Inducted 2018


Donald Graham is an inventor, innovator, businessman and founder of Graham Engineering Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture and sale of high-speed plastics processing machinery. He graduated from the University of Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1955 and an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management in 1956. In 1960 he started Graham Engineering in the basement of a rented farmhouse in Dover, Pennsylvania with virtually no capital and only one employee. From this humble start, Graham Engineering became the technological engine that enabled the development and drove the growth of his industrial businesses in packaging, machinery, recycling, and building products. One of Don’s greatest innovations is the internationally recognized Graham Engineering Rotary Wheel Blow Molding System, one of the world’s fastest and most efficient machinery lines for extrusion blow molding of plastic containers.  His companies have grown extensively through mergers and acquisitions to become a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. In addition to its flagship blow molding brand, the Graham Group has also acquired extruder manufacturer American Kuhne and sheet line extrusion manufacturer Welex. Don has also served on the board of directors of numerous corporations, banks, and academic institutions.

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