Indianapolis — Dennis Paradise, who has held sales and management roles at a number of plastics companies since 1984, has received the Jack Barney Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers Extrusion Division.
The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the flat sheet industry. It was initiated by Plastics Hall of Famer Frank Nissel in honor of Jack Barney, who founded flat die manufacturer Extrusion Dies Industries in 1971. Nordson acquired EDI in 2013.
Paradise is director of business development for Nordson Corp.'s EDI flat extrusion and coating dies business.
SPE announced the honor at the recent Antec conference in Indianapolis.
Paradise joined the plastics industry in 1984 at McNeil & NRM Inc. He subsequently held sales management and executive positions with HPM Corp., Krupp Plastics Machinery and Dynisco LLC before becoming North American sales manager for EDI in 2003.
He left EDI in 2011 to become senior vice president of sales for Processing Technologies International and held that position until returning to the Chippewa Falls, Wis.-based EDI business in 2014.
Paradise has served the SPE Thermoforming Division and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Machinery Division. He is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. He holds a bachelor degree from Kent State University in Ohio.
Paradise is the 27th person to receive the Jack Barney Award.