Mark Elsass, a 36-year veteran of Milacron LLC, died Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. He was 58.
Elsass held a variety of positions since he began working at Milacron in 1976. Most recently, he was manager of applications and technology service, leading machine demonstrations, field process support, screw design and technical sales support.
“Mark made an impact on many people during his life. He will be greatly missed,” said Dave Lawrence, Milacron president of worldwide plastics machinery for injection, extrusion and mold technologies. Lawrence called Elsass a mentor and friend to many.
His contributions made a major impact on Milacron's product design. He played a key role in developing the firm's servo-electric motor and all-electric machines. He also was crucial to Milacron's global expansion, and was instrumental in the startup, training and ongoing technical oversight of the its India operations.
Early in his Milacron career, he worked as a runoff and field service technician. He worked with all types of Milacron equipment, and spent four years as supervisor of process development, where he managed design of injection feed screws.
Milacron issued an obituary statement Dec. 3.
“Mark was a great person, a dedicated worker and our go-to-guy when it came to processing expertise,” Lawrence said.
Elsass often helped customers and shared his expertise through articles, technical papers, trade shows and symposiums.
“Mark was constantly working with customers to help them get the most out of their machines and molds,” said Steve Allen, Milacron's marketing operations director. Allen joined the company the same year as Elsass.
A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, with a degree in engineering technology, he held a patent for coinjection machines. He was active in the local Society of Plastics Engineers and was an enthusiastic sports fan, especially of baseball.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, and children Joshua and Caitlin.