Ten new Plastics Hall of Fame members slated for induction at NPE2012

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 6, 6 p.m. ET) — The Plastics Hall of Fame will welcome 10 new members during a banquet on April 1 at NPE2012 in Orlando.

The Plastics Academy administers the Plastics Hall of Fame. The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. announced its newest class:

Thomas E. Brady, a pioneer of the PET industry who founded Plastic Technologies Inc. in Holland, Ohio, after a career at packaging giant Owens-Illinois Inc.

Brady founded six other packaging-related companies, including a major PET recycler, Phoenix Technologies International LLC in Bowling Green, Ohio. He holds six patents on PET and packaging innovations.

An engineer with a doctorate’s degree from Dartmouth College, Brady he joined O-I in 1972 and ultimately became vice president and director of research and development for the Plastics Group. He led research that paved the way for a number of developments, including PET carbonated soft drink bottles, the first use of short-wave infrared reheat systems for blow molding machines and rotary continuous-motion blow molding systems.

He founded PTI in 1986 as an R&D company to work with brand owners. The first client was Coca-Cola Co., which PTI helped develop the contour PET bottle. PTI also helped Graham Packaging Co. Inc. develop the Tropicana Twister bottle.

Lawrence J. Broutman has developed techniques for the analysis and characterization of polymer materials that have spurred further research and generated innovations, in both fiber-reinforced and unreinforced plastics.

Broutman is a research professor at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and a consultant to Bodycote Broutman Laboratories.

Broutman has written nearly 170 technical publications, co-authored two textbooks on polymer composites and edited nine reference books. He holds four patents.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he pioneered the study of the interface strength between a fiber and a polymer matrix. Broutman also pioneered the use of scanning electron microscopes to examine the structure and failure modes of glass fiber reinforced plastics. He built an early impact instrument to test glass and graphite laminates.

Jay L. Gardiner, a tireless volunteer for plastics causes, has been active in service to the industry for more than two decades. He founded Gardiner Plastics Inc., a small resin brokerage in Port Jefferson, N.Y., in 1992.

A longtime member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Gardiner was chairman of Antec in 1989 and president of the society in 1996. He was a principal author of SPE’s 2000 Strategic Action Plan while a member of the executive committee.

Gardiner is a longtime member of the board of directors and executive committee of the National Plastics Center. Since 1998, he has served as president of the Plastics Academy.

He also has worked on strategic planning projects for SPI.

Jobst U. Gellert holds 825 patents worldwide, 199 of them in the United States. With his wife Waltraud, he founded Mold-Masters Ltd., a hot runner manufacturer in Georgetown, Ontario, in 1963.

Gellert is one of the most prolific inventors in Canadian history.

He patented the first commercially viable hot runner system in 1965—addressing problems that held up the technology in the early 1960s. His patent provided for cast-in beryllium-copper heating elements positioned outside the melt channel.

Today Mold-Masters employs more than 1,600 at seven manufacturing operations, and the company has customers in more than 70 countries around the world.

H. Gunther Hoyt has played an important role in internationalizing the plastics industry and in the progress of SPI. That included serving as chairman of the 2003 NPE.

A native of Germany, Hoyt came to the United States in 1959.

Hoyt He worked at screw and barrel manufacturer Xaloy Inc. from 1977 to 2009, becoming executive vice president. He spearheaded Xaloy’s expansion into Europe, China, Japan and other Asian countries, and setting up a plant in Thailand.

At Xaloy, he helped develop and commercialize the first tungsten carbide-based bimetallic barrel allow, micro-alloy backing steels for bimetallic cylinders and tungsten carbide-coated twin-screw barrel and screw sets.

Hoyt left Xaloy to form Gunther Hoyt Associates, an international business consultant firm in Salem, Va., in 2009. He specializes in plastics equipment and machine components.

Robert P. Kittredge, who founded packaging thermoformer Fabri-Kal Corp. in 1950, in a former A&P grocery store in Kalamazoo, Mich. Today the company has annual sales of $300 million, employs 900 and runs four plants with 40 production lines and 14 printers.

In 1969, Kittredge founded the non-profit Fabri-Kal Foundation for charitable giving and, since 1994, grand higher-education assistance to children of Fabri-Kal employees. The foundation has donated $7.3 million to these cultural and educational causes. To date, more than 150 children of employees have received $4.6 million. The other $2.7 million has helped the communities where employees live and work.

Fabri-Kal has been an SPI member for 55 years, and Kittredge has served the association in leadership positions, including chairman of the board.

H. Richard Landis is a pioneer in thin-wall injection molding. He founded Landis Plastics Inc. in 1956, and the Chicago Ridge, Ill.-based company grew from a one-machine operation in 1956 to a business that employs more than 2,100 people at six U.S. locations.

Landis Plastics developed marbleized tile, coffee can lids, dairy tubs.

He worked closely with Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. to develop high-speed injection molding machines for thin-wall containers.

Landis holds 16 patents, including the tamper-evident tear strip for five-gallon containers and the lids for stackable dairy containers. Landis Plastics was one of the first molders to use stack molds, in 1966, and developed one of the first 32-cavity molds in 1980. The company also was one of the first to print on non-round containers, in 1999.

Landis retired as chairman and CEO in 2003.

Robert A. Malloy chairs the plastics engineering department at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Malloy holds 14 U.S. and two European patents. He has been the principle or co-principle investigator for more than 70 funded research projects or grants. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 technical papers.

Malloy earned his bachelor’s degree in plastics engineering from UMass Lowell in 1979 and his doctorate in polymer science from the school in Lowell, Mass., in 1987. He joined the faculty in 1988, and since 2002 has headed the plastics engineering department, one of the top programs in the nation.

An SPE activist, Malloy was founding editor of SPE’s Journal of Injection Molding Technology.

A plastics history buff, Malloy also worked with co-inductee Jay Gardiner and SPI President Bill Carteaux to find a permanent home for the National Plastics Center.

The Plastics Hall of Fame headquarters is being established at UMass Lowell.

Daniel W. McGuire Jr., dubbed the “father of resin distribution,” founded General Polymers Inc. in 1973, starting out with three employees and a 1,200 square foot warehouse. When he retired in 1999, the Dublin, Ohio-based company was shipping more than two billion pounds of resin per year from 26 suppliers and operating 22 regional warehouses with 400 employees.

His vision was to create an organization to fill in the gap between resin producers and small- or mid-sized processors.

One of his innovations was cultivate opportunities for women in marketing positions.

McGuire required all of his sales people and their managers to become SPE members.

Together with three other members of the Plastics Hall of Fame, he convinced Ferris State University to establish a plastics curriculum.

Timothy W. Womer, an authority on screws for extrusion, injection and blow molding, has designed thousands of screws in a 38-year career.

He holds 15 patents and is a prolific author and lecturer.

He was SPE president for 2006-2007 and has served as chairman of SPE’s Extrusion Division and technical program.

He has received several top SPE honors, including the Distinguished Service Award, Honored Service Award and Bruce Maddock Award.

From 1995 to 2005, Womer served on the executive committee for the NPE and Plastics USA trade shows produced by SPI. Currently he serves on the education committee for NPE2012.

Womer entered the plastics industry in 1974 as a machinist at New Castle Industries Inc. in New Castle, Pa. He returned to college in 1978 to get a degree in mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University. He held leadership positions in engineering and R&D with Spirex Corp., Conair Inc. and NRM Corp. before joining Xaloy in 2003.

He left Xaloy and started a consulting business, TWWomer and Associates LLC in 2011.

To purchase tickets to the Plastics Hall of Fame banquet and NPE2012 opening gala, contact Camden Walker at SPI at (202) 974-5224.