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Names in the News: Plastics Pioneers, Davis-Standard and Conair

In recent personnel news, the Plastics Pioneers Association elected a new president, one of Davis-Standards' stalwarts was recognized by TAPPI, and Conair hired an industry veteran and promoted one of its own longtime employees.

PlasticsToday Staff

March 30, 2011

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Names in the News: Plastics Pioneers, Davis-Standard and Conair

The Plastics Pioneers Association has elected Dan Maguire as its president through spring 2013.  The Association is limited to 250 members who have made significant contributions for 25 years or longer to the plastic industry. As co-founder of General Polymers, Maguire was a pioneer in resin distribution. McGuire was inducted into the Plastics Pioneers in 1991.

Stefan Hershfield, chairman of Lancer Dispersions Inc. (Akron, OH) was elected the Association's vice president. The Association works to promote and support industry-wide educational programs, including scholarships, and works on historical preservation.

At extrusion systems manufacturer Davis-Standard, R. Duane Smith, Davis-Standard's product manager of specialty winding, has been named a TAPPI Fellow for 2011. TAPPI is a leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries, and its TAPPI Fellow awards are given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the association.

"Duane has become widely respected throughout the paper, film and nonwoven production industries for his technical knowledge on web handling and winding," said Larry Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. "His many contributions warrant his distinction as a TAPPI Fellow."

Smith has worked in the industry for 38 years, first at the Black Clawson Company and now at Davis-Standard LLC. He has been an active member of TAPPI for more than 30 years. He has received two winding patents and has made more than 50 technical presentations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Smith will be honored at the TAPPI Fellows Luncheon, Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Plastics auxiliary equipment manufacturer Conair recently made two sales management appointments. Michael Meuller has been named heat transfer sales manager, and Eric Gulnac was appointed director of inside sales. Mueller has 25 years of heat-transfer experience in the plastics industry and other non-plastics markets. He started his career as an inside sales engineer at ACS Corporation and has held progressively more responsible positions over the years including technical sales, regional vice president of sales and international sales manager at the company. 

Gulnac manages a team that supports North American regional managers and independent sales representatives, handling customer inquiries and quoting auxiliary equipment and systems. He joined Conair in 1996. He helped to start up the Conair BuyNow online store and was named E-Sales Manager in 2009 - a function he will retain in his new position.

The Conair Group's portfolio includes resin drying systems, blenders, feeders and material-conveying systems, temperature-control equipment and granulators. Extrusion solutions include line-control systems, film and sheet scrap-reclaim systems and downstream equipment for pipe and profile extrusion.

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