Wheaton Forms New Identity After Merger

Wheaton Industries, a Millville, New Jersey-based manufacturer of plastic and glass containers for laboratories, diagnostics, and specialty pharmaceuticals, has formed a new identity following its acquisition by the Duran Group, a Mainz, Germany-headquartered manufacturer of borosilicate glass, and a subsequent merger with Kimble Chase, a Vineland, New Jersey-headquartered manufacturer of glassware. With the integration of all three companies, the new company identity has been branded as Duran Wheaton Kimble.

The integration of the three companies represents increased manufacturing capacity and provides a complete range of purpose-built glass products as well as plastic products and fused material-based containers.

With the formation of a new company identity, Duran Wheaton Kimble has also appointed three new members to its executive team. David Koi has been appointed as the new president of Wheaton. Mr. Koi comes to Wheaton from Thermo Fisher Scientific where he was senior vice president, global portfolio management, Fisher Scientific Channel. Prior to that, Mr. Koi held various positions in marketing and finance for several large multi-national companies.

In addition, Doug Harris has been appointed as vice president of sales and marketing for Wheaton. Prior to joining Wheaton, Mr. Harris was chief executive officer of NanoDetection Technology, a company developing computer chip-based technology for the rapid detection of multiple biomarkers. He had previously worked in sales and marketing for Meridian Bioscience, Greiner Bio-One North America, and BD.

Finally, Stephan Labonté has begun serving as a member of the advisory board of the Duran Group. Previously Mr. Labonté served as senior vice president of category management and supplier relationships at VWR International.

Source: Duran Wheaton Kimble

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