MCHENRY, ILL. (Oct. 25, 5:15 p.m. ET) — The Plastics Pioneers Association has named six new members: plastics journalist Jim Callari, blow molding veteran Frank Kennedy, former Davis-Standard Corp. executive Ed McGrady, resin authority Ashby Rice, automation and machinery expert Andrew Sargisson and Rick Shaffer, an injection molding press official and packaging consultant.
Membership in PPA is limited to 250 active members, who must have at least 25 years of experience in the plastics industry. They are judged on their contributions to the industry's achievement. A current PPA member must sponsor each nominee.
Here are details about the six new inductees:
Jim Callari is editorial director/associate publisher of Plastics Technology magazine. He started his career in 1987 at Plastics World, and joined PT when PW was sold to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1997.
Callari has written hundreds of articles on technology and processing during his 25 years as a trade journalist. In 1989, he was awarded the Jesse H. Neal Award for his article on the solid-waste crisis for Plastics World. He lives in Old Bridge, N.J.
Frank Kennedy's career has spanned five decades. He helped develop the first-generation blow molded fuel tanks at Ford Motor Co. He moved into the machinery business, working in product development and sales management for several equipment builders in industrial blow molding, injection molding and twin-screw extrusion.
From 1991 to 2010, Kennedy served as sales director for industrial blow molding systems for Davis-Standard. He lives in Cincinnati.
Ed McGrady began his career in 1962, and he is responsible for thousands of injection molding machines and extruders still running today. He started at Packaging Machinery Co., maker of Reed-Prentice injection molding machines, where he held various positions, up to vice president of operations.
From 1986 to 2003, McGrady spearheaded manufacturing at Davis-Standard, one of the world's largest suppliers of extruders and extrusion systems. He also served as chairman of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Machinery Division from 2001-2004, and a member of the NPE show committee in 2003.
McGrady, who is retired, lives in Stongington, Conn.
Ashby Rice did groundbreaking work for Dow Chemical and the DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC. Between 1977 and 1991, Rice was directly involved in the development of brands such as Dowlex LLDPE, Primacore EAA adhesive polymers and Attane ultra LDPE.
Rice also was involved in the initial discovery of the catalyst that led to the Insite polymer family.
At DuPont Dow from 1996-2005, he was directly involved in the development of Nordel IP mdetallocene EPDM, Nordel MG gas-phase metallocene EPDM and Engage polyolefin elastomers.
Rice lives in West Chester, Pa., where he works as a consultant.
Andrew Sargisson began his career in 1987 as a service technician for Sandretto UK, when he helped promote all-electric injection molding technology in Europe. Since then, he has held executive positions at Fahr Bucher GmbH, Zenith European and Fanuc Ltd.
Sargisson is the president and export sales director of Waldorf Technik GmbH, which builds high-speed robots an automation for plastics. He lives in Singen, Germany.
Rick Shaffer, who has been in plastics since 1976, is an expert in high-speed injection molding. He served as vice president and general manager of Demag Ergotech USA for 10 years, then joined Netstal Machinery Inc. as president in 2002.
At the end of 2010, Shaffer left Netstal to start a consulting firm, InterTech Rx LLC, in Lancaster, Mass. InterTech focuses on packaging and closures.