John Aprea, founder and chairman of Vector Packaging, died on November 25 after a brief illness. He was 53 years old. In 1986, his entrepreneurial skills brought Vector’s plastic casings and high-abuse bags to customers throughout North and South America. Prior to founding Vector, he was director of marketing and international export for Union Carbide’s Films Packaging Division.
Frederick Usinger III, longtime president of Usinger’s Famous Sausage Co., died of natural causes December 6 at the age of 89. He grew up in the business, becoming the third-generation wurstmacher — sausage-maker — in the firm founded by his grandfather. He became plant manager at 24 and vice president of the company at 29. He took over as president in 1953.