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LaBelle, John F.

<p>LaBelle served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1954.</p>

 

Lachowecki, Walter W.

<p>Walter W. Lachowecki served as the Technical Services Manager for Fiberfil Corporation from it early days until his death in 1994.</p> <p>Lachowecki was born in Connecticut. He later served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War.&nbsp;

 

Lampman, James R.

Lampman served as President of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 1962.

 

Land, Edwin H.

<p>Edwin H. Land was the founder of the Polaroid Corp. and one of the most celebrated inventors of the Twentieth Century.&nbsp; He was also a leader in developing technologies for military intelligence, and in promoting and funding civic and philanthropic

 

Landis, H. Richard

<p>H. Richard Landis is a pioneer in thin-wall injection molding. He founded Landis Plastics Inc. in 1956, and the Chicago Ridge, Ill.-based company grew from a one-machine operation in 1956 to a business that employs more than 2,100 people at six U.S. lo

 

Landis, Henry J.

<p>Founded the Landis Tile Company in Chicago, Illinois, which became Landis Plastics, Inc.</p>

 

Lankton, Gordon B.

<p>With borrowed funds, Gordon Lankton purchased 50% of Nypro Products Corporation in 1962. At that time, the company had sales of $600,000. Seven years later, he purchased the rest of the company, and became President and CEO.</p> <p>Now Nypro sales are

 

Laverne, Erwine

<p>Erwine Laverne and Estelle Laverne were a husband and wife design team responsible for innovative furniture designs, including many that utilized plastics and recognized the inherent malleability of the material. Both Lavernes studied painting at the A

 

Laverne, Estelle

<p>Erwine Laverne and Estelle Laverne were a husband and wife design team responsible for innovative furniture designs, including many that utilized plastics and recognized the inherent malleability of the material. Both Lavernes studied painting at the A

 

Lavitt, Seymour

<p>Seymour Lavitt, of Rockville, CT was an educator in the field of plastics. He taught the fundamentals of plastics from "The Plastics Seminars" of Hingham, Massachusetts.</p>

 

Leitz, James

<p>James Leitz&rsquo; began his career in 1965 at injection molder Mack Molding Co. Inc.&nbsp; In 1968, he went to Celanese Plastics in the film and sheet group. Both positions were in sales and marketing.&nbsp; Leitz began rotomolding in 1973 when he bec

 

LeMoyne, Kaye

<p>Kaye LeMoyne was the designer for The Branchell Company's popular melamine lines of dinnerware, included Color-Flyte (1952), Royale (1954), Moonflower, and Spring Lite.</p>

 

Lester, William Morris

<p>William Morris Lester was an inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur who helped revolutionize the American plastics industry. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish immigrants from Russia, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1928 from Worceste

 

Leviton, Isador

<p>Isador Leviton was founder and president of Leviton Manufacturing Company, and contribted greatly to the use of phenolics for electrical switches and similar products. Leviton began in the button industry, then moved to manufacture gas mantles.&nbsp; F

 

Levy, Sidney

Sidney Levy was the principal of Sidney Levy P.E. and Associates (La Verne, CA), an engineering and consulting firm. Levy graduated from Cooper Union and is a member of the Patent Bar. He has extensive experience in the design of plastics, in production e

 

Loewy, Raymond

<p>Raymond Loewy was an American industrial designer.</p>

 

Lougee, E.F.

Founding editor of Modern Plastics , where he began work in 1934. Lougee introduced the subject of industrial design to the new magazine, which had evolved from the earlier Plastics Products . His article &quot;Industry and the Soy Bean,&quot; for Modern

 

Lubin, George

<p>George Lubin was one of the world's foremost experts in carbon filament composites and boron/epoxy laminates.&nbsp; He conducted research that led to the first phonographic record in 1983. During World War II, he directed the U.S. Navy's Plastics Labor

 

Luntz, Joan

<p>Joan Luntz was an American industrial designer who produced the&nbsp; 'Desert Flower,"&nbsp; 'Brookpark Modern,' and 'Brookpark Arrowhead Everware," kitcheware lines for International Molded Products of Cleveland, Ohio.&nbsp; The latter two designs won

 

Luth, Harold J.

Luth was Director of Research and Engineering at Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. In 1945 Luth patented with Herman B. Shiedemantel a method of fastening ( U.S. patent #2366274 ) two pieces of thermoset material together. See: Luth, Harold J. &amp;ldquo;A ga