Stephen Zamprelli

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

Stephen Zamprelli is the Vice President of Engineering & Product Development at Formed Plastics. He joined the New York City area-based organization in 2011. Formed Plastics, nearing its 75th anniversary, specializes in thermoforming, rotational molding, fabrication and injection blow molding.

Steve has 20+ years of expertise in designing and manufacturing products utilizing various processing methods. His broad technical background, artistic influence, and readiness to accept new challenges has afforded him many diverse opportunities. Steve’s prior experience enables him to approach issues from the customer’s point of view, assisting SPE to bridge the gap between the OEM and supplier.

Prior to joining Formed Plastics, Steve held positions as an industrial designer, design leader and manufacturing engineer while gaining experience in project management and sales. His passion for thermoforming began early in his career as an industrial designer for two major New York City-based ID consulting firms specializing in product development and packaging design.

An active member of the SPE Thermoforming Division, Steve joined its board of directors in 2013. He previously served as Secretary, Communications Committee Chair, Parts Competition Chair and 2019 Conference Co-Chair, and currently holds the position of SPE Thermoforming Division Chair.

Steve earned a BS in Industrial Design Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, and remains active in its alumni activities.

Ed ProbstChair-Elect
Ed Probst

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

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.

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.

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.

Jay WaddellCouncilor
Jay Waddell

Plastic Concepts & Innovations
1658A Marsh Harbor Ln, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Tel: 843-324-7116
Email: • Web:

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.

todd-harrellTodd Harrell

Plastics Machinery Group, Inc. • 5455 Perkins Road, Bedford Heights, OH 44146
Tel: 440-498-4000, Ext. 117
Email: • Web:

As sales executive in the plastics industry for nearly 25 years, I have been an active participant in the SPE Thermoforming Division conferences since Ft Mitchell, Kentucky. My first job after graduating from Ohio University with a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish, I began selling Motorola radio communication systems to various industries.
Upon marrying my wife Laura, I moved to the Cleveland area. Shortly thereafter, I started working for Stopol Inc. Stopol was one of the leaders in buying and selling of plastics processing machinery. I have gained a tremendous amount of industry knowledge working for Neil and Don Kruschke. As I moved up the ranks, I became an integral part of the growth and leadership within our organization. During my 20 + years of working for Stopol Inc and Plastics Machinery Group, I have been afforded the opportunity to travel the world to attend and exhibit at many plastics trade shows events, including shows like K show in Dusseldorf, Germany, Plastimagen in Mexico City, numerous NPE Chicago & Orlando, and SPE Europe, along with several ANTEC meetings.
As Executive Vice President at Plastics Machinery Group, I am responsible for maintaining customer relationships, sales, purchasing and consulting with many of our thermoforming customers. As a machinery dealer we can offer new and used machinery sales. Purchasing of complete plants, liquidations, appraisals, Mergers and Acquisitions are some of the many services we offer. In addition, I am a certified machinery appraiser.
I have two boys in middle school and high school. My hobbies are travelling and trail running. I enjoy coaching my boys in baseball and basketball and being part of their growth and development in sports.

Eric ShortPrior Chair
Eric Short

Simona PMC
2040 Industrial Drive, Findlay, OH 45840
Tel: 567-525-4924
Email: • Web:

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.