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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Robert Bedilion, a pioneer in resin distribution, retired as president of Polymerland Inc. on Dec. 31. Peter Foss, former general manager of the western region for GE Plastics Americas, succeeded him and will be based in the company's Huntersville head office.

Bedilion opened the first Plastic Service Center in 1981. General Electric Co. bought the company in 1988 and appointed him president when it renamed the firm Polymerland. Bedilion has 30 years of experience in the plastics industry but has no plan to continue in the business, he said in a telephone interview from his home in Vienna, W.Va.

Bedilion said he saw thermoplastic resin distribution go through tremendous growth and changes as he helped build Polymerland into a $1 billion-a-year business. A distributor's expanding range of technical and design services ``were unheard of 15 years ago,'' he recalled.

Foss was unavailable to comment on his new posting. His experience with GE Plastics includes resins, structured products and international sales. He will report to Gary Rogers, president and chief executive officer of GE Plastics.