Arlen L. Huff, who once owned Spin-Cast Plastics Inc. in South Bend, Ind., pushed the rotational molding envelope in design, materials and equipment - in some well-known products like the crash barrels you see along the highway. Huff, 69, died Jan. 16 from emphysema, according to one of his sons, Toby Huff.
``He liked to try new things and make them work,'' his son said.
Huff and a partner bought a South Bend rotomolder called Diversified Plastics in 1975 and changed the name to Spin-Cast.
He sold Spin-Cast to Energy Absorption Systems Inc. around 1980, but father and son stayed with the firm about eight years. Huff did what he loved: product design and development. Later, he worked for other Indiana rotomolders, including Riblet Plastics, now Ameri-Kart Corp. in Bristol, and United Technologies, now R&R Technologies LLC of Edinburgh.
``He motivated a lot of people in the industry to stay with the industry and grow with it,'' his son said.
Huff lived in Fort Wayne. In addition to Toby, he is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughter Pamela Williams and son Randy.