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Ackley, Robert W.

<p>Robert W. Ackley is an American engineer and businessman. He started his career at Davis-Standard immediately after high school graduation in 1959. Attending night school, he earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Mitchell College and an MBA from the University of New Haven in 1980. In his 46 years with Davis-Standard, Ackley held several key positions within the corporation including design engineer, group leader, manager of technical engineering, field service manager, sales product manager, and spare parts manager.</p> <p>While working in the engineering department of Davis-Standard, Ackley developed and patented a "self-aligning seal tip" to solve an expansion problem on extrusion systems for insulating medium and high voltage power cables.</p> <p>He also served as Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Engineering and Research Development and he was awarded a patent for an apparatus used in curing crosslinked polyethylene. In 1979, Mr. Ackley was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Engineering and Development. From 1983 until his retirement in 2005, he was President of Davis-Standard, headquartered in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and Vice President of the company&rsquo;s parent company, Crompton Corporation (the former Crompton &amp; Knowles Corporation), a $ 2.2 billion company based in Middlebury, Connecticut.</p> <p>Possessing one of the largest "global" market positions in the industry, under Ackley's leadership, Davis-Standard grew from $25 million of sales in 1983, when he became President, to sales in excess of $200 million currently. Commencing in 1990, Ackley led the corporation in implementing an aggressive sales and acquisition program that has more than doubled its global workforce to over 700 employees and increased its manufacturing operation sites from one to four. The corporation&rsquo;s manufacturing facilities comprise three-quarter of a million square feet of space in Germany, England, New Jersey and Connecticut.</p> <p>Ackley is past Chairman of the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) headquartered in Washington, D.C., a member of the Plastics Pioneers, a member of the NPCM National Board of Governors, on the board of ASME; and a board member of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. He is also a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and a past chairman of the Machinery Division for SPI. He received a Life Achievement Award from the University of New Haven in March 1996 for his distinguished service to community, the University of New Haven and professional success.</p>
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