Bosch Rexroth Corp. promotes Berend Bracht to president and CEO. He was formerly CEO of Bosch Rexroth China and head of the company's U.S. industrial hydraulics operation.
Amcor PET Packaging adds William Featherstone as vice president, sales, Beverage Division, and Kim Houchens as vice president, product development for North America.
Huston Patterson Corp. promotes Tonya Kowa to director of sales, Special Products Div. She will be responsible for sales at Sigma Graphics, Huston Patterson's special products division in Ottawa, Ill.
Davis-Standard, LLC announces that Jim Dalton has returned to the company in the position of district sales manager, blown film.
Multisorb Technologies promotes John F. Solomon to market leader, specialty foods. He will be responsible for expanding Multisorb's business in food packaging markets, including organics and natural foods.
Graham Packaging Holdings Co., the parent company of Graham Packaging Co., L.P., names Warren D. Knowlton chief executive officer. Knowlton will also join Graham Packaging's board of directors. Philip R. Yates is retiring as CEO but has agreed to continue with the company as chairman of the board.
Kliklok-Woodman adds Phil Vrana as strategic account manager-vertical form/fill/seal systems to develop sales in northeastern U.S. and Canada.
Domino Printing Sciences, plc appoints Kirsten Telfer as group software director and Chris Beesley as program director.
Advanced Vision Technology, Ltd. appoints Bruno Carrer as Canadian sales manager for its label and packaging business throughout Canada.
Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.) hires John Caporaso as vice president, New Business Development.
GROWING & GOING
Eriez Magnetics breaks ground on a 30,843-sq.-ft. expansion of its Erie, PA, plant. The expansion will enable the company to make some of its large magnets and systems in-house.
Beckhoff Automation establishes subsidiary in Brazil. Beckhoff Automação Industrial Ltda. is based in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo State, Brazil.
Co.Ri.M.A., Marchesini Group's Siena-based company, constructs new 6,000-sq-m plant costing about 5 million Euros.
International Paper sells its beverage packaging and Arizona Chemical businesses for combined proceeds of approximately $985 million.
IPL, Inc. sells technology and expertise for manufacturing its reusable SmartCrate(TM) containers to Reliance Industries Limited, one of India's most powerful industrial conglomerates.
Metabolix, Inc. builds a facility to produce 110 million lb of biodegradable Natural Plastic annually as part of a joint venture agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Int., Inc. merge to create Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. The new company has approximately $9 billion in revenues and 30,000 employees.
BUYING & ALLYING
Domino Printing Sciences plc acquires Easyprint A/S based in Karlslunde, Denmark. Easyprint specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative thermal transfer over-coding equipment.
Sonoco acquires Clear Pack Company, a privately-held, vertically integrated manufacturer of thermoformed and extruded plastic materials and containers. Sonoco company Sonoco-Alcore, S.a.r.l. acquires the remaining interest in Demolli Industria Cartaria S.p.A.
Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. and Hayssen Packaging Technologies, Inc. purchase Sandiacre Rose Forgrove, a division of Molins PLC. Sandiacre will be integrated with Hayssen to form HayssenSandiacre