Bernard D. Ashbaugh, an engineer who held executive positions at HPM Corp. and Farrel Corp., died July 15 in Springfield, Mo. He was 86.
Ashbaugh graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree, then in 1940 began working as chief engineer at HPM in Mount Gilead, Ohio. In those days, the company was called Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Corp. He ended up as a vice president.
Carl Irick, who worked for Ashbaugh at Farrel, said he played a key role in moving HPM injection molding machines into the age of the reciprocating screw.
Ashbaugh moved to Farrel in 1962, back when Farrel manufactured injection molding presses in Rochester, N.Y. He was vice president of sales, marketing and engineering. Ashbaugh retired in 1982, the year before Farrel got out of the injection press business. He resided in Ava.
Ashbaugh was active in the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s machinery division. ``He knew machinery inside and out, up and down,'' said Irick, who is engineering director at Epco Machinery LLC in Fremont, Ohio.
``He was an honest and caring boss,'' Irick said. ``He really liked working with people.''
He is survived by his wife, Martha, and two daughters.