PARKMAN, Ohio—Paul Komandt, service manager for Polymer Machinery Co., died Jan. 23 after a battle with leukemia. He was 66.
He started to work at Barwell in the 1960s, not long after the machinery company began supplying preformers to the rubber industry. Parkman was still with the company, working in the parts and service department, when PMC was formed in 2000 and purchased Barwell North America, according to PMC President Kendall Ashby.
“Paul then became our service manager and has held that title to this day,” Ashby said. “He was well known in the rubber industry for service of Barwell products, Pan Stone presses and the other equipment that PMC sells and services. He had more than 40 years of knowledge and experience. He will be missed by people from the United Kingdom to Taiwan and all over North America.”
Komandt served in the U.S. Army from February 1969 to 1971 as a photo interpreter during the Vietnam War.
In addition to his work at PMC, he was a member of the Parkman Township Fire Department and served as fire chief from January 1987 until his death.
Komandt is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Shannon (Michael) Cook of Lorain; sons David (Teresa) of Rapid City, S.D., and Paul (Krista) of Parkman; four grandchildren; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to the Parkman Fire & Rescue Association, P.O. Box 661, Parkman, OH 44080.