The Cleveland and Akron sections of the Society of Plastics Engineers held May award ceremonies honoring industry veterans and students alike.
Glenn Frohring, who founded vertical injection press maker Newbury Industries Inc. in 1957, won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Cleveland Section.
Frohring, 71, formed Glenn Machine and Service Corp. in 1956, then merged it with two other companies to form Newbury Industries in Newbury, Ohio. After he sold the company in 1996, Frohring formed a company to make bench-top injection presses called Mini-Jector Machinery Corp. He sold Mini-Jector in 2004 to RAF Fluid Power Inc. in Solon, Ohio, which runs the press business as Miniature Plastic Molding.
He remains in a consulting role at RAF.
Frohring serves on the board of governors of the Plastics Pioneers Association. He served as chairman of the injection molding division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. from 1990-96. He also is a member of SPE.
The section also presented scholarships to two students.
Meanwhile, the Akron Section named two new members to its Hall of Honor and handed out $20,000 worth of college scholarships to 14 local students.
New Hall of Honor members are:
* Lloyd Goettler, former director of the University of Akron's Institute of Polymer Engineering. Goettler now coordinates distance learning as assistant to the dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at UA. He is a past president of the Akron Section of SPE. Goettler has worked in the plastics industry for 30 years.
* Joseph Tomei, who works at Advanced Elastomer Systems LP as senior customer development services representative. A veteran of the Akron-based maker of thermoplastic elastomers, Tomei is a self-taught expert in extrusion.
Also at the meeting, John Woodside was named winner of the William C. Zekan Memorial Award for his service to the Akron Section. Based in Seven Hills, Ohio, Woodside is technical service representative for Everlight USA Inc., a maker of stabilizers to protect against ultraviolet light.
Woodside. outgoing president of the Akron SPE Section, handed the gavel to incoming section President Vivian Malpass, a consultant with Tek-Mark International in Hudson, Ohio.