John C. Reib
Sales, Management, Machinery
A pioneer in the field of auxiliary equipment for plastics processors. Developed the first automatic vacuum hopper loader and the first on-the- press automatic loader/color blender, which made possible automation of material handling and blending of plastics materials.
Reib began his career in the plastics industry as a moldmaker, later selling molds to plastics processors. In 1955, he started his own sales representative company. He shifted to manufacturing when his supplier discontinued making drum tumblers, for which he had received orders. He improved on the design to meet market needs, and formed Conair, Inc. to produce auxiliary equipment for plastics processors. This included the first small vacuum loader for transferring plastic pellets from shipping containers into processing machines, eliminating hand filling.
From the original 600-square-foot manufacturing and sales office in Franklin, PA, Conair has become a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of eight major auxiliary product lines. John Reib has various patents issued to him in the U.S., Canada, U.K., West Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Mexico.
In 1987, Conair merged with GWH Holdings, Inc. of Pittsburgh, and he was named Chairman of the Board of Conair.
He was born in Cooperstown, PA, and his first job out of high school was running an injection molding machine. He completed two engineering courses from the International Correspondence School.
He has been an SPE member since 1948, and has served on local and society committees. He is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association, and is on the Board of Trustees and a member of the Education Committee of the Plastics Center and Museum.
He has received the SPI's Eastern Section Annual Achievement Award. He served as a member of the SPI Board of Directors, chaired both the Auxiliary Equipment Section and Machinery Division. He also served on the Public Affairs Committee as Product Liability Issue Coordinator and represented the U.S. and the SPI at a Tripartite Conference on Product Liability in West Germany.
In 1987, he received the SPE Award for Outstanding Business Management.
He and his wife Lille divide their time between homes in Franklin, PA, and Stuart, FL. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.