The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division's annual conference drew 809 people to Schaumburg to hear technical presen- tations and tour a trade show with 75 exhibitors.
Division Chairman Ken Griep noted that the division was in the black in fiscal year 2010-2011, which ended June 30. He updated members on a newly designed website and announced scholarship winners.
Griep also announced that veteran industry consultant Art Buckel has been designated 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.
The division has a new communications committee that will cover marketing and an improved website design. The website will provide information on numerous subjects including scholarships and registrations for the next conference, and even a link to submit questions “for useful dialog on how to resolve problems,” said Griep, who is vice president of Portage Casting and Mold Inc. in Portage, Wis.
The chairman 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. Kruschke was a past division board member.
The SPE Thermoforming Division awarded three scholarships:
* 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 Memorial Scholarship. Brundage earned associate degrees in plastics processing and coloring 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.