Adhesive Applications

Growing into the Future – Recent Promotions


Adhesive Applications is excited to announce the promotions of Mike Bailey to Plant Manager, Dave Hilton to Coating Manager, and Susan L’Heureux to Purchasing.

Petra Schaefer, Chief Executive, commented about the recent news, “Adhesive Applications continues to grow and evolve. Not only have these three individuals grown in their time with us, but they have also contributed to the growth and success of the company. That will continue exponentially in their new positions.”

Mike started at Adhesive Applications in 2008 and has served in multiple roles throughout the years. In his new position, Mike will be improving process flow, facilitating the move of converting, overseeing scheduling for all departments, and managing the plant supervisors. He looks forward to all the new challenges and working to get all operations together to improve efficiency. Petra mentioned, “Mike has always offered to jump in and help out no matter what he is doing in the organization and that energy and leadership will be critical to our future success.” Mike has been married for over 20 years, has two grown children, and is a die-hard New England sports fan.

Dave began at Adhesive Applications in 2004 and has worked hard to improve safety and billing processes. Petra stated, “Dave’s experience in coating at Dielectric Polymer Inc. as well as his commitment to safety will ensure that the coating team Mike has led will continue to run smoothly.” In his new position, Dave will be overseeing our coating operation, scheduling the coating lines, and helping with process improvements. Dave looks forward to meeting customer demands and having converting and coating in the same area. He is engaged and has two sons – one that is a fire fighter and another who is in college to become a teacher.

Susan joined the Adhesive Applications team in 2013 and has been a wonderful asset in the office. In her new role, she will be assisting the purchasing director, handling freight, and working closely with vendors. Susan looks forward to learning new aspects of the company, gaining new skills, and providing a helping hand wherever needed. “Susan’s attention to detail and knowledge of purchasing will keep our purchasing group strong,” said Petra. Outside of work, Susan has her hands full with her 6 and 8-year-old grandchildren. Susan also dedicates her crocheting abilities to make preemie hats for local area hospitals.

Adhesive Applications Names Dave Sweigart Night Shift Supervisor

Dave Sweigart will officially lead Adhesive Applications’ Night Shift Operations as Night Shift Supervisor, effective immediately.

“This title change simply reflects the work Dave has been doing all along,” said Petra Schaefer, incoming President. “Dave ensures the rest of us sleep well at night and continue to run Adhesive Applications to meet customer demands.”

“As we bring our operations under one roof, Dave will ensure things run smoothly,” said Mike Bailey, Adhesive Applications Plant Manager. “Having worked with Dave for more than 25 years, I know he will handle everything on his plate and then some.”

“ I am excited about this opportunity and the future of Adhesive Applications,”said Dave. “We have a bright future ahead of us, and I look forward to continuing to work with a great team.”

Dave has been with Adhesive Applications since 2012. Prior to that, he was at Scapa for more than 20 years. He lives in South Hadley. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and watching sports with family and friends.