Robert Harold Cardwell, founder of blow molder Cardwell Containers Inc. in Cordova, Tenn., died March 18 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was 65. Cardwell had emphysema, said Ilsia Cardwell, his wife of 28 years.
He founded Cardwell Containers in 1982 with a used blow molding machine. Today the company has 50 employees.
His wife said Cardwell was a mechanical engineer who loved to tinker with machinery. ``He was the hardest-working person I've ever come across. He was well-liked by everyone,'' Ilsia Cardwell said.
Cardwell Containers molds bottles for car care, industrial products and household chemicals.