Plasticizing systems innovator Paul Colby passes away


Paul N. Colby, a plastics industry leader in the design and production of screws, barrels and front-end components for plasticizing systems, died on March 7. He was 86.

Colby built Spirex Corp. (Youngstown, OH) from a small screw company with his wife Illene in 1978 into an internationally recognized business, when it was acquired by Xaloy Corp. (now Nordson Xaloy) in 2009. That same year, he was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.

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