Bruce Muller, a Society of Plastics Engineers activist who started a colorant manufacturing company focused on rotational molding, received the Past Presidents' Award at the SPE Rotational Molding Division's TopCon 2012 on May 7.
Muller was one of the division's founding members. He now runs Plastics Consulting Inc. in Palm City, Fla. The division's past presidents created the award to recognize a member's significant contributions to the industry.
Muller joined the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1969, and has served on numerous committees. He helped form the group's Ohio Firelands Section. He served as a national councilor for a total of 13 years for various SPE divisions.
He launched Accurate Color in Lodi, Ohio, in 1978. The company developed compounds that allow dry blending of colors into rotomolded parts without a significant loss of physical properties. He invented a method for rotomolding parts using metal flake and the speckled granite effect.
Muller later sold Accurate to Teknor Apex Co., but stayed active in the rotomolding industry. He helped create the color-matching program at Terra Community College in Fremont, Ohio.
He has been very active in trade groups. He was elected to the Association of Rotational Molders' board of directors, served on several committees and received ARM's Charles D. Frederick Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In 2007, he joined the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame.
Rotomolding Division Chairman Hank White presented Muller with the Past Presidents' Award.
White picked up his own award in Cleveland — for serving an unprecedented third term as division chairman. White is director of the Pennsylvania College of Technology's Plastics Manufacturing Center in Williamsport, Pa.
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