BELVAC PRODUCTION MACHINERY INC. - The Lynchburg, Va.-based maker of PET trimming machinery announced several new appointments: Rick Steigerwald, president; Terry Babbitt, senior director of product development; Charles Price Sr., senior director of equipment markets; Roger Baker, director of technical sales and marketing; Geoffrey Bowlin, director of the European business unit; Larry Sportello, director of sales and marketing for plastic container systems.
CINPRES GAS INJECTION INC. -Dennis Paul was named sales and marketing manager for the gas-assist molder based in Ann Arbor, Mich.
DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS CORP. - The Troy, Mich., automotive parts maker named R. David Nelson vice president of global purchasing. Nelson was formerly vice president of worldwide supply management at Deere & Co. in Moline, Ill.
DOW CHEMICAL CO. - Kurt Swogger is the recipient of the 2002 Earle B. Barnes Award for leadership in chemical research management. He currently is vice president of polyolefins research and development with the Midland, Mich., resin manufacturer. Swogger's achievements include creating several global business ventures, such as DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC.
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS - The federation of European plastics processing trade groups elected Bernhard Borgardt chairman of its packaging division; Borgardt is from RPC Group plc in Raunds, England. The following were selected as deputy chairmen: Richard Searle of London-based Britton Group Plastics Ltd.; Francis Pascal of Paris-based Autobar Packaging Group; and Marcel de Botton of Cascais, Portugal-based Logoplaste SA. Each was elected to a two-year term with Brussels, Belgium-based EuPC.
FERROMATIK MILACRON NORTH AMERICA - The Cincinnati-based supplier of molding machines names Hermann Plank director of multicomponent technologies. Plank was most recently managing director of Ferromatik Milacron Europe's North American operations.
GREIF BROS. CORP. - Donald Huml has been named chief financial officer of the packaging firm based in Delaware, Ohio. Huml replaces Joseph Reed, who will retire later this year.
GUIDE CORP. - The automotive lighting systems supplier based in Pendleton, Ind., has promoted Chuck Wittum to director of materials management. Wittum was the firm's purchasing manager.
LAVERGNE GROUP - The Anjou, Quebec-based compounder and recycler named Michelle Mikulec automotive specialist.
LYONDELL CHEMICAL CO. - The Houston-based chemical producer announced several appointments as it integrates with Equistar Chemicals LP: Morris Gelb, chief operating officer; Edward Dineen, senior vice president of chemicals and polymers business management; W. Norman Phillips Jr., senior vice president of fuels and raw materials.
MARKETACT CONSULTING LLC - Bill Uhl established this Dayton, Ohio-based research firm. Uhl has held positions in marketing, market research, strategic planning and product commercialization with PPG Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh and Dayton-based Dayton Technologies Inc.
MEESE ORBITRON DUNNE CO. - The Saddle Brook, N.J., rotational molder named Alan Girard manager of engineering and quality assurance. Girard will lead the national engineering group based out of its Madison, Ind., facility.
NEWELL RUBBERMAID INC. - The Freeport, Ill.-based housewares manufacturer announced several new appointments within its Rubbermaid division: Karl Harrison, president of the commercial products division; Kenneth Goodgame, president of the cleaning products group; Simon May, vice president and general manager, Far East, for the Rubbermaid Group.
PLASTICS PIPE INSTITUTE - Gene Palermo, technical director for the Washington-based trade group, has been recognized by two associations for his contributions to the plastics pipe industry. The American Society for Testing and Materials International, based in West Conshohocken, Pa., has honored Palermo with its 2002 Frank W. Reinhart and Henry ``Butch'' Kuhlmann Award. Palermo received that award due to his role as chairman of an ASTM subcommittee. He will also receive the American Gas Association's Silver Award of Merit for outstanding leadership, original authorship and organizational service.
POLYMERADDITIVES.COM LLC - Guy Macarios has been named president of the Web joint venture based in Baton Rouge, La. The firm makes additives available for purchase online.
STUKE IOWA PLASTICS - The Houghton, Iowa, extruder and injection molder named Keith Perron salesman. The firm is the United States subsidiary of Ferdinand Stukerjurgen GmbH of Germany.
ROTEX INC., a Cincinnati-based screening equipment manufacturer, named William Herkamp president. ... EREMA NORTH AMERICA INC., the Ipswich, Mass.-based recycled plastics machinery supplier, named Bob Cunningham sales engineer. ... Robert Barski has been named North American sales manager for GLOUCESTER-CMG GRANULATOR PRODUCTS & SERVICE CO., a Newport, N.H., provider of free test grinding services. ... Limerick, Pa.-based SERMATECH SURFACE ENGINEERING named Gene Simmons vice president of marketing. The firm is a supplier of seamless fluoropolymer coatings, linings and vessel accessories.