Two salesmen with connections to Davis-Standard LLC died in a Jan. 5 plane crash near Midlothian, Texas.
Dead are Stephen Vannais, a 16-year employee of the Pawcatuck-based company, and James Polewchak, president of a sales firm that represents Davis-Standard equipment.
Vannais was 58 years old, and Polewchak was 40, according to local news reports.
According to a report from WFAA-TV in Dallas, Polewchak was the owner of the single-engine Columbia LC-41. The plane crashed about 120 yards from the airport.
Witnesses said the plane had just taken off, and had banked hard left and then crashed into some trees.
The National Transportation Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.
According to Davis-Standard, Vannais was a veteran of the wire and cable industry for more than 36 years. He worked out of his home office in Mooresville, N.C.
Vannais handled wire and cable accounts in the southern United States and Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining Davis-Standard, he worked in management and engineering positions with Northampton Machinery Co., Nokia-Maillefer Inc., Reichhold Chemicals and TRW/Holyoke Wire and Cable.
Vannais is survived by his wife, Beth, and his son, Eric.
Polewchak was president of JP Industrial Technologies Inc. in Midlothian. Established in December 2001, JP Industrial represented eight companies that supply equipment to the plastics industry. According to the company's website, the firms specialize in extrusion and gauging equipment.
Polewchak was Davis-Standard's wire and cable representative for Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas since June 2003. He is survived by his wife, Kelly.
The passing of these men will be a loss not only to Davis-Standard, but to the entire plastics extrusion industry, the company said in a Jan. 6 news release.