Primex Design & Fabrication Adds to Packaging Team
Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, protective packaging, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of industry veteran Linda Balwinski to the position of territory business manager. With an extensive background in design, production and marketing, Balwinski strengthens PD&F’s presence in the Great Lakes region, including Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
Balwinski joins Primex after over twenty years of relevant industry experience in protective packaging, work-in-process systems and factory to factory shipping solutions. Prior to joining Primex, Balwinski worked with several manufacturers of protective packaging, interior dunnage and shipping containers.
According to Primex Business Unit Director Doug Borgsdorf, “we’re expecting Linda to not only grow sales in her territory, but to provide market insights, strategy and improved customer communications. Her previous experience and expertise in Lean Six Sigma, negotiating and problem solving all attracted us to her.”
“I am looking forward to contributing to Primex in many areas, particularly in the automotive, consumer goods and appliance businesses where I’ve had significant success. I’ll be working closely with our protective packaging market manager, Ray Schwartz, to identify opportunities and help develop innovative custom solutions for our clients,” said Balwinski.
As PD&F increases efforts to leverage its experience with Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers, Balwinski and Schwartz will join efforts to demonstrate the efficiencies of PD&F’s unique Bubble-X™ Sleeve Pak and interior protective packaging products designed specifically for that market.
Balwinski will work from her office in northern Ohio and can be reached at (765) 914-9680. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Wilmington College in Ohio.
Primex Design & Fabrication Enhances Design Team
Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of James Orick to the position of design engineer. The addition of Orick to the product design team results from increased business and PD&F’s commitment to delivering quicker response time in developing customer solutions.
Orick will work with sales representatives in translating customer specifications into packaging and shipping solutions. He comes to Primex following 20 years with Georgia Pacific where he held positions in customer service, planning, design and production. Orrick will report to PD&F Operations Manager Chris Helms.
According to Helms, “James’ many years in positions of increasing responsibility will be an immediate asset to PD&F. We look forward to his contributions.”
“I know how important the design function is to our customers and I’m excited to be joining the Primex family during this important time,” said Orick.
Orick holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Wilmington University in Delaware.
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Primex has vertically integrated its color compounding, sheet extrusion, and fabrication businesses to provide a single-source solution to customers in a wide range of industries.
Primex Plastics: The name evokes a long history of innovation and tradition in sheet extrusion. That’s understandable. The company was founded in 1965 with the goal of becoming the leader in the custom sheet extrusion industry. It started in Englewood, N.J., with three extruders. Today, it runs 125 extrusion lines in six plants in the U.S. and Great Britain. Extruders ranging in size from 4.5 to 8 in. produce sheet at widths from 54 to 180 in. and in thicknesses from 0.006 to 0.5 in. Company-wide, it carries a raw-material inventory of 70 million lb. Headquartered in Richmond, Ind., the company produces about 500 million lb of sheet per year, employs 1250 people, and has annual sales of about $500 million. Primex is part of ICC Industries, a New York-based holding company that owns various firms in plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Primex Design & Fabrication Improves Prototyping Time with New Appointment
Primex Design & Fabrication, PD&F, (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, custom interior dunnage, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, recently announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson to the position of sample department coordinator. She was previously a design engineer for the company for twenty years.
Robinson will be responsible for the creation, production and delivery of prototypes and samples to PD&F customers. “Our design and rapid prototyping capabilities set us apart from our competition,” says Robinson. “We normally are able to design and deliver custom samples within a 24-48-hour window.
Robinson’s position represents a critical touchpoint with customers during the initial phase of a new project. “I will be communicating with customers, answering questions and helping them with design solutions. With my 20 years’ experience as a designer, I have a good insight on what a customer needs in a finished product,” Robinson says.
PD&F is committed to accurate functional prototypes. The goals are to provide a perfect solution to the customers’ design needs, faster turnaround and accurate prototypes the first time. The appointment of Robinson brings stronger, more experienced management to this function.