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Newsmakers

Bosch Rexroth Corp. appoints Langley Borneman to the position of director of controlling and administration—linear motion and assembly technologies.

FKI Logistex appoints Glen Chambers to the position of regional director and Paul Swietlinski to business development manager for the Canadian operations of its North American manufacturing systems unit.

Amcor Flexibles installs Bob Biasi in the position of vp, technology. He was most recently responsible for Sonoco's largest converting operation.

Sonoco brings back Rex Varn as vp and gm, flexible packaging div., replacing Thomas L. Coker. Varn was div. vp and gm of Sonoco's high-density film business when that unit was sold to Hilex in Dec. '03.

CDR Pigments & Dispersions appoints Craig Foster to the position of vp, gm. Foster is expected to succeed W. Rucker Wickline as president following Wickline's retirement at the end of the year.

Spartech Corp. appoints George A. Abd to succeed Bradley B. Buechler, chairman, president and CEO, who is retiring. Abd, who most recently served as an executive vp, steps in as president and CEO. Jackson W. Robinson is appointed chairman.

Formost Packaging Machines, Inc. announces the passing of co. founder and CEO Alvin Christian Formo. He was 85.

Kliklok-Woodman hires Henk Hoogendoorn as its general sales manager of the U.S. hq. Prior to joining the co., Hoogendoorn worked for Elopak as director of business development and plastic packaging.

Silgan Holdings, Inc. elects Anthony J. Allott as COO.

Fenton Weber & Jones Packaging, Inc. makes Olga Tschernenko vp of administration and finance. Paul Liptak is elevated to the position of vp operations.

Portola Packaging, Inc. appoints Brian Bauerbach to the position of president and CEO. He served most recently as COO, after joining the co. in Jan. '05 following an 18-year career with Alcoa.

Motoman, Inc. makes Glenn Jackson vp of global accounts, Don Hemberg vp of the advanced systems group and Ron Potter a senior director of emerging robot markets.

Lowry Computer Products promotes Denis Bishop to the position of vp, technology selection & development. He has held various technical positions since joining the co. in '81.

Profibus Trade Organization makes Carl Henning the director of Profinet marketing.

Brown Machine, LLC names Doyle Durkee Western region sales manager for in-line/continuous machines and systems. Jason Newman is named Eastern region sales manager for in-line/continuous machines and systems. Dave Cortner is hired as national sales manager-standard cut—sheet products, while Jason Winans is named national kits sales manager.

Ampacet Corp. appoints Lance Hutchins Northeast OEM market development specialist.

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. brings on Sheri Cereska as a business development representative.

ON THE MOVE

Kl?ckner Pentaplast of America, Inc. expands the rigid vinyl calendering capacity at its Rural Retreat, VA, manufacturing facility.

O-I moves its corporate hq from Toledo, OH, to Perrysburg, OH.

UPM Rafsec builds a new RFID tag production facility in Fletcher, NC. The new factory will begin operations in Q4, '05 and will specialize in the production of high-quality UHF tags.

Ambec, Inc. centralizes its manufacturing and assembly operations at its Lynchburg, VA, facility.

Pearson Packaging Systems, Spokane, WA, launches a rebranding campaign that includes a new corporate logo and a redesign of its website.

BUYING & SELLING

Schneider Electric acquires the outstanding shares of Elau AG, subject to antitrust review.

Cognex Corp. acquires Duluth, GA-based DVT Corp., for approximately $115 million.

Zip-Pak, an ITW co. purchases Pliant Corp.'s resealable zipper div., Alliant Reclosables, including its zipper and slider business assets and technology portfolio.

Integrity Seal Intl., Wilkes Barre, PA, acquires the assets of Halpak Plastics.

Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd., Kanazawa, Japan, signs a letter of intent to acquire Hoppmann Corp., Elkwood and Madison Heights, VA.

ACCORDS

PakTech joins with Mirco Richardson, an independent sales representative, in an effort to expand sales throughout Europe.

Alcoa Flexible Packaging secures a long-term supply agreement with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for its tobacco inner foil and inner frame business.

R.A. Jones & Co., Inc., Covington, KY, and Aidco Intl., Adrian, MI, form a strategic alliance to market their respective cartoning and palletizing equipment.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. enters into a joint venture with Hang Yick Products Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, broadening the printing and manufacturing capabilities of the co.'s i2i div.

Kuka Robotics Corp. merges with Kuka Development Labs, consolidating the co.'s engineering resources.

Honeywell agrees with Sigdopack, a unit of Chilean holding group Sigdo Koppers, to license its Capran(R), Medallion(TM) and OxyShield(R) BOPP films to Sigdopack for Central and South America. Honeywell becomes the exclusive distributor of Sigdopack BOPA and BOPP films in North America.

CELEBRATING

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. wins a gold award in the Paperboard Packaging Council's 2005 National Paperboard Packaging Competition's foods/carry-out category for the Long John Silver's Kid's Treasure Chest meal package.

Sonoco has been named to the '05 list of the Top 20 U.S. Companies for Leaders, sponsored by Hewitt Associates and the Human Resource Planning Society.

HAPPENINGS

Videojet Technologies, Inc. declares SC Copacking Co., Chino, CA, the winner of its Oldest Printer Contest. The winning printer, a VJ II model, was purchased in '81.

Continental Glass and Plastic changes its name to Continental Packaging Solutions.

CLARIFICATION

The Nordson EasyOn(TM) module mounting ("Brewery betters its case, tray sealing," PD, April '05, p.50) is patented in Europe and Australia. The unit is patent-pending in the U.S.

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