BOY MACHINES INC. - The Exton, Pa., injection press supplier named a new president: Robert Koch, a 30-year veteran of the plastics industry. Most recently, Koch was principal of Koch Plastics Equipment, and Midwest Barrel and Feedscrews.
FREMONT PLASTIC MOLDS INC. - President Martin Cass was selected Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year by accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP's office in Toledo, Ohio. His Fremont, Ohio-based firm makes tools for blow molding.
L&L TOOL AND INJECTION LTD. - Darlene Lynde, owner of the injection molding firm in Calgary, Alberta, was named 2002 Alberta Plastics Industry Leader by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association's Western Region.
PLASTICS INSTITUTE OF AMERICA INC. - The educational research group in Lowell, Mass., elected officers for two-year terms: Martin Pottle, president of marketing firm Martin Thomas Inc. in Barrington, R.I., chairman; Dan Mielcarek, business unit manager with Coperion Corp. in Ramsey, N.J., chair-elect; Marlene Gosling, president of Gander International Inc. in Concord, Mass., secretary; Angelo Sabatalo, a director with Nypro Inc. in Clinton, Mass., treasurer.
SARNA POLYMER HOLDING INC. - The Sarnen, Switzerland-based injection molder and compounder named Matti Paasila chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2003. Paasila has been a member of the firm's board since 1998.
SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MATERIAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING - Thomas Haulik began a one-year term July 1 as international president of the Covina, Calif.-based group. Haulik is business manager with fiber maker Cytec Carbon Fibers LLC of Alpharetta, Ga. Other SAMPE officers include: Executive Vice President Clark Johnson of Boeing Satellite Systems in Seal Beach, Calif.; Senior Vice President Anthony Falcone of Boeing Co. in Everett, Wash.; Vice President Tia Benson with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque; secretary Raymond Miller from Northern Fiber Glass Sales Inc. in Hampton, N.H.; treasurer Vince Bailey with National Aerospace Supply Co. in San Clemente, Calif.; Vice President-Europe Bob Griffiths of Griffiths Consulting, based in Somerton, England; Vice President-Japan Toshio Tanimoto with Shonan Institute of Technology & Materials, based in Tokyo; and past President Allen Penton, a Boeing retiree.
SYSTEX PRODUCTS CORP. - The injection molder in Battle Creek, Mich., named Steve Mertz plant manager.
UPONOR WIRSBO CO. - The maker of cross-linked polyethylene tubing in Apple Valley, Minn., named Alan Larson brand manager of its Aquasafe plumbing/fire sprinkler system line. He was a design manager.
WESTCHEM INC. - David Mattair was named general manager of the resin and additives distributor in Anaheim, Calif.
BRAMPTON ENGINEERING INC. named Mark Wodrich area sales manager for blown film. The blown film equipment maker is based in Brampton, Ontario. ... Andrew Werner was named business manager for NIDA-CORE CORP., a composites extruder in Port St. Lucie, Fla. ... Two officials from styrenic block copolymers maker KRATON POLYMERS LLC were selected to serve on the executive committee of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers: Stephen Wood, chief executive officer, and Roger Morgan, vice president of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and a global director of Kraton D polymers. Kraton and IISRP both are based in Houston. ... Thermoset barrier maker SIKA AUTOMOTIVE of Madison Heights, Mich., announced several appointments: Helmut Doyen, key account manager; Kevin Casey, vice president of automotive marketing; and Brian Weissberg, territory manager for aftermarket sales. ... Machinery maker BATTENFELD GLOUCESTER ENGINEERING CO. INC. in Gloucester, Mass., named Mike Andrews process applications manager. ... Specialty chemicals maker DEGUSSA CORP. in Parsippany, N.J., named George Trent manufacturing director for advanced fillers and pigments. He also will remain manager of the plant in Chester, Pa.