experience exceeding 15 years across diverse industries, including his most recent roles in mortgage and advertising, Dodge brings a wide-ranging perspective to the team. He looks forward to helping the Portland team drive growth and continue to develop strong connections in the northwest United States.
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Steve Ferrero joined the company as Senior Market Research Manager based in Michigan, USA. In this new role, he is responsible for leading market research analysis and driving strategic market insights in support of the company’s business development and growth initiatives. Ferrero is a well-known industry veteran with over 34 years of in-depth polymer experience. He is thrilled to be part of the team and is excited to draw upon his extensive experience and management knowledge to help leverage the company’s capabilities.
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David Kendall, newly appointed Business Manager of the company’s Salt Lake City, UT, USA distribution and fabrication facility, will oversee all branch activities. With over 20 years of experience in distribution sales and management, including several in the plastics industry, Kendall is well-prepared to lead the dynamic team at this location. His strategic approach to sales and operations, along with a proven track record of success, position him as a valuable asset to the team.
Harry Jones
Andrew Lord
Joseph Owino
Demi Rogers
Professional Plastics, Inc. new team members continued.
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Joining the company as an Inside Sales Representative in Denver, CO, USA, Harry Jones will interact with existing and new accounts to optimize sales and customer service. Jones will leverage his previous sales experience to identify and service new business opportunities in the region. He is excited to dive into the world of performance plastics and help provide innovative materials solutions to customers. He plans to focus on learning, growing and driving new business.
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As a Territory Manager in Tampa, FL, USA, Andrew Lord will engage with current customers as well as emerging businesses and markets. With a strategic focus, he will close sales, increase margins and represent the overall product line. Bringing valuable sales experience from the steel industry, he is determined to grow the existing customer base and identify new opportunities that can significantly expand the company’s presence in the Tampa region and beyond.
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Joining the company as an Inside Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ, USA, Joseph Owino will support customers and the branch’s outside sales team and management. He strives to maintain existing relationships and create new opportunities by providing exceptional customer service. With over ten years of sales experience, he brings valuable expertise to the role. His vision is to bring new business to the branch and continue the excellent work already underway.
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Demi Rogers joins the company’s Houston, TX, USA, branch as a Territory Manager, focused on the south and west areas of the state. She will sustain and enhance customer relationships, identify new business opportunities and develop product knowledge and sales strategies, all while setting and exceeding sales goals. Rogers possesses two years of prior plastics experience and is excited to see what working for an innovative company will enable her to accomplish.
Paragon Plastics, an affiliate of Professional Plastics, Inc., welcomed a new Inside Sales Representative.
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Alex Munoz joined Paragon Plastics as an Inside Sales Representative based in Santa Ana, CA. In his role, Munoz will serve as a reliable source for all new and existing customers, solidifying business relationships by meeting and exceeding customer requests. Additionally, he will provide customers with in-depth knowledge of product lines and applications, showcasing his industry expertise. Munoz brings over 12 years of plastic distribution experience in both operations and sales.
The Tandem Group announced a new hire.
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Andrea Smith was hired as an outside sales representative for The Tandem Group. Smith will be covering Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and the Dakotas, bringing valuable expertise in management to strengthen our presence in these regions. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management, along with a master’s degree in sports management. Her experience with leadership roles and managing sports organizations showcases her skill in building professional relationships. The Tandem Group is excited about the positive impact she’ll bring to our team.
ROWMARK LLC is pleased to announce the hiring of Zachary Finch as Sales Representative.
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Before joining Rowmark, Finch spent four years in various management and support roles with Grimco, most recently as Branch Manager. Overall, Finch has more than eight years of experience in customer support and account management with various companies.

“I’m thrilled to start working with Rowmark customers to help them grow their businesses,” said Finch. “Rowmark has so many fantastic products available, and with the new extrusion line, there’s an opportunity for customers to get materials they haven’t had access to previously.”

“It’s an exciting time at Rowmark, and we’re happy to have Zachary on the team,” said Rowmark Business Development Manager Chris Holland. “Zachary brings a lot of experience and energy to the company, and we’re excited about the opportunities he’ll have to share with our customers.”

Zachary received his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, USA.

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Curbell Plastics, Inc. recently promoted David Buchholtz to Business Manager for Films & Tapes.

Buchholtz, formerly Senior Product Specialist, spent the early years of his career in plastics distribution followed by a number of years working for polycarbonate film manufacturers. Four years ago, he joined Curbell, responsible for business development and market growth for films and tapes in the Western United States and Texas, supporting sales teams in those areas.

His previous years of experience combined with his years at Curbell have prepared him to lead a knowledgeable, seasoned team of film and tape experts that serve customers nationwide. Buchholtz feels his experience on both sides of the industry has provided him with valuable insights into working with material processors as well as supporting customers with material specification for a large variety of applications.

Additionally, Curbell Plastics has a dedicated, state-of-the-art plastic films conversion facility in Raynham, MA USA offering a full range of services. All of their film products can be converted to custom roll or sheet sizes for customers nationwide. Capabilities include: die-cutting, guillotining, interleaving, laminating, masking, perforating, re-rolling, sheeting, slitting, spooling, and tipping.

“My goal is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to work with our Films & Tapes group to grow their business,” said Buchholtz. “I am fortunate to lead an extremely experienced and dedicated team that’s eager to provide continued support to customers across the country, and assist with growing business in new markets for Curbell”.

IAPD — the performance plastics association, is pleased to welcome a new member to the association:

The Spiratex Company — Manufacturer

Early membership renewal raffle winners
Congratulations to Mr. Plastic, Inc., Eagle Performance Plastics, Inc. and ElringKlinger Engineered Plastics North America, Inc.; the winners of the annual raffle for companies who renew their IAPD membership early.
three young girls using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes during a critical-thinking exercise
AGRU America, Inc. has officially launched its latest outreach campaign, “Global Company, Local Impact.” AGRU exhibited at the 2024 Pathways 2 Possibilities South Carolina (P2PSC) event in Myrtle Beach to kick off the new outreach campaign in early January.

“Our new campaign empowers our team to sponsor and participate in model community events that shape our futures,” said Yuse Lajiminmuhip, Head of Marketing at AGRU America. “We designed the campaign to recognize our role as a global company in fostering community growth through local initiatives that will have an impact. We are excited to collaborate with our regions’ leading non-profits and government bodies to support programs with a proven track record.”

While AGRU has sponsored P2PSC and other organizations for many years, the new campaign encourages hands-on participation and engagement, which multiplies the impact of every funding dollar.

“Our technical team offers industry-leading support across all our product groups,” said Anthony Johnson, Head of the Technical Product Support Team, “by collaborating with marketing and outreach, we can bring our expertise front-and-center to a wider audience and find new ways to improve our communication.”

The P2PSC event, designed to give eighth graders in the region a glimpse of possible career paths for their future, brings young people and local businesses together. For the 2024 P2PSC event, AGRU designed three activities with a pipe-building activity as the headline station. The station challenged hundreds of students to a team-building, critical-thinking exercise illustrating the value of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes in various applications. Those curious to learn more were directed to the other stations to learn about our design and technical processes, resins, and manufacturing and shown how engineering plastics can be utilized across many industries and applications.

“AGRU has been in the United States for more than 35 years. In that time, we’ve grown from a small operation into a multi-state, multi-site operation,” said Robert L. Johnson, President and CEO at AGRU America. “The Gruber family has led our family-owned business for three generations. They know the value of community engagement and have given AGRU America the mandate to launch new efforts in this area. We are thrilled by the wonderful reception by the P2PSC organizers and state officials and are proud of our team’s execution of this outreach mandate.”

Harrington Process Solutions announced the acquisition of PumpMan, a leading provider of onsite maintenance, repair, and replacement for all components in water and wastewater pumping systems. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2016, PumpMan has grown quickly through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, building a strong and recognizable brand with a broad geographic footprint. Over the past seven years, the Company has expanded to 11 locations, stretching across the United States from Southern California to the New York metropolitan area. As a leading provider of onsite or offsite repair, replacement and maintenance services for pumps, motors, controls, valves, water wells and other flow control equipment, PumpMan has built a strong market presence in the municipal, industrial and commercial markets.

PumpMan will provide a strong complement to Harrington’s broad range of comprehensive flow-control solutions. Customers and suppliers have long turned to Harrington for its pump distribution expertise. PumpMan will add robust pump service capabilities to the platform, further establishing Harrington as a leading flow control specialist for critical industries that require timely technical solutions.

“Harrington has built an exceptional business on the strength of great technical expertise, a broad range of products, and a nationwide network led by the most passionate employees in the industry,” said Bob Graham, CEO of Harrington. “Adding a leading pump services competency to our family of products and services will bring beneficial synergies for our customers as we continue to strengthen our position in the water markets. We are tremendously excited to partner with PumpMan to add even greater value to our platform as we rapidly grow.”

“I’m very proud of the team we have built at PumpMan and the rapid national expansion we have experienced over the past seven years,” said Don Devine, CEO of PumpMan. “Harrington’s leading presence in a broad range of markets will accelerate our organic expansion and continue to position us for growth via acquisition while we further develop the reputation for outstanding service that we are known for.”

In Memoriam: Wilhelm Klepsch

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Wilhelm Klepsch passed away on February 24, 2024, at the age of 86. His passing leaves a huge gap in his family and beyond.

As CEO or as Chairman of the Board of the companies in the Klepsch Group, including ZL Engineering Plastics, Inc. and Senoplast in America, he was not only a successful businessman, but also a valued employer to numerous families worldwide.

Today, the Klepsch Group employs around 1,100 people worldwide. Wilhelm Klepsch knew how to consistently pursue his visions with an inner drive. His commitment was a wonderful example of how hard work and determination can lead to success. Today, six factories produce semi-finished products, and three locations manufacture injection molded and finished parts in Austria, Italy, USA, Mexico and China. Senosan© and Zellamid© are distributed via 38 sales offices and logistics centers worldwide.

Willi Klepsch will not only be remembered as a successful entrepreneur, but also as a warm-hearted person who always had an open ear for the concerns of others and was committed to the well-being of his employees and the community. He directly supported people in need, donated to many charity projects and was a deeply devout Christian and a loving family man.

He is survived by his loving wife Ingrid; children Rudi (Astrid), Gnter (Susy) and Sabine (Kurt); grandchildren Freya, Björn, Sophia, Anna and Maxi; and family Nick and Ulli.

In this time of parting and mourning, may the memory of Wilhelm Klepsch and his legacy provide comfort and allow his inspiring way of life to live on in us. We will all remember Willhelm Klepsch fondly — as a caring human being and as someone who, as a pioneer and visionary, left a strong mark on the engineering plastics industry worldwide.

Willi will be laid to rest in the Kaprun Cemetery Chapel in Austria on Saturday, March 2, 2024, and a prayer will be held on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The Holy Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Church of Kaprun.

In memory of the deceased, we kindly ask you to refrain from donating wreaths, flowers and candles and instead donate to the Rwenzori e.V. association. IBAN: DE23 7506 0150 0000 5007 55; BIC: GENODEF1R02; Raiffeisenbank Regensburg-Wenzenbach; reference: “Wilhelm Klepsch“

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