ATOFINA CHEMICALS INC. — The Philadelphia firm's Atoglas Division named Jeff DuCharme Plexiglas sales representative for New England and Michael Schuppert Plexiglas technical sales representative for the Midwest.
CASCADE ENGINEERING INC. — The Grand Rapids, Mich., injection molder for the automotive, furniture and container industries named Lance Tennant vice president of sales and marketing.
CLARION TECHNOLOGIES INC. — Craig Wierda was named chairman of the Holland, Mich., injection molder. He replaces Jack Rutherford, who is retiring but will remain a director. Clarion also named Thomas Wallace chief operating officer and Joe Ball vice president of sales and marketing. Wallace joins Clarion from Johnson Controls Inc.; Ball had been with GE Plastics.
DOW PLASTICS — Peter Sykes was named commercial director for the North American polystyrene business of the Midland, Mich.-based resin maker.
GUIDE CORP. — Jeffrey Mickel was named senior vice president of engineering, sales and marketing for the Pendleton, Ind., manufacturer of exterior automotive lighting systems.
KLOCKNER PENTAPLAST OF AMERICA INC. — The Gordonsville, Va., manufacturer of film and sheet named Michael Tubridy executive vice president.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PET CONTAINER RESOURCES — The Charlotte, N.C., association announced officers for 2001: chairman, Thomas Stevens, container plastics business unit director-North America for Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical Co.; vice chairman, Frank Mechura, executive vice president-Americas for Crown, Cork & Seal Co. Inc. of Philadelphia; and treasurer, Carolyn Case, global director of recycling development for KoSa of Charlotte.
VENTRA GROUP INC. — Kenneth Nichols, founder, chairman and chief operating officer of the Oakville, Ontario, supplier of precision molded and painted automotive components, is retiring. The firm named J. Spencer Lanthier chairman, Ben Ciprietti vice chairman and Anthony Griffiths interim CEO. Griffiths and Patrick Lavelle were named directors.
Paul Hein was named director of purchasing and business office management for POLYURETHANE SPECIALTIES CO. INC., a Lyndhurst, N.J., PU supplier. ... THERMOCLAD CO., an Erie, Pa., coatings supplier, named Michael Gashgarian president and a director. ... LOUIS P. BATSON INC., a Greenville, S.C., auxiliary equipment sales representative, named Michael Tremblay and Jeff Abens area sales managers. ... NEW CASTLE INDUSTRIES, a New Castle, Pa., manufacturer of screws, barrels and chill rolls, named Timothy Womer vice president of engineering and manufacturing, Len Rovenski general manager-feed screws, Dick Palmer general manager of the Tanner Roll Division and Ron Peterson sales manager of the Gross Roll Division. ... EPCO MACHINERY LLC, a Fremont, Ohio, remanufacturer of injection molding, blow molding and die casting machines, named Bill Purcell automotive accounts manager. ... PLASTICS GROUP OF AMERICA, a Woonsocket, R.I., thermoplastic compounder, manufacturer, recycler and distributor, named Duane Delaney director of technical services and Tim Harper account manager for Ohio and Michigan. ... Joe Stodola was named Midwest sales manager for CONFEROS, a Waltham, Mass., Internet marketplace for plastics manufacturers, and Dan L'Ecuyer was named ProductSync manager. ... CURBELL PLASTICS an Orchard Park, N.Y., distributor of sheet, rod, tube, adhesives and sealants, named Daniel Damas branch manager for the Clearwater, Fla., distribution center and Ronald Claydon market development manager. ... PLASTICOLORS INC., an Ashtabula, Ohio, supplier of pigments and chemical dispersions, named Timothy Tan territory sales manager-southeast.