December 3, 2014

Robert Deitrick, vice president of global sales for Graham Engineering Corporation has appointed Patrick Johnsen to be regional sales manager for Extrusion in the U.S. Midwest and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Extrusion comprises Welex sheet lines and American Kuhne extruders and extrusion systems.


The U.S. portion of Mr. Johnsen’s responsibilities includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

“Patrick brings more than ten years of experience in sales of extrusion systems, with a focus on the Midwest market,” said Deitrick. “For our customers in the region, he will serve as a knowledgeable and often familiar source of sales, service and support.”

Patrick Johnsen joins the group from the co-extrusion processor Senoplast, where he was business development manager. Previously he had served for nine years in sales positions with extrusion system supplier Processing Technologies International (PTi). 

He holds a BSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State



The Graham Group acquired majority interest in American Kuhne in 2012, followed by Graham Engineering Corporation’s acquisition of Welex in June 2013. Together, Graham Engineering Corporation, American Kuhne, and Welex create a convergence of leading technologies, people, and capabilities in extrusion. Graham is a privately held company headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, USA. 

Graham Engineering Corporation (GEC) is the global standard in wheel and industrial extrusion blow molding solutions, with 400 installations in 20 countries. GEC offers package design, product 2 development and processing expertise, along with monolayer, multilayer, and barrier extrusion blow molding equipment and technology upgrades. Visit 

American Kuhne (AK) is the preferred provider of engineered solutions for plastics, rubber, and silicone extrusion. AK solutions comprise standard and custom single screw extruders, feed screws, extrusion systems, and specialized turnkey systems for laboratory, medical tubing, narrow web, wire and cable, pipe, tubing, and profile applications. Visit 

Welex is the global standard in high performance sheet extrusion solutions, with over four decades of leadership. Welex solutions are installed in more than 3,000 customer locations in 69 countries. The company’s innovations include co-extrusion and multi-layer methods that lead the industry as well as dozens of barrier lines installed globally. Visit

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