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King Plastic Corporation, a leading manufacturer of polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes, announced the appointment of Vincent McElhone as a new Independent Sales Representative covering accounts in New England and Mid-Atlantic states. McElhone has 35 years of experience in the plastics industry. McElhone continues representing numerous product lines for companies selling to distributors, plastics fabricators, and original equipment manufacturers for the medical, mass transit, military, signage, and marine industries. McElhone’s primary focus for King Plastic’s will be on growing the company’s market share in the architectural and industrial markets.

Bayview Plastic Solutions announced that Laurie Couto is joining their team as Vice President of Operations & Sales. Having over 20 years in the plastic distribution industry partnering up with many of the manufacturers in the San Francisco bay area, her experiences as Branch Manager for SABIC Polymer - shapes and Calsak Plastics will help them in innovating their procurement, marketing and cost reductions efforts moving forward. Her responsibilities include streamlining their processes, organic growth and customer development.

Bayview also announced that Frederick Leung is joining their team as Content Marketing Manager where he will be responsible for creating their Social Media, website and brand marketing content.

CartierWilson LLC, a leading performance plastics and accessories manufacturer’s representative agency, announced its recent hire of Andy Boyle, who will join the team as Territory Manager for Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. “We are very proud to have Andy on our team. We have had the pleasure of working together as a customer, principal and as a friend,” said Vice President, Alicia Spence. Boyle comes to CartierWilson with 20-years of experience in both plastic distribution and manufacturing. A diverse background that spans from sales to product development to leadership; this will aid in application and program enhancement within the territory for their principals and clients.

Biesse America announced Giorgio Lobbia has accepted the position of West Coast Regional Sales Mana ger. Lobbia has 20 years of experience in the woodworking industry, 14 of those directly with Biesse. In his new role, Lobbia will be responsible for the management and representation of the entire Biesse product line on the west coast, managing the regional sales team and distribution network.

SIMONA AMERICA Industries announced that Chris Art has been promoted to Vice President of Sales. Art has worked in the plastics industry since 2012, leading new product and business development programs by partnering with plastic distributors and other customers to strategically grow their business, drive market opportunity and raisep roduct awareness. Art started with SIMONA in 2016 as sales manager for the industrial business segment. Since then, he assumed responsibility for the semicon and chemical processing industry business segments.

Curbell Plastics, Inc. announced the promotion of Beth Wagner to Business Manager leading Curbell’s Rochester and Western New York (Buffalo, New York) branches. Her responsibilities include managing inside and outside sales personnel, sales budgeting and execution, along with day-to-day administration of her locations.

McElroy announced the appointment of Geoff Koch, P.E. , as vice president of product development, who will help lead the continuing evolution and global impact of McElroy pipe fusion equipment. At McElroy, he will be responsible for design, prototype build and testing of all new equipment in addition to supporting McElroy’s current and extensive line of pipe fusion products.

Atlas Saw & Tool, LLC, a leading saw blade manufacturer, announced the addition of Ray Kordecki to their organization. Kordecki joins Atlas from General Saw Corp and brings over 45 years of plastics saw blade manufacturing to Atlas’ team of industry-leading application specialists. Kordecki will be leading sales and overseeing new product development for Atlas’ extensive line of plastic-cutting saw blades.


We are saddened to inform the industry that Michael Batky passed away on January 23, 2020 at the age of 75. A pioneer in the plastics distribution and fabrication industry, Mr. Batky started in the business in 1963. Having spent time with Ace Plastics, Almac Plastics, Laird Plastics and AIN Plastics, Mr. Batky became the President of Almac/Laird Plastics in the late 1980’s into the 1990’s. In 1999 Mr. Batky joined Business Answers International, a plastics industry consulting firm, where he worked closely with many of the industry’s top manufacturers, distributors and fabricators. In 2017 Mr. Batky focused his efforts on one of his greatest passions – yield optimization, with Falcon Optimizer. Integral in helping to found this new software company, he genuinely loved working to help clients improve their businesses. The satisfaction that arose from directly impacting his clients’ success could not have been more evident. Mr. Batky will be remembered fondly by everyone at Business Answers International, Falcon Optimizer, and throughout the plastics industry.

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