Eric ShortChair
Eric Short

Simona PMC
2040 Industrial Drive, Findlay, OH 45840
Tel: 567-525-4924
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Eric Short is the Vice President of Customer & Technical Services at SIMONA PMC, joining the company in July 2011.

SIMONA 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.

SIMONA PMC is a division of SIMONA, one of the leading global manufacturers and development partners of high quality thermoplastic products, 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.

Stephen Zamprelli

Formed Plastics, Inc.
207 Stonehinge Lane, Carle Place, NY 11514
Tel: 516-334-2300

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.

Paul Uphaus

Primex Plastics Corporation
3435 Old Oakwood Road, Oakwood, GA 30566
Tel: 800-225-9272 • Fax: 770-346-7150

Paul Uphaus is the Director of Application Development & Technical Services for Primex Plastics Corporation and has been with their organization since 1989. With six custom sheet manufacturing facilities, two color, compounding & additives locations, a design & fabrication facility, and a new technical and innovation center, Primex incorporates a vast amount of experience and expertise from product inception to product production.

In his 30 plus years with Primex, Paul has held positions in Manufacturing, Sales and Development. 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, currently serves as Treasurer of the SPE Thermoforming Division Executive Board. Paul and his family are currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Jay WaddellCouncilor
Jay Waddell

Plastic Concepts & Innovations
1658A Marsh Harbor Ln, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Tel: 843-324-7116
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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 38 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 26 years. He was the chairman for the 2002 Thermoforming Conference held in Nashville, TN. He has served as moderator, treasurer and presenter for the Thermoforming Conferences. He is currently a member of the Materials Technical Committee and Senior Councilor for the Thermoforming Division.

Ed ProbstTreasurer
Ed Probst

Probst Plastics Consulting, LLC
P.O. Box 26365, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Tel: 414-476-3096
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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.

Bret JoslynPrior Chair
Bret Joslyn

Joslyn Manufacturing Co.
9400 Valley View Road, Macedonia, OH 44056
Tel: 330-467-8111 • Fax: 330-467-6574
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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.