CHICAGO (Aug. 24, 1:25 p.m. ET) — Paul Lamberty, who traveled the world installing, servicing and later selling plastic bag-making machines, died Aug. 20. He was 78.
Lamberty was an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. After the war, he got a job at G.T. Schjeldahl Co. in Northfield, Minn., in 1958, when the company introduced its sideweld bag machine to the U.S. market.
“When he started at Schjeldahl, plastic packaging was brand new,” said Thomas Helming, who worked with Lamberty at Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc., which bought the company in the early 1980s.
Lamberty worked on early machines to make bread bags and retail vegetable bags. The new packaging greatly extended the shelf life of the foods. He assembled the machines and helped install them at countless startup packaging companies. Later, he moved into sales.
“He was well-known and respected in our industry,” said Helming, who is vice president of blown film and sheet extrusion systems at American Kuhne Inc.
Lamberty continued working the Gloucester Engineering, then he retired in 1999, Helming said.
Lamberty passed away at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He was a resident of Elgin, Ill.