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ALLIBERT CONTICO — The St. Louis manufacturer of materials-handling and packaging systems named Michael Johnson senior sales engineer.

ARKAY PLASTICS ALABAMA INC. — Richard Spears was promoted to assistant plant manager at the plastics component manufacturer's Prattville, Ala., facility.

BALL CORP. — The Muncie, Ind., maker of plastic packaging named George Matsik executive vice president and chief operating officer, packaging; Donald Lewis vice president, assistant corporate secretary and general counsel; and Douglas Poling treasurer.

DONNELLY CORP. — Dennis Runyon has been named vice president of information technologies at the Holland, Mich., fabricator and molding company.

ECHLIN INC. — Larry McCurdy, president of Echlin from 1982-85, has returned to the Branford, Conn., automotive parts manufacturer as president, chief executive officer and a board director.

FIBER PAD INC. — Bob Walshaw and René Ploch have been appointed to the Tulsa, Okla., thermoformer's board of directors.

KELCH INJECTION TECHNOLOGY — Jeffrey Davis has joined the injection molder in Mequon, Wis., as new business specialist.

PEREGRINE INC. — Ralph Ives has been named vice president of manufacturing-mechanisms for the Southfield, Mich., injection molder, and Joe Tonietto was appointed vice president of engineering-trim for the Interior Systems Group.

SOUTHLAND TECHNOLOGIES INC. — Robert Dodd was promoted to vice president of manufacturing at the Chesapeake, Va., supplier of precision plastic and rubber parts.

VINYL PLASTICS INC. — Jerome Longbottom has joined the company as plant manager of the firm's Sheboygan Falls, Wis., sheet products facility. VPI is based in Sheboygan, Wis.

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William Adams has been named senior vice president of human resources, communications and public affairs at EASTMAN CHEMICAL CO. of Kingsport, Tenn.; Theresa Kroll Lee was named vice president, associate general counsel and secretary. ... Steven Millette was promoted to vice president-materials at VITRONICS CORP., a thermal processing equipment supplier in Newmarket, N.H. ... EPCO DIVISION OF JOHN BROWN PLASTIC MACHINERY appointed Scott Burkett technical sales manager. The Fremont, Ohio, remanufacturer of injection and blow molding machinery also named Michael Mullholand project manager.