The career of 95-year-old G. Palmer Humphrey Sr. has spanned everything from the early days of thermoplastics to the groundbreaking evolution from plunger machines to reciprocating screws.
His work in plastics started during World War II, when Humphrey became purchasing director at Tech Art Plastics Co., an offshoot of Boonton Rubber Co., which made the first commercial compression molded product of Bakelite. Tech Art molded military electrical switches and controls.
During a short post-war stint when he started a manufacturers' representative agency, Humphrey met Bruno Wessinger, a Long Island mold maker who had founded R.C. Molding Inc. in Farmingdale, N.Y. Humphrey purchased half the company in 1952.
His story can be heard first-hand, in a video interview by Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar, done at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Antec conference. Watch for the video when our ``Celebrating a Century of Plastics'' special report is posted online.
The Antec setting is fitting. Humphrey is an SPE activist, having joined when the New York Section was formed in 1946.