John Roggow has headed Marshall Plastic Film in Martin, Mich., for the past eight years. An engineering graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, with an MBA from University of Hartford in Connecticut, Roggow completed his active U.S. Army service in 1977. He began working as a manufacturing engineer with Texas Instruments Corp.
Roggow launched his plastics career with the Home and Automotive Division of Union Carbide Corp. in 1978. While there, he held a variety of staff and management positions in plants producing Glad plastic bags and food wrap and Prestone-brand automotive products. In 1986 that Carbide unit became First Brands Inc. through a leveraged management buyout. He served on the firm's corporate staff until Clorox Co. acquired First Brands for about $2 billion in 1999.
From 1999-2000, Roggow was logistics director of the Perdue Foods subsidiary DeLuca Inc., and from 2000-2003 he served as general manager of what was then the Plassein International Corp. plant in Martin, located in the western part of the state, between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Back in January 2000 Plassein, a newly formed entity created through the roll-up of six flexible packaging companies, acquired the Martin plant from A. Marshall Forsberg, who had founded Marshall Plastic Film in 1972. When Plassein floundered financially, Forsberg in June 2003 repurchased the assets in Martin. He reopened the plant as MPF Acquisitions Inc., doing business as Marshall Plastic Film, and kept Roggow on as president.
Marshall now employs 60 people and has annual sales of about $15 million. It extrudes plastic film, including proprietary bio-based resins, and converts related specialty products for use in the healthcare, food, industrial and automotive markets.