APTARGROUP INC. — The maker of pharmaceutical dispensing packaging in Crystal Lake, Ill., named Jean-Marc Pardonge president of Aptar Pharma's Prescription Division in Louveciennes, France.
CANUSA HERSHMAN RECYCLING CO. — The Branford, Conn.-based recycler named John Carpenter assistant manager of plant operations and procurement at its facility in St. Albans, Vt.
CELANESE CORP. — Doug Madden, chief operating officer of the chemicals maker in Dallas, plans to retire, effective March 31.
DAVIS-STANDARD LLC — The machinery manufacturer in Pawcatuck, Conn., named Kevin Coghlan chief financial officer.
DIRECT RECRUITERS INC. — Jonah Weiss joined the recruitment firm in Cleveland as lead recruiter for its plastics and flexible packaging practice areas.
DRAGON POLYMERS INC. — The reseller of industrial polymer reseller in Greenwood, S.C., named Yanne Larosa head of business development.
EFC INTERNATIONAL — The St. Louis fastener supplier named Matthew Dudenhoeffer vice president.
FLAMBEAU INC. — The injection and blow molder in Baraboo, Wis., named Scott Briechle national sales manager for its retail markets group, hardware and premiums divisions.
GREENBLUE — The nonprofit organization focused on sustainability in Charlottesville, Va., named Nina Goodrich executive director.
HELM AG — The Hamburg, Germany-based chemicals distributor appointed Michael Effing and his AMAC GmbH industrial and business consulting company in Aachen, Germany, to promote and further develop the thermoplastic glass-fiber business of Helm customer Jushi Group for the European market. Jushi is based in Zhejiang, China.
HTI PLASTICS INC. — The injection molder in Lincoln, Neb., named John Oliver head of engineering.
INTEGRAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. — The electrically conductive resin-based material developer in Bellingham, Wash., named James Eagan chairman, succeeding William Robinson.
NEWLIGHT TECHNOLOGIES LLC — The biopolymer maker in Irvine, Calif., named Jim Lunt product development vice president.
OMEGA PLASTICS CORP. — The custom manufacturer based in Elkart, Ind., named Ken Robbins purchasing director.
OPFLEX SOLUTIONS LLC — The foam technology company in West Hyannisport, Mass., named Glenn Wattley president and chief operating officer.
PLASTIC COMPONENTS INC. — The Germantown, Wis., injection molder named Gene Mussel operations manager.
POLYURETHANE FOAM ASSOCIATION — The trade group in Loudon, Tenn., elected Joseph Progar president. Progar is executive vice president of Advanced Urethane Technologies Inc. in Chicago. PFA also named industry consultant Stuart Watson the winner of its Herman Stone Technical Excellence Award for his presentation that validated small-chamber testing of volatile organic compounds in flexible polyurethane foams.
PROTO LABS INC. — Brad Cleveland, president and CEO of the Maple Plain, Minn., manufacturer of injection molded and CNC parts for short runs and functional prototypes, was named a finalist for the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the distribution and manufacturing category.
PSI-POLYMER SYSTEMS INC. — The Conover, N.C., polymer filtration equipment supplier named Don Macnamara general manager.
QUADRANT ENGINEERING PLASTIC PRODUCTS — The Reading, Pa., compounder named Ron Denoo global director of research and market development.
STAR PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURING CO. LTD. — The rapid prototyping firm in Zhongshan, China, named Dave Moir project manager for the United Kingdom.
VINYL INSTITUTE — The trade association in Alexandria, Va., announced its 2013 officers: Chairman Bob Buesinger of Westlake Chemical Corp.; Vice Chairman Dick Mason of Shintech Inc.; Treasurer B.J. Hebert of OxyVinyls LP. VI's previous chairman, Dick Heinle, is from Formosa Plastics Corp. U.S.A. Separately, Ervin Schroeder of Shintech and VI's Bud Hall each received the Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award. Jay Thomas of Sika Sarnafil received the 2012 Partner of the Year award.
WITTMANN BATTENFELD GMBH — Werner Wittmann founder of the injection molding and auxiliary equipment manufacturer based in Kottingbrunn, Austria, was awarded the H.F. Mark medal of the OFI Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology, for his achievements for the Austrian plastics industry.