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Newsmakers

MOVERS & SHAKERS

WeighPack Systems, Inc. appoints Melissa Davis as its new director of communications and promotions.

Weber Marking Systems appoints Rhett Campbell as national sales director.

Enercon promotes Ryan Schuelke to regional sales manger for CA, WA and OR and Larry Sterna to regional sales manager for New England.

Nordson Corp. names Frank Burkus new business development manager for new materials in the Adhesive Systems Group.

Crown Holdings, Inc. promotes Raymond L. McGowan, Jr. to president of its North American Packaging business.

FleetwoodGoldcoWyard promotes Pete Carlson to vp, global supply and Michael Morton to vp, finance.

Sonoco makes following appointments: Rob C. Tiede named division vp and general manager of Sonoco's Flexible Packaging division; Brad D. Ross named division vp and general manager of Sonoco's Packaging Services segment, replacing Tiede; Charles W. Coker Jr. named staff vp of customer and business development.

Combi Packaging Systems LLC expands sales into Latin America and hires Bill Long to oversee sales and service.

Intermec, Inc. names Barry Issberner vp, global marketing and Phil Danner as vp, engineering.

Metabolix, Inc. hires George Kipouras and Kristin Taylor as business development managers and Debra Darby as brand director.

Material Handling Industry of America appoints Gary Forger as senior vp of professional development.

Eagle Flexible Packaging, Inc. hires Sandra Seperack as customer service manager.

Curtis Packaging promotes John Giusto to senior vp of manufacturing. Giusto has served as vp of manufacturing for the past three years at Curtis.

FKI Logistex(R) appoints Manuel Barragan Ramirez as general director of FKI Logistex de Mexico S.A. de C.V., the company's operating unit in Mexico.

Risdon International, Inc. names Eric Bigotte as its new executive vp of sales and marketing.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc. appoints Richard Schloesser as the company's first American executive vp. It also made these additional appointments: Michael Brandmeier to vp and general manager of the Torayfan Div., Scott Van Winter to director and general manager of the Lumirror Div., Jeffrey Lippy to general manager of Toray Plastics (America) PEF Div. and Christopher Roy to director of sales and marketing of the Torayfan Div.

GROWING & GOING

NJM/CLI Packaging Systems, Intl. opens a liaison office in Mumbai, India. It will be headed by V. Krishnamoor-thy (Krish). Krish is also the CEO of Krish Technologies.

Alcan Packaging Food Americas creates a customer service center at its technical center in Neenah, WI

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc. plans to open a new engineering consulting office in Raleigh-Durham, N.C in early 2008 and hires Brian Bullock as director—Design Group, Raleigh Office.

Bemis Co., Inc. spends $21 million to upgrade its largest production facility, a flexible polyethylene packaging site in Terre Haute, IN. The additions include three extrusion lines and two 10-color presses.

Exopack Holding Corp. promotes Paul Kearns to vp, corporate strategy development.

KURZ Transfer Products, L.P. expands its North American facilities. The expansions include doubling the size of its Elk Grove, IL, finishing and distribution facility, the installation of new finishing equipment in its Anaheim, CA facility and a substantial capital investment program in its Lexington, NC, manufacturing location.

Pro Mach relocates manufacturing operations for its Orion Div. from Laval, QC to Alexandria, MN.

T.H.E.M. expands its facility in Marlton, NJ, by 50 percent.

Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. opens a new plant in Nanjing, China.

MonoSol LLC builds an $11 million, 30,000-sq-ft facility in LaPorte, IN, to house new high-tech film production lines and pilot facilities and purchases certain equipment and intellectual property assets from Stanelco, p.l.c.

SIG Combibloc opens a branch office in Toronto.

BUYING AND ALLYING

Fort Dearborn Co. acquires substantially all of the assets of Renaissance Mark.

Multi-Color Corp. sells its Packaging Services Division - Quick Pak to NFI Industries, Inc. for $19.2 million.

Owens-Illinois, Inc. sells its plastics-packaging business to Rexam p.l.c. for $1.83 billion.

Pactiv Corp. buys Prairie Packaging, Inc. for $1 billion.

Rexam divests its glass business to Ardagh Glass Group.

Tricorbraun acquires Ryco Packaging Corp.

Flint Group acquires Day International.

Clondalkin Group acquires Keller Crescent Co.

Kennedy Group acquired the U.S. RFID label assets from NCR Corp.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The IoPP announces the 2007 AmeriStar Package Competition Call for Entries. Any package or family of packages produced after January 1, 2006 and not previously entered into an AmeriStar competition are eligible for submission into the 2007 program. Deadline for entering packages is October 26, 2007. Judging is scheduled for December 7, 2007 at IoPP Headquarters located in Naperville, IL.

CHEERS

Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc. is presented with the Presidential "E" Award for excellence in exporting. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez joined President Bush at the White House to present the award.

Weber Marking Systems celebrates its 75th year in business in 2007.

Yupo Corp. America commemorates 10 years in North and South America.

Plymouth Printing celebrates 50 years in Cranford, NJ.

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