Three plastics professionals have been inducted into the Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA; McHenry, IL): Mark Bruner, former president of O'Neil Color and Compounding Corp.; Philip Shoemaker, Executive Director, The Polymers Center of Excellence; and our very own Clare Goldsberry, a journalist who has covered the plastics industry since the 1980s. The new inductees were announced at the PPA's fall meeting in Pittsburgh last month.
Bruner has almost four decades of experience in the plastics industry, starting his career with Shell Chemical as a sales representative in 1976. He has worked at leadership levels at Huntsman Chemical, Albis and Muehlstein Compounded Products, capping his career at O'Neil Color & Compounding, where he was president from 2005 until his retirement in July 2015. Bruner has played an active role in the Society of the Plastics Industry, Society of Plastics Engineers and other industry associations.
Shoemaker is currently executive director of the Polymers Center of Excellence (Charlotte, NC), a not-for-profit organization with a stated mission of increasing knowledge, providing technical support and assisting in the development of emerging technologies in the plastics industry. He started his career in plastics in 1982, when he joined HMC as a process technician. His career path has also included Rieter, where he rose to the position of vice president of the Pelletizing Machinery Department. Shoemaker is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on pelletizing technology.
Goldsberry needs no introduction to PlasticsToday readers. A veteran business-to-business journalist who, early on, embraced the blogging format, Goldsberry has been covering the plastics industry for more than two decades. Now Senior Contributing Editor at PlasticsToday, she began her writing career in earnest in April 1989, when Plastics News came on the scene. Her unflagging support of the plastics industry and homegrown manufacturing and her unvarnished opinions on a host of issues have earned her a considerable following.
"I believe that the Plastics Pioneers Association is one that allows many who have dedicated their careers and life's work to the industry to keep on giving," says Goldsberry. "The expertise—both in the technical and business aspects—is deep and extensive, and the fact that we have the opportunity to continue promoting the industry and providing educational assistance to those seeking careers in the industry is of vital importance to the plastics industry. I'm really proud to be a part of this organization and feel honored to have been inducted into the PPA," adds Goldsberry.
Goldsberry told her life's story in a blog post she published early last month in advance of her induction.