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Newsmakers

Sonoco names Jeffrey J. Stafford div. vp and gm of its Nashville, TN-based protective packaging div. Replacing Charles W. Coker Jr., who becomes div. vp and gm—flexible packaging, Stafford served most recently as gm of the co.'s Wire and Cable Reels business. Coker has held numerous corporate and division management, sales, marketing and staff positions.

Klöckner Pentaplast Group promotes Tom Goeke to group CEO and Michael Tubridy to president and COO of Klöckner Pentaplast/North and South America. Joachim Kreuzburg is appointed president and COO of Klöckner Pentaplast/Europe and Asia.

FKI Logistex appoints Ted Clucas president, FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America. He succeeds Dave Baker, who assumes the role of CFO. Andrew Smith is promoted to the position of managing director, European Warehouse, Distribution and Manufacturing Div.

ABB names Bruce Wittbrodt senior vp and gm of Automation Products, Low-Voltage Systems, North American Operations. Mike Plaster is named senior vp and gm of U.S. Operations for the Automation Products, Low-Voltage Products & Systems business.

Adhesives Research, Inc. promotes Brian Smith to the position of manager of environmental health & safety.

Wepackit, Inc. hires Rob Tiernay as Western Region sales manager. He joins the co. after spending 15 years with Loma Systems.

Multivac, Inc. hires Michael J. Lynch as director of sales for its Medical, Consumer and Industrial div.


ON THE MOVE

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. opens a new corrugated container plant in Milton, ON. The new facility employs 100 workers and spans 250,000 sq ft.

Rexam PLC acquires Hot Springs, AR-based Delta Plastics, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of plastic injection-molded jars and closures, for $154 million.

Hueck Foils, LLC adds a 6,500-sq-ft expansion to its Blythewood, SC, production facility.

Intl. Paper relocates its global hq to Memphis, TN.

Sidel, Inc. moves the manufacturing of its Aidlin cap feeders to Bradenton, FL.


HAPPENINGS

SATO Corp. joins the Intermec RFID Rapid Start Licensing Program, giving the co. access to Intermec's portfolio of patents that relate to RFID fixed and portable printers.

Intralox, with its U.S. operations based in Harahan, LA, just west of New Orleans, remains open for business as usual. The co.'s facility, which is located in the highest elevation in the area and is above sea level, was spared from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. In a letter to customers dated Sept. 4, general manager Edel Blanks noted the co.'s readiness to accept immediate orders.

Tray-Pak Corp. celebrates its 30th year as a provider of custom thermoformed products and solutions.

NatureWorks, LLC institutes a large-volume buy-back program in North America for post-consumer PLA bottles in mixed plastic waste recycling streams.

Specialty Blades, Inc. agrees to purchase the blade business of Houston-based Ceramic technologies.

PennWell Corp. acquires CMM Intl., the premier trade show for the converting and package printing industry in North America.

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