SCHAUMBURG, ILL. (Sept. 28, 2:20 p.m. ET) — The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division's annual conference drew 809 people to Schaumburg, to hear technical presentations and tour a trade show with 75 exhibitors.
Division Chairman Ken Griep updated members on a newly designed website and announced scholarship winners. The Thermoforming Division was in the black in fiscal year 2010-2011, which ended June 30, he said.
Griep announced that veteran industry consultant Art Buckel is the first director emeritus of the Thermoforming Division's board of directors.
“We thank Art for his years of service and for his insight in directing the division,” Griep said.
The new designation was created to honor people who have actively served on the board and supported the industry. Directors emeritus will have lifetime terms, although they do not have voting responsibilities.
Griep also announced the Outstanding Board Member: Bret Joslyn, who serves as chairman of the parts competition. Joslyn will chair the 2013 thermoforming conference in Atlanta. He is chief operating officer of Joslyn Manufacturing Co. Inc., a thermoformer in Macedonia, Ohio.
Griep said the division has a new communication committee that will cover marketing and an improved website design. “It will be a one-stop shop for you to get all the information that you may need, from scholarships to registrations for the next conference, and even a link tab that will allow you to ask questions, for useful dialog on how to resolve problems,” said Griep, who is vice president of Portage Casting and Mold Inc. in Portage, Wis.
Griep called for a moment of silence in memory of Neil Kruschke Jr., former owner and CEO of equipment dealer Stopol Inc., who died Aug. 26. He was a past division board member.
The SPE Thermoforming Division named three scholarship winners:
• Brian Rupnow, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., earned the $5,000 Segen Griep Memorial Scholarship. Rupnow, who is pursuing a double-major in plastics engineering and mechanical engineering, is vice president of the SPE student chapter.
• Martha Brundage, a sophomore at the University of Akron, Ohio, received the $2,500 Thermoforming Division Memorial Scholarship. Brundage earned associates degrees in plastics processing and coloring of plastics from Terra Community College in Fremont, Ohio, where she was SPE chapter president. After working for three years as a color development engineer at Washington Penn Plastics Co. Inc., she decided to continue her education at UA by pursuing a degree in mechanical polymer engineering.
• Kevin Rudy, a senior at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., earned the $1,000 Mathelin Bay Scholarship of Excellence. He is pursing a double-major in plastics engineering technology and rubber engineering technology. Rudy has served as president of the SPE student chapter.
All three students accepted their scholarships at the conference business lunch.