Independent Carton Group Approves Frankston Packaging for Membership

The Independent Carton Group (ICG) today announced that it has added Frankston Packaging to its member roster. This brings the ICG’s membership to 18 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers in 11 states who collectively represent over $700 million in annual sales and 1,350 years of packaging history. Frankston Packaging, located in Frankston, Texas, southeast of Dallas, was voted in as a member during the ICG’s recent general membership meeting in Chicago, which was hosted by local member Accord Carton and included an architectural cruise on the Chicago River and dinner at Fulton’s.

“Frankston Packaging makes a great addition to the ICG. Like all of our members, it has a strong commitment to its customers, which fuels a desire to continually improve operations, expand services, educate employees, apply best practices and implement disaster recovery plans, all of which are possible with ICG membership,” said Jay Willie, executive director of the Independent Carton Group. “Our members saw in Frankston Packaging a company that shares their core values and is poised for growth. It was apparent that the owners appreciate the benefits of our programs and aim to be involved in everything the ICG has to offer. We are pleased to welcome Frankston Packaging to the group, and we look forward to fostering its growth.”

Frankston Packaging is a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock paperboard folding cartons, and while its customers span many industries, the company has a high concentration of customers in food and industrial markets. Frankston Packaging has been owned and managed by Kyle Eldred and Norm Bullock since 2000, but its roots date back to 1957. Under the direction of Eldred and Bullock, Frankston Packaging has posted significant year-over-year sales increases and has reinvested millions of dollars into operational and service improvements.

The company’s 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant houses a variety of printing presses and finishing equipment, including a new Heidelberg XL 106 press installed this summer. Frankston Packaging’s capabilities include sheeting, printing, ultraviolet coating, die cutting, windowing, folding, gluing, tray forming, taping, and special effects such as foil stamping and embossing, as well as various prepress and inventory management services. The facility itself emulates GMP and ISO 9000 standards, and it is regularly audited to ensure best practices in the manufacture of food contact packaging.

Frankston Packaging also holds a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification. By tracking certified paperboard and its wood fiber back to the sourcing forest, customers can verify that the paperboard used in their packaging comes from a responsibly managed forest. The company’s commitment to sustainability is also evident in its own recycling program – it recycles nearly all of its paperboard scrap – and the energy-efficient lighting used throughout its facility. Frankston Packaging will host the next ICG general membership meeting in November, and all ICG members will have the opportunity to tour the manufacturing plant.

“There’s a lot to be said about the power of owner-to-owner communication among ICG members, which was a huge draw for us,” said Norm Bullock, vice president of Frankston Packaging, who anticipates having discussions with other members about equipment purchases, succession planning and other vital topics. “The ICG’s close-knit group of like-minded business owners makes discussions like these possible. For example, before we make our next major press purchase, we’ll call members who use the press or presses we’re considering. When you’re looking at investing millions in a press, you want feedback from people you trust,” he said.

Bullock expects the ICG’s programs to not only benefit Frankston Packaging’s executives, but also its production employees, its operations, and ultimately, its customers. “We’ll learn something new from every tour of a member’s plant, and we hope others will have a unique takeaway from our plant tour in November,” he said. Frankston Packaging will also participate in the ICG’s technical conferences, which provide learning and sharing opportunities for members’ production employees. Bullock also said there’s peace of mind in the ICG’s continuity assurance program. “It’s a huge relief to know that members will have our back in the event of a disaster.”

The ICG was founded with five members in 1982, and membership currently stands at 18. “This isn’t an association in which members can be casual observers,” said Willie. “Our members are all active and highly engaged in the group. There’s amazing communication and collaboration among members, and each one hosts a meeting and facility tour every few years. These things are only possible because of members’ willingness to buy into the ICG’s position as a sharing group. Frankston Packaging is a great fit, and we look forward to their hospitality in November.”

About Independent Carton Group
The Independent Carton Group (ICG) is an association of independently owned and operated folding carton companies. The ICG helps its members provide exceptional products, service and pricing to customers through group purchasing, continuity assurance, and various educational and networking programs. ICG members include Accord Carton, Accurate Box, All Packaging, Climax Manufacturing, Colbert Packaging, Curtis Packaging, 3C Packaging, Dee Paper Box, Diamond Packaging, Disc Graphics, El Paso Paper Box, Finn Industries, Frankston Packaging, Metro Packaging and Imaging, Royal Paper Box, Sonderen Packaging, Thoro Packaging and Zumbiel Packaging.

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Soft & Dri Partners with Play for P.I.N.K. to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Newhall Laboratories announced that its Soft & Dri brand is partnering with Play for P.I.N.K., a non-profit organization that raises funds for breast cancer research. Beginning July 1, sales of specially-marked Soft & Dri stick and aerosol products sold in North America will support a $10,000 donation to the organization.

In addition to being featured on-pack, the Play for P.I.N.K. logo was prominent in a Soft & Dri ad distributed in Sunday newspapers nationwide on 7/28. The partnership will also be prominently called out on Soft & Dri’s and Play for P.I.N.K.’s websites.

“We are honored to support the vital efforts of Play for P.I.N.K., whose steadfast dedication to funding breast cancer research we have long admired,” said Jon Achenbaum, Newhall Laboratories’ CEO.  “Soft & Dri stands for confidence, a value that naturally aligns with Play for P.I.N.K.’s resolve to make ‘breast cancer’ a term referred to solely in past tense.”

“As a brand long trusted by millions of women, Soft & Dri is an ideal partner for our organization” said Stephanie Hamburger, executive director of Play for P.I.N.K. “Soft & Dri’s products help women feel confident and beautiful. At Play for P.I.N.K., our efforts aim to create a world where women can feel confident knowing they can live their lives without the specter of a disease that has impacted the lives of far too many.”

Soft & Dri currently offers four types of deodorants including Aerosol Antiperspirant, Dri Gel Antiperspirant, Clear Glide Antiperspirant, Aluminum Free Deodorant and Stripe Antiperspirant Sticks (in Canada only). Every Soft & Dri product helps women feel confident by keeping them dry and fresh all day long.

Soft & Dri products with the Play for P.I.N.K. logo will be available starting in August. For more information, please visit www.softndri.com.

About Play for P.I.N.K.
Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, by creating and promoting awareness of breast cancer through sporting and lifestyle events. Our commitment is to contribute 100% of all monies raised to our sole beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Since 1996, Play for P.I.N.K. has donated nearly $30 million to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Play for P.I.N.K. currently holds events in 27 states with an estimated 30,000 annual participants. For additional information, please visit www.playforpink.org.

About Newhall Laboratories
Soft & Dri owner Newhall Laboratories (a Brynwood Partners company) acquires and reinvigorates classic personal care and beauty brands, bringing deep consumer marketing, product innovation and retail expertise to some of America’s most trusted brands. LA Looks, Dep, Thicker Fuller Hair, Zero Frizz, Pure & Natural and La Bella are among the company’s other brands.  For more information, please visit www.newhalllabs.com.

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Independent Carton Group Technical Conferences Promote Learning and Sharing

The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 17 independently owned and operated folding carton companies, recently wrapped up its 14th semiannual technical conference, which featured a great lineup of speakers and high attendance, as has been the case with the group’s past conferences. ICG technical conferences have increased in frequency over the past eight years, and each conference delivers timely and relevant educational value that benefits ICG members and, ultimately, their customers.

“We have a wealth of programs that empower our members to support each other and better serve their customers,” said Jay Willie, executive director of the Independent Carton Group. “If a member faces operational disruption, our production continuity program is called into action to ensure order fulfillment. Our group purchasing program saves members money on equipment, paperboard, ink and other supplies, and creates a ripple effect with members passing the savings on to their customers. And these technical conferences provide a forum where members come together to learn from industry experts and from one another, and network with their peers.”

While the ICG holds regular meetings for its board members and general membership meetings for its members’ executives, technical conferences are designed specifically for the members’ production-level employees. Like the general membership meetings, the technical conferences are typically hosted by a member company or an ICG-approved vendor and include a facility tour and various networking opportunities. All technical conferences are educational in nature, and each one focuses on a specific packaging-related topic of interest to ICG members.

Last month’s conference – “The Papermaking Process and Characteristics of Various Board Types” – included presentations on different types of paperboard as well as a valuable primer on troubleshooting the converting challenges related to paperboard variations. It was held at the Lewiston, Idaho-based paper mill of Clearwater Paper and featured speakers from Clearwater Paper, Dura-Fibre, Hazen Paper, MeadWestvaco and Rock-Tenn. It was attended by those in production, purchasing, customer service and similar roles at ICG member companies.

Past technical conferences have focused on everything from industry regulations, to inks and special effects, to die cutting and gluing, to techniques for increasing run speeds and reducing waste. They have been held all over the country, with each conference featuring a new venue and speaker lineup. And while each is tailored to a different group of employees within ICG member companies, most are designed for those employees involved in day-to-day packaging operations.

“These conferences are for the employees ‘in the trenches,’ those operating presses, handling paperboard, mixing inks, setting up jobs for production, ensuring quality, and so on. Attendees benefit from insight they receive during the conference, reference materials they take home and connections they make,” said Patricia Peterson, a 22-year veteran of the packaging industry and a production manager for All Packaging, an ICG member. “I’m always so pleased to see the learning that occurs during these conferences, the knowledge and confidence attendees gain, but I’m just as pleased to see camaraderie and good fellowship, and new friendships being formed.”

Peterson says the conferences are successful because they are planned by the attendees for the attendees. Each technical conference is organized by a committee of people from different ICG member companies. Peterson oversees conference planning and execution, a role she volunteered for eight years ago because she recognized both a void in the industry for technical packaging-related education and the ICG’s unique position to be able to fill this void for its members.

She also stresses the rules surrounding the conferences. Although speakers are often from ICG vendor companies, anything even resembling a sales pitch or a customer or pricing disclosure is strictly forbidden. In addition to speaker presentations, committee members lead roundtable discussions that enable attendees to present and discuss their own real-world scenarios, solicit feedback from experts and peers, and both expand and share their knowledge base.

“These conferences are a nod to the ICG’s founding fathers who, over three decades ago, made it possible for us to come together as a sharing group, one with a desire to improve operations and serve customers better,” said Willie. “Every day, our members – and their customers – see the result of our founders’ leap of faith, and the strength of our sharing group in action.”

About Independent Carton Group
The Independent Carton Group (ICG) is an association of independently owned and operated folding carton companies.  The ICG helps its members provide exceptional products, service and pricing to their customers through group purchasing, supply assurance, educational and networking programs.  ICG members include Accord Carton, Accurate Box, All Packaging, Climax Manufacturing, Colbert Packaging, Curtis Packaging, 3C Packaging, Dee Paper Box, Diamond Packaging, Disc Graphics, El Paso Paper Box, Finn Industries, Metro Packaging and Imaging, Royal Paper Box, Sonderen Packaging, Thoro Packaging and Zumbiel Packaging. 

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Berlin Packaging Licenses IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology Online Course

The Institute of Packaging Professionals and Berlin Packaging announce that Berlin Packaging has licensed IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online course. IoPP is providing Berlin Packaging with a secure, co-branded online portal that contains the company’s customized course catalog.

The individual courses Berlin has selected are available through its portal to preapproved employees at both Berlin Packaging and Berlin’s customer companies. Upon gaining access, these employees complete the packaging training on their computer screen. The courses are accessible whenever and from wherever they wish.

Jeremy Lagomarsino, Berlin Packaging’s vice president of business development and strategy, sees the training as an important part of Berlin’s business model. “At Berlin Packaging, we are committed to the success of our customers, and we feel that knowledgeable customers are the most likely to succeed. As a consequence, we’re delighted to partner with the IoPP in offering a customized packaging training curriculum. The IoPP is a beacon in the packaging industry, and Berlin is glad to work closely with this great organization.”

Lagomarsino explains that the benefits of online training are becoming clearer, saying, “The Department of Education has proven that students in online learning conditions perform better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. When applied to packaging, we’ve found this e-learning curriculum to be very instructional and effective.”

Adds Patrick Farrey, IoPP executive director: “The availability of training inside and outside of Berlin is particularly effective. Because employees at both Berlin and its customer companies can share the same packaging foundation, they are able to work together even more efficiently by drawing from the same knowledge base and speaking the same language, thereby creating better efficiencies across packaging teams. We are pleased that Berlin Packaging has selected the IoPP Fundamentals online program as a training tool for their company.”

Berlin Packaging becomes the latest organization to license IoPP’s Fundamentals online course, joining companies including Kraft Foods, General Mills, Clorox, Ecolab and most recently, packaging students in Kenya, through a special training arrangement sponsored by the Staples Foundation and IPACK-IMA.

IoPP’s Fundamentals online course catalog, at www.iopp.org/elearning, comprises 42 prerecorded, self-directed lessons and 27 hours of learning covering all the major areas of packaging. Courses may be purchased individually or in topic bundles, and also in bulk through a corporate license. For details on corporate or group licensing options, contact Jim George, director of education, jimg@iopp.org or (630) 696-4011.

About IoPP:
IoPP is the premier membership organization and community in North America for packaging education training and networking. The association’s 5,000 individual members are from consumer products companies in the food, beverage, health and beauty, cosmetics, household and hardware goods and other industries, as well as from companies providing packaging materials and services supporting the industry.

About Berlin Packaging:
Berlin Packaging is North America’s premier Hybrid Packaging Supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. With over 33,000 available SKUs, more than 120 packaging consultants and more than 90 sales and warehouse locations across North America, the company has the right products, expertise, and geographic proximity to help customers increase their net income through packaging products and services. Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures annually as well as warehousing and logistics services for customers of all sizes in all industries. Berlin Packaging also offers an array of services and specialty-product divisions to be the true one-stop shop for rigid packaging.

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AMERIPEN names Donna Dempsey new executive director






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Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 5/6/2013 3:33:51 PM





Ameripen Logo 322The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) announced that Donna Dempsey has been named Executive Director of the organization, effective June 3, 2013.

 

“Donna brings more than 15 years of experience to AMERIPEN, having demonstrated strong leadership, advocacy and communication skills in her prior roles within the packaging industry. AMERIPEN’s Executive Committee is very much looking forward to taking this organization to the next level, accelerating toward our goals and mission, and we believe Donna will be a great asset in that endeavor,” says AMERIPEN President Gail Tavill of ConAgra Foods, Inc.

 

Dempsey is a public affairs leader and association executive who has provided tactical and strategic leadership for non-profits organizations’ programs and policies, including public and government relations. An accomplished coalition leader, she has organized collaborations to implement “reduce, reuse and recycle” programs in cities around the country. She is a powerful communicator and sought-after speaker who has appeared on nationwide radio programs and in influential industry publications. Recently she was appointed to the “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful” Board of Directors.

 

“I am very excited to have the chance to work with AMERIPEN to advocate for the economic, environmental and social benefits that packaging offers across the value chain,” says Dempsey. “I’m looking forward to working with member companies who are passionate about making a difference through their commitments to responsible packaging design, use and recovery. I’ve been fortunate to advocate on behalf of the packaging industry using fact-based information, while educating on the benefits of packaging, and I look forward to being able to continue that work.”

 

AMERIPEN has also announced that this year’s Annual Members Meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia, June 26-28. Attendance is limited to member companies and invited technical advisors. New members may attend this meeting and fully participate in all AMERIPEN activities if they join the organization by May 24, 2013. Meeting registration and additional event related information, including hotel accommodations, are available online. The deadline to reserve rooms is May 28, and event registration will close on June 7.

 

AMERIPEN recently published an informative Discover the Hidden Value of Packaging brochure and made its Product Recovery Knowledge Map (PRKM) publicly available. All interested parties are invited to learn how to become part of this valuable organization representing the packaging industry.

About AMERIPEN

AMERIPEN advocates for packaging policy developments in North America and focuses on measures that are environmentally and economically sound, as well as socially responsible. The organization, with a material-neutral approach, encourages science-based decision making on packaging initiatives and provides a point of view and guidance to policy-makers and thought leaders on the value and role of packaging.

AMERIPEN welcomes companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality. For more information, visit www.AMERIPEN.org.

 

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AMERIPEN executive director Joan Pierce to retire






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Ameripen Logo 322The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) today announced that its first Executive Director, Joan Pierce, is stepping down, after steering the organization successfully through its first years. Her retirement is effective March 30.

“Joan’s drive, insights and experience in the packaging industry made her uniquely qualified to lead AMERIPEN through our creation and launch phase. We thank her for her hard work and dedication, and for her vision that helped us lay the foundation for future action”

 

Pierce was instrumental in the formation of AMERIPEN, and she helped set the initial strategic direction of the organization, both as a founding member and as the group’s first president. Upon her retirement from Colgate-Palmolive at the end of 2011, Pierce was persuaded to take on the role of AMERIPEN Executive Director. During her tenure, the organization grew significantly in membership and launched several important initiatives, becoming an influential voice in sustainable packaging issues.

 

“Joan’s drive, insights and experience in the packaging industry made her uniquely qualified to lead AMERIPEN through our creation and launch phase. We thank her for her hard work and dedication, and for her vision that helped us lay the foundation for future action,” says AMERIPEN President Gail Tavill of ConAgra Foods. “Although we will miss her presence as AMERIPEN transitions into the next phase of our work, Joan’s efforts have certainly earned her the opportunity to make this personal transition, and we wish her all the best in her new life.”

 

“It has been an honor to serve as AMERIPEN’s first Executive Director, and it has been a thrilling ride! I feel fortunate to have been in a position to help start AMERIPEN on its path to success, as it now works to address important issues that will have global impact,” says Pierce. “This experience has been a fitting capstone for my lifelong career in packaging, and I am grateful to AMERIPEN for affording me this adventure.”

 

Pierce joined AMERIPEN after having spent 40 years in the packaging industry, holding increasingly responsible technical, managerial and leadership positions. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University’s School of Packaging. She was employed at Eastman Kodak Company, Bausch & Lomb, the Dial Corporation and the Coca Cola Company, in addition to Colgate-Palmolive.

 

The AMERIPEN Board has formed a search committee, chaired by Director and Officer Jeff Wooster of The Dow Chemical Company, to fill the position of Executive Director. AMERIPEN members and its Technical Advisory Group are being canvassed to identify qualified candidates. It is hoped that a new Executive Director can be in place by the beginning of April. The job description can be found on LinkedIn (Job ID: 4799665). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their resumes by February 21, 2013.

 

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