Jim Sterling receives lifetime achievement award

Jim Sterling, a member of Stolle Machinery’s management team, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latamcan 2022 tradeshow in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this month, the company said. 

The award was presented at the closing dinner and ceremony of Latamcan on Friday 13 May. Although he was not able to attend the show in person, the award was accepted on his behalf by Geraldo Teixeira from Stolle Brazil.  Here are Jim’s acceptance remarks as read by Geraldo:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I have seen the list of people who have received this award in the past. These are the people over the years I have listened to, admired, and tried to emulate. I am honored to be considered for this prestigious award and my name be added to this list of can industry people who have made a difference.

I would like to thank the nominating committee representing Latamcan for their initial selection, and for putting on this conference. I would also like to thank the can Industry leaders for their final selection.  This is the industry we are all a part of and the industry we proudly serve.

This honour is not something that one accomplishes alone, so lastly, I would like to thank the people at Stolle Machinery for their help, guidance, and support over the years.  Some of them are present here and others are not. This list is a long one, and I have very fond memories!

In closing, I would like to thank all of my friends in the industry over the past 47 years for this lifetime achievement award. Thank you very much.

Sterling began his career with Owens Illinois in May 1975 where he held various positions until 1980.  In October that year, he began working with Miller Brewing Co. in Moultrie, Georgia as production supervisor. In 1992 he began a career with Reynolds Metals Co. also in Moultrie as a Production Supervisor, and later moved to Richmond, Virginia where he held the position of technical service manager for Reynolds. 

In 2000, he joined Alcoa Packaging Machinery (APM) as a product director (for Reynolds Can Machines). After APM became Stolle Machinery in 2004, Jim served as a senior product director, senior director of Large Equipment Projects, and retired from the position of customer training director at the end of 2021.

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