ALGUS PACKAGING INC. - Ken Hansen was named sales and marketing manager for the DeKalb, Ill., packaging machinery manufacturer and custom thermoformer.
ALLIANT CO. LLC - Bruce Underwood was named president of the Schaumberg, Ill.-based flexible packaging company. He will be based in the firm's Shelbyville, Ind., plant. Pliant Corp. and Surpreme Plastics Ltd. of London formed the joint venture to tackle the North American market for press-to-close zippers.
ALLOYD CO. - The packaging thermoformer in DeKalb, Ill., named Ron Leach president and chief executive officer. Edwin Parkinson was named chairman.
CLARIANT GMBH - The chemicals firm in Sulzbach, Germany, named Alexander Sieber to head the plastics unit under the Pigments & Additives Division.
COMPOSITE FABRICATORS ASSOCIATION - The Arlington, Va.-based trade group gave Don Aker its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2003. Aker started Aker Plastics Co. Inc., a fiberglass and acrylic bathware maker in Plymouth, Ind.
DECEUNINCK NV-The Hooglede, Belgium, building products concern named Arnold Deceuninck chairman of its board. He succeeds his father, Roger Deceuninck, who resigned but remains honorary chairman and a member of the board. Willy Deceuninck was named vice chairman.
DEERFIELD URETHANE INC. - Jim Chrise was named president and chief executive officer for the thermoplastic polyurethane film maker in South Deerfield, Mass. He succeeds Richard Baxendell, who was named head of the polycarbonate film business for the Americas.
DEGUSSA AG - The specialty chemicals firm in Frankfurt, Germany, named Joachim Leluschko to head its high-performance polymers business.
GLOBAL POLYMERS CORP. - The engineered resins distributor in Louisville, Ky., named Kathy Rogers and John Bonforta Jr. account managers, and Tom Talbot account consultant.
IZON INDUSTRIES INC. - Jim Sheffield has retired from the mold builder in Brampton, Ontario. Sheffield formed the company with two partners in 1984.
KING PLASTIC CORP. - The sheet and shapes maker in North Port, Fla., named Jeff King president and chief executive officer. His father, Thomas King, has retired from the positions, but will continue as chairman and an adviser.
ORBIS CORP. - Jim Kotek was named executive vice president, North America, for the returnable pallets maker in Oconomowoc, Wis.
PECHINEY PLASTIC PACKAGING INC. - The Chicago packaging firm named Julie Suski-Gartrell product manager, food flexible packaging, North America. Gerald Bartz was named plant manager for sites in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, Minn.
RAY PRODUCTS INC. - The thermoformer in Ontario, Calif., named Dan Sweet vice president of operations.
REIFENHUSER GMBH & CO. - Ulrich Reifenhuser was named chairman for the exhibitor council for K 2004. Reifenhuser is managing director of the machinery firm in Troisdorf, Germany.
SIEGEL-ROBERT INC. - The diversified manufacturer in St. Louis named David Adams president and chief executive officer. Adams also will serve on the company's board.
n JLM MARKETING INC. named William Boydston business manager for performance chemicals. The Tampa, Fla., firm markets and distributes materials. Composite door maker THERMA-TRU CORP. in Maumee, Ohio, named David Haddix senior vice president. ... Jeff Arnold, executive director of the Association of Rotational Molders International, was named a director of PLASTICS ACADEMY INC., a nonprofit group in Leominster, Mass. ... STAPLA ULTRASONICS CORP., a supplier of ultrasonic welding systems in Wilmington, Mass., named James Clements sales representative for California. ... Vinny Sastri started a consulting firm, WINOVIA LLC, in Albany, N.Y., focusing on new product development and manufacturing in the areas of medical devices, semiconductors, electrical/electronics and specialty films and fibers. Sastri was global technical manager with GE Plastics in Pittsfield, Mass. ... Walter Yasiejko started a consulting firm, WGY CONSULTANTS, in Bear, Del. Yasiejko was project manager and process service manager for North America for Basell NV. ... Auxiliary equipment supplier PROCESS CONTROL CORP. in Atlanta named John Braaf Midwest sales engineer. ... Cincinnati-based MILACRON INC. gave Roland Bechtel its Dave Noffsinger Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology. ... Mitsubishi robot distributor RIXAN ASSOCIATES INC. in Dayton, Ohio, named John Neal marketing director.