Jack Hill, a 40-year plastics veteran, entrepreneur and leader of the Society of Plastics Engineers Milwaukee Section, won the Outstanding Achievement Award on Sept. 25 during the SPE Thermoforming Conference in Milwaukee.
Hill is part owner of Toolless Plastic Technologies LLC. The company does custom fabrication of low-volume plastic enclosures for medical equipment, laboratory instruments and com- mercial electronic devices.
Hill, who handles marketing and sales for Toolless, works out of Elm Grove, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb.
A chemical engineer, he worked for General Motors Corp. after college for a few years, then switched to a sales position at a plastics company in 1962.
After completing a night school master's of business administration at Kent State University in Ohio, Hill got a job studying plastics-related acquisitions for Cleveland-based Standard Oil Co.
In 1967, he started Rotadyne Inc., a rotational molding company in Aurora, Ohio, and the company soon began making toys. Hill said he sold his share of the company in 1970 to Tom Murdough, who built it into Little Tikes Co. and made toy history.
Hill, meanwhile, moved to Milwaukee and worked as a product manager at Milwaukee Plastics Inc.
By 1978, Hill had bought Premier Plastics Inc., a Milwaukee thermoformer. Hill got involved in SPE. He served as president of the Milwaukee Section in 1984.
He was active on the Thermoforming Division board of directors and chairs the Educational Awards Committee. This year, he was inducted into the Milwaukee Section's new Hall of Fame.
Hill also developed two DVDs for the Thermoforming Division.
In 1995, Hill sold Premier and bought into Toolless.
Also during the conference, James Alongi, president of Maac Machinery Corp., received the Outstanding Member Award. Alongi serves on the Thermoforming Division's board and has chaired the group's parts competition.
Maac, based in Carol Stream, Ill., makes cut-sheet thermoforming machines.