Shuman Plastics Inc. (Booth S17110) Chairman Charles Shuman has handed over the company's reins to his sons. The Depew, N.Y., firm announced June 22 that Ken Shuman was named president, and Dan Shuman is executive vice president.
Charles Shuman is retiring after 60 years of service to the company, a career that parallels the growth of the plastics industry.
I am extremely proud of the staying power of Shuman Plastics, a family business built on a reputation of honesty and integrity over nearly six decades, he said in a news release. I am even more proud that I can confidently turn to my sons to lead the company into a bright future with those same guiding principles.
Shuman Plastics was founded in 1947 as a scrap operation by Charles' father, Philip, and Philip's brother Hyman, and the company's early roots trace back to a scrap business in Buffalo, N.Y. Charles joined the operation in 1949 and, after serving in the U.S. Army during the early 1950s, returned to help run the business. In 1955, the company purchased its first truckload of plastic material to resell.
As the use of plastics grew, the need for alternatives for raw materials became greater than ever. Shuman Plastics became a leading supplier and reseller in the burgeoning global plastics processing trade.
Our father was really one of the founders of the business movement that introduced plastics reselling and alternative supply sourcing of raw materials, said Ken Shuman.
Today, Shuman Plastics is a major supplier of raw materials and specialized services to the thermoplastics industry worldwide. Among his accomplishments, Charles Shuman takes pride in the company's pioneering of high-performance purging products more than 25 years ago. The Dyna-Purge Division of Shuman produces thermoplastic purging compounds to clean plastics processing equipment.
Ken Shuman brings more than 22 years of experience with the company, including sales, marketing and executive management. Dan Shuman has been with the business for more than 12 years and has worked in sales and sales management, plant operations and customer service.
Both sons describe their father as a powerful role model with a strong work ethic. He always counseled that what is important is not the purchase or the sale, but the relationship you build with the customer, Dan Shuman said.
Always do the right thing that was his most inspiring advice, because he not only said it, he lived it, added Ken Shuman.
The retiring chairman plans to spend more time with his family, including eight grandchildren.
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