AMERICAN MADE LLC - Michael LaRocco, president of the Ambridge, Pa.-based composite bedliner maker, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP of New York in the manufacturing category for the western Pennsylvania region.
AUTOLIGN MANUFACTURING GROUP INC. - The manufacturer of vehicle bumper products in Milan, Mich., named Robert Bedrosian president and chief executive officer.
BLUE-REED - Julie and Greg Stout have started the Stow, Ohio-based marketing firm, aimed at the rotational molding industry. Both were with rotational mold maker Wheeler Boyce Co., also in Stow.
GUIDE CORP. - The Pendleton, Ind.-based automotive lighting systems supplier named Tom Carroll senior direct buyer, Kenneth Wojtkowiak personnel director and Gregory Clayton operations manager.
MULTIVAC INC. - Gerry Sabat was named West Coast regional sales manager for the packaging machinery maker in Kansas City, Mo.
NEXT GENERATION FILMS INC. - President David Frecka was named Entrepreneur of the Year by accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP of New York in the manufacturing category for the northeast Ohio region. Next Generations is a film manufacturer based in Lexington, Ohio.
NU-WOOD DECORATIVE MILLWORK INC. - John Grecco was named president for the polyurethane millwork maker based in Goshen, Ind.
PIONEER PLASTICS LLC - The custom blow and injection molding firm based in Greenville, N.H., named Carla LaBossiere operations manager. She was administration supervisor.
POLYGAL USA INC. - Ronald Melvin was named president of the polycarbonate sheet supplier based in Janesville, Wis. Melvin most recently was with Tyco International Ltd.
SEPTON CO. OF AMERICA INC. - The supplier of elastomeric raw materials based in Pasadena, Texas, named Thomas Bell director of sales and marketing.
VEKA INC. - The window profile extruder based in Fombell, Pa., won that state's 2002 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
VINYL INSTITUTE - The trade association in Arlington, Va., was awarded a Silver Anvil by the Public Relations Society of America for its Vinyl By Design educational campaign for architects and designers. The award is the highest honor from New York-based PRSA.
VPI LLC - The Sheboygan, Wis., film maker named two senior executives to its board of directors: P. Gregory Mickelson, president and chief operating officer; and Richard Blamey, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer.
* The Naperville, Ill.-based INSTITUTE OF PACKAGING PROFESSIONALS named Stan Zelesnik education director. ... TEKNOR COLOR CO., a color concentrates maker in Pawtucket, R.I., named Art Carrillo a sales representative. ... DIVERSI-PLAST PRODUCTS INC., a Minneapolis-based corrugated plastic extruder, named Elena Khodak product design engineer. ... The European Thermoforming Division of the SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS, based in Antwerp, Belgium, named Ken Braney its chairman, serving a two-year term. Braney is sales and marketing director of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India for Brown Machine LLC, based in Beaverton, Mich. ... FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION, a technical society for the flexographic printing industry based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., named Walter Morgan to lead its Latin American Committee. Morgan is international sales manager with packaging equipment supplier Enercon Industries Corp. of Menomonee Falls, Wis. ... Mold wiring systems supplier POWERTECH COMPONENTS INC., based in Santa Ana, Calif., named Michael Gann sales director.