Perstorp Plastic Systems, Americas, which has had a manufacturing facility in Lakewood for 15 years, is moving its corporate offices here from California.
The move follows the resignation of company President Spencer Hoopes, California resident and founder of Xytec, which has become the generic name for the rigid collapsible plastic containers Perstorp makes. Hoopes will remain on the board of directors but has chosen to lighten his workload, according to Bob Bryant, director of corporate marketing.
Three members of a new senior management team will relocate here from San Francisco as a result of the decision to integrate management and manufacturing. The team includes Jan Meijennk, president and former managing director of the company’s Thailand operation; Thom Walsh, formerly vice president of operations, now general manager; Ron Springer, sales manager; and Norm Stipp, vice president of finance. Tore Sundgren, formerly of Perstorp Plastic Systems in Brazil, will direct product and business development.
Perstorp, which expects to announce several new products this year, sells to end users for food, medicine, manufactured components and raw material handling.
“I am excited about the new products scheduled for introduction this year and improved services for our customers.,” says Wiking Henricsson, president and CEO of Perstorp Plastic Systems International. “This new management team will be a key force to keep us moving forward toward continued success.”
The company has 150 employees in Tacoma and a satellite plant in Detroit.