Five industry veterans were named to the Pioneers Club of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Structural Plastics Division at the SPD conference March 30-April 1 in Nashville.
Pioneer members must have worked in the industry for about 50 years and made significant contributions to structural plastics, while also being active in SPD. New members are:
* John Bycynski was just 16 back in 1944, when he got a job as a tool apprentice at General Industries Co. in Elyria, Ohio, a company now called GI Plastek. After several engineering and manufacturing jobs, he was named chief engineer in 1966 for the company's plastics division, and later worked on several major structural foam applications, such as IBM Corp.'s Lynx printer. He also pioneered the use of structural foamed polypropylene in laundry tubs and shower bases. He was promoted several times, ending up as senior vice president of the plastics division.
* Bill and Hazel Gauer, who founded Gauer Mold & Machine Co. in Tallmadge, Ohio, more than 30 years ago. The Gauers, who have been married since 1950, still run the shop, which makes molds for injection molding, structural web molding, counterpressure molding and gas-assisted injection molding.
* Another husband-and-wife team, Edwin and Char Les Klouda, who founded MSI Mold Builders Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1972. MSI makes molds for injection, structural foam, reaction injection molding, blow molding and gas-assisted injection molding. Current MSI President Roger Klouda accepted the honor in Nashville on behalf of his parents, who were vacationing in Hawaii.
The division launched its Pioneers Club last year, with five initial inductees.
Also in Nashville, the SPD gave its Industry Recognition Award to Brian Read, president of structural foam molder Horizon Plastics Co. Ltd. in Cobourg, Ontario.