Baranano, 72, once owned Injectronics
CLINTON, MASS. - Carlos M. Baranano, a former owner and chief executive officer of Injectronics Inc., died Feb. 12 at age 72.
He was born in Cuba and received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit and a master's of business administration from the University of Michigan.
Baranano worked for DuPont Co.'s nylon business and as a plastics industry consultant before joining Injectronics in 1972 as vice president of engineering and manufacturing. He became the sole owner of Clinton-based Injectronics in 1981. During his tenure, from 1981-2006, the injection molder grew from a $10 million company to one with annual sales that exceeded $100 million. At the time, the company was best known as a supplier to the automotive market.
As a youth, Baranano had attended Jesuit High School in Belen, Cuba. When the school moved to Miami, he became an active alumnus and benefactor. His contribution enabled the school to construct a state-of-the-art computer facility bearing his name.
He is survived by four children. His sons, Carlos T. Baranano and Julio Baranano, work in the industry: Carlos is a sales representative for Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne Corp.'s resin distribution business, and Julio is sales manager for injection molder Res-Tech Corp. in Clinton.
Reum, 83, inventor, co-founder of Avon
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - Donald James Reum Sr., inventor of the Plastic Slinky and co-founder of Avon Plastics Inc., died Feb. 18 at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo. He was 83.
He was born in Chicago and studied engineering at the University of Illinois. Reum served in the Merchant Marines from 1942-46.
Reum and his wife, Eva, founded Avon Plastics in Albany, Minn. They also founded subsidiaries Master Mark Plastics Inc. of Albany, which recycles high density polyethylene into wood-plastic composite Rhino Deck and makes lawn and garden products; and Paynesville Plastics in Paynesville, Minn.
Reum retired in 1992. He was an active senior member of the Society of Plastics Engineers for 40 years and held 27 U.S. patents for his designs. His family said he was the design patent holder and inventor of the plastic spring toy known as Plastic Slinky.
He is survived by his wife and five children.
Retired Mitsubishi VP Carl Liming, 78
BETHEL, OHIO - Carl Liming, who launched U.S. sales of Mitsubishi injection molding machines, died Feb. 20 at his home in Bethel. He was 78.
Liming was working at Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd. in 1989, when the U.S. government slapped a three-year ban on imports of its injection presses and milling machines. It was punishment for Tokyo-based Toshiba selling advanced milling machines to the Soviet Union for making ``silent'' submarine propellers, which made it hard for the U.S. to detect Soviet subs.
Liming switched to a Japanese competitor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. As Mitsubishi's first U.S. employee, the veteran salesman led its entry into the U.S. market, to fill the void. The company set up a U.S. headquarters in Bensenville, Ill., and built up its staff.
In 1995, Liming retired as vice president for injection molding.
Greg Jones was Mitsubishi's third U.S. employee, hired as assistant credit manager. Jones, who later moved into sales, said Liming was a supportive mentor.
``He was an extremely kind, gentle person. He was always looking out for the younger generation,'' said Jones, who is regional sales manager for Rockaway, N.J.-based Maruka USA Inc., which sells Toyo-brand presses.