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Captive Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of blow-molded plastic bottles and closures, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Grafco PET Packaging Technologies, a supplier of PET rigid containers.

Field Container Co., LP signed an agreement to combine its business with Altivity Packaging.

International Paper relocated its global headquarters to Memphis, TN, from Stamford, CT.

American FlexPack announced a major plant expansion and a move to a new facility in Green Bay, WI.

Interests Group Sercos interface
e. V.
changed the name of the association to Sercos International.

Interphex announced that the winner of the event's third-annual MINI Cooper Sweepstakes, Tom Abraham, is donating a portion of his winnings to Samaritans of New York, Inc.

Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc.announced an international expansion with a fluids manufacturing and equipment repair facility in China.

FEMC announced the appointment of Pemberton and Associates Inc. as FEMC's exclusive agent for Canada.

B&H Labeling Systems expanded its Mexico operation, B H Labeling Mexico S. de R . L . de C . V., as a full-service provider.

Pearson Packaging Systems entered into a multi-year strategic alliance with W.E. Plemons Machinery Services, a supplier of tray and bliss formers.

Michelman, a global manufacturer of performance enhancing coatings, acquired Fischer Pro, Inc.

Treofan Group announced that it was close to doubling its BOPP film manufacturing capacity at its North American plant in Zacapu, Mexico.




Leslie Van de Walle was appointed chief executive of Rexam PLC.

WeighPack Systems, Inc. appointed Jean Melançon marketing manager.

Patty Enneking was appointed director of global sustainability and environmental affairs for Klöckner Pentaplast.

Jamie Hart was appointed eastern regional sales manager for Parson-Eagle Packaging Systems.

DataLase appointed Chuck Pemble
North American national sales manager and Mike Sorvino laser product manager.
Also, Robert Sayer was appointed project leader for the company's “on product” edible
marking solution directly on foodstuffs.

Columbia Machine, Inc. appointed Rick Goode president and chief executive officer.

All-Pak, Inc. appointed Doug Jacobs Global Supply Division sales manager and Kristin Yakulis national account manager, Custom Solutions.

Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co., Inc. appointed German Laverde director of new business development and Scott MacDonald manager of marketing and communications.

Bekum America Corp. made the following corporate appointments: Martin Stark, chief executive officer; Steve London, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Gary Carr, national sales director; and Peter Bogrett, director of materials.

Mettler Toledo Hi Speed promoted John Uber to business development manager for product handling and caseweighing, and Mark Feher as business development manager for checkweighing.

Anthony Ahmed was promoted to product manager, Packaging Product Line, Mocon, Inc.

Surefil LLC filled the following positions:  Tim Butcher, plant manager; Jeff Bevis, chief engineer; Martin Chism, purchasing auditor; and Bob Gordon, quality assurance laboratory manager.

Owens-Illinois, Inc. appointed Kevin Stevens as chief marketing officer.

Multivac, Inc. announced the appointment of Bill Gardner as eastern regional service supervisor and John Hofer as western regional service supervisor.

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