People &
Katie Clapp


A&C Plastics, Inc. President Katie Clapp was recently honored by the Houston Business Journal with the 2022 Women Who Mean Business Awards. This award is given to women in leadership who demonstrate excellence in their careers and community, and Clapp has been recognized as one of three Outstanding Business Leaders in Manufacturing and Distribution. A&C was also ranked #27 on the Houston Business Journal’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List. A&C Plastics, Inc. thanks their customers, suppliers and team members for their contributions to the company’s continued success.
George Quiroz
Theresa O’Shei
Professional Plastics announced two recent promotions.
George Quiroz
George Quiroz has been promoted to market development manager for Mexico and Latin America. Quiroz has worked with the company for more than six years, continually growing his expertise and responsibilities. He started in sales, worked his way up to branch manager and will continue his success in this newly created role. His knowledge of the market and plastics industry make him the perfect fit for the position. He is extremely excited about the opportunities south of the U.S. border and looks forward to working with the Professional Plastics branches and customers to grow the business.
Theresa O’Shei
National Accounts Department Manager Theresa O’Shei has excelled in her new position since receiving a promotion in May. Based in the company’s Buffalo, NY, USA office, O’Shei is responsible for overseeing and maintaining strong client relationships with key national accounts, including several Fortune 500 companies. She also develops leads, communicates with customers to understand their needs and takes action when needed to ensure a smooth sales process. Prior to her promotion, O’Shei worked in government in sales for the company, which prepared her for the intricacies of her new role.
Joel Neal


Paragon Plastics named Joel Neal as its new business manager in Santa Ana, CA, USA. In his new position, he is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations including managing the sales team, showroom, warehouse and fabrication departments. Neal works hand-in-hand with customers that walk into the branch showroom every day. His background in sales and plastics prepared him well for this role and he is excited about the potential for daily growth for Paragon.
Olivia Boris Lauren Severkovski
Sean Tobin
Professional Plastics recently added new talent to their team.
Olivia Boris
Olivia Boris joined as a communications specialist to support the company’s internal and external communications efforts. She will develop and implement effective strategies and tactics that share the company’s news, brand, products, people and impact with a variety of audiences. Boris is also responsible for building and engaging the company’s social media presence. Her previous experience in digital marketing and communications has prepared her for success in her new position.
Lauren Severkovski
New Territory Manager Lauren Severkovski will work to develop and expand business across the Southwestern United States. Working with the company’s branches in Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Jose, CA, USA; and Salt Lake City, UT, USA, she will close sales to the business. She plans to develop strong relationships with prospects and customers by keeping open lines of communication. As a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, Severkovski is motivated to succeed and brings a fresh perspective to the role.
Sean Tobin
In his new position as National Market Development Manager, Sean Tobin will build and support business in the signage and see-thru display market. With more than 15 years of experience in the signage industry, working in various roles from design director to production manager, Tobin’s focus has always been building strong client relationships. His in-depth understanding of the industry’s core strengths and weaknesses will help him bring in opportunities, increase margins and represent the company’s overall product line.
Jason Knapp
Arkema Inc., High Performance Polymers Division, has added an engineering role at the King of Prussia, PA, USA headquarters. Jason Knapp joined Arkema in June 2022 as a sales and marketing engineer. In his role, Knapp will offer engineering assistance to customers for the Kynar® PVDF and Kynar Flex® PVDF product line. He will be responsible for providing technical data, product referrals and standards development to further the business in areas such as chemical processing, food and beverage, wire and cable and many more. He will report to Averie Palovcak, applications and engineering manager. Knapp received a bachelor of science degree in materials science and engineering with a minor in polymer science from The Pennsylvania State University.
Mateo Gutierrez
Nikki Carter
Plastics International announced two new hires, Matteo Guitierrez and Nikki Carter.
Mateo Gutierrez
Mateo Gutierrez joined Plastics International as an inside sales account manager. He has 15 years of sales and customer service experience in other industries. Since joining Plastics International, Gutierrez has completed the IAPD Training Programs for Performance Plastics, earning Level I and Level II Certificates. He is conversive in Spanish and enjoys family, fishing and golf.
Nikki Carter
Nikki Carter joined Plastics International as a business process manager. In this role she will be focused on continuous improvement and driving efficiencies in day-to-day operations. Previously, Carter spent 10 years at U.S. Bank, serving as a vice president and senior business line transformation lead, dedicated to driving strategic process improvement initiatives. She holds a bachelor of Arts in business management from the College of St. Benedict.
Participants of the IAPD Small Distributors Round Table Meeting hosted by Midland Plastics, Inc., in New Berlin, WI, USA on June 28-29, 2022
Participants of the IAPD Small Distributors Round Table Meeting hosted by Midland Plastics, Inc., in New Berlin, WI, USA on June 28-29, 2022.
After two years of meeting virtually, the IAPD Small Distributor Round Table returned to in-person meetings in June. The attendees meet and discuss the most relevant and current issues facing their businesses as well as the performance plastics industry. This popular event was hosted by Midland Plastics, Inc., in New Berlin, WI, USA. The two-day event began with a tour of Midland Plastics, Inc., including their two new AI RoboJob production robots. This was a popular part of the tour, and Midland had their vendor RoboJob onsite to demonstrate the robots and answer questions. After the tour, there was a casual networking dinner at a local microbrewery that serves Wisconsin’s famous fare. On the second day, the group met to discuss numerous topics that are affecting plastics distributors. Topics ranged from labor and hiring issues to supply chain disruptions, diversity, to artificial intelligence opportunities and possibilities. There was great camaraderie among the small distributors in attendance and the conversations were healthy and robust. Thank you to Mark Hense and his team for hosting this event.

Inteplast Group has released their 2021 Sustainability Report outlining initiatives, partnerships and quantitative data centered around environmental, social and corporate sustainability goals. The report includes the company’s:

  • Collective carbon footprint
  • Recycling programs, associations and supply chain partners
  • Components of Inteplast’s Quality Policy
  • Community and social sustainability updates
  • Natural resource and waste management practices

Inteplast Group President Dr. John Young notes that the company, with more than 50 locations throughout North America, will continue making tangible advancements in sustainability across production, philanthropy and other avenues contributing to circular economies. “We remain committed to embracing sustainability holistically, honoring our employees and communities and addressing the needs of our customers and the environment,” said Dr. Young. “We accomplish this by manufacturing well designed, functional and environmentally sound products.”

Inteplast Group begun its sustainability efforts more than three decades ago at its flagship site in Lolita, TX, USA. Conservation of natural resources in operations and integration of recycled materials into production has since evolved into wide-scale benchmarks for lowering facilities’ carbon footprints as well as the development of recyclable and reusable packaging lines, post-consumer resin blends in grocery and retail items and other innovation that aligns with the tenets of lean manufacturing. The report can be accessed at

Cast Nylons Ltd. hosted many of its distribution customers on July 26, 2022 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new expansion.
Cast Nylons Ltd. hosted many of its distribution customers on July 26, 2022 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new expansion.
On July 26, 2022, Cast Nylons Ltd. broke ground on a 15,000 square foot expansion of their casting operations facility. The new space will make room for a new, state of the art plate press that will increase the output of 4’ x 10’ type 6 cast nylon plate and leave additional room to implement new nylon casting technologies. CNL Owner and CEO Jack Thorp shareed this ceremony with customers, employees and local dignitaries. “With market demand for cast nylon bearing products, from American and global customers, we have invested heavily in providing more capacity and shorter lead times, in order to maintain our leadership position to our Nycast customers,” said Thorp. Customers who attended the event include Alro Plastics; Boedeker Plastics, Inc.; Cope Plastics, Inc.; Curbell Plastics, Inc.; Groupe Polyalto; Iirsacero; Interstate Plastics; North American Plastics; Midland Plastics, Inc.; Piedmont Plastics; Professional Plastics; Polymershapes; Regal Plastics; Total Plastics Int’l; and Thyssenkrupp Engineering Plastics.
Harrington Industrial Plastics has acquired Commercial Industrial Supply, a distributor of thermoplastic fittings, valves, pipe, consumable filtration and other products that align with Harrington. The company, based in Rock Hill, SC, USA, was co-founded in 2009 by Ron Heisler. It has a strong position in online sales that has allowed the company to tap an underserved segment of the industry and consistently outgrow the overall market. The acquisition will help accelerate Harrington’s e-commerce and online lead generation capabilities. CIS serves heavy industrial contractors, individual contractors, OEMs and end users such as military, industrial plants, labs and universities.

Dave Abercrombie, CEO of Harrington, said, “Ron Heisler has built an impressive business and we are excited that he and his team are joining Harrington. This acquisition is highly complementary to Harrington’s core products and our key vendors, and there is a very strong culture fit between our two organizations. CIS’s online capabilities align well with Harrington’s vision for the future and will augment our own push into e-commerce. With CIS located outside of Charlotte, we are increasing density in an important and growing region to better serve our customer base. We are thrilled to have closed our second add-on with CIS, and we will continue to selectively evaluate other acquisition candidates to add to the Harrington family.”

Ron Heisler, who will join Harrington, said, “Commercial Industrial Supply has enjoyed strong growth over the last decade. While organic growth has allowed us to serve a wide range of industries, our partnership with Harrington gives us an opportunity to expand our footprint and bring new products and services to customers. Harrington holds the same core values as me: serve our customers, the amazing employees that make up CIS and local communities. I’m excited to watch CIS and Harrington grow together.”

Piedmont Plastics
Piedmont Plastics announced the relocation of their newest branch location in Edmonton, AB, Canada. As previously announced, Piedmont Plastics completed the acquisition of Edmonton-based Plastics Plus, Ltd. in June 2022. Since then, the Piedmont Plastics and Plastics Plus teams have been working together to move the branch to a new facility and transition business operations. The new Piedmont Plastics Edmonton branch location is open and operational. The Edmonton branch is Piedmont’s 53rd branch in North America and sixth in Canada.

“We couldn’t be more excited to officially open our new Edmonton branch,” said Gilles Bileau, branch general manager. “We are fortunate to have the Plastics Plus team on board as members of the Piedmont family in Edmonton, and we are eager to continue to provide outstanding products and services to our valued customer base in the region.”

“The new Edmonton branch provides a strategic growth opportunity for Piedmont,” said Tyler Booth, president of Piedmont Plastics. “By adding an additional branch location in Alberta, we are well-positioned to offer enhanced service and support to all of Western Canada.”

Polymer Plastics Corporation, based in Carson City, NV, USA, has acquired a two-acre industrial land parcel for the Phase 1 construction of a new 35,000-square-foot facility. “We submitted a 110,000 square-foot-facility plan for regional approval while working on Phase 1,” said Polymer Plastics Corporation Owner Larry Stock. “We want to leave the door open to further expansion as opportunities are opening all around us.” Carson City in Northern Nevada is situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which offers close highway, rail and air proximity to the U.S. West Coast and Pacific rim markets. Polymer Plastics Corporation relocated to Nevada in 2005 after 30 years in Mountain View, CA, USA..

After nearly half a century in business, Interstate Plastics and Plastic Machining will now be collectively branded as Interstate Advanced Materials. According to the company, this change is a more accurate description of their role in the marketplace and is long overdue. When the company was founded, the inclusion of the word “plastics” in the brand indicated a focus on alternative materials to solve industry demands for better material solutions. Now as “plastics” have become ubiquitous in society with commonly used and less sustainable items being the focus of its use, they believe that it is time for a change. Rebranding as Interstate Advanced Materials is the start of this change. This name change also reinforces the company’s commitment to providing and encouraging the use of sustainable solutions in the industry through the use of performance materials that will lower our combined impact on the environment through the improved performance and longevity in service of the products they supply.

Randy Sterling
Interstate Advanced Materials has promoted Randy Sterling to branch manager for its Boise, ID, USA location. Sterling has more than 23 years of industry experience, starting as an outside sales representative for a semiconductor packaging company before moving into various management roles for major performance plastics distributors. He joined Interstate Advanced Materials in 2018 as a business development manager for the northern California and Nevada territories. He was relocated and promoted to branch manager for Boise in March 2022 because of his extensive expertise and outstanding dedication. Interstate Advanced Materials is optimistic about the leadership Sterling will bring to the Boise branch, and the opportunities that he can help foster for the team.
Harrington Industrial Plastics has acquired Crist Group in partnership with the company’s owner, Paul Crist. Headquartered in Woodland, CA, USA, Crist is a specialty fabricator of fluid process components and assemblies with a focus on the semiconductor end market and applications in other markets including medical. Crist’s technical fabrication capabilities include infrared fusion welding, hot gas welding, ultrasonic welding, CNC machining, laser drilling and etching, precision flaring and clean room preparation and packaging. Paul Crist developed an expertise in fluoropolymer materials while he was an executive at Harrington in the 1990s and he founded the company in 2000.

Crist Group has grown into a market leader in fluoropolymer fabrication producing custom assemblies that are specified into production-level semiconductor tool equipment. The company has led the industry in innovation around process design, tooling and engineering capabilities to better serve its customers. Today, Crist enjoys a reputation for process expertise and high-quality products and services. The acquisition will enable Harrington to deepen its offering to customers in the semiconductor industry by providing fabrication services that complement its existing products.

Dave Abercrombie, CEO of Harrington, said, “Paul Crist and his team have built a strong fabrication operation that is well-known for its unique technical competencies in fluoropolymer materials, particularly in the rapidly growing semiconductor segment. We have had a longstanding relationship with Crist Group and Paul personally and are excited to welcome the Crist team into the Harrington organization. The acquisition is highly complementary to our business and will enhance our ability to provide differentiated, value-add products and services to our customers. We are pleased to have closed Harrington’s third add-on and we will continue to evaluate other attractive opportunities.”

Paul Crist, who is joining the Harrington team and will continue to run the Crist division, said, “We have had a strong relationship with Harrington as a trusted vendor and are now very excited to be joining the Harrington platform. Crist Group has succeeded in achieving substantial growth and developing strong customer relationships, and we believe that with Harrington’s resources and distribution network we can further support our customers and broaden our reach. I can say confidently based on our experience with Harrington as a vendor, my personal relationship with Dave Abercrombie and the Harrington team, as well as my former experience as an employee at Harrington, that our two companies share a similar culture of dedication to customer service and support for our employees. We look forward to a strong partnership.”

Scm Group is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022. The company began in 1952 with the production of woodworking machines and has evolved into a provider of machining technologies for an extensive range of materials and industrial components. The group’s history dates to 1935, when Nicola Gemmani and Lanfranco Aureli, experts in mechanics and foundry work, started working together. In 1952, the first woodworking machine was created, L’Invincibile, designed by engineer Giuseppe Gemmani, Nicola’s son. In the 1960s, Adriano and Alfredo Aureli, Lanfranco’s children, joined the founders. Today, Scm is investing in the skills of its global team and upping its digital transformation process on two levels: internally, renewing organizational and international models with the customer throughout the customer’s journey, and at a level of the product and services offered to be even closer to their business needs and jointly study the best strategy for smart manufacturing. The group’s research and development investments place sustainability first, to offer solutions that reduce the space occupied in the factory, machining times and margins of error, and keep down costs linked to energy consumption and waste of resources and material. In 70 years, Scm has established an increasingly more direct presence internationally and keeps its global team united. Scm continues to invest in its plants and in foreign sales branches as was the case with the renovated SCM North America branch in British Columbia, Canada, and the opening of new branches in India and Turkey. Stability, internationalization, innovation and people: the values that have always been a part of Scm Group.

Professional Plastics
As part of the company’s North American growth strategy, Professional Plastics, Inc. opened a new distribution facility in Angola, NY, USA. The new location doubles the company’s footprint in Western New York and advances its development of a Northeast distribution hub.

The new site is conveniently located a mile from the interstate and offers more than 42,000 square feet of warehouse space with 30′ clear height and 6 dock doors, in addition to ample office space. “The Angola location allows us to centralize our New York distribution activities in a single, larger facility with the proximity and capabilities to serve as a hub for the entire Northeastern United States,” said Mark Casey, president – North America for Professional Plastics.

Creating a new plastics distribution hub demonstrates the company’s commitment to streamlining operations and its ability to evolve with the market to support a rapidly increasing customer base. “Our expansion plans have always been based on where we can best serve our customers,” said Professional Plastics CEO David Kietzke. “Opening the Angola distribution facility allows us to strategically increase our presence while strengthening our capabilities and relationships with our customers.”

This is the company’s second location in the area and will operate in conjunction with its existing East Coast corporate office and manufacturing facility in Orchard Park, NY, USA. The additional location in Western New York provides the space needed for the company to expand upon its distribution and fabrication capabilities in separate, dedicated facilities.

Warehousing and distribution operations are up and running onsite. The company will also renovate the building’s office space to relocate some business functions in early 2023. With Angola, the company’s worldwide network now includes 24 locations in the United States, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines.