Specialty Polymers, Inc. has hired Steve Dobson as the company’s new regional sales manager for the northeast US and eastern Canada. He was previously production manager for the company’s East Coast plant. In his new role he will be focused on supporting customers in a variety of markets, including architectural & industrial coatings, building and construction, craft/hobby, and printing inks. He will be calling on existing accounts as well as developing new business partnerships with the support of SPI’s technical team. He has nearly 30 years of experience in resin chemistry. “With Steve’s high level of technical experience and customer-focused approach, he is an ideal fit for the new role at Specialty Polymers,” said president Sheryl Southwell. “He has been with SPI for more than 10 years, he knows the product line, and he is firmly committed to supporting the customer. We are excited to have Steve join our sales team.”   Dobson has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and he worked for Ashland as an engineer and plant manager for multiple manufacturing facilities. While at Ashland he took on a sales role, supplying acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives and also coordinating the acquisition of a competitor in 1999. He moved to SPI in 2004 as the production manager in Chester, SC. Specialty Polymers, Inc. is a family-owned manufacturer of environmentally friendly water-based polymers and adhesives. It supplies more than 500 active products. www.specpoly.com