Todd C. Walker, who spent his career in the PVC industry and retired in 2001 as president of compounder K-Bin Inc., died March 2 at Reading Hospital.
Walker, 70, died of natural causes, a K-Bin spokesman said.
Walker joined K-Bin in 1990. At that time, the Freeport, Texas-based company was producing 25 million pounds a year of compounds for clear rigid PVC bottles and extrusion. During the next decade, he was instrumental in expanding the business to more than 350 million pounds of compounds for rigid PVC products.
After he retired, Walker continued as senior adviser to the company. Today, K-Bin's annual capacity is 550 million pounds. K-Bin said it is now the third-largest maker of compounds for rigid PVC in the United States.
Before he joined K-Bin, Walker spent 25 years as president of the former Firestone Plastics Co. in Pottstown, Pa. The dispersion PVC plant was a division of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. It was purchased by Occidental Chemical Corp. in 1980.
Before Firestone Plastics, Walker was group vice president for four years of Borden Chemicals and Plastics in Massachusetts.
Walker held a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He served three years in the U.S. Army before starting his career in the plastics industry.