James Alongi James A. Alongi

MAAC Machinery • 590 Tower Boulevard, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Tel: 630-665-1700 • Fax: 630-665-7799
Email: jalongi@maacmachinery.com • Web: www.maacmachinery.com

James Alongi is the CFO of MAAC Machinery Co., including responsibility for its manufacturing operations. He has been an active member with the SPE Thermoforming Division since 1997. He has served on the Finance, Machinery, and Student Activities committees, and is currently the Assistant Treasurer of the Division, as well as an active member of the Machinery committee. James has been instrumental in obtaining affordable Thermoforming machinery for universities utilizing the equipment grant program and has consistently participated in fund raising events to provide donations for the SPE Thermoforming Division Scholarship fund. He has also regularly assisted with the parts competition at the annual Thermoforming conference.

Jim ArmorJim Armor

Armor & Associates • 16181 Santa Barbara Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: 714-846-7000 • Fax: 714-846-7001
Email: jimarmor@aol.com

Jim has been a member of SPE and the Thermoforming Division Since 1960. He started his career in selling thermoplastic sheet in 1961. In 1965, He along with Milo Hanson started Alchem Plastics in California, then in Georgia, Texas, New Jersey and Missouri. He started co-extruding multilayer sheet in HIS, ABS, Polyethylene and Acrylic ABS sheet. These plants developed into a major sheet extrusion company. Alchem Plastics was sold to Spartech Plastics in 1980 and He remained as President of Alchem/Spartech until 1984. In 1985, he started Agile Enterprises (an extruder of Acrylic, Polystyrene and Propylene sheet) and was President until 1987. In 1987 he became President of Alplastic (a roll fed thermoformer and sheet Extruder) and remained there until 1991 when the company was sold. In 1991, he joined Primex Plastics as Western Regional Manager and National Marketing Manager. In June of 1998 he started Armor & Associates, selling thermoplastic sheet which he is still active in today.
 
Jim has been active in the Thermoforming Division for many years as Member of Board of Director’s having served several times as Materials Committee Chairman. Has given many talks to various SPE groups on various plastic sheet thermoforming applications. He was presented the “Outstanding Board” member in 2003. He is a member of The Plastics Pioneers, in California.

Jim Arnet

Hagans Plastic Co. • 121 W. Rock Island Rd., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Tel: 972-974-3516
Email: jarnet@hagans.biz • Web: www.hagans.biz

Jim Arnet is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hagans Plastics Company. Hagans Plastics is a AS9100-based custom thermoformer and injection molder dedicated to first class service.
 
Jim has been involved in the plastics industry for the past 24 years, dealing with both thermoforming and extrusion in both thin and thick gauge materials. Jim has extensive experience in both plastics and sales. Prior to joining Hagans in 2013, Jim was with KYDEX LLC. as the Central Region Sales Manager for five and a half years. Jim was the Western Regional Sales Manager with Primex Plastics for three years and before that he was with Reynolds Packaging (previously known as Ivex Packaging Corporation) for 15 years in many different roles, including sales management, export, and national accounts.
 
Jim is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS degree in Industrial Distribution. A retired U.S. Army Officer, Jim, his wife Sherry of 26 years, and his family reside in Flower Mound, Texas.


Robert L. Browning

McConnell Co. • P.O. Box 450633, Atlanta, GA 31145
Tel: 770-939-4497 • Fax: 770-938-0393
Email: robert@thermoformingmc.com

Robert Browning, of Atlanta, Georgia, has over 35 years experience in the design and engineering of single sheet, twin-sheet, and pressure thermoformed products, tooling and processes. During this time he has had the opportunity to develop, refine and patent new processes in thermoforming, and in the design of thermoforming tooling. For fifteen years, he was with one of the largest twin-sheet thermoforming companies in the U.S., as Director of Research, Development and Engineering.
 
Currently, a Partner with the McConnell Co. Inc., one of the premier thermoforming consulting firms, Robert has also had his own design consulting firm, Isosceles, Inc., since 1984. With degrees in Business Management and Industrial Design, he has successfully worked with companies such as John Deere, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, NASA, Disney, NCR, American Standard, Yamaha, and BMW, to define problems, develop alternatives, and implement solutions. At the present, he is an active member of the Industrial Design Society of America and is a Senior Member of the Society of Plastic Engineers.


Evan Gilham

Productive Plastics • 103 W. Park Drive, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Tel: 856-778-4300, x225
Email: EGilham@productivecompanies.com • Web: http://www.productiveplastics.com

Evan Gilham is a graduate of Lehigh University, majoring in finance. His leadership skills in the Lehigh Football Program have given an excellent foundation for success in the manufacturing field. During his tenure with Productive Companies, Evan has developed strong skills in process improvement, contract negotiations, and sales training as demonstrated with our valued customers in industrial, bus and rail transportation, aerospace, kiosks, medical, and other OEM markets.
 
As a third-generation entrepreneur, Evan will continue our focus on world class manufacturing processes, safety, and quality to exceed our valued customers’ requirements in achieving our vision of being the solution provider of choice in the Thermoforming Industry.
 
“Productive Companies (Productive Plastics, Inc. and Productive Industrial Finishing, Inc.) are highly regarded for their expertise in product development, design/engineering, and manufacturing excellence. We have set the foundation in efficiency, process control, and a strong management team to continue Productive Companies as a legacy manufacturing facility. Our goals moving forward include strong core values, advances in process technology, lean disciplines, and unprecedented financial success,” said Evan J. Gilham.

Juliet GoffJuliet Goff

President/CEO, Kal Plastics • 2050 East 48th Street, Vernon, CA 90058
Tel: 323-581-6194, ext. 223
Email: juliet@kal-plastics.com • Web: www.kal-plastics.com

Juliet Goff is the President and owner of Kal Plastics, a custom heavy gauge cut sheet thermoformer, located in Vernon, California. She has been with Kal Plastics since 1990, learning the business from the ground up after graduating from UCLA. After many years of increasing responsibilities, Juliet honed her skills in finance, risk management, strategic planning, HR, marketing and sales. She became President in 2002 and the sole shareholder in 2004.
 
Her active involvement with the SPE Thermoforming Division started in 2008 at the Minneapolis Thermoforming Conference. There Kal Plastics was honored as a Gold Medal winner in the annual parts competition. Since then she has regularly attended the Thermoforming Division Board meetings and in 2010 she became a Director. Her Board assignment is recognition and the annual Thermoformer of the Year award.
 
She brings with her the collective experiences of having served on several boards and non-profits throughout her career, in various leadership roles, including the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and The Vernon Community Fund. Currently she serves on the Executive Board for the Vernon Chamber of Commerce and as Chair for the Vernon Community Fund.


BrianGoldenBrian Golden

Product Manager, SencorpWhite • 400 Kidds Hill Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
Tel: 508-771-9400 ext. 7287  Cell: 508-737-5779
Email: BGolden@sencorpwhite.com • Web: www.sencorpwhite.com/

Brian Golden is the Product Manager for SencorpWhite. Brian has 33 years of experience in the plastics industry with a heavy concentration in thin gauge thermoforming.
 
Brian has served as a Technical Sales/Service Engineer, Manufacturing Manager for a custom thermoforming company, Project Manager, Director of Customer Satisfaction and Senior Account Executive for a machinery OEM as well as a Product Manager for an OEM in the pharmaceutical industry. Brian has been directly responsible for introducing new thermoforming technology in North America, creating and presenting OEM sponsored training programs performed on-site at customers or OEM’s facilities as well as predictive maintenance programs used to assess the current operating condition and value of production equipment.
 
SemcorpWhite is a leading US machinery manufacturer of capital equipment globally serving the packaging, medical, pharmaceutical, food and electronics industries.


Ken GriepKen Griep

Portage Casting & Mold, Inc. • 2901 Portage Road, Portage, WI 53901
Tel: 608-742-7137 • Fax: 608-742-2199
Email: ken@pcmwi.com • Web: www.pcmwi.com

Ken Griep, is vice president at Portage Casting & Mold, Inc. in Portage, WI, which was started in 1972.

As a partner with PCM, he is involved in all daily aspects of the company, from sales, order placement, to steering and directing of work flow, purchasing of equipment and building expansions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with an emphasis in Plastic Technology. Ken has been an active member in the Society of Plastics Thermoforming Division since 2000. He served as chairman for the Thermoforming Division from 2009-2011. To date, he sits on the executive committee as past chairman. He also is part of the machinery committee within the Division.

In 2007, Ken was the SPE Thermoforming Division conference chairman in Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he was responsible for organizing a four-day technical event that had attendance of 948. During this same period, Ken also received recognition as Outstanding Board Member for the Thermoforming Division.


Roger JeanRoger Jean

Premier Material Concepts • 2040 Industrial Drive, Findlay, OH 45840
Tel: 567-208-9758
Email: rjean@buypmc.com • Web: www.buypmc.com

Roger Jean is Vice President of Custom Sales & Auxiliary Products at Premier Material Concepts (PMC), a division of Rowmark LLC. Roger has been actively involved with the thermoforming industry since 1987. Prior to joining the PMC team in 2009, he held positions including Marketing Manager and National Sales Manager at Wilbert Plastic Services, and Market Development Manager at Solvay Engineered Polymers. Roger and his family reside in Oakland Township, Michigan.


Phillip Karig

Mathelin Bay Associates LLC • 11939 Manchester Road #148, 
Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
Tel: 314-630-8384 • Fax: 314-596-4653
Email: karig@mathelinbay.com • Web: www.mathelinbay.com

Phillip Karig has over 25 years of experience in the plastics industry, including nine years as Vice President of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management and Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Spartech Corporation.

Previously he led the procurement and logistics for 11 years at Uniroyal Technology Corporation, which produced Royalite brand extruded sheet products, Naugahyde brand vinyl coated fabrics and PVC-Nitrile foam products.

Prior to Uniroyal, he was responsible for a network of bulk plastics warehouses and rail to truck plastics transfer facilities.

He is currently Managing Director of Mathelin Bay Associates LLC, a consultancy with offices in the United States and Germany that provides expert procurement and technical assistance to plastics processors worldwide and operational due diligence services to investors considering purchasing plastics processing companies.

He earned his Master’s degree at Harvard University and his Bachelor’s at the State University of New York. He is a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellow, has taught Game Theory and Decision-Making, and has also worked with the Department of Commerce and the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee.


Travis Kieffer

Plastics Unlimited, Inc. • 303 1st St. N.W., Preston, Iowa 52069
Tel: 563-689-4752
Email: TravisK@plasticsunlimited.com

Travis learned the many facets of the plastics industry because he was involved since a very young age. Travis’s knowledge and involvement in the plastic industry has been greatly influenced by his father, Terry Kieffer, who started the family-owned thermoforming factory located in Preston, Iowa, which was started on the family farm. Plastics Unlimited, Inc. has grown considerably since then and Travis freely acknowledges his father’s influence and impact it has had on his career choice. Travis now plays a key role in the company’s steady growth beside his father and other family members. Travis has been learning the business from the ground up.
 
Travis attended Iowa State College and is grateful for the scholarship he received from the SPE Thermoforming Division in 2008 and strongly believes it is a program that should continue to help other students reach their potential and continue the path forward in the plastics industry. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2012 with an Industrial Engineering Degree, Travis started working in the R & D Department and helped improve the production system. During this time, Plastics Unlimited was invited to speak at the 2012 SPE Thermoforming Conference on their patented Toolless Engineered Composite process. Travis represented the company as one of the speakers for this presentation. Since then, he has been promoted to the COO position and manages the day-to-day operations of the company as well as being involved with the R & D department. He continues to use his training from Iowa State to help improve production speed and capabilities within Plastics Unlimited.


Ian Munnoch

MSA Components, Inc. • 768 Heather Lane, Oregon, WI 53575
Tel: 812-322-5080
Email: imunnoch@msacomponents.com • Web: www.msacomponents.com

Ian Munnoch is president of MSA Components, Inc., a manufacturer’s representative group selling to thermoformers for 29 years in both the thin and heavy gauge industries. His experience includes outsides sales to sales management. Previous to starting MSA Components, he worked for Fortune 500 companies to small O.E.M. manufacturers. Ian has been working with thermoformers and tooling shops to develop the best plug material and designs available by today’s standards. He became a member of the SPE Thermoforming Division Board in 2016 and serves on the Materials Committee. Ian is an avid outdoorsman and lives in Oregon, Wisconsin.


Stephen MurrillStephen R. Murrill

Profile Plastics, Corp • 65 S. Waukegan, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Tel: 847-604-5100 Ext. 21 • Fax: 847-604-8030
Email: smurrill@thermoform.com • Web: www.thermoform.com

Steve Murrill is the President and Owner of Profile Plastics, Inc., Lake Bluff, IL, a Custom Molder of highly cosmetic plastic parts manufactured via the cut sheet thermoforming process. He has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Thermoforming Division of the SPE since 1987. Over the course of the last 29 years he has been Chairman of the Division, and active on every Thermoforming Conference committee since its inception. He has been a speaker, moderator and program chairman for the Thermoforming Conference and many other SPE Conferences and RETECs, held by other Divisions and Sections including the European Thermoforming Division. He received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Thermoforming Division in 2001 and was recognized as “Thermoformer of the Year” by the Thermoforming Division in 2011.
 
Prior to his purchasing Profile in 1986, he acquired his Plastics background working for the Plastics Department of Exxon Chemical Co. and from his father who was a “plastic pioneer,” working 38 years for the Plastics Division of the DuPont Co.


Matthew O’Hagan

LyondellBasell • 7674 Park Meadow Lane, West Bloomfield, MI 48324
Tel: 248-760-8590

Matthew is sales liaison for large extrusion organizations and manages the marketing efforts for LyondellBasell’s TPO line of products (thick sheet-cut thermoforming). He also interfaces with the PP and PE groups regarding company opportunities in thin sheet roll fed thermoforming applications. O’Hagan manages the Heavy Truck, Appliance and Distribution segments primarily for injection grades.

Matthew’s career in plastics began in 1987 with Dexter plastics (now LyondellBasell) where he held various positions in Sales/Sales Management and Marketing of TPO materials to multiple segments.

Matthew enjoys golf, hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Deborah, have three children.


Laura PichonLaura Pichon

Ex-Tech Plastics • 11413 Burlington Road, Richmond, IL 60071
Tel: 847-829-8124 • Fax: 847-829-8190
Email: lpichon@extechplastics.com • Web: www.extechplastics.com

Laura Pichon is VP Sales & Marketing of Ex-Tech Plastics, Inc., an extruder of thin gauge plastic sheet. She has been attending Thermoforming conferences since 1992 and has served on the board since 2004. Laura became active with the board as a moderator for the 2002 Conference in Nashville and has moderated subsequent conferences. In 2004, she chaired the Thermoforming Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Laura was Roll Fed Technical chair for the 2012 Conference. She headed the publications committee from 2008 to 2013. Laura currently is heading the membership/nominating committee and actively participates on the materials committee.


Brian WintonBrian Winton

Lyle Industries, Inc. • 4144 W. Lyle Road, Beaverton, MI 48612
Tel: 989-435-7714 x32 • Cell: 989-430-4363 • Fax: 989-435-7250
Email: bwinton@lyleindustries.com • Web: www.lyleindustries.com

Brian Winton is the Sales Director for Lyle Industries, Inc.  Brian has 27 years experience in Domestic and International Capital Equipment Sales and Project Management.  He began his career in Thermoforming, joining SPE in 1985, and continued into Extrusion and Recycling before returning to Thermoforming over 12 years ago.

Throughout his career, Brian has adapted to a very diverse customer base; from major Fortune 500 companies to privately owned small and mid-sized companies.  Brian works closely with his customers to clearly understand their current and future needs.  He also works closely with suppliers and engineering to technically consult and promote the latest innovations available in the industry.

Locally, Brian promotes the SPE Thermoforming Division through involvement with local schools and colleges.  He is an active member of a local Michigan Plastics Sector Alliance created to understand the educational needs of individuals looking to join the plastics industry and to secure grants needed to provide those educational opportunities.

He is highly involved in the SPE Thermoforming Division serving on the Board of Directors since 2002.  He is on the Machinery Committee, AARC Committee, responsible for The Student Activities Committee, and is The ANTEC Liaison for the Thermoforming Division.