ARCA XYTEC SYSTEMS INC. - Dave Sorter has been named vice president of sales and marketing for the Tacoma, Wash.-based reusable container maker.
BEKUM AMERICA CORP. - The Williamston, Mich.-based blow molding equipment supplier named Franz Strohmaier vice president of operations. Strohmaier was the firm's director of engineering.
BORDNER & ASSOCIATES - Alan Colliander was named director of OEM sales for the Columbus, Ohio-based manufacturers representative firm.
COLLINS & AIKMAN CORP. - The Troy, Mich.-based automotive trim supplier named James Anderson vice president of global manufacturing for convertible systems.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING - William Banholzer, vice president of global technology for GE Plastics, was elected as a member of the Washington-based society. Banholzer was recognized for his ``breakthroughs in stealth materials ... contributions to the isotope effect in solid-state physics and for business leadership,'' according to the NAE.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PET CONTAINER RESOURCES - The Charlotte, N.C.-based trade group announced its board appointments for 2002: Frank Mechura of Crown, Cork & Seal Co. Inc. was named chairman; Mike Dewsbury of Wellman Inc., vice chairman; Dominique Potelle of Amcor PET Americas Inc., treasurer.
NEWELL RUBBERMAID INC. - The Freeport, Ill.. consumer products manufacturer named Kathleen Williams president of its Graco division, based in Elverson, Pa. Williams was formerly a vice president with Black & Decker Corp. John Constantine was promoted to president of Rubbermaid Home Products, based in Wooster, Ohio. Constantine was the unit's vice president and general manager of sales and marketing.
SOLVAY ADVANCED POLYMERS LLC - The Alpharetta, Ga.-based engineered plastics firm named Joseph Greulich president and chief executive officer. Greulich was most recently president of Solvay Engineered Polymers.
SYNVENTIVE MOLDING SOLUTIONS - The Peabody, Mass.-based hot-runner producer announced the following promotions: Paul Jensen to vice president & global dynamic feed business manager and Stephen Byrnes to vice president of sales and customer service.
Christian Huller was appointed to the management board of Hochheim, Germany-based MOLD & HOTRUNNER TECHNOLOGY AG. The firm specializes in PET preform molds. ... MAAG PUMP SYSTEMS TEXTRON INC. named Dave Lucak regional sales manager for extrusion based in Charlotte, N.C., at the filtration systems supplier's headquarters. ... SAS AUTOMATION LTD., based in Xenia, Ohio, named Paul Rettig sales executive. The firm specializes in robotic end-of-arm tooling and gripper systems. ... NOVEON INC. named Julian Steinberg vice president of global marketing and business development and general manager of its polyurethane business. Michael Hamel was named global sourcing director with the Cleveland-based specialty chemicals producer. ... Richard Towne was selected as senior technical service engineer with TEKNOR COLOR CO., a Pawtucket, R.I.-based color concentrates supplier. ... South Bend, Ind.-based software firm SYSCON PLANTSTAR has named Dave DeHart director of sales for the Midwest. ... Hector Bickerton is retiring as engineering director of Stockport, England-based PNEUMATIC CONVEYING SYSTEMS LTD. Bickerton co-founded the equipment maker in 1990. ... Naperville, Ill.-based INSTITUTE OF PACKAGING PROFESSIONALS named Suzanne Fisher vice president of chapters. Fisher is a packaging engineer with Zeeland, Mich.-based Herman Miller Inc. ... AVERY DENNISON CORP., the Pasadena, Calif.-based maker of self-adhesive products, named David Martin vice president and general manager.