SEKISUI SPI Restructures Sales Organization
BLOOMSBURG, PENN. May 13, 2015 —SEKISUI Polymer Innovations, LLC has restructured their sales organization.
In September, 2014, KYDEX, LLC and ALLEN Extruders, LLC came together as SEKISUI SPI as part of the company’s long-term business strategy to strengthen its investment in the US plastics manufacturing and thermoforming industry.
As the two brands continue to merge under the banner of SEKISUI Polymer Innovations, the company increases its commitment to customer service and support with a significant reorganization of its sales organization. Ronn Cort explains the reasons for the change, “The KYDEX® and ALLEN® Thermoplastic brands were built on a cornerstone of outstanding customer service and genuine interest in the markets and customers they so proudly served. One of the most common requests from our customers is to consolidate our field sales team, so customers have one point of contact for material selection assistance, pricing, technical support, and business development discussions. We have an obligation to listen to our customers and re-organize in a way that is in the best interest of our customers and SPI.”
As SEKISUI SPI embraces rapid growth and development, it is reorganizing to reflect the needs of the markets and customers it serves. Therefore, effective immediately,
Kevin Poolman has been promoted to the role of ALLEN® Brand Manager (ABM), reporting to the Plant Manager for Holland, MI - Mike Angell. In his new role, Kevin will be collaborating with the North American Business Manager, Karen Brock Amoah. Kevin will be responsible for all activity related to brand development for ALLEN-branded products.
Plastic Solutions, Inc. (PSI), the KYDEX® manufacturer representative agency in the Northeast and Midwest, is no longer representing the KYDEX® product line. We thank Mike Delladio, Craig Miller, and Russ Consentino for being excellent advocates for KYDEX® thermoplastics over their years of service, but as we merge the two business brands of ALLEN® and KYDEX®, we have determined that a direct Regional Business Manager, employed by SPI, is in the best interest of our customers and company. We are very appreciative of the outstanding support we have received from PSI and thank them for their years of service.
All inquiries and activities in the Northeast region are being managed by our customer collaboration and customer service teams, with support from a Market Business Manager, Rich Cort. Once the new role of Northeast Regional Business Manager (RBM) is filled, the Regional Business Manager will be responsible for all business, customer, and account development and activity for both the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands and products in the following states: KY, VA, WV, DC, MD, DE, NJ, PA, NY, CT, MA, VT, NH, ME, and Eastern Canada. In addition, the KYDEX® manufacturer representative, Bob Scheffler of Pace Sales, will continue reporting to Rich Cort for KYDEX® products.
Ted Bevelheimer from the ALLEN® products sales team, has been promoted to Central Regional Business Manager (RBM) and will have responsibility for all business, customer, and account development and activity for both the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands and products in the following states: MI, OH, and IN.
Three Lakes of Williamston, the ALLEN® manufacturer representative agency, will no longer be representing the ALLEN® product line. Brad and Brian Sharp have been with the ALLEN organization for many years. But, as we merge the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands, we have decided that a direct Regional Business Manager employed by SPI is in the best interest of our customers and company. We appreciate the outstanding support we have received from the Sharps and wish them much success moving forward. Ted Bevelheimer is assuming responsibility for Brian’s account and business development in Michigan, and the newly appointed Northeast Regional Business Manager will be responsible for Eastern Canada.
Owen Dow has accepted the position of Southeast Regional Business Manager (RBM). Owen and his family will be relocating into the Southeast, and he will assume responsibility for all business, customer, and account development and activity for both the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands and products in the following states: NC, SC, GA, TN, AL, and FL.
Kerry Bone Associates (KBA), the KYDEX® Thermoplastic manufacturer representative for the Southeast, was a strong advocate for KYDEX® sheet in the territory, but will no longer be representing our products after May 30, 2015. We greatly appreciate the support of Kerry Bone Associates these past years and wish them continued success.
In addition, Steve Sieger, the KYDEX® Territory Sales Manager for Florida and Southeast accounts, is no longer employed by SEKISUI SPI.
Nik Taritas, formerly with ‘Plastic Solutions, Inc.’, a manufacturer representative agency, has elected to join SPI as the Midwest Regional Business Manager (RBM), effective June 1, 2015. Nik has been involved with sales of KYDEX® products for more than 15 years.
His understanding of thermoplastics and customer solutions, combined with exemplary sales and business development skills, makes him an important addition to our team. On June 1, Nik will assume responsibility for all business, customer, and account development and activity for both the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands and products in the following states: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, and IL.
Donna Porsche, a Territory/Account manager for ALLEN® products, is no longer employed by SEKISUI SPI. We appreciate the outstanding support we have received from Donna and wish her continued success.
John Martino has assumed the position of Western Regional Business Manager for both the KYDEX® and ALLEN® brands of thermoplastics. He will be developing our regional and account specific strategies for our full line of products, produced at our Bloomsburg, PA, and Holland, MI, production plants. John will have full responsibility for all commercial business activities in the following states: AZ, CA, NV, UT, ID, WY, MT, OR, WA, and Western Canada.
Paul Brust and Dan Dickens of Pacific Polymer Group will continue to represent the KYDEX® brand while supporting John with development of the ALLEN® brand of thermoplastic sheets in WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, UT, and Western Canada. Paul and Dan will be reporting to John Martino.
Brian McCloskey has recently been hired as the South Central Regional Business Manager (RBM). Brian will assume responsibility for all business, customer, and account development and activity for both the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands and products in the following states: CO, NM, OK, AR, MS, LA, TX, and Mexico. Brian has been hired because of his demonstrated success in business development and superior customer collaboration background.
Mike Ringquist will focus his time in the role of Business Manager for Heavy Equipment and Agriculture for both the ALLEN® and KYDEX® brands, where he will be developing product and project specifications for our customers and the industries they serve. We are confident that the leadership and success Mike has demonstrated during his 29 years representing ALLEN® products will continue to benefit our customers and company for both brands.