01/14/2013

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Chuck Moeller, CEO and Founder Flexible Foam Products dies

"The Board of Directors have in place a thorough succession and leadership plan. We are pleased to announce that the company will continue under the leadership of Mr. Rich Whitling, a forty year industry veteran with Flexible Foam. As COO, Mr. Whitling will work with his management team to carry on the successful company founded by Mr. Moeller,” explained Mike Crowell, V.P. Marketing [image_0] Only this summer had Mr Moeller been inducted into the Flexible Polyurethane Foam Hall of Fame during its Spring General Business meeting in recognition of his role as one of the industry's leading entrepreneurs.Raised as a farmer in Ohio, Moeller worked in a sheet metal company after serving in the Navy. Once he had worked his way to foreman, the only way to advance was to buy the company, but when the price tag proved too high, he started his own, establishing Ohio Decorative Products in 1950 at the age of 23. At the time, Moeller was also selling wheat, corn, beans and livestock and created his own agricultural research laboratory. He made the leap into polyurethane foam when he traded the agricultural research company for a polyurethane pouring facility in 1971 in a business exchange with the Diamond Shamrock Company. Moeller commented that his instincts told him flexible polyurethane foam had serious potential. Two years later, he jumped in with both feet by starting Flexible Foam Products, Inc., and proceeded to grow the company into one of the largest flexible polyurethane foam producers in the world, with 13 production facilities and nearly 1,000 employees. The company remains a family-run business, with Moeller actively involved in daily operations. During his career he created one of the US's largest flexible foam manufacturers from a single pouring unit he acquired in a business swap. He was actively involved with the business until his death.

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