MCHENRY, ILL. — The Plastics Pioneers Association has elected four new members: John Beaumont, Joseph Bennett, James Johnson and Dennis Meade.
PPA has about 200 members, who must have at least 25 years of experience in plastics. The organization preserves plastics industry history and promotes its future by awarding scholarships to students seeking a career in the industry and supporting other educational programs.
The new inductees are:
• John Beaumont, a pioneer in advancing injection molding technology — and promoting educational opportunities in plastics — for more than 40 years.
Beaumont earned his bachelor's degree in plastics technology in 1976, and his master's degree in plastics engineering in 1994, both from University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Early in his career, he was involved in research engineering, project engineering, and technical management for companies such as General Tire and Rubber Co., Rowland, Ciba Vision Corp., and Moldflow Corp.
For 25 years, Beaumont has been professor and program chair for the Penn State Erie plastics program, where he was one of the three founding faculty members. He is also the president of his own company, Beaumont Technologies Inc., which has developed technologies that have helped raise the process of injection molding from art to science.
Beaumont has been actively involved with the Society of the Plastics Engineers for most of his professional career. He has written five books about injection molding technology, contributed chapters to four other books, and has written dozens of technical articles for trade publications and journals. He is the holder of seven patents, with two more pending.