PAWCATUCK — Robert W. Ackley, former president of Davis-Standard, has been named to the Plastics Hall of Fame and will be inducted May 6 during the National Plastics Exposition in Orlando.
Ackley, a 46-year veteran of Davis-Standard, began his career right out of high school in 1959 as a draftsman, and moved up the engineering, research, and sales ranks into senior management roles, retiring in 2005. Along the way guided the company’s expansion and was active in the industry’s professional associations.
“Plastics have done so much good for society,” Ackley said. “Witnessing the advancement of extrusion and converting technology and the progression of plastics into every facet of life has been incredible. When I first joined Davis-Standard, we were insulating wire and cable. By the time I left, we were in nearly every market.”
Ackley earned his mechanical engineering degree from Mitchell College in New London, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He became president of the company in 1983.
“Bob Ackley was a terrific mentor and instrumental in making Davis-Standard an industry leader,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard president and CEO. “I am forever grateful to his team approach, the way he empowered employees, and his intuitive and smart business sense.”