Meridian Adhesives Group has announced the promotion of Jerry Stempel to the position of president of the company’s Industrial Packaging Division. Stempel steps into this role five months after Meridian’s acquisition of Prime Blend, LLC, a company he founded in 2017. Prime Blend, Evans Adhesive Corp., and Evans Canada comprise the division. Stempel will partner with the companies’ current leaders, Rusty Thompson of Evans Adhesive and Ken Forlenza of Evans Canada.

“I look forward to using my experience in the industrial adhesives space to continue the growth of this division while partnering with a fantastic group,” Stempel said.

Stempel began his career in the adhesives and coatings sector 37 years ago and has a proven track record of achieving significant financial results through his decades of leadership. He has been working with his current customer base uninterrupted since 1985.

“I am extremely pleased to have Jerry leading our Industrial Packaging Division,” said Daniel Pelton, CEO of Meridian. “Jerry brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record to our team. His dedication and support of his customer base has been pivotal to the success of Prime Blend. We are confident that Jerry and his team will accelerate our current integration process of this growing division and continue to drive our customer-focused mission.”

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