ALGA PLASTICS CO. - The Cranston, R.I.-based custom thermoformer promoted Michael Spolidoro to vice president of engineering and design. He was engineering manager.
GE PLASTICS EUROPE - Andre Horbach was named president. Horbach was chief executive officer of GE Bayer Silicones. Based in Bergen-op-Zoom, the Netherlands, Horbach will lead the GE Polymerland customer service, sales and supply chain group and European e-business effort.
PITTSFIELD PLASTICS ENGINEERING INC. - Peter Olsta was named director of business development for the wire reel molder in Pittsfield, Mass., and its sister firm, Precision Spools Inc.
ROTONICS MANUFACTURING INC. - Robert Gawlik's term as president and chief executive officer has been extended by the Gardena, Calif.-based rotational molder. Gawlik will serve in the position through August 2003.
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON - Nancy Clem, director of the Ohio-based school's Polymer Training Center, has retired from that post.
M2 ENGINEERING AB named Sven LindstrÃ¶m to manage its North American sales and service operation. The maker of optical disc replicating systems is in Spanga, Sweden. ... Barbara Gedeon was named president of BODYCOTE BROUTMAN INC., a materials consulting and testing laboratory in Chicago. ... Screw and barrel maker NEW CASTLE INDUSTRIES INC. expanded its sales team with the following appointments: John Syphard, sales manager-sheet products; Deborah Szenftner and Terry McBroom, sales engineers-injection technologies. The firm is in New Castle, Pa. ... SERMATECH SURFACE ENGINEERING named Brian McCrea sales manager for its fluoropolymer-lined vinyl accessory business. The Limerick, Pa., firm supplies seamless fluoropolymer coatings and linings. ... Brian Pertler was named a sales manager with injection molder MINIATURE PRECISION COMPONENTS INC., a Southfield, Mich., automotive supplier. ... Roll maker PERMA-FLEX INC. of Salisbury, N.C., named Thomas Garone plant manager for its facility in Newark, Del.