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The manufacturer of single-screw extrusion systems lost one of its co-founders on Saturday, April 9, with the passing of Ed Steward at the age of 61, following a heart attack.

PlasticsToday Staff

April 15, 2011

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In Memoriam: Ed Steward, co-founder of American Kuhne Inc.

Steward was not only co-founder of the company but also its VP of process technology. In January 1997 he co-founded American Kuhne with his good friend and colleague, Bill Kramer, along with Peter Kuhne, president of Kuhne GmbH in St. Augustine, Germany. Prior to that he was employed at Davis-Standard for 24 years as its chief process engineer. His responsibilities included screw design and application engineering along with processing related tasks that insured extrusion systems would meet the designated performance goals.

Steward was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) since 1973 and was recognized as a Fellow Of The Society in May 2006. In May 2004 he also received the Bruce Maddock Award from the SPE Extrusion Division in recognition of his contributions to single-screw extrusion.

As noted in American Kuhne's announcement, "Ed was a devoted husband to his wife Rita, deeply involved in his church, an accomplished golfer and tennis player, as well as an overall sports enthusiast. In addition to his high performance Steward Barrier Screws, he was well known for his gentle demeanor and outstanding sense of humor."

Friends and colleagues will say goodbye to Ed Steward in services to be held at the Old Mystic Baptist Church, 151 Shewville Road, Mystic, CT  06355, on April 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM.   

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