SENECA, S.C. — John Blundy, a 40-year plastics industry veteran and authority on hot runners, has announced his retirement set for Feb. 1. Blundy, who lives in Seneca, said he plans to “stay somewhat active” in the industry in a part-time capacity.
He plans to attend NPE 2015 in Orlando, Fla., to meet friends and business colleagues.
Blundy is currently vice president of business development at Beaumont Technologies Inc. in Erie, Pa.
Blundy began his plastics career in 1975 in the parts department for Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. after the Canada-based machinery maker established a facility in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. He got into injection press sales and moved to Husky headquarters in Bolton, Ontario.
He worked at Husky for nine years before returning to the United States as national sales manager for Mannesmann Demag when Demag presses debuted in North America. He stayed at Demag for 11 years, through its acquisition of Van Dorn.
He was recruited by Krupp Corpoplast as vice president of sales and marketing, but soon left the blow molding machinery maker after recognizing it was not agood fit. Then he joined hot-runner manufacturer Incoe Corp. in Troy, Mich.
Blundy worked at Incoe for 16 years, as vice president of business development. Then he went to Beaumont Technologies. He holds two patents for developments in hot runner manifold technology, and as a co-inventor for gas-assist components in combination with hot runner systems.
Blundy has been active in the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., serving on several committees and industry groups. He is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association.
Friends and colleagues may contact Blundy at [email protected].