Industry Watch—November 2019

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the November 2019 issue of Packaging World.

Companies
The Massman Companies acquired DTM Packaging and Custom Automation.
GenNx360 Capital Partners
, in partnership with the management team and current owners of Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc., announced its investment in the company.
Columbia/Okura LLC
announced strategic alliances with Rocketfarm AS and Universal Robots.
Hoffmann Neopac opened its first U.S. facility in Wilson, NC.
Sonoco Alloyd
introduced a five-year equipment warranty that covers an expanded line of Sonoco’s sealing equipment.
Epson Robots
introduced the AutomateElite Authorized System Integrator Program as part of the Epson Advantage Partner Program.
U.S. Tsubaki Conveyor Operations Division
and U.S. Tsubaki Automotive, LLC, both divisions of U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc. and parent company Tsubakimoto Chain Co., opened a new facility in Portland, TN.
Tekni-Plex
purchased Canada-based MMC Packaging Equipment Ltd.

People
Michael Cothran
was hired as North Central Regional Sales Manager for BluePrint Automation.
Josh Eastburn
was named Director of Technical Marketing for Opto 22.
Beckhoff Automation hired
Wayne Schmeichel as Director of Operations and Mark Ruberg as Industry Manager.
Anthonie Zoomers
was named interim CEO for Weener Plastics.
Sarah Marshall
was named Director of Sustainability for Nova Chemicals.
Jerry O’Grady
joined Chroma Color Corp. as Market Development Specialist—Packaging & Healthcare.
Sabri Demirel
was appointed Managing Director of Romaco North America.
Clint Smith
was promoted to Director of Sustainable Packaging at Pregis.
Peter Spinelli
was hired as Director of Sales & Marketing for MG America.
Eduardo Rubio
was appointed CEO of Smurfit Kappa North America.
Tim Howell
was hired as East Cost Sales Manager for Somic America.
Ohlson Packaging hired
Mike Megaro as Sales Director and Timothy Griffin as Marketing Manager.
MG America hired
Janice Wortham as Regional Sales Manager for its Processing Division.

Achievements
Eastman Chemical Co.
was awarded the 2019 LUXE PACK in green Award at Luxe Pack Monaco in the Responsible Initiatives category for activating the circular economy.

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