Canadian Plastics

People… (May 01, 2004)

Don Clarke said in 2000, as he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from CPIA, that he wouldn't really retire from the plastics industry until God called him. That has happened. Clarke died March 24 at the age of 84.

May 1, 2004   Canadian Plastics



Don Clarke said in 2000, as he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from CPIA, that he wouldn’t really retire from the plastics industry until God called him. That has happened. Clarke died March 24 at the age of 84.

Clarke will be remembered for his commitment to the industry during his 55-year career. In the early days of the industry he sold resin, and then continued to share his technical knowledge during his time with the Canadian Plastics Institute in the later part of his career. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, Clarke was honored with a CanPlast award from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) in 1985.

Plastics’ industry veteran and businessman Bill Swinimer retired from his role as CEO of PCL Packaging Corp., effective April 1. Swinimer will continue to serve as PCL’s chairman of the board. The position of CEO will not be filled at this time. The company also announced that Paul Senov, president and CEO of Sentiovus Inc., will be joining PCL’s Board of Directors as executive director. Tim French will continue to serve as president and COO. French will be responsible for the financial performance of the company and lead the execution of board approved strategy.

Under Swinimer, PCL has more than doubled in size and undertaken a number of strategic acquisitions.

James Assayag has joined Channel Polymers as senior sales specialist serving Quebec and Eastern Canada. He is based in Montreal and may be reached at 514-335-2220. Channel Polymers is a wholly-owned division of H. Muehlstein and a materials distributor to molders and extrusion converters.

Tom Fryer has been appointed to the position of group product sales manager at Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering’s sheet, cast, foam and extrusion coating division. Fryer joined Battenfeld Gloucester in 1991 and has held various sales positions with the company over the last 13 years.

Steve London has taken over as director of engineering at Bekum America Corporation. London joined Bekum in 1986. In his new position London will have complete engineering responsibilities for mechanical, electrical and design engineering at the firm.


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