SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (Jan. 13, 9 a.m. ET) – Harold Martin Sr., founder and CEO of blown film extruder GloPak Corp., died on Dec. 26. A memorial service is planned for Jan. 14 at the company headquarters in South Plainfield.
Martin recently celebrated his 45th year in the plastics industry. After working in various factories, he opened Glopak in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1966. The company later moved to Passaic, N.J., and later Newark, N.J.
Last year the company moved to a new 80,000-square-foot solar-powered facility in South Plainfield that doubled its capacity. The company makes film products for end markets including garbage bags film and liners for agriculture, automotive, electronics, and construction.
A news release from the company said Martin was an African-American business leader and innovator in plastics manufacturing. He was a supporter of Hale House and First Class Championship, a children's athletic and educational program in Newark. Through the Harold and Barbara Martin Foundation, he has contributed to cardiac pulmonary research at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark.
The memorial service is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, followed by a luncheon. The company headquarters is at 132 Case Drive in South Plainfield, N.J.
Martin is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Barbara, and children Deonne, Vernel, Dawn, Lowell, Cydnee and Harold Jr.