Newsmakers 1492

January 29, 2014

5 Min Read



Enrique Santacana


Chris Ball
Lenze-AC Technology


Michael Brancato


Robert Scott
Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc.


John Graff
MAN Roland


Ronald Lubbers
Display Pack, Inc.

ABB appoints Enrique Santacana as regional manager, ABB North America, and president and CEO of ABB, Inc., USA.

Independent Can Co. promotes Frank G. Currens to vp of manufacturing, Robert D. McClelland to vp of engineering and Neil S. DeFrancisco to vp of sales.

Bobst Group North America announces that Matt Lopes has joined the Flexible Materials Business Area in the newly created role of national sales manager.

DE-STA-CO promotes Aaron Henry to director of product management for electric and conveyor products.

Lenze-AC Technology names Chris Ball to the newly created position of mechanical product manager.

KURZ Transfer Products, L.P. appoints Jacqueline (Jacquie) Wells to the newly created position of marketing and communications coordinator and Scott Tacosik to sales representative for graphics, Colorit and Light Line products.

Sonoco announces that M. Jack Sanders, senior vp—Global Industrial Products, has been given additional responsibility for all of Sonoco's global industrial converting businesses.

WeighPack Systems, Inc. hires Allan Safran as vp and general manager, overseeing all major operational functions.

KHS names Michael Brancato as president of KHS USA, Inc., overseeing the operations in the U.S. and Canada.

xpedx names Tom Weisenbach executive vp for sales and marketing and Guy Belew vp for strategy and planning.

PBI-Dansensor America, Inc. hires Anthony DiGiovanni as a technical sales specialist.

Curtis Packaging promotes Donald R. Droppo Jr. to senior vp of marketing.

Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc. appoints Robert Scott as product manager of X-ray inspection.

International Paper promotes Timothy S. Nicholls to senior vp and chief financial officer, effective Dec. 1, 2007.

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

Plastic Technologies, Inc. hires Ron Puvak as director of marketing and sales for the New Business Development group.

MAN Roland appoints John Graff as director of sales, packaging and corporate accounts.

Unisource Worldwide, Inc. names Ken Winterhalter as president of its paper business segment, promotes Glenn Barton to senior vp, sales—paper, reporting to Winterhalter and promotes Jay Bean to business manager of its NC and VA paper business.

R.A. Jones & Co., Inc. appoints Randy Molen as national account manager for Consumer & Personal Products Industries for the West and Midwest states.

Flxtite Shrink Films Div. of AEP Industries, Inc. appoints Mark McCormick as Eastern Regional sales manager.

Display Pack, Inc. appoints Ronald Lubbers as director of finance.

AEP Industries, Inc. appoints Janey Carlson as Midwestern Regional sales manager for its Flxtite Shrink Films Div.


CurTec USA, Inc. opens a new U.S. office in Bridgewater, NJ.

FKI Logistex® opens a new, multimillion-dollar technology and education center in Cincinnati.

SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) invests €46 million in a new corrugated board plant outside Nantes, France. It will go into operation in 2009.

Bosch Rexroth consolidates multiple technology groups and the recently acquired Intelligent Hydraulic Drives™ unit at a new location in Rochester Hills, MI.

Cameron Family Glass Packaging builds a $109 million glass plant in Kalama, WA. It is the first new glass plant built in the U.S. in 30 years to manufacture glass exclusively for the wine industry.

OIH renames itself possitivity.


Rio Tinto purchases Alcan for $38.1 billion.

Amcor Ltd. sells its European PET business to Spanish company La Seda de Barcelona S.A for almost 425 million euros (U.S.$575.95 million).

The Bosch Group acquires Pharmatec GmbH based in Dresden, Germany, from Fresenius ProServe GmbH.

Pro-Pac Packaging, Ltd. buys Plastic Bottles Pty, Ltd. for $21.2 million.

W. R. Grace & Co. acquires certain assets of Grupo Sistiaga S.L., Hernani, Spain.

Graphic Packaging Corp. and Altivity Packaging, LLC merge.

Oden Corp. acquires Crandall International.


IoPP announces a call for entries for the 2007 AmeriStar Package Competition. Any package or family of packages produced after Jan. 1, 2006, and not previously entered into an AmeriStar competition, is eligible for submission into the 2007 program. Deadline for entering packages is Oct. 26, 2007. Judging is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2007.


Klöckner Pentaplast of Brazil is presented with the 2007 Febrafarma Quality Award by the Brazilian Pharmaceutical Industry Federation.

Lantech marks 35 years since company developed first commercially successful pallet stretch-wrapper.

Multivac, Inc. celebrates its 20th year in North America with a gala Oktoberfest event at its headquarters in Kansas City, MO. Customers are invited to participate in the Multivac Anniversary Golf tournament at nearby Staley Farms Golf Club. The festivities will take place Sept. 27-28, 2007.

Better Packages celebrates 90 years.

Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America celebrates 40 years with Carmody Company, Inc.

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