Jacob Barron 
Tel: 202-974-5249 | JBarron@plasticsindustry.org

August 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association’s Flexible Film and Bag Division (FFBD) announced the election of Phil Stolz, Berry Plastics' vice president of Product Management & Product Development for the Core Films segment of the Engineered Materials Division to the FFBD Executive Board of Directors. Phil has 20 years of commercial and technical experience and has held positions with Mead Johnson Nutrition and Accuride Corporation before joining Berry Plastics in 2011 as business development manager for the Rigid Closed Top Division. 

“The flexible film and bag segment of the plastics industry continues to grow and the FFBD continues to find new ways to support its members by empowering them to sustainably create new and innovative products,” said Mark Teo, president of Sigma Plastics and chairman of the Division. “Phil brings new energy and the vital perspective of a true industry leader to our group and we are delighted to welcome him to the FFBD Executive Board.”

The Flexible Film and Bag Division of SPI represents the entire supply chain for flexible films and works to advance its interests, including enhancing communication about film and converted film products within the industry; promoting development of new applications and proper use of plastic film and bags, including those issues related to end-of-life. The division currently sponsors several projects related to recycling and hosts a major educational conference and summit each spring. 

In addition to Sigma Plastics, the following companies represent the FFBD Executive Board: Novolex, Mid South Extrusion, Petoskey Plastics, Louisiana Plastics Converting Corpl, SC Johnson & Co, Dow Chemical, LyondellBasell, CMD Corporation and Hosokawa Alpine. 

Stolz holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an MBA from Cornell University and a Masters of Science in Statistics from Texas A&M University. He resides with his wife and four children in Evansville, Indiana.

For more information on the FFBD, click here.

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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

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