Plastics industry activist Donald Rainville will leave auxiliary equipment maker Universal Dynamics Inc., where he is president, the company announced.
Rainville, 51, said it was his decision to retire in January from the Woodbridge, Va.-based maker of dryers, loaders, feeders and other conveying and blending equipment. Rainville has become an often-quoted spokesman for manufacturing, thanks to Una-Dyn's proximity to Washington and his leadership roles with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the National Association of Manufacturers. Both trade groups are based in Washington.
Rainville said he does not have any immediate plans except to do more fishing. ``The tuna off Virgina Beach need to be very careful,'' he quipped.
A news release from the company also indicates leaving is Rainville's idea. ``Though we would have preferred Mr. Rainville to remain with our company for longer, we respect his decision and wish him success in all his future endeavors, both professional and personal,'' the company said.
Rainville said he is in good health.
Una-Dyn will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The company was founded in 1957 to supply dehumidifiers to the military. Soon, Una-Dyn began making resin dryers for the plastics industry.
In the early 1960s, Dewey Rainville, the father of Donald Rainville, bought the company. The Rainvilles sold Una-Dyn in 1995 to the current owner, Mann + Hummel GmbH of Ludwigsburg, Germany. Dewey Rainville is retired.
Donald Rainville currently serves on SPI's board of directors. He is a member of the Prince William County Economic Development Council in northern Virginia. From 1994-2000, Rainville was a member of NAM's board.
Rainville said he did not seek out media attention for Una-Dyn. Instead, the media found him. Woodbridge is only 45 minutes down I-95 from Washington. When reporters in the nation's capital want to gauge the views of a small manufacturer, they call Una-Dyn.
Rainville and Una-Dyn have appeared on network television news programs and in stories in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. He has met government leaders, most recently attending a speech by President Bush three weeks ago.
``It really started out with NAM,'' he said. ``People called NAM and asked them, `Do you know someone in manufacturing that I can drive to in the next two minutes?'
``And they said, `Yeah, call Don. He's one of the few manufacturers in the Washington, D.C., area.''