People &
Bill Weaver headshot


GEHR Plastics Inc. appointed Bill Weaver as its new director of technical services. Weaver’s primary focus and responsibility will be on market and application development for GEHR’s expanding line of products. Weaver most recently served as vice president of technical services at Lasco Fittings, Inc. He was a recognized industry expert for nearly 20 years at Harvel Plastics, Inc. and Georg Fischer. In these roles, he was instrumental in developing new products and patents to industries including pharmaceutical, semiconductor, laboratory, hospital, chemical, biotech and food and beverage. In addition, Weaver served on the IAPD Board of Directors.

“The depth of Bill’s background and expertise in the industry will bring key insights to the business and serve to further enhance GEHR’s product portfolio,” said Patrick Foose, GEHR Plastics president. “We are confident Bill will continue to position GEHR for growth and success while retaining the service and commitment that customers have come to expect.”

Brian Courtright headshot

Brian Courtright joined the Lubrizol TempRite® engineered polymers team as the national sales engineer for the company’s North American demand creation team. Courtright has seven years of experience as an engineer and sales engineer. Most recently, he served as a technical manager for Viega LLC where he drove specification sales and developed best practice training content for the technical manager team.

In his new role, Courtright will be accountable to support demand creation efforts on technical application concerns for all TempRite engineered polymers business segments; plumbing, fire sprinkler, HVAC and industrial across North America, with occasional global responsibilities as needed. He will serve as the engineering lead for the team at national associations and aspire to a thought leadership position in support of the company’s brand leadership strategy. Additionally, Courtright will maintain a pulse on current market technologies and competitors’ products and technologies to help TempRite engineered polymers identify next generation technology and new market opportunities.

Courtright holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering with a minor in economics from The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently pursuing his MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.

John Pritchard headshot

John Pritchard was appointed to national technical manager – demand creation for Lubrizol. Pritchard has been an integral part of the Temp-Rite® engineered polymers team since joining in 2008. He has served as a territory manager, technical manager and regional manager – most recently, all at the same time. Pritchard has augmented his deep technical and application expertise in commercial plumbing by researching and engaging in fire protection and HVAC to the extent which he has become one of the company’s key go-to employees on these applications.

In addition to consulting and supporting the demand creation team on key application questions around installation practices, specifications and codes and standards, Pritchard has been an invaluable resource for the marketing team in developing technical content as part of inbound marketing. Pritchard is actively engaged in the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and frequently provides educational training which supports the company’s thought leadership strategy. For several years, Pritchard served as the company’s national representative for the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA).

In this role Pritchard will be accountable to support demand creation efforts on technical application concerns from an installer/contractor perspective for all three TempRite engineered polymers business segments; plumbing, fire protection, HVAC and industrial, across North America, with occasional global responsibilities as needed. Pritchard will extend his technical manager role nationally on application training, codes and design in a consultative role. He will represent the TempRite engineered polymers business at a national and regional level with strategic association education and advocacy from a contractor perspective.

Pritchard has more than 30 years of industry experience in plumbing and construction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Western Illinois University and is a licensed plumber.

Taylor Bone headshot

KBA, Inc. announced the addition of Taylor Bone as the newest member of their sales team. He is a graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, USA where he majored in communication. Bone’s focus at KBA will be sales and marketing. He looks forward to learning new products and developing strong relationships within the plastics industry. Bone has special interest in media communications, soccer and filmography.

“We are excited to add Taylor to our team. He brings energy, drive and a creative eye to KBA,” said KBA, Inc. Owner Kerry Bone.

Brad Pick headshot

Brad Pick joined the Lubrizol TempRite® engineered polymers team as the regional manager – central for the company’s North American demand creation team. Pick has nearly 20 years of experience as a sales leader in distribution, manufacturing and engineering firms in the United States and globally. Most recently, he was the area sales manager for Harrington in North Texas/Oklahoma where he led an aggressive business development and sales growth strategy.

In his new role, Pick will be responsible for rapidly developing a growth strategy for the Texas and south-central region as well as fortifying the company’s share positions throughout the central region. Rich Mondragon, Rob Lloyd, Rob Chapman and Aaron Caldwell will report to Pick.

Pick is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of business administration as well as completing academic and leadership training at the Culver Military candidate.

Harrington Industrial Plastics LLC building

Harrington Industrial Plastics LLC President Dave Abercrombie and CEO Eben Lenderking announced the opening of the company’s newest branch located in Medley, FL, USA. Medley will be joining Harrington’s expanding footprint in Florida as the sixth location in the state. The Medley branch is located off the US 27 at 7501 NW 72nd Avenue with the cross street of Milam Dairy Road.

Harrington’s other Florida locations include: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Orlando and Tampa. Harrington’s grand opening of the Medley branch was September 1, 2020.

3A Composites USA, Inc. has acquired the Elmer’s and Encore foam-board division from Newell Brands, broadening their product offering to the display, graphic arts and framing markets. With this expansion, 3A Composites USA, Inc. endeavors to integrate the knowledge and expertise of both companies. The resulting combination positions the company with a wide range of foam-board products.

Nationwide Plastics, Inc. building

Curbell Plastics, Inc. acquired Nationwide Plastics, Inc. with three locations on August 26, 2019. The Dallas, TX, USA location operating as Nationwide Plastics, Inc. a division of Curbell Plastics, Inc. has officially become Curbell Plastics Arlington.

“This is a unique transition for us because Curbell has an Arlington, TX, USA location less than a mile from the Nationwide Plastics facility. Our sales force is now combined at Nationwide’s Timberlake Drive location. Later this year additional stocking and fabrication operations will move to that facility as well,” said Tim Cassani, senior regional director for Curbell Plastics, Inc. “Curbell Plastics Arlington will be one of our largest locations serving markets across Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma with a broad range of materials, fabrication services and technical expertise.”

Industries served by the Arlington location include, aerospace, oil and gas, food handling and processing, material handling, waste treatment, custom displays, orthotics and prosthetics and more. Customers will continue to work with their seasoned sales team to solve material and technical application challenges.

Cope Plastics, Inc. warehouse

On September 1, 2020 the Vadnais Heights, MN, USA branch of Cope Plastics, Inc. opened its newly expanded warehouse space. The new space is complete with all-new racking, high-efficiency LED lighting and an additional dock door to handle incoming and outgoing shipments. This expansion has increased the building’s warehouse capacity by 65 percent, allowing the company to support recent and future growth in this market. The expanded warehouse is located at the current branch location at the junction of 694 and 35E. This branch has been serving the St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and Southern Minnesota territories since 2001.

“This additional warehouse space will enable our team to build on the overall customer experience by improving efficiency and expanding our product offering of engineering plastic sheet, rod and tube as well as graphic substrates,” said Dan Scheffer, branch manager.