Industry pros tell their stories through 'In Other Words'

July 13, 2020

The “In Other Words” story in Plastics Machinery Magazine is a monthly in-depth interview with a plastics industry leader that offers insight into their careers that you might find useful for your own. 

Some grew up in a family business and others came to plastics when the entrepreneurial bubit them. All have interesting stories. To suggest someone who you believe might be willing to share insights about the industry, please contact Editor Ron Shinn at [email protected] 

Here are the interviews we’ve published in the first six months of the year: 

Sandra Füllsack grew up while her father was building Motan Holding GmbH, but she practiced law for several years after college before eventually joining the family business. As CEO, she now runs a multi-national materials-handling company based in southern Germany with production facilities in three countries. 

JJ Graffin developed his first weigh-filling machine in his mother’s garage more than 50 years ago. That innovative machine led to his founding Serac in France to manufacture liquid filling and capping machines and eventually blow molding equipment. Graffin says he still enjoys working as an engineer. 

Esmeralda Zoppi is the third generation of her family to direct Bruno FolcieriSrl, a manufacturer of large granulators in Italy. She believes that building high-quality equipment by hand gives her company an edge in a fiercelycompetitive market.Her management philosophy and the workplace she fosters makes her company unique. 

Harry Covington succumbed to the entrepreneurial fever and left a sales job at a manufacturing company to buy a small machine shop. By building innovative new machines, he grew the company into one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of rotational molding machinery. Now retired, Covington has ideas about what the rotational molding industry needs to do to compete in the future. 

Peter Lorenz has taken the millwright business his parents built in their garage in Canada to become a leading manufacturer of pneumatic conveying and bulk handling systems for the plastics, food and chemical industries. The foundation of the company’s success is a line of well-built components readily available through Lorenz’s catalog. 

Don Rainville started Advanced Auxiliary Equipment Inc. in Virginia after working at Universal Dynamics – which his father founded – and Mann + Hummel to supply pneumatic conveying, blending and destoning equipment. His strategy is to never offer a product that imitates a product already in the marketplace.