Names in the news: Plastics Pioneers Assn.; Uniloy Milacron, Coperion, Nordson EDI; Picodeon, Genomatica, and AMSilk

The Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA; McHenry, IL) announced eight new members and also acknowledged Glenn Beall with its Distinguished Service Member award. Beall, owner of his own consulting firm, Glenn Beall Plastics Ltd., is a Plastics Hall of Fame member, SPE Fellow, and PPA member since 1984. He received the Distinguished Service Member for these achievements, as well as his work with Syracuse University on behalf of the PPA to set up a reading room at the university's library, which houses industry artifacts previously held by the National Plastics Center and Museum (Leominster, MA).

The new inductees of PPA Bob Dealey, Richard Flannagan, Dennis Hayford, Robert Jackson, David Nolan, John Perdikoulias, Mark Spalding, and Tim Stojka. Dealey has spent his entire career plastics, with a focus on moldmaking. For the past 17 years, he has run Dealey's Mold Engineering. In 1994, he was named Moldmaker of the Year for SPE. Since 1963. Flannagan has always been involved in moldmaking, first with Standard Tool, then as owner of Stan-Cast Inc. (Leominster, MA). He currently has his own firm, Molds International and Consulting. Hayford has been involved in plastics since he joined A. Schulman in 1976. Since 2000 he has been the executive director of the Polymers Center of Excellence, Charlotte, NC. Jackson is the president and CEO of Jackson Machinery Inc. (Port Washington, WI) a blowmolding machinery company he founded in 1985. He started his career in plastics in 1968. Nolan's 26-year career in plastics has been focused on advancing the state-of-the-art in injection molding. He spent 16 years at Gillette, first as a processing engineer and then as engineering manager. He is currently with Foboha USA, where is he is U.S. sales engineer. Perdikoulias joined the plastics industry in 1985, when he went to work for Brampton Engineering as an R&D engineer. In his 12-year stint at Brampton, he designed more than 200 single-layer and more than 100 coextrusion dies for blown film, helping commercialize Brampton's stack-type die. His work ultimately lead to the sale of the first commercial 8- and 9-layer dies. He co-founded Compuplast in 1989, where he currently serves a president. Spalding's entire 28-year career has been spent working in R&D for Dow Plastics. An expert in single-screw extrusion and related processing, Spalding has worked with Dow customer's solving extrusion problems at their plants by developing and applying sophisticated troubleshooting methods. Stojka is the CEO of temperature-control equipment supplier Fast Heat (Elmhurst, IL). Throughout his career, Stojka has devoted his time to numerous industry associations, most notably the Society of the Plastics Industry. He has served as chairman of NPE and as vice chairman of the SPI's Midwest Region. Founded in 1944, the PPA is a non-profit group with a roster of approximately 200 members, all of whom have at least 25 years of experience in plastics....