ACTION TECHNOLOGY CO. - Jamie Giacobe was named customer service representative at the company's Rockaway, N.J., facility. The company makes swimming pool hose products, precision extruded plastics and fabricated rubber parts.
AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION - Jeffrey Lowinski was named executive director of the international association of makers of windows, doors, siding and related products. Lowinski succeeds William Anton, who will serve as executive director emeritus until he retires at the end of the year. AAMA is based in Palatine, Ill.
B.B. BRADLEY CO. INC. - Jerry Grosso Jr. was named a sales person for the Columbus, Ohio, designer and supplier of foam plastics packaging.
BALL CORP. - Ron Kain was named manager of the company's PET container plant in Chino, Calif. He was transferred from the firm's metal food container and specialty products group, where he was manager of a plant in Cincinnati.
DOW CHEMICAL CO. - William Stavropoulos, president and chief operating officer, will become president and chief executive officer Nov. 1. Frank Popoff will remain chairman of the board, but will relinquish his CEO responsibilities in conjunction with his 60th birthday, which the company said is customary. Stavropoulos, 55, has served as president of Dow Latin America and president of Dow U.S.A., among other positions, and has been a director since 1990. In addition to Popoff and Stavropoulos, the Midland, Mich.-based company elected three directors: Enrique Falla, Fred Lyons Jr. and Enrique Sosa.
DUNSIRN INDUSTRIES - The Neenah, Wis., film converter named R. Bruce Pierce a sales representative, Susan Oginz and Mary Fleury customer service specialists and Thomas Campbell maintenance manager for the company's new Chicopee, Mass., facility. Also, John Margeson was named a sales representative for the firm's ``rapid-roll'' program.
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS ASSOCIATION - Joachim Eckstein, head of the Kalle Rigid Films business unit of Hoechst AG of Frankfurt, Germany, was elected president of the umbrella organization of the European plastics processing industry. The group, which held elections at its general assembly in Helsinki, Finland, represents 25,000 converters.
FURON CO. - William Shepherd was named to the Laguna Niguel, Calif., company's board of directors, succeeding William Eckhardt, who did not stand for re-election. Shepherd is president and chief executive officer of Allergan Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of specialty therapeutic products. Furon makes engineered polymer components for the transportation, electronics, health-care and industrial equipment markets.
GENCORP INC. - Sam Hughes was named president of the Reinforced Plastics Division and John Wei was named director, strategic development, for the Fairlawn, Ohio-based manufacturer of film, recreational and sporting goods, and compression molded parts for the automotive, packaging and other industries. Sandra Klaasse was named manager-pilot plant for the company's Mogadore, Ohio, facility.
LOUDON PLASTICS INC. - David Risso was named manager of quality assurance for all products manufactured at the company's Latham and Scotia, N.Y., plants, including pallets, custom molded products and swimming pools for its Pacific Industries division. Gail Wilson was named computer operator/junior programmer for the Latham-based firm. Tony Felt was named northeastern regional sales manager for materials-handling products. Paul Schock was named customer service representative for materials handling, custom molding and film fabrication products. Michael Moles was named production accountant, Mark Small was named vinyl products scheduler and Jeffrey Miller was named production planner/scheduler.
NATIONAL PLASTICS CENTER & MUSEUM - Robert Hoffer Sr. was elected chairman of the board of governors of the Leominster, Mass., museum. He succeeds Nypro Inc. President Gordon Lankton, founder and chairman of the board. Hoffer is chairman of Hoffer Plastics Corp. in South Elgin, Ill.
OLIVIERI COMMUNICATIONS INC. - Scott Collins was named vice president and will open a Cleveland office for the Windsor, Conn., company. Collins was a vice president with Haselow & Associates of Cleveland. He worked at Van Dorn Plastic Machinery in the 1980s and was senior editor with the firm that published Plastics Machinery & Equipment, Plastics Design Forum and Plastics Compounding magazines.
PLASTICS ACADEMY INC. - The Washington-based, nonprofit organization, which administers the Plastics Hall of Fame, elected new officers: president, Jerome Heckman of Keller and Heckman law firm in Washington; chairman emeritus, Islyn Thomas, president of Thomas International Co. in Madison, N.J.; chairman, Frank Marra, president of Marra International Associates in Bloomfield, Mich., who is outgoing president of the academy; vice president, Fred Schwab, president of Group Four Associates Inc., a consulting firm in Livonia, Mich.; and secretary/treasurer Catherine Nielsen, a lawyer with Keller and Heckman.
PLASTICS INSTITUTE OF AMERICA - The Fairfield, N.J.-based group elected officers to two-year terms: John Hull of Hull Corp., chairman; Harry Rubbright of Rubbright Group, chairman-elect; Michael Gigliotti of MGA Inc., secretary; and George Smoluk, treasurer. Trustees elected are: Tom Dolce, recently retired from Hoechst Celanese Corp.; Melvin Druin, Center for Processing of Plastics Packaging, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Peter Fritze, Mobil Corp.; Jay Gardiner, Gardiner Plastics Inc.; Edwin Hobson, Abanki Corp.; Harold Holz, Plastics Pioneers Association; Gary Rekstad, publisher of Plastics Technology; Nick Schott, Institute for Plastics Innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; Hull; and Rubbright.
PREFERRED CLOSURES INC. - Charles Miller was named vice president of research and development for the Northbrook, Ill., company. He had held the same title with J.L. Clark in the specialized closures and containers division. Before he joined Clark, he was an engineering manager for Tonka Toys Inc.
PREMARK INTERNATIONAL INC. - E.V. Goings was elected to the board of directors of the Deerfield, Ill., housewares products marketer. He is president of Tupperware Worldwide and an executive vice president of Premark.
PRO CORP. - Kathryn Wenz was named project engineer cost estimator for the Florence, Mass., injection molder. John Burgielewicz was named quality control supervisor. Henry Makie and William Gillette were named to the sales staff.
VINYL INSTITUTE - The national trade association, based in Morristown, N.J., elected new officers for two-year terms that began June 1: chairman, J. Alan Bailey, who is executive vice president-polymers and plastics for Occidental Chemical Corp.; vice chairman, Ervin Schroeder, who is vice president of Shintech Inc.; secretary, Mark Schneider, who is vice president and business manager of the olefins and vinyl division of Vista Chemical Co.; and George Dillion Jr., global marketing director, EDC/VCM, for Dow Chemical Co.
*AKRON EXTRUDERS INC. of Canal Fulton, Ohio, named Donald Sproule vice president, sales and marketing. ... Resin producer SOLVAY POLYMERS INC. of Houston named Quart Graves polypropylene business manager. ... Injection molding equipment manufacturer KONA CORP. of Gloucester, Mass., named John Roggenburk sales engineer for southeastern Michigan and Ron Gilbert field service engineer in Livonia, Mich. ... Polyolefins manufacturer NESTE GROUP of Espoo, Finland, named Jukka Viinanen chief operating officer. He will chair the new corporate management committee. ... Machinery manufacturer XALOY INC. of Pulaski, Va., named Richard Masaya Ishikawa managing director of Xaloy Japan, a new unit based in Yokohama. ... Control equipment manufacturer DYNISCO INSTRUMENTS of Sharon, Mass., named Gail Kane director of order services and Daniel Nigg managing director of European operations. ... QUANTUM CHEMICAL CO. of Cincinnati named Tim Burns marketing manager, extrusion coating and rotational molding. ... Control instruments manufacturer X-RITE INC. of Grandville, Mich., named Russ Steimle sales manager-Latin America and Brian Teunis color and appearance product manager. ... DELTECH, an Atlanta producer of crystal polystyrene, named Robert Elefante chairman and chief executive officer and Lionel Allmand Jr. president and chief operating officer. Deltech was established in 1989 through a buyout from Hoechst Celanese Corp. ... UNION CARBIDE CORP. elected William Joyce chief executive officer. He will succeed Robert Kennedy as chairman when Kennedy retires at the end of the year. Joyce is president of the Danbury, Conn.-based chemical manufacturer.