Jeff Armstead Promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing at ProAir

Elkhart, IN – ProAir, LLC is pleased to announce that Jeff Armstead has been promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

In his new role Jeff will direct the company’s sales & marketing department and he will be developing new business opportunities both domestically and globally. Jeff will take a greater responsibility in the strategic planning and implementation of projects involving the overall organization.

“Jeff’s promotion is well-deserved recognition for the department responsibilities” said Dennis Mitchell, President. “He has played a huge part in mentoring and directing growth with each individual sales representative. ProAir has the best sales team in its history, and we look forward to continuing our success moving forward”.

Jeff is presently in his 10th year with ProAir and previously served as the company’s National Sales Manager.

ProAir designs, manufactures, and markets premium quality climate systems for the specialty vehicle industry. ProAir is an industry leader, with a 37-year track record of outstanding service to customers. Facilities are maintained in Elkhart, Indiana and Ontario, California. ProAir is a holding company of KODA Enterprises Group of Waltham, MA. For more information about ProAir, LLC please call (574) 264-5494 or visit the company website at www.proairllc.com.

 

Cincinnati Business Courier Announces KLW as Finalist for the 2015 Innovation & Technology Awards

By Nikki Kingery, Projects Editor- Cincinnati Business Courier

The Cincinnati Business Courier announced the finalists today for its fifth annual Innovation & Technology Awards. The awards recognize businesses and individuals that have helped fuel the region’s economy through new ideas and approaches. Categories were expanded this year from five to 10. The 42 finalists are:

Outstanding Marketing Innovation:

  • Assurex Health
  • Ahalogy
  • C2B Solutions
  • Lisnr
  • Skinny Mom

Outstanding Bioscience Innovation:

  • Airway Therapeutics
  • Assurex Health
  • Enable Injections
  • Microbial Robotics

Outstanding Advanced Engineering:

  • AMP Electric Vehicles
  • Enable Injections
  • Intelligrated
  • KLW Plastics
  • KW River Hydroelectric
  • Polymet Corp.

Best Software Product:

  • Ahalogy
  • CoupSmart LLC
  • MedaCheck LLC

Best IT Services Company:

  • Ascendum Solutions
  • Contingent Network Services
  • Pomeroy
  • Socius

Tech Company of the Year:

  • Ahalogy
  • Assurex Health
  • Gaslight LLC
  • RoundTower Technologies
  • Vora Ventures

Tech Team of the Year:

  • Melink Corp.
  • Strap
  • Zimcom

Best Device/Application:

  • MedaCheck LLC
  • NexGen Consultants
  • Perceptive Devices LLC
  • TREW Grip LLC

Most Promising Startup:

  • Ahalogy
  • Enable Injections
  • Lisnr
  • Simplify3D

Best Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer:

  • Rick Hensley, Messer Construction Co.
  • Robert Nichols, Appica
  • Radu Pavel, TechSolve
  • Glenn Warden, Bahl and Gaynor Investment Counsel

The winners will be announced during an awards event on Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202.  Click here for registration information.

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KLW Plastics Introduces New Line of Lightweight, Sustainable Packaging Solutions

UN Approved Containers Reduce Environmental Impact

Monroe, OH

KLW Plastics, a leading manufacturer of 3.5 – 7 gallon tight-head containers, is proud to announce a new line of lightweight, sustainable packaging solutions. The E-Tainer® line of products focuses on source reduction, increased use of post-consumer resin (PCR), multi-layer manufacturing technology, and combined hybrid technology through the use of RockTenn’s precision mandrel formed Meta® corrugated cases.

This line of packaging solutions includes four new container configurations designed to meet customer demand.  The  E-Tainer® Global, a 950 gram, UN rated tight-head container with an international design for global uniformity, the E-Tainer® Hybrid, a UN rated 450 gram lightweight container combined with a Meta® corrugated case, the E-Tainer® Kube, a collapsible, semi-rigid bladder-in-a-box, and the E-Tainer® Flex, a bag-in-box flexible packaging solution. Environmental benefits include:

• Up to 80% less plastic used compared to a standard tight-head container

• Reduced energy use

• Corrugated weighs up to 30% less while maintaining container integrity

• Boxes are 100% recyclable

“We recognized the need for lightweight, innovative packaging solutions in today’s competitive environment. Our access to the latest manufacturing technology and partnerships with industry experts, allowed us to quickly respond to customers’ needs with the E-Tainer® Line,” said Scott Dowrey, President and CEO. “We remain committed to innovation and continuous improvement. Developing sustainable value propositions that improve operational efficiency and reduce packaging costs clearly demonstrates our focus on that commitment.”

For more information about KLW Plastics, please visit: www.klwplastics.com

About KLW Plastics

KLW Plastics is a leading manufacturer of 1-7 gallon UN & non-regulated, rigid and semi rigid, tight-head plastic containers serving a broad array of markets. KLW Plastics is headquartered in Monroe, Ohio, with additional manufacturing facilities in Houston, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit www.klwplastics.com.

Contact: Kathleen Jay KLW Plastics 513-539-2673

kjay@klwplastics.com

KLW Plastics Inc. Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Certification for quality management includes all manufacturing facilities.  

Monroe, Ohio –  KLW Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. This certification confirms that KLW Plastics has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System across all of its manufacturing facilities.

To achieve certification as an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, KLW Plastics underwent a comprehensive review and evaluation of its quality management activities across all areas of the business. These activities included the development and documentation of a quality management system, internal audits, and the elimination of non-conformances through corrective actions. Certification to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard demonstrates KLW Plastics’ unwavering commitment to delivering consistent, high quality products and services to customers. “Achieving ISO certification is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire team at KLW Plastics,” said Scott Dowrey, President and CEO. “All colleagues were committed to our success in certification and committed to a continuous improvement platform to ensure we deliver the highest quality product to our customers every time.

” For more information about KLW Plastics, please visit: www.klwplastics.com

About KLW Plastics KLW Plastics is a leading manufacturer of 1-7 gallon UN & non-regulated, rigid, tight-head plastic containers serving a broad array of markets. KLW Plastics is headquartered in Monroe, Ohio, with additional manufacturing facilities in Houston, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact: Kathleen Jay KLW Plastics

513-539-2673

kjay@klwplastics.com

Koda Celebrates 25 Years in Business

The Koda team assembled at their new corporate headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts for a cocktail party on September 11, 2014. The cocktail party hosted by CEO Bill Karol and his wife Sinesia was a celebration of 25 years in business. Approximately 50 guests were in attendance,  many of Koda’s “Corporate Bonds” were there to share in the accomplishment. So many who were there 25 years ago when it all began, took part in the evening.

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Short speeches of thanks and gratitude were given by Bill Karol, Bill Leaver and Jim Peden. The Koda team wished to thank everyone there for their role in Koda’s success. Here is to the next 25!

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KLW Plastics Announces Expansion of Monroe, Ohio Manufacturing Plant

KLW Plastics announced today that it will expand its Monroe, Ohio facility. The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion is designed to accommodate additional office, manufacturing and warehouse needs.

“We are highly committed to continual improvement of our value proposition” said Scott Dowrey, President and CEO of KLW Plastics. “This expansion will allow us to improve service to the growing Midwest customer base and support the new sustainable product development initiatives company wide.”

Since its founding eight years ago in Monroe, Ohio, KLW has become the leading provider of rigid, tight head containers serving a broad array of markets. The company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Monroe, Ohio, Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

www.klwplastics.com

For further information contact: Tom Gruber, National Sales Manager KLW Plastics 513-539-2673 tgruber@klwplastics.com

American Cooling Technology Announces Organization Changes

Mr. James Schreiber and Mr. J. R. Lucas, founders of American Cooling Technology (ACT), announced today the promotion of Mr. Dave Oberdorff to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Oberdorff has been the General Manager of ACT since starting with the company in 2011.

“Dave has been instrumental since coming on board in helping ACT almost triple its revenues. This change in Dave’s title simply reflects the way the organization is working on a day to day basis and allows us to all focus our talents on what we do best,” said Messrs. Schreiber and Lucas.

Mr. Schreiber will continue to lead the Engineering and Technical Group at ACT as Vice President focusing on new product development as well as the ongoing Engineering support of current products, while Mr. Lucas as Vice President will continue to head up ACT’s Sales and Marketing activities.

“Coming to ACT turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it has been exciting and a real pleasure working with the team here to help make ACT the premier Bus Air Conditioning supplier in the country,” said Mr. Oberdorff. “It was a little scary leaving Carrier after so many years but I could not have made a better choice,” continued Mr. Oberdorff.

American Cooling Technology (ACT) designs, manufactures, and supports a complete line of advanced bus air conditioning systems for the transportation industry, including systems for School Buses, Commercial, Shuttle, Transit and Para Transit Buses. ACT HVAC systems are available for both conventional and hybrid drive vehicles. In addition to a complete Bus AC product line ACT offers its customers specification support, product testing, service parts and on-site product training services. The company is well-known throughout the industry for its advanced product design, its excellent customer technical service and the on-time delivery of a quality product.

KLW Plastics Announces Guy Shipley Joins Sales and Development Team

KLW Plastics announced today that Mr. Guy Shipley has joined the company as Sales and Market Development Professional. Guy brings many years of experience and success in the plastic container industry, most recently as Dispensing Solutions Sales Manager for Kols Containers.

“We are excited to find someone of Guy’s caliber to strengthen the sales and development team as the company continues its rapid growth and product line expansion,” said Scott Dowrey, President and CEO of KLW Plastics. “His passion for our industry and enthusiasm for customer service will bring value to our organization and the customers we serve”.

Since its founding eight years ago in Monroe, Ohio, KLW has become the leading provider of rigid, tight head containers serving a broad array of markets. The company is currently expanding its Monroe, Ohio facility, operates a facility in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

www.klwplastics.com

For further information contact: Tom Gruber, National Sales Manager KLW Plastics 513-539-2673 tgruber@klwplastics.com

KLW Plastics Announces a New President

KLW Plastics announced today that Mr. Scott Dowrey has joined the company as President and CEO. Scott brings many years of experience and success in the packaging industry to KLW most recently as President of Storopak, North America.

“We were fortunate to find someone of Scott’s caliber to lead KLW as the company continues its rapid growth,” said Jim Peden, Chief Operating Officer of KODA Enterprises Group, KLW’s owner. “The Board of Directors at KLW saw an immediate fit of Scott’s leadership skills and experience with KLW’s needs and we look forward to Scott and his team at KLW building on the success of the company.”

Since its founding eight years ago in Monroe, Ohio, KLW has become the leading provider of rigid, tight head containers serving a broad array of markets. The company has expanded several times in Monroe, added a facility in Houston, Texas in 2008 and opened a third facility in Atlanta, Georgia in July of 2012.

“I am excited to be joining such a dynamic organization and I look forward to working with our employees, customers and suppliers to make KLW an even stronger company” said Mr. Dowrey.

www.klwplastics.com

For further information contact: James Peden, Chief Operating Officer KODA Enterprises Group 423-756-8891 jpeden@koda.com

Frank Bergonzi Joins Koda Distribution Group as President and Chief Executive Officer

Koda Distribution Group (“Koda”), a portfolio company of Audax Group, today announced the appointment of Frank Bergonzi as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2012.

Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Koda is a distributor of specialty chemicals for paints and coatings, personal care, dyes, lubricants, construction, sealants and adhesives applications. Robert Spadoni, Koda’s Chief Executive Officer, will continue as a board member and maintain an active role in directing Koda’s strategy. Mr. Bergonzi has 29 years of experience in the chemicals industry. He was recently the Director of Corporate Distribution at BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical producers. Prior to BASF, Mr. Bergonzi held numerous key management positions with Fortune 100 Companies, including Dow Chemical, Witco Corporation, OSi Specialties and Union Carbide.

Bob Spadoni said, “Frank’s experience and successful track record make him an excellent addition to Koda. We are excited to have Frank join us as we continue to execute on our growth objectives.”

Frank Bergonzi said, “I am excited to join and lead the Koda team. Koda is a recognized leader in specialty chemical distribution and has a proven platform for growth. I look forward to building upon the success of the four companies in achieving profitable growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions.”

ABOUT KODA DISTRIBUTION GROUP Koda Distribution Group, a leader in specialty chemicals distribution, serves customers in coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE), as well as construction, care, lubricants, inks and plastics end markets. It is comprised of four regional divisions servicing the United States: Ribelin in the Southwest and Southeast, GMZ in the Ohio Valley/Midwest, PT Hutchins in the West Coast, and Monson in the Northeast. All four divisions share similar approaches to their respective markets: deep technical expertise and market knowledge, a service platform which includes marketing and product management as well as a network of technical labs to support customers, a focus on customer intimacy and an absolute devotion to customer service.

Contact: Audax Group Jay Mitchell, 617-859-1546 Managing Director jmitchell@audaxgroup.com