Obituary: Heinrich Dickhut, founded two plastics companies

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: April 18, 2013 10:51 am ET
Updated: April 18, 2013 10:55 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Obituaries Machinery
Companies & Associations

CHARLESTON, TENN. — Heinrich Dickhut, who founded pipe-corrugator maker Cullom Machine Tool & Die Inc. in 1979 and — a decade later — started Cleveland Tubing Inc., died Feb. 18, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Dickhut of Charleston, Tenn., was 75.

He was born in Breslau, Germany, in 1937 and immigrated to the United States in 1957 with $50 in his pocket and a dream of owning his own business. He sailed on the USS Berlin along with his sister, Sefa. When they arrived into New York, his uncle met them and took them to his home in Kankakee, Ill. There, Dickhut began a tool and die apprenticeship.

After a stint in the U.S. Army, he married Karen Berns in 1964 and finished his apprenticeship.

With a partner, Jerry Hayden, Dickhut bought a small machine shop, then in 1978 they picked up the former Morissette machine in Cullom, Ill.

The partners had an amicable parting in 1979. Dickhut received the Cullom plant, and Cullom Machine Tool & Die was born.

The corrugator business was born when a local clay tile and plastic pipe company brought its machines to Dickhut's company to get fixed, and they tinkered with new ideas.

In 1984, he and his wife moved the business to Cleveland, Tenn.

Dickhut founded Cleveland Tubing to make corrugated tubing for the liquid fuel containment industry. The product line grew to include toys, straws and medical tubing.

In 1997, he retired as president of Cleveland Tubing, and his daughter, Cathy Boettner, became president. The extrusion company built a new factory in 1998.

In 2004, the family sold the medical tubing business. Last summer they sold all of Cleveland Tubing to Euromax International.

The family sold Cullom in 2003 to Scioto Technologies Inc, a company in Columbus, Ohio.

Dickhut received the M.C. Headrick Award for Free Enterprise in 1998.


Comments

Obituary: Heinrich Dickhut, founded two plastics companies

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: April 18, 2013 10:51 am ET
Updated: April 18, 2013 10:55 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Haitian aims to revolutionize US molders' purchase process

March 27, 2015 9:00 am ET

Haitian International Holdings Ltd. (Booth W3683) is introducing new machines to North American molders with four presses on display at its large...    More

Image

Building a sports superstar

March 27, 2015 9:00 am ET

Assembling the lower portion of an Oyo Sportstoys Inc. mini figure 30 times a minute, an automated cell built by Devlinks Ltd. (Booth S26149) is...    More

Itech South buys 7 Negri Bossi presses

March 26, 2015 4:51 pm ET

Itech South, part of Injection Technology Corp., bought seven Negri Bossi injection molding presses, equipped with Sytrama robots, at NPE 2015.    More

Image

Uniloy Milacron, 20/20 ink massive structural foam press sale at NPE

March 26, 2015 4:19 pm ET

20/20 Custom Molded Plastics Ltd. bought four Uniloy Milacron structural foam machines, in a deal signed March 25 at NPE 2015.    More

Image

Customs snafu snags Boy Machines

March 26, 2015 9:42 am ET

ORLANDO, FLA. — With apologies to poet Robert Burns, this year’s NPE in Orlando definitely proved that “sometimes the be...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events