Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.

COMPANIES


Dordan celebrates its 50th Anniversary with ISO 9001:2008 certification for the design, manufacture, and distribution of thermoformed products.


Beckhoff Automation LLC relocated to a new 44,500 sq-ft facility in Savage, MN. Also, Aurelio Banda was promoted to Central region manager.


Polytron, Inc. celebrates its 30th Anniversary and earned the CSIA Certified member designation.


Constantia Flexibles will invest $12 million to expand its main U.S. manufacturing facility in Blythewood, SC. The project will add 15,000 sq-ft of factory floor space.


Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc. announced a $1.25 million investment on a new multi-configuration pouch manufacturing line for sterile medical and other demanding applications.


Stäubli Robotics partners with Werner Electric to make Stäubli robots and robotic components, as well as support the Stäubli -trained local sales network.


Balluff will open a new 48,000 sq-ft sales, customer support, and training center in Florence, KY.


Epson Robots appointed Burns Controls as an authorized distributor for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.


Exopack and Germany-based Kobusch enter into a strategic alliance with Netherlands-based Perfo-Tec B.V. to provide an innovative technology for advancing the shelf life of packaged fresh produce.


Berlin Packaging opened a 40,000 sq-ft warehouse in Miramar, FL.


MillerCoors joined the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC).


Toray Plastics (America), Inc. installed new coating equipment to meet customer demand for value-added films with advanced specialty layers.

ACHIEVEMENTS


Rodolfo Ortiz, general manager, Turck’s Mexico operations, was awarded top executive honors for 2012 by ARCHOS, the regional human resources organization for Southeast Coahuila.


Henkel was named Supplier of the Year by Rexam Beverage Can Europe division.

PEOPLE


Hiroyuki Nagatsu joined Yaskawa Motoman as senior vice president, global sales.


John Panaseny was hired as president for Oystar USA.


Product Ventures hired Richard Palmer as creative director and Kristin Sabena as design director.


Greg Johnson joined Arpac LLC as Western regional sales manager, and Marc Armour was appointed Great Lakes regional sales manager.


Chuck Gabbert joined Rohrer to formulate key strategies to support continued sales growth and develop the sales team in the western half of North America.

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