SPE Honors Thomas Haglin with Thermoformer of the Year Award

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The Society of Plastics Engineers presents Thomas Haglin with Thermoformer of the Year award. The award will be presented during the 27th SPE Thermoforming Conference® held on September 9-11, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI at Wisconsin Center and the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel. He is the owner and CEO of LINDAR Corporation and also CEO and owner of Avantech. Haglin received a bachelor’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica.


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SPE Names Thomas Haglin Thermoformer of the Year

CAROL STREAM. IL, U.S.A., May 13, 2019: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has named Thomas Haglin as Thermoformer of the Year.

The award will be presented during SPE’s Thermoforming Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the 27th SPE Thermoforming Conference®. The conference will take place September 9-11, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI, at the Wisconsin Center and the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel. The Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 10.

Thomas Haglin is CEO and owner of LINDAR Corporation, Baxter, Minnesota, a diversified thermoforming company which he founded in 1993. He is also CEO and owner of Avantech, a producer of tooling for rotational molding, acquired in 2012 by Mr. Haglin and relocated to Baxter in 2016. 

In its 165,000 sq.ft. (15,330 sq.m) manufacturing facility, LINDAR employs 175 people and operates nine roll-fed machines, eight sheet-fed formers, six CNC routers, four robotic routers, one label line and one extrusion line. Its annual revenues exceed USD $35-million.

The company has been a pioneer in packaging for individual cupcakes and desserts, tamper-evident two-piece pie and cake containers, bioplastic packaging, and lenticular lenses for 3D-like packaging effects.

In its annual parts competition, the Thermoforming Division of SPE awarded gold medals to LINDAR Corp. in 2010 and 2014.

A native of Brainerd, Minnesota, Mr. Haglin received a bachelor’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He began his professional career in 1985 with Larco / Acrometal, where he was promoted to plant manager. 

“Tom Haglin embodies the true spirit of the American Dream, from growing a small acquisition over 25 years ago into a thriving, diversified processor to his broad community service,” said Eric Short, SPE Thermoforming Division Chair. “Our industry is fortunate to have Tom Haglin, and we’re honored to have him as this year’s SPE Thermoformer of the Year.”

Past recipients of the Thermoformer of the Year Award may be found on the SPE Thermoforming Division website at https://thermoformingdivision.com/awards-recognitions/thermoformer-of-the-year/past-winners/.

More information is available at https://thermoformingdivision.com or by contacting Lesley Kyle at 1-914-671-9524 or lesley@openmindworks.com.

THE SPE THERMOFORMING DIVISION is a technical division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, based in Bethel, CT. The Thermoforming Division’s mission is to facilitate the advancement of thermoforming technologies through education, application, promotion and research. The Division hosts an annual educational conference and publishes an award-winning technical journal, SPE Thermoforming Quarterly®. The Division has also funded over $275K in equipment grants and tens of thousands of dollars in undergraduate scholarships since it was first formed. For more information, please visit https://thermoformingdivision.com.

Contact for SPE: Lesley Kyle, +1 914-671-9524, lesley@openmindworks.com

Press contact: Bob Martino, +1 203-321-0787, bob@martinocommunications.com

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