McHenry, Ill. — The Plastics Pioneers Association has announced four new members: David Furholmen, Greg Hannoosh, Robert Malloy and Jeff Mengel.
PPA announced the new inductees at the group's meeting in Charleston, S.C., March 15-19.
David Furholmen, who earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, has been active in the plastics industry since 1963, when he started his own business, Furnel Inc., as a sales representative for thermoplastic and thermoset molded parts. He sold the firm in 1996, but stayed on with the new owners until he retired in 2001.
Furholmen has been active in the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1971, serving in various roles on the board of directors of the Chicago section. He has presented numerous instructional seminars and earned several SPE awards.
Greg Hannoosh received a bachelor's degree in journalism from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., in 1981 and began his plastics career in 1986 as marketing communications manager for Kona Corp. in Gloucester, Mass. In 1992 he became director of marketing communications for Dynisco Inc., Franklin, Mass. In 1996, Hannoosh started Next Step Communications Inc., a full-service marketing and public relations firm serving clients in industries including plastics, packaging and electronics. He has been joined by his son Mitch in this business endeavor.
Hannoosh has been a member of SPE since 1997. He has won several advertising awards from plastics trade magazines for design and readership.