ABLE MANUFACTURING & ASSEMBLY LLC — The provider of contract manufactured assemblies in Joplin, Mo., named Michael Hof vice president of sales and marketing.
ABSOLUTE HAITIAN CORP. — The injection molding machinery supplier in Worcester, Mass., named Randy Wendling aftermarket operations director.
AMCOR LTD. — The packaging producer in Melbourne, Australia, named Mike Schmitt rigid plastics president.
AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL — The Washington trade group's center for the Polyurethanes Industry elected Paul Duffy chairman of its Spray Foam Coalition, formerly called the Systems House Group. He is vice president of engineering at Mississauga, Ontario-based Icynene Inc. Peter Davis, president and CEO of Seattle-based Gaco Western LLC, was elected vice chairman.
AMERICAN KUHNE INC. — The Norwich, Conn., extrusion equipment maker named Kevin Slusarz process technology vice president.
ARCHWAY SALES INC. — The specialty chemical distributor in St. Louis named David Henke credit manager and Julian Rodriguez a customer service person for the Midwest.
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS INC. — The building products maker in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, named director and former CEO Dana Snyder interim CEO. CEO and director Tom Chieffe is leaving the firm.
AUTOMA SPA — The blow molding and injection blow molding machinery maker in Bologna, Italy, named Brian Whitaker technical service manager of the new Automa parts service and technology center in Appleton, Wis.
BUNTING MAGNETICS CO. — The maker of magnetic equipment in Newton, Kan., named Simon Ayling production manager and Steve Lacy technical sales executive at its European location.
CASCADE ENGINEERING INC. — The injection molder in Grand Rapids, Mich., named Jo-Anne Perkins vice president.
E&T PLASTICS MANUFACTURING CO. INC. — The supplier of plastic sheet, rod, tube and film in Long Island City, N.Y., named Robert Nachimson sales manager.
EASTMAN CHEMICAL CO. — Curt Espeland, senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Kingsport, Tenn.-based resin supplier, was named CFO of the year by Chemical Week magazine.
EMERALD PACKAGING INC. — The flexible packaging company in Union City, Calif., named Jim Burden business strategy director.
ERIEZ MANUFACTURING CO. — The maker of magnetic auxiliary equipment in Erie, Pa., named Dave Heubel North American sales director.
EUROPEAN BIOPLASTICS EV — The trade association in Berlin named Andy Sweetman of Innovia Films Ltd. chairman for the coming two years, and Jens Hamprecht of BASF SE and Mark Vergauwen of NatureWorks LLC vice chairmen.
EVERBANK COMMERCIAL FINANCE INC. — The lender for plastics machinery in Parsippany, N.J., named Kevin McDonald business development manager.
EXOPACK LLC — The film maker in Spartanburg, S.C., named Michael Craig vice president of operational development.
FABRICATORS & MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, INTERNATIONAL — The trade association in Rockford, Ill., named Edward Youdell CEO and president, replacing Gerald Shankel, who will now serve as president emeritus.
FLEXPAK CORP. — The thermoformer in Phoenix named Christina Perkins vice president of Southwest sales.
FXI — The foam products maker in Media, Pa., named John Cowles CEO, president and a board member.
GELEST INC. — The manufacturer of organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds and silicones in Morrisville, Pa., named Michael Herberg sales manager for the Southeast and Midwest.
GURIT (UK) LTD. — The composite materials manufacturer in Newport, England, named Cliff Drawbridge senior draftsman and Robert Hewitt design engineer, both at the new SP-High Modulus North America office. Also, Gurit Holding AG of Zurich named Bing Chen general manager of its tooling business.
HYTROL CONVEYOR CO. INC. — The conveyor manufacturer in Jonesboro, Ark., named George Reyher international development director.
INTERFACIAL SOLUTIONS LLC — The materials consulting firm in River Falls, Wis., named Gregg Bennett CEO. Brian Szymanski was named CEO and chief legal officer of Interfacial Solutions IP.
MILACRON LLC — The primary equipment maker in Batavia, Ohio, named Tony Hopfer to its global and strategic accounts team. Mike Prachar was named vice president of global plastics machinery marketing.
MYERS INDUSTRIES INC. — The diversified manufacturer in Akron, Ohio, named Ron Ulery general manager of its WEK Industries Inc. blow molding operation.
NDC INFRARED ENGINEERING INC. — The supplier of sensors and measurement equipment in Irwindale, Calif., named Jim Wickert manager of advanced services development in North America.
OXEA GMBH — The maker of oxo intermediates and derivatives in Oberhausen, Germany, named Bernhard Spetsmann managing director effective July 1, succeeding Neil Robertson, who will retire at the end of the year.
PARAMOUNT INDUSTRIES INC. — The product-development firm in Langhorne, Pa., named Gary Bredael general manager.
PARISH MANUFACTURING INC. — President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Cunningham received the 2011 Distinguished Technology Alumni Award from Purdue University in the industrial technology category. The bag-in-box packaging maker in Indianapolis also announced a new hire: Jeff Schwind as business development representative.
PIAB USA — The Hingham, Mass., developer and manufacturer of suction cups and vacuum pumps, accessories and conveyors named Russ Blackburn sales manager for the California area.
POLYURETHANE FOAM ASSOCIATION — The trade group in Loudon, Tenn., posthumously inducted Bob Bush Sr. and E. Rhodes Carpenter to its hall of fame.
PPG INDUSTRIES INC. — The coatings and specialty products company in Pittsburgh named Brad Busche senior research engineer for North America, Elizabeth Skomra senior research engineer and Rochelle Bradford research and development product chemist.
PROCESS CONTROL CORP. — The auxiliary equipment supplier based in Atlanta named John Braaf Western regional sales manager.
R&B PLASTICS MACHINERY — The maker of blow molding and extrusion equipment in Saline, Mich., named Matthew Gifford technical project manager.
R&D/LEVERAGE — The product development and mold-making firm in Lee's Summit, Mo., named Todd Riley CEO.
RAPID GRANULATOR AB — The granulator manufacturer in Bredaryd, Sweden, named Kirk Winstead CEO and Magnus Titusson managing director.
RMT ROBOTICS LTD. — The maker of robotic gantry materials-handling systems maker in Grimsby, Ontario, named Dave Barker customer care manager.
SANCAP LINER TECHNOLOGY INC. — The Alliance, Ohio-based maker of sealing products for closures and caps named Terry Bloom management information services manager.
SHUMAN PLASTICS INC. — The resin compounder and recycler in Buffalo, N.Y., named Kelli Ropach international business manager for the Dyna-Purge Division, succeeding Joie Komarmi, who is retiring after 35 years.
SMITHERS GROUP — The provider of analytical, testing and research services in Akron, Ohio, named Rikki Lamba vice president of North American operations.
SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS — The Newtown, Conn.-based trade association named Robert Koch president for 2011-12. Koch is Midwest sales manager for Boy Machines Inc. of Exton, Pa.
SOMERSET RECYCLING SERVICES INC. — Steve Keck, owner and president of the Somerset, Ky., plastics and paper recycler, was certified by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. Keck also is president of Five Talents Financial Group in Somerset.