JM Eagle, the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, promoted Dave Slawson to vice president of operations, effective Oct. 1. The manager of JM Eagle’s plant in Meadville, PA, for 22 years, Slawson will now supervise production at the company’s 23 plants nationwide from its Los Angeles headquarters.
“Slawson brings a wealth of experience to the role of vice president of operations,” said JM Eagle President and CEO Walter Wang. “During his long tenure at the this and other plants, even long before the current ownership, he proved himself extremely knowledgeable about production, as well as being a strong team leader.”
Outgoing director of operations, Kaushai Rao, who will assist Slawson throughout the transition, noted that Slawson has seen many changes to plant operations over the years, including complete automation in production and JM Eagle’s greatly expanded product line. “His ground-up, hands-on understanding of the plastic-pipe manufacturing process will prove invaluable in this role,” Rao said.
Medical tubing extruder Putnam Plastics (Dayville, CT) has hired Paul Caracciolo as its new director of quality assurance. He joins Putnam after most recently serving as director of quality assurance/regulatory affairs at Linemaster Switch Corp., a manufacturer of foot-operated switches for industrial and medical applications.
New at the helm of Dow Automotive (Auburn Hills, MI) is Steve Henderson, succeeding Peter Sykes, who has been named Dow’s president, Greater China. Henderson, formerly Dow Automotive’s president, Americas, now will lead the company from its offices in Japan. —[email protected]