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The following information was released today to various packaging trade publications:

The Association of Visual Packaging Manufacturers (AVPM) names its annual scholarship in memory of Greg Bland, former Technical Director of Quality Control for Clearwater Paper Corporation.

CHICAGO, February 1, 2016 - The board of directors of AVPM recently named its annual scholarship bestowed to a student at Michigan State University School of Packaging the AVPM Greg Bland Scholarship in honor of B. Gregory Bland, a founding member of AVPM and an innovative expert in the packaging industry who passed away in 2015. 

“We at Clearwater Paper are honored that the AVPM has chosen to name its’ annual scholarship award after Greg Bland,” said Bob Collins, Clearwater Paper Corporation’s Director of Sales.  “Greg and I worked together to develop our Carded Packaging Grades, starting back in 2004.  It was a textbook case as to how manufacturing, sales and customers worked together to develop products that enhanced quality into the segment.  Greg was totally dedicated to the development of Carded Packaging grades, and everyone at Clearwater along with Greg’s family, is proud of his commitment and dedication.”

This year’s award winner was Audrey Wilson, a senior at Michigan State University who will graduate in 2016 with degrees in Packaging and Chemistry.  Upon graduation, Audrey will be employed by Cardinal Health in a packaging position within the company’s EMERGE rotational program.  She hopes to use packaging as an avenue for increasing the quality of consumers’ lives through greater access to medical products.

AVPM also elected new officers for its board of directors:

President – Peter Garvin, Henkel Corporation, Cincinnati, OH

Vice President – Paul Tomick, First Choice Packaging, Fremont, OH

Secretary – David Dennison, Printex Transparent Packaging, NY, Montreal, Toronto

Treasurer/Administrator – John Tomick, You Talkin’ to Me?, Glenview, IL

About AVPM

The Association of Visual Packaging Manufacturers (AVPM) was formed in 2003 as a nonprofit organization to explore different ways to promote the usage of blister cards, skin packaging board, thermoformed blisters, blister film, paperboard, coating and equipment.

The object and purpose of the AVPM organization is to provide a neutral means for manufacturers and suppliers to network and form relationships, while aiding each other in finding and discussing issues we face as a united industry.  Furthermore, the association shall assist in supplying members with opportunities to further educational interest, as well as keeping members current on legal issues and on the state of the industry as a whole.

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About Michigan State University School of Packaging

For more than 60 years Michigan State University has been a leader in teaching, research and outreach focused on packaging containers, materials, their functionality and improvement. Established in 1952 (first as a discipline within the MSU Department of Forest Products, then, in 1957, as an independent school), the MSU School of Packaging (SoP) is the pioneer and leader in its field. As the first program of its kind, the SoP has a substantial track record of providing high quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education and conducting research that advances the science and technology of packaging. Key to the future success of the MSU School of Packaging is an overriding commitment to innovation, sustainability and stewardship.

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Contacts:

Peter Garvin (peter.garvin@us.henkel.com)

Gayle Cohen (roubosga@msu.edu)


                                                 Who is AVPM?

Our members provide literally the vast majority of the retail packaging components in the North American market place.  We welcome the opportunity to encourage you or your company to join this growing association. Click here to review eligibility guidelines or click here to sign up or renew your AVPM membership.

Mission Statement:

The object and purpose of the AVPM organization shall be to provide a neutral means for manufacturers and suppliers to network and form relationships, while aiding each other in finding and discussing issues we face as a united industry.

Furthermore, the association shall assist in supplying members with opportunities to further educational interest, as well as keeping members current on legal issues and on the state of the industry as a whole.

2016  Members


ACTEGA

Andex Industries, Inc.

Boutwell Owens & Co., Inc.

CardPak, Inc.

Case Paper Co.

Clear Lam Packaging

Clearwater Packaging, Inc.

Clearwater Paper Corp.

CrystalForm

Deuful USA


Board of Directors:


President: Peter Garvin

Vice President: Paul Tomick

Secretary: Dave Dennison

Treasurer: John Tomick




DSM Neosol, Inc

First Choice Packaging

Henkel Adhesives

Klöckner Pentaplast of America

Lithographic Industries, Inc.

Lubrizol Corporation

Mercury Plastics

Packaging Graphics, LLC

Premier Plastics






Member: John Rohrer

Member: David Kobick

Member: David Shelton

Member: Greg Iannuccillo




Rohrer Corporation
Sencorp Industries

Sharples

Sonoco

The DOW Chemical Comapny

Thermo Packaging Suppliers, Inc.

Transparent Container Company

Transparent Packaging, Inc.

Yushin America, Inc.






Member: Lynn Weatherly

Member: Jim Tedesco

Member: Bart Casper

Member: Rick Thomas

Committees:

Technical, Membership, Social Events, National Industry News, Legal News, Educational, Sustainability / Going Green, National Trade Shows, Market Trend

History:

The Association of Visual Packaging Manufacturers was formed in 2003 as a nonprofit organization to explore different ways to promote the usage of blister cards, skin packaging board, thermoformed blisters, blister film, paperboard, coating and equipment.

Our members consist of three of the major blister board converters, the two major coating suppliers, the largest converters of packaging film, a majority of the companies that convert these essential raw materials into retail packaging products, and the largest heat seal equipment manufacturers.

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