PE-backed Western Industries Plastic Products appoints CEO

Western Industries Plastic Products LLC, which is backed by Littlejohn Capital, has named Richard Haueter as CEO. Haueter is a former CEO of DeltaTech Controls and ex-senior operations executive at Armacell LLC. Winfield, Kansas-based Western is a manufacturer of large blow-molded products.


WINFIELD, KS, May 10, 2019 – Western Industries Plastic Products LLC (“Western”), a niche technical manufacturer of large blow-molded products, announced today the appointment of Richard Haueter as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Haueter previously served with DeltaTech Controls for seven years in increasingly senior leadership positions in the U.S. and internationally and was named CEO in 2012. Since 2018, he was Senior Operations Executive for private equity-backed Armacell, LLC, manufacturer of a variety of foam products used in multiple industry applications. He also worked for six years with ITT Cannon.

Mr. Haueter is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Angus C. Littlejohn Jr., founder and Chairman of Littlejohn Capital, which acquired Western in March, said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. Richard has extensive leadership, strategic, operational, and financial skills from operationally complex industries that will further drive progress and growth in the organization. He brings a wealth of experience in the manufacturing industry and adds additional talent and leadership to our executive team as we enter the next phase of Western’s development and growth. He understands working with private equity backed companies and the entire leadership team will greatly benefit from his management insights and we look forward to working closely with him.”

About Western Industries Plastic Products
With over 30 years of rich history, Western has grown to become an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of premium blow molded finished products and components for a variety of end markets and offers one of North America’s largest selection of large head capacity machinery. The company’s end markets include the industrial, furniture, sports and leisure, transportation, and lawn and garden sectors and its products are shipped worldwide. Founded in 1987, Western is headquartered in Winfield, Kansas. Visit