Sad news as Neil Kruschke Jr., who helped lead Stopol to become one of North America's key suppliers of used plastics machinery, died in an accident on Friday, August 26. Kruschke, 44, leaves behind a wife and two children. A Memorial Service is scheduled this Thursday, Sept. 8, at 17:00 in Gates Mills, OH. Complete information on that service can be found here.
The official statement regarding Neil's death, penned by his brother Donald, mourns the loss while drawing attention to the life he lived, as a successful businessman and as a philanthropist.
In other, more upbeat news, Chicago-based Berlin Packaging, a processor of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, hired Richard Chapman as its VP, supply chain. He will lead all aspects of Berlin Packaging's domestic and global material sourcing and purchasing, supplier relationships, Berlin's Quality and ISO initiatives, and product development programs. He will also assist with the integration of future acquisitions. Chapman comes to Berlin Packaging from HAVI Global Solutions where he was senior director of strategic sourcing. Prior to his time with HAVI Global Solutions, Chapman served as category director of packaging for Kraft Foods North America, responsible for food packaging spend.