Dan McGuire, a pioneer in resin distribution who co-founded General Polymers, is the new president of the Plastics Pioneers Association.
At its annual meeting, the PPA elected McGuire to serve as president until 2013. PPA members also elected Stefan Hershfield, chairman of Lancer Dispersions Inc. in Akron, Ohio, as vice president. The group also honored its Much Traveled Shirt winner and awarded $30,000 worth of scholarships.
The PPA meeting was March 10-12 at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.
McGuire was inducted into the Plastics Pioneers in 1991. He has served on the board of governors and held the offices of treasurer, secretary and vice president.
The PPA is an organization of 200 industry veterans. The group promotes and supports industrywide educational programs, including scholarships, and works on historical preservation.
Also at the event, PPA members awarded Harry Greenwald the Much Traveled Shirt Award. Greenwald entered the plastics industry as a salesman for one of the early molders. He later operated a number of distributorships handling plastic stock shapes, a molding company and manufactured tools for do-it-yourself craft kits for working with plastic.
Greenwald was instrumental in helping to establish the National Plastics Center at Syracuse University in New York. In 2008, the center moved from Leominster, Mass., to Syracuse University.
The annual tradition of the Much Traveled Shirt began in 1954 when, as a gag, charter PPA member Gordon Brown appeared at breakfast wearing a garish-looking Hawaiian shirt. When fellow pioneers cracked jokes, Brown stripped off the shirt and awarded it to his loudest critic, A.R. Van Horne, who was to give it to another member at the next meeting.
Harry typifies the spirit of the Plastics Pioneers, said outgoing PPA President Vince Witherup.