Announcing New Generation of Leadership
AMHERST, NH [February 16, 2021] – Today, Plastics Forming Enterprises (PFE) enters a new chapter with the announcement of Kristi Hansen assuming the role of President. PFE is an internationally recognized leader in recyclability testing and design for recycling consultation, working with some of the largest brands in the world toward achieving packaging circularity goals.
Established in 1984, under the leadership of Louis Tacito, PFE has played an instrumental role in helping to develop quality standards for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at the recycling industry’s earliest stages, as well as consult on the construction of some of the first plastics recycling facilities to operate in the U.S and around the world. PFE’s growth over the years has paralleled the maturation of the plastics recycling industry, increasing the range of material testing and consultation services to include the many resins used in both rigid and flexible packaging.
Hansen, a recognized leader in the plastics recycling industry, brings the experience and vision that will enable PFE to continue to evolve with the rapidly changing packaging industry. As a design engineer with a degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA), and 18 years of engineering experience in both the structural fiber and plastics industries, Hansen brings extensive technical knowledge to her new leadership role. Amongst her professional accomplishments, she has installed, started-up, and trained the commercial, quality control laboratories for three food-grade PET recycle facilities. Hansen has also assisted Tacito in the full facility design, development, and qualification for several major, best-in-class, FDA-grade PET plants throughout the world.
“Kristi brings unparalleled experience to the organization, which uniquely qualifies her to oversee and manage the many business functions at PFE,” notes Tacito, CEO of PFE. “Her roles have allowed her to work closely with the clientele to better understand the recycling community and the challenges that material selection and product design have on the recycle steam quality.”
Amongst Hansen’s goals for the organization, PFE will continue to lead in mechanical testing and design consultation, but also support the industry as it moves to address the emerging opportunities in chemical recycling, mitigating ocean plastics, and improving the image of plastics.
“This is an unprecedented and exciting time in the plastics industry,” Hansen reflects. “PFE has been a force in helping the recycling industry grow and become mainstream in manufacturing. I look forward to leading this organization as it meets the industry’s new challenges in achieving circularity goals.”
About Plastics Forming Enterprises
Plastics Forming Enterprises, LLC was founded in 1984 and has played an instrumental role in advancing the recycling industry in North America, and beyond. PFE has consulted on the development of some of the world’s largest and most innovative PET recycling facilities, associated with over 70% of the U.S. PET processing capacity during the industry’s early growth. PFE has worked with hundreds of clients across the value chain, ranging from resin manufacturers, material converters, recyclers, brand owners and trade groups to ensure products create value in the recycling system. In addition to driving innovation in PET recycling, PFE offers similar expertise for all commodity resins, in both rigid and flexible packaging. From supporting the development of testing protocol to demonstrating recyclability and consulting on design for recycling, PFE has had a hand in furthering the recyclability of a significant number of products utilizing the PFE plastics recycling pilot process facility and supporting testing laboratory.