ALLIANCE FOR THE POLYURETHANES INDUSTRY - The trade group in Arlington, Va., inducted Gunter Oertel into its hall of fame. Oertel's many achievements include distinction as one of the chief developers of reaction injection molding technology for polyurethanes; and developmental work on square-block flexible foam, dual-hardness foam and two-component spray elastomers. He is the hall's sixth member.
BAYER POLYMERS LLC - The Pittsburgh-based materials supplier named Don Hummel to lead its polymer solutions marketing division. Jay Shock will head its business support and administration group.
CONCEPT INDUSTRIES INC. - The Grand Rapids, Mich., thermoformer named David Ellis director of sales and marketing.
ENVIROKARE TECH INC. - The Orlando, Fla., marketer of thermoplastic composites technology named Nicholas Pappas as executive chairman of its board. Pappas retired from materials firm DuPont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., having served as executive vice president.
GRAHAM MACHINERY GROUP - The maker of blow molding equipment in York, Pa., announced several appointments: Tim Noggle, sales director for the Americas; Brian Dowler, director of technology and product manager for packaging machinery; Larry Korpanty, engineering director; Bob Slawska, product line manager, industrial machinery group; Karen Tiesler, inventory and production control manager; Shannon Swartz, inside sales supervisor; Jackie Varnish, inside sales administrator; and Chris Sherbocker, service and aftermarket sales manager.
NETSTAL-MASCHINEN AG - The injection press maker in NÃ¤fels, Switzerland, named Thomas Robers as its new head of marketing, sales and application technology.
PACTIV CORP. - Paul Stecko has retired as a member of the board of directors for the packaging firm based in Lake Forest, Ill.
PECHINEY PLASTIC PACKAGING INC. - The Chicago flexible packaging firm announced appointments to its North American bottles operation: Michael Curia, divisional vice president and general manager; and John Hoeper, market manager.
PLASTICS PIONEERS ASSOCIATION - The Greer, S.C., group named new officers for its 2003-05 term: Paul Colby, of Spirex Corp., was named president; Theodore Debreceni, retired president and owner of Plastics Systems Inc., was named vice president; Peter Zacher, retired from Injection Molding Magazine, was named secretary; Robert Swain, of Chroma Corp., was named treasurer. Vince Witherup, Daniel McGuire Jr. and Suzy Witzler were appointed to the board of governors for four-year terms.
SIMONTON WINDOWS - The vinyl window manufacturer based in Parkersburg, W. Va., named Rick Keup as president.
TEKNOR APEX CO. - The Pawtucket, R.I., compounder announced several appointments. Domenic Marando was named sales engineer for its vinyl division. In its thermoplastic elastomers division, Gary Fairley was named senior market manager, automotive. Darnell Worley was named technical manager and Thomas Phillips was named manager of the corporate analytical lab.
* Used processing equipment firm FEDERAL EQUIPMENT CO. of Cleveland named Michael Brocato a sales consultant. ... B(tm)HLER-UDDEHOLM CORP., a tool steel supplier in Rolling Meadows, Ill., named Ed Severson technical manager for plastics applications. ... Film equipment maker BRAMPTON ENGINEERING INC., based in Brampton, Ontario, named Sven Hafenberg as its business manager and a member of its management team. ... Injection molding machinery firm JSW PLASTICS MACHINERY INC., based in Corona, Calif., named Bob Columbus as marketing and regional sales manager. ... Independent research and testing firm SMITHERS SCIENTIFIC SERVICES INC., based in Akron, Ohio, named David Russell director of polymer services. ... Bar-coding and labeling firm FERNQVIST LABELING SOLUTIONS INC., based in Mountain View, Calif., named Duane Shepley manager of its new sales office and distribution center in Elgin, Ill. ... THE SOURCE ALLIANCE appointed two independent principals to its executive search team: David Reese, of ReeseSource in Charlotte, N.C.; and Ed Fusakio of CambioSource, based in Cincinnati. The Source Alliance is an executive recruiting and consulting network serving the plastics packaging industry.