ACS GROUP - The auxiliary equipment maker in Wood Dale, Ill., named Al Leidinger operations manager for the materials-handling division.
KRAUSS-MAFFEI KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH - The machinery maker in Munich, Germany, named Otto Urbanek to the board as chief operating officer while maintaining his position as chief technical officer of Mannesmann Plastics Machinery GmbH. Peter Sassenfeld will take over as chief financial officer in October. Graziano Parisi will retire at the end of the year, but will retain an advisory role.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS - The Washington-based trade association named Jay Timmons senior vice president of policy.
NEW DIMENSION INDUSTRIES INC. - The foam products maker in Moonachie, N.J., named Anthony Di Stasio executive vice president of sales and marketing.
PLASTICS PIPE INSTITUTE INC. - The Washington-based trade association recently elected board members: Steve Anderson of Hancor Inc., chairman; Mike Goins of Total Petrochemicals USA Inc., vice chairman; Kurt Waldhauer of American Maplan Corp., treasurer; and Joanne Swiggett of Equistar Chemicals LP, vice treasurer. The group also presented its lifetime achievement award to P. Paul Petro, who recently retired as president and general manager of Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC.
POLYMER CONVERSIONS INC. - The injection molder in Orchard Park, N.Y., named Jerry Gorrell engineering director and Nathan Maerz process improvement and lean engineer.
PREMIER MATERIAL CONCEPTS - The maker of custom acrylics for thermoforming in Findlay, Ohio, named Phil Noakes national sales manager.
PROFINE MOLDS INC. - The mold maker in Oakville, Ontario, named Wayne Stoddard marketing manager.
SCHOLLE CORP. - The supplier of flexible packaging in Northlake, Ill., named Chad Mueller chief technology officer.
SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MATERIAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING - The Corona, Calif., association named Tia Benson Tolle president for a one-year term beginning July 1. Tolle is structural materials branch chief for the U.S. Air Force research laboratory near Dayton, Ohio.
WESTERN FLOW MARKETING - Hank Jones and John Orkish formed a partnership as San Diego-based manufacturers' representatives for high density polyethylene pipe and fittings.
ZL ENGINEERING PLASTICS INC. - The maker of stock engineered shapes based in Peekskill, N.Y., named Matthew Costello product manager at its facility in Buena Park, Calif., and Martine Gatto administrative sales assistant.
* ECKART AMERICA LP, a maker of metallic and special-effects pigments, inks and other products in Louisville, Ky., named Martin Rac technical sales manager for plastics. ... GRAHAM MACHINERY GROUP, a maker of blow molding equipment in York, Pa., named Darrin Smith a manufacturers' representative for the West. ... KASS AUTOMATION SYSTEMS INC., an auxiliary equipment maker in Carrollton, Texas, named Michael DeVore a mechanical engineer. ... PLASTICOMP LLC, an equipment maker in Winona, Minn., named Eric Wollan manager of the technical development center. ... TEKNOR COLOR CO., a color concentrates maker in Pawtucket, R.I., named Alain Gagne and Michael De Sa sales representatives. ... THERMO ELECTRON CORP., a supplier of analytical instruments in Waltham, Mass., named Ken Berger president of the Process Instruments Division and Markus Schreyer managing director of its facility in Karlsruhe, Germany. ... WOOSTER HYDROSTATICS INC., a hydraulics systems maker in Wooster, Ohio, named Rick Conard service technician. ... DOW CHEMICAL CO., a resin maker headquartered in Midland, Mich., named Robert Broomham global business director for its vinyl acetate monomer business, replacing Michael Marinaccio, who retired at the end of June. ... RAPID PRODUCT DEVELOP- MENT GROUP INC., a rapid-prototyping company headquartered in San Diego, named Steve Edgington business development manager in the Sunnyvale, Calif., office. ... SUN CHEMICAL CORP., a manufacturer of printing inks and pigments based in Cincinnati, named Philippe Schottland manager of its newly formed Performance Pigments advanced technology group. ... MAROON INC., a distributor of resins, pigments and additives based in Avon, Ohio, named Nanette Szabo inside customer service representative.