Plastics industry veteran Charlie Crew has been named a senior adviser to Plaskolite LLC, one of North America's largest plastic sheet makers.
In a news release, officials with Plaskolite in Columbus, Ohio, said that in this role, Crew "will collaborate with Plaskolite's management team to identify compelling growth opportunities through strategic acquisitions, as well as strengthening the company's value proposition to its customers."
Crew added in the release that Plaskolite "is recognized across its markets for the quality of its products, commitment to its customers and highly talented team. … I look forward to working closely with [President and CEO Ryan Schroeder] and Plaskolite's leadership team to explore exciting opportunities for growth and expansion."
Crew held several management roles with GE Plastics and its successor firm, Sabic Innovative Plastics, from 1977 until retiring in 2012 as president and CEO of Sabic IP, one of the world's largest makers of engineering resins.
At points in his career, Crew led GE Plastics' ABS and LNP Engineering Plastics businesses. He also was instrumental in GE Plastics' sale in 2008 to Sabic, an industrial conglomerate based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Crew also has held numerous board of director roles, including current ones with the Handgard Co., A&R Logistics and Unistress.
Schroeder said in the release that Crew's "industry experience and expertise make him a strong partner to support Plaskolite's continued growth."
Plaskolite has made 18 acquisitions in the last 15 years, most recently buying most of the assets of Israeli sheet maker Plazit-Polygal in October. The firm has been majority owned by investment firm Pritzker Private Capital of Chicago since 2018.
Based on sales, Plaskolite is North America's 12th-largest film and sheet maker in Plastics News' ranking. The firm has annual sales of $670 million.