Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Chip Off the Ol’ Polymer

President's Post
It’s great to have a platform such as “In the Hopper” to discuss the issues affecting the plastics industry. What I didn’t realize until now is that it is also a great way to brag about your kids — especially those that share the passion for this great industry.

Since graduating from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, my son has been actively employed in the plastics industry. No matter how hard I tried to talk him out of working in “my” industry, he wouldn’t listen. I suppose in the end it was my fault because I introduced him to the kind of great people we have in this industry during the summer of 2003 when he worked on the NPE team for us at Demag Plastics Group. THAT turned out to be quite an education for him: 20 years old and in Chicago for three weeks with a bunch of process guys…what was I thinking?

After graduation, he started his career with Avery Dennison in Painesville, Ohio, working for one of their film groups. After two years or so he was recruited away by Printpack, a large, privately held film company out of Atlanta. He was put in a sales training program and learned the ropes from a company that knows how to sell. After the stint in Atlanta he moved to California and then eventually settled back in Northeast Ohio. It was there that he was recruited out of Printpack back to Avery Dennison late last year.

Nick is currently Business Development Manager for IAPD (Avery Dennison’s Industrial and Automotive Products Division) in Strongsville, Ohio. Ironic, because I worked in Strongsville for so many years with Demag.

The proud part…Last week he sent me Avery’s corporate newsletter highlighting new business and marketing achievements. He was quoted in an article on a new product that won an award from the Flexible Packaging Association. Not bad for a company that has more than 30,000 employees worldwide!

I’m proud of you, Nick; keep up the great job! Who says the best and the brightest aren’t staying in manufacturing, and specifically, the plastics industry?

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