Newsmakers 2079

January 29, 2014

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Rexam Dispensing Systems appoints Craig J. Zezima to vp sales, North America. He served previously as gm of TricorBraun, Northeast Region, and also has served as global business development manager at Precise Technology.

Tetra Pak appoints Dennis Jönsson to president and CEO. He steps in for the retiring Nick Shreiber.

Sonoco makes M. Jack Sanders vp—global industrial products, effective Jan. 1, 2006. Sanders succeeds Ronald E. Holley, who is retiring after 41 years of service with the co. John M. Colyer becomes div. vp and gm—industrial products, North America.

FKI Logistex adds Dick Braatz as vp of manufacturing for the co.'s North American business unit.

Pro Mach, Inc. promotes Mack Greene to president of the co.'s End-of-Line Business unit, and Peter Vilardi is promoted to the position of director, marketing for the unit.

Orion Packaging elevates Glen Greene to vp and gm, where he assumes responsibility for all areas of the co.'s operations.

Beckhoff Automation hires Tim Blaeser as product training director at the co.'s Burnsville, MN, hq. He teaches topics including TwinCAT software programming in the areas of maintenance, PLC Basic and Advanced Numerical Control (NC).

Rohm and Haas Co. makes Cheryl Martin its North American Region gm for adhesives and sealants. She joined the co. in 1988 as a senior scientist and most recently was director of financial planning. She succeeds Mark Douglas, who was appointed vp and procurement director.

B&H Labeling Systems appoints Joe Kennedy to the position of director of market development. With 20 years of experience, he most recently handled sales for Domino Amjet. Guillermo de la Fuente Prieto is added as Mexico parts sales manager.

Atlantis Plastics, Inc. names Kevin J. Keneally vp and gm of its Stretch Films Business unit. Most recently vp of sales and marketing for Pliant Corp., his experience includes a period with Amoco Chemical in its Polymer Div.

ACS Group promotes Mike Mueller to the position of Asia Pacific sales manager. Chris Schaafsma moves into Mueller's old position of systems contracting manager.

Orbis Corp. adds Pete Budney as vp of marketing. Prior to joining the co., he was a product marketing and development manager for Brady Corp.

Shorewood Packaging names Brad Tackaberry gm of the co.'s display business. Tackaberry joined the co. in '96 and most recently served as the director of manufacturing for North American and Asian gravure operations.

Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. adds Chris Eichmann as vp of sales, Sam Sked as codirector of North American sales and Scott Voumard as global demand and operations planning manager.

H&N Packaging, Inc. makes Jerry Decker president.

Harland America appoints Fred McMahon as a sales and marketing executive. His previous experience includes stints with Krones and New Jersey Machinery.

Consolidated Container Co. names Jeffrey M. Greene president and CEO, succeeding Stephen E. Macadam, who resigns.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. appoints Don McMillan to the position of president, North America, Pharmaceutical Systems Div.

Keller Crescent Co. hires Jennifer Fritz as an account executive in the Packaging Div.

Izze Beverage Co. hires Jim Randall as its Western div. vp of sales.

Koch Equipment appoints Wigberto Nunez to the position of processing equipment specialist.

Apriso, Inc. adds Chris Brecher as executive vp, worldwide food operations. Mark Del Grande is appointed vp of global alliances, and Don VanderBeke is named senior vp, services & support, and chief customer officer.


Cloud Packaging Solutions, LLC acquires MultiPack, LLC, a designer, manufacturer and converter of paper, laminate, nonwovens and other textiles.

FKI Logistex sells its White Systems unit in a management buyout with Management Capital, LLC.

Pactiv Corp. sells most of its protective and flexible packaging business to AEA Investors, LLC, for approximately $530 million. The acquired business now operates as Pregis Corp.

Assa Abloy Identification Technology Group acquires Milan, Italy-based Tag Technology.


NJM/CLI makes Inrumec, Inc., based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, its sales representative in Puerto Rico.

Sidel, Inc. and Simonazzi Co. merge to form the Sidel Group.

Illachroma Labelling Group, a supplier of wet-glue and film-wrap labels, and Spear, a supplier of clear-film p-s labeling services, merge their European operations under the name IlloSpear. Spear continues to operate as an independent co. and is responsible for supplying IlloSpear products in North and South America.

MDC Engineering of Sarasota, FL enters into a joint venture with Kansas City, MO-based VC999 Packaging Systems. The two cos. will work together to manufacture a fully validatable, small-format rollstock packaging machine with features designed specifically for the medical device industry.

PolyOne Corp. makes Atlanta-based Nixxsar Corp. its representative for Geon® vinyl specialty resins in the Southeastern U.S.


Sun Chemical realigns its North American businesses around three distinct markets: publication, packaging and commercial. In doing so, the co. names Chris Parrilli as president, North American Printing Inks and Mark Levin as president, North American Commercial Group. Richard Pettifor remains president, North American Packaging Inks.

Stora Enso's Global Specialty Papers group realigns, combining the sales forces of its Label Papers and Technical Papers businesses into one sales team.


Independent Carton Group welcomes Lake Forest, IL-based Colbert Packaging Corp. as its 19th member co.

KUKA Robotics Corp. opens its Fox Valley Technical College training facility, a 10,000-sq-ft training center in Appleton, WI, to teach customers 27 different programming, application and maintenance classes.

Systech Intl. moves its European hq to a new location in Hull, U.K. The new facility is double the size, allowing the co. to better support its European customer base with engineering and demonstration capabilities.

Key Technology, Inc. launches its new pharmaceutical business unit, Symetrix, and makes Richard Hebel its gm. Most recently director, marketing and business development for the co., Hebel brings more than 30 years of marketing and engineering experience to the new unit.


In the article "Printing Drug Labels in-house proves to be a healthy option," in the July '05 issue, the organizer of the WestPack tradeshow is Canon Communications, LLC, which can be reached at 310/445-4200 or online at

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