Whenever industry consolidation happens, you need a man like Dan Sweet, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society of Plastics Engineers 2011 Thermoforming Conference in Schaumburg.
For the past eight years, Sweet has been vice president of operations at Ray Products Inc. of Ontario, Calif.
But before that, he handled machinery integration in a number of acquisitions during a 33-year thermoforming career.
Sweet said he was surprised when SPE officials announced Sept. 18 that he was the honoree.
“It's been a pleasure working in this industry, and [with] all these great friends,” he said from the podium.
“I don't think I really deserve this, but thank you. Thank you very much.”
Sweet worked at Triangle Plastics Inc., which was later purchased by Alltrista Corp. Then he took a position at Thermoform Plastics Inc., owned by Wilbert Inc., where he was promoted to head of manufacturing.
TPI grew by acquisitions, including Transpak-USA and the Alltrista thermoforming business, which included Triangle, plus the TriEnda and Synergy World businesses.
Wilbert made a major plant consolidation, closing some operations and moving machinery around.
Sweet played a key role, working on due diligence to help make the decisions on which plants and machines to keep. “I handled the transitions of equipment and the integration,” he said.