Phil Murphree, who left the top position at equipment supplier Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. in early August, is the new president of U.S. operations at PCL Packaging Corp., a Canadian manufacturer of polyethylene bags and sacks.
Before he joined Battenfeld in 2000 as president and chief executive officer, Murphree had racked up 30 years of experience in the film converting business, including serving as president of QPF LLC.
Murphree's first day at PCL Packaging was Aug. 19. Initially he will work out of his home office in Essex, Mass., as well as PCL's plant in North Dighton, Mass. The Massachusetts plant is the former BPI Packaging Technologies Inc. factory, which PCL bought last year.
PCL also announced that Gary Penna, another flexible packaging veteran, is the new vice president of U.S. sales. Also, PCL promoted Tim French from vice president of operations to president of Canadian operations.
Oakville-based PCL makes a variety of retail bags and systems, such as Maxi-Sac, Rapid-Sac, Handi-Sac and Fresh-Sac. The company also makes consumer and industrial trash bags.
PCL generates $70 million in annual sales from seven plants in Canada and the United States, according to Plastics News data.