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Plastics Pioneers Association honors 13: The Plastics Pioneers Association has announced that 13 new members have been selected to join the organization. They were honored at the PPA's spring meeting March 31 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

* David Bernardi has been in the plastics industry since the 1970s. While at Cincinnati Milacron's Plastic Group, he advanced the development and use of all-electric injection-molding machines. He then moved to UBE Machinery Inc., where he is currently senior sales and marketing manager. Mr. Bernardi holds a patent on an electrically driven apparatus for ejecting injection-molded parts. He is also an authority on large-tonnage injection-molding machines.

* John Blundy has been in the plastics industry for 35 years. He began his career at Husky in 1976 as an area manager, and has spent time at both Mannesmann Demag and Krupp Corpoplast in high-level management positions. He most recently served as vice president of business development for hot-runner supplier Incoe Corp. During his career he has been awarded two patents.


* Dr. Richard Bopp has been in the plastics industry for almost 40 years, devoting all of that time to the development of materials. He spent 21 years with GE Plastics (now Sabic) and has been with NatureWorks, LLC, since 1996. His current focus is on applications development for polymers made from 100% annually renewable resources. Dr. Bopp has received numerous professional awards and in 2011 was named a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers. He holds over 20 patents and has published approximately 30 technical articles.


* Dan Cykana is one of the leading authorities in the field of profile extrusion. From 1978 until 2010, he worked for Bemis Mfg. Co. in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, most recently as director of engineering. For the 15 years preceding that, Mr. Cykana was director of manufacturing for Northland Plastics Inc. He currently owns his own plastics consulting firm, Extrusion Solutions LLC. Mr. Cykana is the co-holder of 13 patents in the field of extrusion. He has given presentations on profile extrusion technology all over the world, and is the contributing author to The SPE Guide on Extrusion Technology and Troubleshooting.


* The husband and wife team of Sal and Erika Monte form the foundation of Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc. of Bayonne, New Jersey. Kenrich is a family-owned business that was started by Erika Monte's father, uncle, and aunt, so she has been involved with the firm virtually her entire life. Since 1993 she has served as vice president and treasurer of the company. Ms. Monte is a member of numerous associations in the field of plastics and rubber, including the American Chemical Society--Rubber Division; the Middle Atlantic Plastics and Rubber Group; SPI; and SPE. She has lectured before the ACS and has represented Kenrich at hundreds of trade shows all over the world.

Sal Monte became a full-time employee of Kenrich in 1966. He is the holder of 29 U.S. Patents filed worldwide and one pending. Two patents on Enhanced Energetic Composites and Solid Rocket Propellant were held under Secrecy Orders by the U.S. Department of Defense for over a decade. Mr. Monte is a Fellow of SPE and an SPE Honored Service Member. Throughout his distinguished career, he has volunteered his time and talent to various SPE activities, and is still involved with the Palisades-New Jersey Section.

* Dave Murdoch has held a variety of both technical and management positions in his 25+ years in the extrusion industry. He has worked for Cincinnati Milacron's twin-screw extrusion business; served as president of Michigan Roll Form, a vinyl siding downstream manufacturer; and Davis-Standard, where he held the position of business area manager for its twin-screw extrusion business. Mr. Murdoch is currently the director of business development for Fiberon Decking, which makes composite decks, rails and fences.


* Gary Oliver has been in the plastics industry for nearly 40 years. He began his career in plastics with Brown Machine in Beaverton, Michigan, which makes thermoforming machines. After a stint with a Michigan tool builder, Mr. Oliver went to Dow Chemical Co., where for 12 years he worked as a technician and research engineer and in tech service. He spent the next two years on the processing side as the director of plastics package engineering at Ball Plastics before joining Cloeren Inc., where he worked for 18 years as senior corporate scientist. Mr. Oliver is now chief technical officer for Extrusion Dies Inc., a manufacturer of dies and feedblock systems for flat film, sheet, and coating. Extremely active with the plastics industry's major technical organizations, he has been a member of SPE for 25 years. Mr. Oliver has also been a part of the TAPPI Polymer Division for 20 years. He currently has five patents pending in the areas of die/feedblock design, microlayer coextrusion, and coextrusion structure composition.


* Bob Slawska is one of the pioneers of the U.S. industrial blow-molding machinery industry, having spent 48 years in the field. In 1964, he began his career with Hartig, and also worked for Black Clawson, Barr Polymer, and Sterling Blow Molding (currently Davis-Standard). Currently, he is a consultant to Graham Engineering and the owner of Proven Technology, a consulting company. Mr. Slawska was involved in the development of the first U.S.-manufactured accumulator head. While at Sterling, he introduced microprocessor control technology to blow molding and developed the use of dual-head systems, both of which are now the industry standards. He was also instrumental in developing machines for processing engineering resins.

* Scott Steele has spent more than 30 years in the blow molding industry. He began his career at Owens Illinois, where he held a variety of engineering positions. In 1986, he left OI to become a founding member of Plastic Technologies Inc., a company that specializes in package design, where he is currently vice president. In his years at PTI, he has been recognized for his achievements in packaging design with two Ameristar awards. He is the holder of 10 U.S. patents.

* Fredrick Steil began his career in plastics in 1958 as a mold-making apprentice. He then made a career change into injection-molding machinery sales, joining KraussMaffei in the early 1970s. Mr. Steil's career path then led him to D-M-E, where he held the position of manager of mechanical engineering and technical services until 2005. He is the owner of 10 U.S. patents related to injection molds.

* John Vandenbergh has been in the plastics industry for the past 30 years. He started his career with at AEC Inc., and then spent 15 years at Conair before joining Riverdale Color Inc. He is now the vice president of operations at Ecospan, LLC, which makes extruded and molded parts from biomaterials.

* Educated in materials engineering, Mark Wolverton started in the industry with LNP Engineering Plastics, where he received the Employee of the Year award in 1988. He worked for Black & Decker, Riddel Inc., and Montell USA before joining Huntsman Corp., now FHR Polymers, as senior technical engineer. Mr. Wolverton has authored 18 publications on thermoplastic composites, runnerless molds, and risk management of new product development. He remains steadfast on educating the industry he serves.

Founded in 1944, the PPA is a nonprofit organization with a roster of more than 250 members, all of whom have at least 25 years of experience in plastics. The group's primary purpose is to award scholarships to students seeking careers in the industry.
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