Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Bret JoslynChair
Bret Joslyn

Contact Information:
Joslyn Manufacturing Co. • 9400 Valley View Road, Macedonia, OH 44056
Tel: 330-467-8111 • Fax: 330-467-6574
Email: bret@joslyn-mfg.com • Web: www.joslyn-mfg.com

Bret Joslyn is COO of Joslyn Mfg. Co., Inc., a custom thermoformer located in Macedonia, Ohio. He has a BA in Economics from DePauw University and an MBA from Purdue University. He has been a member of the SPE Thermoforming Division since 2005. He is an active member of the Processing Committee and has served on the Executive Committee since 2011. In 2013, he served as the Thermoforming Conference Co-Chair in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joslyn Mfg. Co., Inc. services both the heavy gauge and thin gauge sectors of the Thermoforming Industry utilizing state of the art equipment and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. 

 

Eric Short

Chair Elect
Eric Short

Contact Information:
Premier Material Concepts • 2040 Industrial Drive, Findlay, OH 45840
Tel: 248-705-2830 • Toll Free: 1-877-BUY-PMC6
Email: eshort@buypmc.com • Web: www.buypmc.com

Eric Short is the Vice President of Customer & Technical Services at Premier Material Concepts, joining the company in July 2011. PMC provides custom plastic extruded sheet and roll stock products to a variety of markets and is a leading supplier of TPO materials to the thermoforming industry. PMC is a division of Rowmark, LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of signage and engraving materials, and is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company with administrative and manufacturing headquarters located in Findlay, Ohio.

Short brings over 20 years of technical experience in the plastics industry with a specialty in polymers and resin manufacture. He has held positions sales, marketing, engineering, operations and product management.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from GMI (now Kettering University), Short holds an MBA from Oakland University. Short is also a Board Director of the SPE Thermoforming Division and resides with his family in Findlay, Ohio.

 

Treasurer
Paul Uphaus

Contact Information:
Primex Plastics Corporation • 3435 Old Oakwood Road, Oakwood, GA 30566
Tel: 800-225-9272 • Fax: 770-346-7150
Email: puphaus@primexplastics.com

Paul Uphaus is the Commercial Development Manager for Primex Plastics Corporation and has been with their organization since 1989. In his 25 plus years with Primex, he has held positions in Manufacturing, Quality, as well as both Inside and Outside Sales. Paul has a strong working knowledge of all related materials as well as a highly developed technical background. Paul is actively involved in the plastics and thermoforming industry, and is a member of the SPE Thermoforming Division Board. Paul and his family are currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Secretary
Stephen Zamprelli

Contact Information:
Formed Plastics, Inc. • 207 Stonehinge Lane, Carle Place, NY 11514
Tel: 516-334-2300
Email: s.zamprelli@formedplastics.com

Stephen Zamprelli is Vice President of Product Development at Formed Plastics, a New York based manufacturer specializing in custom heavy gauge cut sheet thermoforming, rotational molding, fabrication and injection blow molding. Steve’s responsibilities encompass all aspects of product development, including design from conception to production, project management, engineering and estimation, and streamlining processes.

Steve has worked in the plastics industry for 19 years, designing and manufacturing products using parts for thermoforming, rotational molding, injection molding, as well as machining and fabrication using various metals and plastics. Steve’s broad technical background, artistic influence and eager readiness to accept new challenges have provided many opportunities. His past experience enables him to approach issues with an open mind and from the customer’s point of view, potentially providing SPE to further bridge the gap between OEM and supplier to increase membership.

Steve has spent the majority of his career honing his skills at a medical device manufacturing OEM. He was a vital member of the organization who spearheaded projects that developed new markets for products and enabled tremendous growth for the company. He has held various positions including Industrial Designer, Senior Designer, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, and Project Manager. Prior to this, he began his career working as an industrial designer for two major ID consulting firms in New York City, specializing in product development and packaging design. Steve is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, located in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned a BS degree in Industrial Design Engineering, and is active in the school’s alumni organization.

 

Jay Waddell Councilor
Jay Waddell

Plastic Concepts & Innovations

Contact Information:
1653 Marsh Harbor Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 • Tel: 843-324-7116
Email: jwaddell@plasticoncepts.com • Web: www.plasticoncepts.com

Mr. Waddell is the founding partner and key management principal of Plastic Concepts & Innovations, LLC, bringing the skills from his 23 years of military training and 22 years of experience in heavy gauge thermoforming. He held numerous positions from Manufacturing Manager to Executive Vice President. In the plastics industry, Mr. Waddell is considered to be an expert in materials and manufacturing techniques. Mr. Waddell is experienced in developing products for industries as diverse as circuit board handling packages to critical-care patient life-support systems. He is considered an expert in materials and manufacturing techniques having developed unique processes for fabrication and bonding of dissimilar materials such as for twin-sheet forming of talc filled olefins. Mr. Waddell has presented numerous seminars at major automobile manufacturers and their tier one suppliers, resin companies and private enterprises on thermoforming. He has done extensive work in the development of Class A thermoformed interior and exterior products for the major automobile manufacturers and their tier one suppliers. He has been active in the development of PVF and PVDF film technology in heavy gauge thermoforming and the use of TPOs in exterior and interior applications. Mr. Waddell has done extensive work in development of new products in the Marine and RV business. He is a Senior Member of Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) and has been a member of the national Board of Directors for the Thermoforming Division of the SPE for the past 11 years and SME. He was the chairman for the 2002 Thermoforming Conference held in Nashville, TN, September 14th through September 17th 2002. He has served as moderator, treasurer and presenter for the Thermoforming Conferences. He is currently a member of the Materials Technical Committee. Mr. Waddell earned his BA at the Citadel and also continued his graduate studies in business there also.

 

Ed ProbstCommunications
Ed Probst

Contact Information:
Probst Plastics Consulting, LLC • P.O. Box 26365, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Tel: 414-476-3096
Email: ed.probst@probstplastics.com • Web: www.probstplastics.com

As Principal of Probst Plastics Consulting based in Milwaukee-WI, Ed Probst has 30 years of experience in the heavy gauge custom thermoforming industry. For 28 years he worked at Profile Plastics Corporation, Lake Bluff IL in manufacturing, engineering, design, and sales. During that time he had the privilege of working for and with three SPE Thermoformer’s of the Year: John Grundy, Steve Murrill, and Stephen Sweig. He is a Senior Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and is a member of the Thermoforming Division, European Thermoforming Division, and Product Design and Development Division. Over the years he has served SPE as Chairman of the 2001 SPE Thermoforming Conference, Technical Program Chairman of the 2005 SPE Thermoforming Conference, Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2012 SPE Thermoforming Conference, Presenter at the SPE Thermoforming Conference in Cincinatti-OH and European Thermoforming Division Conference in Ghent-Belgium, SPE Product Design and Development Division (PD3) Board Member and Treasurer, Co-Chairman of the 2003 SPE PD3/Rotomolding Topcon in Cleveland-OH, and Co-Chairman of the 2014 SPE PD3 Design TOPCON.

 

Mark StrachanPrior Chair
Mark Strachan

Contact Information:

Tel: 754-224-7513
Email: mstrachan@firstquality.com

Mark Strachan’s career in the Packaging Industry started in 1982 while serving his apprenticeship as an Electronics Engineer for Metal Box South Africa and soon after started his own plastics blister manufacturing business (PacMark, CC.) in the garage of his home which quickly grew to a prominent plastics blister packaging business which later included the production of plastic cups for the airline catering business. His hunger to learn more about the plastic industry led him to Europe where he held Engineering and Production Management positions at large plastics packaging manufacturing firms with the intention to gain valuable hands on experience in both the thermoforming and extrusion processes. He later moved to the USA where he worked with numerous thermoforming and extrusion machinery OEMS such as Commodore Machine Company, Berlyn Extruders and Sencorp Systems in Massachusetts, in the capacity of Thermoforming and Extrusion Product Specialist. For these companies, Mark was responsible for new developments, commissioning and training of their customers around the world. During the past 32 years, Mark has gained valuable experience in the Plastics Thermoforming and Extrusion Industry. Increased demand for his hands-on assistance, together with his desire to impart this knowledge, led to the formation of his own Training/Consulting business, Global Thermoforming Technologies Inc. He has since been presenting hands-on “Thermoforming Boot Camp” and advanced Interactive training courses to thermoforming companies worldwide.

uVu Technologies is a Gold sponsor and active supporter of the Penn State College Thermoforming Center of Excellence and assists the school with part design, training and special projects. Mark has been presenting the thin gauge thermoforming workshop at the SPE Thermoforming Conference since 2008 and has been a member of SPE since 2005. Mark was the Thin Gauge Conference Chair for the 2010 Thermoforming Conference in Milwaukee, WI, then the 2011 Thermoforming Conference in Schaumburg, IL, and now the 2013 Thermoforming Conference in Atlanta, GA.