Sherman Olson and Robert Simoncini conclude their career.
Last year, custom blown film manufacturer
Danafilms(http://www.danafilms.com/)entered a new chapter in its 41-year history when it was acquired by German
manufacturer RKW Group. Now, there’s yet another new page in the Danafilms
story, one that celebrates the retirement of Danafilms president/chief
executive officer Sherman Olson and vice president of sales Robert Simoncini,
and the passing of the torch to an experienced management team already in
In 1970, Sherman Olson left Hobbs Manufacturing to start
Danafilms from scratch. With the assistance of his former Hobbs boss, Robert
Simoncini, Olson built his first two lines from angle iron spare parts, and
still found enough hours in the day to make sales calls, handle the company
ledgers, and build a third line - again with Simoncini’s help - in that first
year. By 1977, Olson’s budding company had outgrown its original Marlborough,
MA, location, and moved to a new 19,000 square foot plant in Westborough, MA.
Also in that year, the company had grown to the point that it could support
several staff members, allowing Simoncini to join Danafilms on a full-time
Through the years, Danafilms grew exponentially, today manufacturing
more than 100 million pounds in two plants at Westborough and Franklin, KY. Key
to that steady, organic expansion, explains Danafilms sales manager Steve
Crimmin, was the fiscally conservative philosophy Olson and Simoncini fostered
since the company’s infancy.
“Both Sherm and Bob made sure that the company was in good
shape to expand and could handle expansion when necessary,” explains Crimmin.
“As a result of their philosophy, the company never experienced the big ups and
downs that some companies have over the years. Here, Sherm and Bob created a
very solid company, and there’s a real legacy in that.”
That legacy - whether illustrated by tangibles like two
booming plants filled with film extrusion lines of all sizes and capabilities,
or intangibles like business philosophies that call for fiscal responsibility
and consistent reinvestment - has true staying power with the competent
leadership that continues to show the way forward.
To that end, the current management team includes Crimmin, a
20-year Danafilms employee, as well as 39-year Danafilms veteran Alan
Simoncini, son of Robert. The younger Simoncini joined Danafilms as a machine
operator, and gradually rose through the ranks to general manager and vice president,
where he remains today.
“The current management group has been managing the
day-to-day operation over the last five or six years,” says Crimmin. “In recent
years, really, Sherm and Bob were there to provide experience and guidance,
helping during some of the transitions along the way.”
Crimmin remains confident that the guidance that Olson and
Simoncini provided these last few years, coupled with the experience that the
capable management team gained in their own tenures at Danafilms, will
contribute to the sustained success of the company, as well as a continued
focus on the best possible quality product and service.
“Really, our customers won’t see any changes in the way we
do business,” concludes Crimmin. “This is the way we’ve always handled our
company and our customers.”
Danafilms president/CEO and VP-sales retire
June 21, 2012