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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY An early adopter of automaঞon, Ira Boots founded and helped grow Berry Global, Inc. into one of the world's largest plasঞcs pack- aging companies. Today, Boots is the chair- man of Milacron, a leading producer of plas- ঞcs processing machinery. His contribuঞon to the plasঞcs industry was recognized with an inducঞon into the Plasঞcs Hall of Fame. Boots' interest in the industry was first sparked by his father´s mold building busi- ness, where he was employed at an early age. He started his career as a toolmaker at Imperial Plasঞcs in Evansville, Indiana, in 1978. At the ঞme, Imperial Plasঞcs was a relaঞvely small company with 40 employees doing several million dollars in sales annually. Imperial Plasঞcs soon became Berry Plasঞcs, then Berry Global, where Boots eventually became Chairman and CEO. Under his lead- ership, Berry grew to employ more than 18,000 people and generate sales of nearly Robert Ackley's work and vision were key in leading Davis-Standard, LLC to become the main extrusion machinery manufacturer in North America. He began his career in 1959 as a dra[s- man, moving through the compa- ny ranks to eventually serve as president unঞl his reঞrement in 2005. His career and accom- plishments were recognized on Sunday, when he was inducted into the Plasঞcs Hall of Fame. When Ackley started at Davis-Standard, he was right out of high school and a•ended col- lege at night. He earned his degree in mechan- ical engineering from Mitchell College in New London, Connecঞcut, with an Execuঞve MBA from the University of New Haven in New Haven, Connecঞcut. He had a thorough understanding of nearly every posiঞon working as a design engineer, group leader, technical engineering manager, field services manager, sales product manager and spare parts manager. He advanced to leadership posiঞons in operaঞons, engineer- ing, research and development, and sales and markeঞng unঞl he was named company pres- ident in 1983. A role he enthusiasঞcally em- braced for 22 years. When Ackley started with Davis-Standard, the company had fewer than 75 employees and just a few million dollars in sales revenue. During his tenure as president, Davis-Stan- dard grew to more than 1,000 employees with sales in excess of $300 million annually and a presence in nearly every market. Ackley has served the industry's most presঞgious associaঞons in senior manage- ment roles, including as chairman of Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon in 2000-2001, and as a board member of the Naঞonal Plasঞcs Cen- ter and Museum. "Being nominated to the Plasঞcs Hall of Fame by those I worked with for many years and then selected by leaders within the in- dustry is a great honor," Ackley says. "Plasঞcs have done so much good for society. Wit- nessing the advancement of extrusion and converঞng technology, and the progression of plasঞcs into every facet of life has been incredible. When I first joined Davis- Standard, we were insulaঞng wire and cable. By the ঞme I le[, we were in nearly every market. I am grateful to have had such a ful- filling career in such an innovaঞve and life-changing industry." the top of their fields. These are the new in- ductees to the Plasঞcs Hall of Fame 2018. (Watch for individual profiles of the Class of 2018 in coming issues of the NPE Show Daily.) Robert Ackley—A former dra[sman and mechanical engineer, Ackley was instrumental in leading Davis-Standard, LLC to become the leading extrusion machinery manufacturer in North America. He has also served the indus- try's most presঞgious associaঞons in senior management roles, including as chairman of PLASTICS (formerly known as SPI) from 2000-2001, and as a board member of the Naঞonal Plasঞcs Center and Museum. Ira Boots—An early adopter of automaঞon and a strong proponent of innovaঞon for growth, Boots founded and grew what is now Berry Global, Inc. into one of the world's larg- est plasঞcs packaging companies. Today, Boots is the chairman of Milacron, a leading producer of plasঞcs processing machinery. Karlheinz Bourdon—An engineer and de- veloper of injecঞon molding machinery and computerized processes, including roboঞcs and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), Bourdon worked in senior management posiঞons for Ferromaঞk Milacron and cur- rently is senior vice president of integraঞon for KraussMaffei Corp. He also has been ac- ঞve with the boards of VDMA and EUROMAP. David Cornell—A pioneer in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bo•le commercializaঞon at Eastman Chemical Co., Cornell went on to become a champion of plasঞcs recycling as the technical director of the Associaঞon of Plasঞc Recyclers (APR), developing the foun- daঞon for the conঞnued development of the processes for collecঞon and recycling of many plasঞcs. Donna Davis—A collaborator, innovator, researcher and educator, Davis has worked for ExxonMobil Chemical in process design and in the development of polyolefin prod- ucts, from early gas-phase technology through metallocene catalyzed polymers. As president of the Society of Plasঞcs Engineers (SPE) from 2003-2004, she was involved in many strategic acঞviঞes that have impacted the industry and was the driving force behind the creaঞon of the perennially world-class Polyolefins Conference. Donald Graham—An inventor, innovator and businessman, Graham founded Graham Engineering Corporaঞon, a world leader in the manufacture and sale of high-speed plas- ঞcs processing machinery. He invented the rotary wheel line for extrusion blow molding of plasঞc containers. His companies have grown extensively through mergers and ac- quisiঞons to become a mulঞ-billion-dollar enterprise. Max McDaniel—As a senior fellow scien- ঞst for Chevron Phillips, McDaniel has been responsible for significant advances in poly- mer chemistry, in parঞcular with polymer and catalyst technologies for polyethylene. He has received numerous awards and recogni- ঞon worldwide including several from the American Chemical Society and Phillips Pe- troleum. He is also the author of over 370 technical patents and hundreds of peer-re- viewed papers. Steve Maguire—A prolific inventor and founder of Maguire Products Inc., Maguire has transformed plasঞcs' raw material han- dling technology, as well as how processors control the preparaঞon and consumpঞon of plasঞc materials. With over 41 patents, his products are visible in most processing plants today. Among his invenঞons are de- signs for a liquid color pump, the weigh scale blender and gravimetric color/addiঞve feeders for improved accuracy in color and addiঞve metering. Marঞn Stark—A dynamic and ঞreless advocate for the plasঞcs industry, Stark has been acঞve in many aspects of plasঞcs. As chairman of Bekum America Corp., he has conঞnuously strived to promote excellence, providing innovaঞon in process, customer experience and quality. His lifeঞme devo- ঞon to educaঞon has resulted in the estab- lishment and support of many quality pro- grams, from apprenঞceships through gradu- ate educaঞon in plasঞcs. Hideo Tanaka—A developer and designer of processes and machinery, Tanaka helped li[ Toshiba Machine Co. to its preeminent posiঞon in the plasঞcs ma- chinery industry. His engineering designs span a wide range of processes from nylon inflaঞon blown-film through all-electric injecঞon molding machines. Ira Boots: Automaঞon and Innovaঞon for Growth By Maria Natalia Ortega Leyva Plascs Technology México Robert Ackley: The Brain Behind an Empire in Extrusion By Maria Natalia Ortega Leyva Plascs Technology México $5 billion. He credits the growth to his em- phasis on automaঞon. He recognizes his father—Ira Joseph Boots—as a mentor in his career, as well as Ed Knapp, the first president for whom he worked, and Roberto Buaron of First Atlanঞc, Joseph Gleberman of Goldman Sachs, and Greg Brenneman and Tim Walsh of CCMP Capital Advisors. "They were all instrumental in creaঞng my business skills, and my fellow employees were my best mentors in my per- sonal skills," Boots says. When asked about his main achievement, he says it was the fact that he ulঞmately gave more than he took while helping grow Milacron and Berry Plasঞcs, as well as contribuঞng to the well-being of more than 30,000 employees. Besides these accomplishments, Boots says, "I can't wait to awake in the morning and take on the daily tasks of The Boots Group, our family equity business, and contribute to the growth and success of Milacron." "My fellow employees were my best mentors in my personal skills." 82 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION HPG is the new group formed by Hartmut Pallmann. With this new group, we reaffirm our commitment to be a global company and build strong alliances with strategic partners to serve a global market. Our theme for NPE this year is Pathway to Powder, where we will display our newest technologies to reach clean, 425 microns powder (tire rubber) and under 200 microns on other polymers, using ambient air only in just a few steps. 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