performance plastics Team
The Performance Plastics Management Team is backed by operations and administrative groups possessing deep technical thermoplastic molding and material expertise. Strengthen your design engineering capabilities by accessing our talents.
Harry Shimp - Chief Executive Officer
Harry brings over 30 years of experience in the general management of highly technical manufacturing companies. He has had P&L responsibility for seventeen different manufacturing businesses in the fields of thermoplastics, engineered ceramics, precision equipment, photovoltaics, reinforced composites, and precision optics.
Mr. Shimp holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and Masters degrees in Engineering and Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has been awarded five U.S. patents. Mr. Shimp served as a regular commissioned officer with United States Marine Corps.
Rich Reed - VP of Sales and Marketing
Rich Reed has 30 years of experience helping customers design and develop solutions with high performance polymer materials. Rich began his career in R&D in the plastics field developing new products by focusing on customer needs. He has worked in Sales & Marketing for the majority of his career leading teams and solving customer problems in numerous markets including: medical, energy, aerospace & defense, industrial, and electronics. Mr. Reed has an A.S. in Chemistry, B.S. in Industrial Management, and an MBA with a specialization in Innovation and Technology. Rich enjoys working with design engineers to meet demanding product requirements. Contact him to discuss your project.
Tom Mendel - Director and Chief Technical Officer
Tom has over 40 years of business experience and more than 30 years working with thermoplastics. A long time Ohio native, he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Tom has developed an international reputation among his customers as an expert consulting engineer who can help them optimize part design and resin selection.
Anthony Malone - VP of Technology
Anthony’s entire professional life has been connected to the field of thermoplastics, beginning with his BS in Plastics Engineering from Shawnee State University and an MBA from University of Kentucky. He joined PPL in 2010 from a Fortune 500 plastics manufacturer as Director of Engineering prior to assuming his current expanded role. Anthony’s special expertise extends into resin selection, part design and related mold design. He works extensively with customers early on in the product design cycle to optimize part performance, manufacturability and life cycle customer costs based on his extensive knowledge of advanced manufacturing techniques
Chris Lawson - VP of Operations
Chris has over 20 years of experience with PPL since graduating from the University of Akron with a degree in Industrial Management and Quality Control. He started as a process engineer and then advanced through roles in quality, safety, and manufacturing before assuming overall responsibility for operations. Chris has specialized knowledge in the areas of automation (for production and inspection), vision systems, high temperature polymer behavior, process optimization and employee training.
Peggy Delany - Controller
Peggy has been with Performance Plastics for over 20 years working in accounting and project management. She holds a BS/BA in Accounting from Xavier University. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Peggy is directly involved in new customer on-boarding and has customer coordination responsibilities with PPL’s primary accounts.
Brian Black - Engineer
Brian has 10 years of engineering experience and working with thermoplastics. A Penn State Graduate with a degree in Plastics Engineering, Brian has developed a reputation among his customers as an expert consulting engineer who can help them optimize part design and resin selection.
Sharona Lee - Business Development Specialist
Sharona has been with PPL for nearly a decade in various support roles. She also has extensive outside experience in dealing with customers and understands the value of fast, accurate responses to customer questions.