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Names in the news: Nordson, Teknor, Elevance Renewable Sciences and more

Nordson Corp. has appointed Vitaly Ryzhiy to be regional sales manager for the company's polymer processing product lines. Ryzhiy will be responsible for sales activities across Russia for the Nordson BKG Extrusion Dies Industries, and the Kreyenborg, and Xaloy brands. These include a wide range of melt processing components, including underwater pelletizing and drying systems, flat extrusion and coating dies, melt filtration systems, gear pumps, melt valves, and screws and barrels for extrusion and molding.

Nordson Corp. has appointed Vitaly Ryzhiy to be regional sales manager for the company's polymer processing product lines. Ryzhiy will be responsible for sales activities across Russia for the Nordson BKG Extrusion Dies Industries, and the Kreyenborg, and Xaloy brands. These include a wide range of melt processing components, including underwater pelletizing and drying systems, flat extrusion and coating dies, melt filtration systems, gear pumps, melt valves, and screws and barrels for extrusion and molding.

"Vitaly brings twelve years of experience with plastics equipment sales and service, including compounding, processing, and packaging product lines," said Sergey Batenin, general manager of Nordson Russia. "As sales manager for our uniquely broad range of melt processing components, he will help customers take advantage of Nordson as a single source for multiple equipment needs."

Vitaly Ryzhiz previously spent seven years with the Moscow office of Coperion GmbH, first as sales representative, then as director of sales and service for the company's line of compounding, extrusion, and materials handling equipment. He entered the plastics industry in 2002 as sales manager and marketing engineer in Russia for injection molding machine builder Mannesmann Demag. Subsequently he was an equipment sales representative for Tetra Pak.

Ryzhiz holds degrees in engineering and international economics from Russia's Military Space Engineering Academy and the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade. He is based at the Nordson Russia facility in Moscow.

Teknor Apex Co. has appointed Shayne Meyer to be a sales representative for the nylon division. Meyer will be responsible for sales management and strategic account development in the automotive, agricultural, and industrial markets for the company's Chemlon reinforced and unreinforced nylon compounds.

"Shayne brings 17 years of plastics industry experience with a focus on technical sales and account management," said Marcy Shay, director of sales. "He has special expertise in helping customers to make the best compound selection for their application."

Shayne Meyer comes to Teknor Apex from PolyOne Distribution, where he has served as account manager. He entered the plastics industry in 1997, working as a project engineer with the custom molder Intertech Plastics, Inc. Subsequent positions were with Cope Plastics, Inc., a distributor and fabricator of sheet, rod, and tube, and with the compounder RTP Company.

Meyer holds a BS degree in plastics engineering from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. He is based in Raymore, Missouri.

Elevance Renewable Sciences announced that Steven Mills, former CFO at Amyris, will join Elevance's board of directors.

Mills has extensive experience in the fields of accounting, corporate finance, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Amyris in 2012, Mills served as senior executive vice president of performance & growth at Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), a global agricultural commodity processing company. Previously, he served as ADM's executive vice president and CFO. Mills joined ADM in 1979, and served in various senior accounting and treasury roles, including 12 years as Controller.

"Steve brings a depth of experience and understanding in finance and in the agriculture and chemicals industries. We are pleased to welcome him to our board of directors," said Elevance CEO K'Lynne Johnson. "His knowledge is an asset as Elevance continues to supply customers through our joint venture with Wilmar International, and as we expand Elevance's global production capabilities through our second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Miss."

Mills is a director and a member of the audit committee of Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy holding company, and also serves on the boards of Illinois College, Kirby Medical Center and Hickory Point Bank & Trust. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, III.

PCC (Plastics Color Corp.) announced the addition of several key employees to its growing team of professionals.

PCC President Joe Byrne is pleased to announce the appointment of Chan Howell as corporate customer service manager, Ryan McCracken as operations manager, Camille Dozier as an inside sales representative, Brandon Brown as color formulations specialist and Tracie Luck as human resources manager for the Asheboro, North Carolina facility.

"The addition of these experienced team members will keep PCC moving forward in our continuing efforts to better serve our customers," said Byrne. The total staff of the company has grown by ten percent over this time last year.

McCracken joined Plastics Color with over 10 years of engineering experience and a BA and MS in engineering from Michigan State University. He works out of PCC's Calumet City plant and reports to Corporate Operations Director Wes Woldt.

Howell, who graduated from East Carolina University, has held several sales and marketing positions since 2004. He will report to North American Sales Director Dave Minor and supervise customer service activities at all of PCC's facilities.

Dozier, who arrived in April, is a veteran of the plastics industry, having served in a sales capacity with a distribution company for over 17 years prior to joining PCC. The Michigan State graduate will report to Commodities Manager Judy Springer at the Illinois plant.

Luck, the Asheboro, North Carolina facility's first human resources manager, comes to the company with over eight years in HR. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina (Greensboro).

Brown joined PCC's Asheboro team this month and reports to Corporate Color Labs Manager Kay Smith.

J-Pac Medical announced the appointments of William (Billy) Morrison as vice president of manufacturing operations and Blake Perkins as director of diagnostic business development. The addition of Morrison and Perkins follows the recent announcement of the company's new Innovation Services Group, which provides a forum for J-Pac Medical engineers to collaborate with industry R&D and product development teams. 

"We continue to make investments that strengthen our position as a full-service outsourcing partner. With the addition of Billy and Blake, we are better able to assist our customers with product development, manufacturing, and supply chain management," said Mark Florence, president and CEO of J-Pac Medical.    

Prior to joining J-Pac Medical, William Morrison served as director of manufacturing and manufacturing engineering at Saint Jude Medical and director of manufacturing operations for Class III devices at Advanced Bionics (formerly of Boston Scientific). He holds an MBA from Rivier College and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Lowell.

"After an exhaustive nationwide search, we are excited to welcome Billy Morrison to the J-Pac Medical team. Billy is respected throughout the industry for his manufacturing and quality engineering leadership. As we further penetrate the surgical implant, diagnostic and medical device markets, Billy's expertise will become invaluable to our customers and business partners," said Florence.

Prior to joining J-Pac Medical, Blake Perkins held various leadership positions at Becton Dickinson, ACON Laboratories, Parlex Corporation, Hybritech/Beckman Coulter and Boston Biomedical Consultants. Perkins holds a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from Boston University. In his new position, Perkins will be responsible for cultivating business development opportunities within the in-vitro diagnostic market. He will be based in San Clemente, California.  

"As we broaden our frangible seal and reagent blister capabilities, we are experiencing an influx of business from point-of-care OEMs who are either developing new methods or expanding on existing platforms. The addition of Blake to the team allows us to engage customers on a highly technical level, in order to assist them in the transition from design to full scale manufacturing," said Florence. 

Kydex, LLC has announced the appointment of Karen Brock Amoah as business manager for its medical division. Effective June 1, 2014, Brock Amoah is responsible for managing the growth of the US central region and medical market.

"Brock Amoah's experience in developing new markets perfectly aligns with our company's growth markets," said Kydex Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lydia Swan. "We're certain her extensive background and proven track record in business development and building and maintaining partnerships with customers will be an asset to our company and customers. We're very pleased to welcome her to our team."

Before joining Kydex, Brock Amoah was the sales and marketing director of Americas at IPS Corp., a global manufacturer of bonding systems and adhesives for marine, transportation, building construction, and product assembly markets. She has 25 years of experience in leading and establishing business growth in manufacturing. 

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