April 2018

In This Issue...

Meet the 2018 ASPI Award Winners

Recap from 2017 Fall Customer Alignment Meeting with Sonoco

Presentation Database

Meet ASPI Member Printpack

Quick Links

Spring Meeting Registration

ASPI Newsletters

Meet the 2018 ASPI Award Winners

Meet the 2018 ASPI Award Winners


As a group that identifies itself as "The Forum for Connecting Industry Leaders," ASPI strives to recognize great leadership within the industries ASPI serves. ASPI offers two awards each year: ASPI Customer Executive of the Year, and the ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award. These awards not only provide recognition for the recipient, they also promote ASPI's mission of supporting industry performance.

Both awards were presented at the recent Spring Meeting in Hollywood, FL. This year's recipients are:

ASPI Customer Executive of the Year:  Linda K. Massman, President & CEO, Clearwater Paper

ASPI Excellence in Leadership:  Paul O'Bernier, International Paper

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 IP's Journey to Injury-free: the LIFE initiative

TAPPI's January/February 2018 Issue of Paper360 features an in-depth article on IP's LIFE inititive.  Written by Kirt Cuevas, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety for IP, this is a must read for everyone in the industry.

Click here to read the full article

ASPI Officers Announced

ASPI is pleased to annouce officers for 2018-2020. 

ASPI President:  Carl Luhrmann, Andritz

Vice President:  Lynn Townsend-White, Western Polymer Corp.

Secretary:  Steve Grandchamp, Buckman

Treasurer:  Brian Hiltunen, Oasis Alignment Services



Meet an ASPI Member:  Printpack

Printpack, Inc. is a flexible and specialty rigid packaging company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. With 18 locations globally, Printpack supports the packaging needs of a diverse range of markets.  The company's main products supplied into the paper industry are towel and tissue overwrap and ream wrap for office paper. 

One of the first things a visitor to the company's homepage (www.printpack.com) is the phrase "Converting Vision into Value," which appears directly beneath the corporate logo.  It's an idea that seems to carry over into Printpack's involvement with ASPI. "We joined ASPI two years ago and very quickly came to appreciate the value offered by the association," says Market Development Manager Dave McLain. "From networking to industry updates, the Spring Meeting has come to be a can't-miss event for us!"

The privately-owned company was founded in 1956 by J. Erskine Love, Jr., who is quoted as saying this about the Printpack's history: "We had one employee and one piece of equipment. I was the employee and the equipment was a used cellophane bag machine... We rented space in the basement of an office in Sandy Springs and, in every sense of the word, we were truly basement operators. But we were able to survive..."

Today, the company provides a range of custom packaging solutions including medical packaging, rigid containers, flat-bottom and premade bags, and roll stock. The company remains focused on innovation, and values close relationships with customers. In May 2017, Printpack received a Gold DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation for its new, cross-directional, laser-scored flow wrapper for Quaker Oats' Granola Goes Nuts bars. Printpack shares this award with PepsiCo, with whom they jointly developed the technology.

Printpack's relationship-building values and its drive for innovation make the company a great fit for ASPI. "I look forward to collaborating with other ASPI members in the future," McLain says.


Jan Bottiglieri
Editor, ASPI Newsletter

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