Canadian Plastics

People… (December 01, 2003)

Barry Book, founder and president of G.B. Book Plastics Ltd., passed away after a brief illness. Barry founded the Peterborough, ON company which specializes in the manufacture of precision-molded par...

December 1, 2003   Canadian Plastics



Barry Book, founder and president of G.B. Book Plastics Ltd., passed away after a brief illness. Barry founded the Peterborough, ON company which specializes in the manufacture of precision-molded parts.

Sven Hafenberg has been appointed business manager Brampton Engineering. (Brampton, ON) According to company president R.L. Bud Smith, Hafenberg will assume various sales and marketing responsibilities, including pricing strategy, market intelligence and business development.

Domenic Marando has joined the Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, RI) as sales engineer, with responsibility for Canada, plus parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Teknor Apex produces flexible PVC compounds.

Frank Tomaselli has been appointed commercial director Canada of PolyOne Distribution Canada Ltd. He is based at the company’s office in Mississauga, ON. PolyOne is a global distributor of resins and compounds.

David Lawrence has been named general manager, global mold technologies, for Milacron Inc. Lawrence will have overall responsibility for the D-M-E mold technology business and the plastics MRO business worldwide.

Royal’s De Zen passes the torch

Entrepreneur Vic De Zen has announced he will retire in a few weeks from the building products company he founded, Royal Group Technologies Ltd. (Woodbridge, ON). De Zen is currently chairman and co-chief executive officer of the vertically-integrated company, which produces plastic home improvement, consumer and construction products.

Douglas Dunsmuir will continue as president and sole CEO of Royal following De Zen’s retirement in December. De Zen will continue as chariman, but in a non-executive capacity.

De Zen expressed his confidence in Dunsmuir and Royal’s management team, and said he is “looking forward to spending more time with his family and friends.”

Royal had sales of $1.358 billion for the nine months ended June 30, 2003, but earnings have been affected by “high material costs and low capacity utilization”, Dunsmuir said in a press release reviewing third-quarter results.


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