Newsmakers 274

January 29, 2014

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Jeffrey Kellar Alcoa

Alcoa hires Jeffrey Kellar as president of its Alcoa Flexible Packaging business, based in Richmond, VA. Kellar had been vp Strategic Development and Marketing for Tetra Pak, Inc., USA.

Alcan appoints Ilene Gordon president and CEO of Alcan Packaging and senior vp of Alcan, Inc. Mike Schmitt succeeds Gordon as president of Alcan Packaging Food Americas sector.

Zip-Pak promotes John Schneider to vp and gm. Schneider is responsible for overseeing new product development, manufacturing and commercial activities for five Zip-Pak businesses in North America as well as increasing Zip-Pak's presence in the markets it serves.

Multivac, Inc. appoints Jan Erik Kuhlmann as president and CEO.


Peter Lapins Barry-Wehmiller Design Group


Darren DeAnda Barry-Wehmiller Design Group

Barry-Wehmiller Companies names Don Boyer to the newly created position of director of international human resources, and Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc. appoints Peter Lapins and Darren DeAnda as partners.

Hartness International realigns its North American sales team. Keith Cooper is named director of sales for the northeastern U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Erin Boles is promoted to director of sales for the southern U.S. She will also continue to serve as key account manager for Anheuser-Busch. Jim Soenke is the new director of sales for the western U.S., which includes the midwestern U.S. and the West Coast. Tony Elrod takes the position of director of technical sales. Scott Smith is named vp of sales and marketing.

M&H Plastics appoints Kurt Nyberg as CEO of M&H Plastics USA.

Sonoco elects M. Jack Sanders senior vp - Global Industrial Products and names Eddie L. Smith vp - Industrial Products and Paper-Europe. Sanders and Smith will continue to serve as members of the company's executive committee.


Dean McCaskill TURCK, Inc.

TURCK, Inc. appoints Dean McCaskill as president of North American operations. McCaskill assumes complete responsibility for TURCK's operations, including its manufacturing facilities.

Owens-Illinois, Inc. appoints C. Roy Shipp to the newly created position of director of Owens-Illinois Prescription Products, Inc., and Mike E. VanderPol to director of sales for Prescription Products.

Cadmus announces that David Phillipes rejoined the Cadmus Whitehall Group team as director, business development.

Weighpack Systems, Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of weighing, filling and packaging machinery, names Marcel LaChambre as operations manager.

M.J. Maillis Group North America appoints Thomas Oleksy as vp and gm. He will be responsible for leading the activities for both Maillis Strapping Systems and Wulftec International, Inc.


Tom Herold Maxcess International


Jerry Skerven Maxcess International

Maxcess International promotes Tom Herold to national sales manager and hires Jerry Skerven to provide local sales and support for Fife, MAGPOWR and Tidland customers in MN, east WI, IA, ND, SD and NE.

Nordson Corp. hires Eric Luftig as marketing manager for the Adhesive Systems Group. He will be responsible for developing and managing marketing efforts for the Packaging and Product Assembly business group, as well as overseeing domestic marketing functions, including marketing communications, pricing, training and tradeshow support.


PolyOne Corp. opens a new research and development color lab at its Avon Lake, OH, facility.

Tom Zosel Associates, Ltd. opens an office in Atlanta.

Adalis Corp. opens a new packaging development center in Minneapolis. The new facility complements Adalis' packaging development capabilities to now include prototype development, packaging sample production, and thermoforming.

Sonoco may close up to 12 plants and cut 540 jobs. The moves will be fully phased in through the remainder of 2006 and 2007.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is the new name for Thermo EGS Gauging.

Pliant Corp. opens new 10,000-sq-ft R&D expansion in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Lowry Computer Products opens new RFID center in Orange County, CA, to serve West Coast manufacturers. The lab offers RFID hardware and tag selection services, testing and RFID certification classes.

vps Video Print Systems GmbH announces that it has changed its name to vps ID Systeme GmbH.

Acrotech, Inc., Lake City, MN, purchases the Di-Acro name and the manufacturing of the remaining product line.

Altivity Packaging discontinues operations at its North Kansas City, MO folding carton plant.


Printpack, Inc., a flexible packaging and specialty rigid-container manufacturer, acquires Seal-It, Inc., a supplier in the U.S. packaging market of sleeved and heat-shrink PVC, PLA, PET-G and OPS films.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a leading supplier of factory automation design, engineering and process consulting services, announces its strategic alliance with Perceptron, Inc.

Thiele Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed packaging equipment, acquires certain assets of Streamfeeder, LLC.

Baldor Electric Co. buys the power systems business of Rockwell Automation, Inc. for $1.8 billion, in a deal expected to close in early 2007.

Alcan sells its Wheaton Science Products business to River Associates Investments, LLC.

Heidelberg Asia and Esko-Graphics Asia Pacific enter into a reseller agreement enabling Heidelberg Asia to distribute Esko's Scope packaging software modules DeskPack, Plato and ArtiosCAD and the Kongsberg XE10 folding carton cutting table.


The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is bringing the "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology" seminar west for the first time since 2003. It will take place in Newport Beach, CA, in Spring of 2007.

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council opens its competition for the 2006 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Awards. Entries will be accepted until March 15, 2007.

The Flexographic Technical Association is accepting entries for all of its awards programs, including the 2007 Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition. Deadline is Jan. 19, 2007.


Northwestern University's Forum for People Performance Management & Measurement honors Nordson Corp. with its 2006 Performance Through People Award.

Kuka Robotics Corp., a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, awards its top system-partner awards to AMEC, Forte Automation Systems and AMF Automation Technologies.

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