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Businessman looking at Innovation plan.The Plastics Pioneers Association recently announced they have named four new members to their organization, According to PlasticsNews.com. The Plastic Pioneers Association (PPA) is a non-profit organization based in McHenry, IL, and contains over 200 members. Every member has at least 25 years of experience in the plastic industry and the new inductees are no exception.

The PPA is dedicated to preserving the history of the industry and one of their primary modes of doing this is through scholarship awards to students who are interesting in a career in plastics. From their website, their states goals include:

“To recognize achievements in the fields of plastics and/or polymer science, engineering, technology, education, sales/marketing, or management. To support industry-wide educational programs. To promote the study and improvement of plastics and/or polymer science, engineering, and technology in the Plastics Industry.”

The group announced the four new members (two men and two women) at their annual spring meeting, which was held in Florida. Here is a brief synopsis of each new member and their career achievements.

Aline Alroy was one of the two women to be welcomed into the group. Alroy is currently the vice president of sales at a Hackensack, N.J.-based manufacturer of polymer filtration systems, High-Technology Corp.

In addition to her time spent there, Alroy has served on the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.’s Equipment Council and has held various other roles related to the industry.

One of the other new members is Kenneth Pawluck, a plastics and mechanical engineering manager at Pleasanton, Calif.-based Natus Medical Inc. Pawluck is an established inventor/innovator in the industry as he currently holds 23 patents (three pending) of his own. For this kind of work he has been recognized by RandD Magazine and Injection Molding Magazine.

Pawluck was also the chair of SPE’s Product Design and Development and Rotational Molding divisions. Rotational molding is a unique, four-stage method that uses heat to mold resin in a plastic mold. He also owned his own consulting firm for about eight years that specialized in plastics, medical, commercial and industrial product design, development and root cause failure analysis.

To learn more about the other two new members check out the news piece here.