Newtown, Conn. — Paul Allen, founder of Logic Corp., a Middlebury, Conn., company that makes pressure controllers used in injection molding, died April 23 in Newtown. He was 85.
Allen started his plastics career at Remington Rand's Electric Shaver Division in Bridgeport, Conn., working on the design and development of components, particularly plastic parts. From there he went to Woodstream Sporting Goods Co., where he helped develop a battery-operated fishing reel.
Allen then managed a small company, Thor Plastics, in Sandy Hook, Conn., for two years, before starting his own business, Allen Molders, in 1969.
“After a few years as a custom molder, he learned none of his peers or competitors were using vacuum to keep a leaky mold running until a scheduled repair could be made,” said his son, Paul Allen Jr. “Developing a marketable version of the leak-stopping unit was the beginning of Logic Devices, and the Logic Seal was born.”
Allen founded the company that became Logic Corp. in 1976. The company did pioneering work in negative pressure cooling for injection molding, and Allen held 28 patents.
Allen retired from the company in 2011.
Allen graduated from Newtown High School in 1949 and had a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bridgeport. He was a founding member of the Newtown Jaycees.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolores. His son and two of his grandchildren have chosen careers in the plastics industry.
Calling hours are scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on April 28 at Honan Funeral Home in Newtown.