AMCOR LTD. — The Melbourne, Australia-based packaging company named Russell Jones managing director and chief executive officer after former managing director, Don Macfarlane, retired April 1. Jones had been managing director of Amcor Packaging.
ARKAY INDUSTRIES—Bruce Hines was named president and chief operating officer of the Miamisburg, Ohio, injection molder of components for the automotive, home electronics and materials-handling industries. He had been vice president and chief financial officer of Flowserve Corp. of Dayton, Ohio.
BROOKDALE PLASTICS—Tom Blashill was named information systems administrator of the Plymouth, Minn.-based firm. Brookdale Plastics specializes in custom thermoforming, packaging and assembly.
CAMBRIDGE INDUSTRIES INC. — Blake Crawford was named director of corporate marketing for the Madison Heights, Mich.-based automotive supplier.
COMPOSITES FABRICATORS ASSOCIATION — The Arlington, Va.-based trade group named John Schweitzer senior director of government affairs. He had been with the Composites Institute, a unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. Schweitzer will be responsible for representing the industry's interests before regulatory authorities, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
COMPOSITE STRUCTURES INTERNATIONAL INC.—The Dallas-based maker of fiberglass-reinforced plastic products promoted Marie Kelly from marketing services supervisor to marketing manager.
CORMA INC. — The Toronto-based company was honored on its 25th anniversary in March by the Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe Association. Manfred Lupke, founder and chief executive officer of Corma, received a plaque commending the firm for its continued excellence and longstanding support of the CPPA.
EMPIRE OF CAROLINA — The Delray Beach, Fla.-based designer, manufacturer and marketer of children's toys named Timothy Moran president and chief operating officer. He was president of Apple Sports Inc., a golf shoe manufacturer, which was acquired by Empire. Empire of Carolina also named Frederick Rosenbauer Jr. to its board of directors. He is a vice president in the private banking division of the United States Trust Co. of New York.
FLEXIBLE PACKAGING ASSOCIATION — The Washington-based association for the flexible packaging industry named Gary McDaniel chairman of its board of directors for 1998. McDaniel is president of Jefferson Smurfit Corp., dba Smurfit Flexible Packaging. The association also named Jeffrey Lammers executive vice chairman (chairman-elect) of the board. He is vice president of finance and business development of Duralam Inc.
FREUDENBERG-NOK — William Tobin was named president of the Plymouth, Mich.-based firm's new Components Division in Northfield, N.H. He had been vice president of the Mexico Division. Freudenberg-NOK is part of the Freudenberg and NOK Group Cos. The group supplies sealing packages, noise, vibration and harshness components and modules, and components for suspension, steering, electrical and fuel systems.
LAVANTURE GROUP — Steve Fulton was named chief operating officer of the Elkhart, Ind.-based firm, which includes two plastics divisions: LaVanture Products, a distributor of automotive accessories, and LaVanture Plastics Extrusions Technologies, a custom extruder and injection molder.
MULTI-FORM PLASTICS INC. — Robert Rothfuss was named president of the Batavia, Ohio-based producer of plastic materials-handling products, packaging, displays and components. He had been vice president of sales and marketing for Buckhorn Material Handling.
NRI INDUSTRIES INC. — The Toronto automotive parts manufacturer named Bill Schaffer vice president of automotive operations and sales.
ROMARC CORP. — Joan Saalfrank was named vice president and chief financial officer for the Plumsteadville, Pa., foam and plastics fabricator. She had been assistant to the president and head bookkeeper.
SANNER OF AMERICA — David Mattingly was named national director of sales and marketing for the U.S. headquarters of Friedrich Sanner GmbH & Co. KG, a German-based company that specializes in packaging technology. The Cherry Hill, N.J., company manufactures injection molded desiccant closures and pressure valve and tube applicators to the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, personal-care and general industrial industries.
SPARTECH CORP. — W. Harrison Hiatt was named vice president of West Coast operations for the Clayton, Mo.-based compounder and sheet extruder. He had been general manager for Spartech Plastics' operations on the West Coast.
TEXTRON AUTOMOTIVE CO. — Alan Jensen was named vice president of strategic planning and business development for the trim division of the Troy, Mich.-based automotive supplier. He had been executive director of business development for ASC Inc. Textron Automotive is a subsidiary of Textron Inc.
TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA) INC. — The North Kingstown, R.I.-based film manufacturer named Christopher Roy its senior sales representative for the company's Torayfan line of oriented polypropylene and polyester film products. Roy had been with Mid-America Plastics Inc. Toray Plastics is a subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc.
Edwin Kasha Sr., owner, chief executive officer and founder of custom compounder KASHA INDUSTRIES INC. of Grayville, Ill., died at home April 1. Kasha's recycling expertise expanded into KI Plastics Sales and Recycle, which serves the toll grinding and compounding market. The companies will remain under the direction of his son, Edwin Kasha Jr. ... Whippany, N.J.-based DELTECH CORP., a crystal polystyrene producer and specialty monomer manufacturer, announced the retirement of Lionel Allmand as president and chief operating officer. He will continue on the company's board of directors. ... Chemicals and polymers company UNION CARBIDE CORP. of Danbury, Conn., announced several management changes. John Yimoyines was named vice president and general manager of Specialty Polyolefins, John Gigerich was named vice president of purchasing and Ruth Bruch was named vice president and chief information officer. ... F. Donald Ryan was named president and chief executive officer and Mario Magnini was named managing director of POLIMERI EUROPA SRL, the Milan, Italy-based polyolefins joint venture of EniChem SpA and Union Carbide Corp.