Battenfeld Gloucester's Lamberty, 78
ELGIN, ILL. — Paul Lamberty, who traveled the world installing, servicing and later selling bag-making machines, died Aug. 20. The Elgin resident 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 side-weld 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 for making bread bags and retail vegetable bags. The new packaging greatly extended the shelf life of the foods. Later, he moved into sales. Lamberty retired in 1999, Helming said.
“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.
AIN co-founder Norman Drucker, 73
FORT LEE, N.J. — Norman Drucker, co-founder of shapes distributor AIN Plastics Inc., died June 18 in Fort Lee after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
Drucker co-founded the company in 1970 along with Alex Gabay. They sold the Mount Vernon, N.Y., company in 1996 and it now is part of ThyssenKrupp Materials NA Inc. of Detroit.
According to the AIN Plastics blog, Drucker was known for mentoring many people in the plastics distribution industry. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and learned the plastics business at Almac Plastics.
Drucker was cited as an innovator. He used an inside sales force and later developed niche market catalogs to build the business.