Pelletron Corp., which manufactures dedusters for removing dust, fines and fluff from resin pellets, has hired two former executives of machinery maker Coperion Corp.: Heinz Schneider and Paul Wagner.
Schneider and Wagner were laid off in the summer as part of a restructuring at Coperion, in Ramsey, N.J.
Schneider is Pelletron's new president and chief executive officer. At Coperion, he had held several positions, including vice president of trading, president of Coperion Components and president of Waeschle Inc.
Wagner is the new vice president of sales at Pelletron. He had worked closely with Schneider in the mid-1990s to establish Waeschle's U.S. operation. Wagner helped introduce the concept of dense-phase pneumatic conveying technology to the United States. His expertise will help Pelletron provide customers with slow-motion, dense-phase technology. At Coperion, Wagner was vice president of the systems business.
Lancaster, Pa.-based Pelletron hired the men as part of its plan to launch the company into a period of growth and expansion, according to Jerry Paulson, chairman of the board. Paulson, a mechanical engineer who had developed processes for bulk material handling, started Pelletron in 1986.
Pelletron markets its dedusters to compounders, resin manufacturers and plastics processors.
The dedusters come in 12 different models, with capabilities ranging from 100 pounds an hour to more than 200,000 pounds an hour.
Schneider said the new managers want to help Pelletron grow.
``Some companies pull back and reduce people. We are doing the opposite,'' he said. ``We plan to build up jobs and manufacturing,'' he said.
Waeschle equipment is used for bulk materials handling, including conveying systems and components such as valves.