Charles Shuman, chairman of Shuman Plastics Inc., has handed over the reins to his sons. The Depew, N.Y.-based firm announced June 22 that Ken Shuman was named president and Dan Shuman is executive vice president.
Charles Shuman is retiring after a 60-year career that has paralleled the growth of the plastics industry. I am extremely proud of the staying power of [this] family business built on a reputation of honesty and integrity over nearly six decades, he said.
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 Shuman's father and uncle. Charles Shuman joined the business in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Army during the early 1950s, he returned to help run the company.
In 1955, the firm purchased its first truckload of plastic material to resell, beginning the transformation to a plastics-oriented business.
Today, Shuman Plastics is a major supplier of raw materials and provides specialized services to the thermoplastics industry worldwide.
Shuman takes pride in the firm's pioneering of high-performance purging products more than 25 years ago. Its Dyna-Purge division produces thermoplastic purging compounds.
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 tremendous role model with a remarkable work ethic.
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