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American Packaging Corporation wins Best Workplace in the Americas award

For the fifth time, American Packaging Corporation has been awarded the Best Workplace in the Americas designation “Best of the Best” 2012, for their exemplary human resources practices.
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American Packaging Corporation awarded ISO 14001:2004 Registration

American Packaging Corporation Extrusion Laminating & Coating facility located in Rochester, NY today has announced that it has received ISO 14001:2004 registration for its Environmental Management Systems
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American Packaging Corporation completes $17.5 million expansion

American Packaging Corporation recently completed its $17.5 million plant expansion at its Rotogravure Printing and Laminating facility in Columbus, WI.
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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What's the value of open architecture?

I recently posed the following question to the LinkedIn group known as Packaging Machinery: Considering how often we hear that an open-architecture approach in controls platforms is a desirable thing when it comes to building packaging machines, do you agree or disagree; and if open architecture is such a good idea, who benefits from it-- machine builder or machine buyer?
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'One' solution for packaging at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

How collaboration with packaging machinery specialists can help lean out operations, streamline supply chains, conserve energy, fulfill sustainability initiatives. 
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Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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Europe likes U.S. machinery

FROM PACK EXPO 2008: Packaging equipment sales to Europe show continued strength
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2008 FPA Silver Award Winners

Photos of the 2008 Flexible Packaging Assn. Silver Award winners.
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Association Index

A useful directory of packaging and related associations that will help in your journey to sustainable packaging.
OEMs: even if you're not exhibiting at interpack 2008, get over there and see for yourself what new packaging systems are enteri
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What makes interpack so important?

Guest editorial: the biggest packaging show on earth is also among the most influential. Plenty of corporate packaging machinery buyers from the Fortune 500 attend. Why do only 10% of North American OEMs exhibit there? By John Kowal ELAU Inc. Global Marketing Manager
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American Packaging Corp. funds packaging center

A $1 million gift from Rochester-based American Packaging Corp. will fund the expansion of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Integrated Plastics.
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RIT receives $1 million boost for packaging center

Center to be renamed in honor of American Packaging Corp.
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The robots are coming

We may be on the verge of a major growth spurt for robotics on North American packaging lines.
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Latin American packaging appealing to lower-income consumers

Improving conditions among poorer consumers have fuelled strong expansion in packaging volumes, creating a major opportunity for packaging firms.
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The state of the (packaging machinery) union

What about sustainability, global competition, continued consolidation among builders of packaging machines, and other challenges down the road? Listen in.
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Tegrant Corporation divulges details, vision

Ron Leach, president and CEO of Tegrant Corporation, discusses the implications of the newly formed company in the packaging market.
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Strong growth projected for personal care packaging machinery

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org) estimates that the U.S. domestic demand for packaging equipment will grow 3% in 2006 to $5.854 billion.
ARC's new report is titled Packagers' Automation Specifications Must be Aligned with Business Strategies and Foster Innovative M
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ARC report challenges status quo in automation specifications

End users are beginning in earnest to throw out single vendor specs, citing need to align automation supplier capabilities with business strategies and foster innovations in packaging machine design. Packagers who’ve opened their control specs experience reduced delivery times, cost savings and performance guarantees.
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DMI completed an expansion of its Wharton, NJ, headquarters to 275ꯠ sq’ for manufacturing, filling, and packaging of aqueous products.
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American packaging executive held hostage in Iraq

American packaging machinery business owner, Jeffrey Ake, CEO and President of Equipment Express (LaPorte, IN), was taken hostage by insurgents in Iraq this week.
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Frink to speak at 2005 Summit Meeting

Packaging Strategies announces that U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Al Frink will deliver the Keynote Address at 2005 Summit Meeting, March 29-31, 2005. Packaging World is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor for this key event.
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Sun Chemical acquires brand protection technology

WEB PLUS: Sun Chemical Corp. acquired the brand protection assets of Veritec Group, including the Veritec trade names.
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Competition from abroad heats up

Non-North American manufacturers of packaging machinery have gained a 25% share of the U.S. market.
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Education

RIT receives grant for packaging research
Equipment cost justification was discussed by Ivan Heit.
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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device packaging issues are addressed before a record crowd at HealthPack 2004.
Left to right: Karen Proctor, associate professor and program chair of packaging science at RIT; Spencer Kim, assistant professo
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RIT receives grant for packaging research

Rochester Institute of Technology packaging science program will receive $90ꯠ in grants from American Packaging Corp. to support graduate research in RIT’s Integrated Plastics Center of the College of Applied Science and Technology.
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Flexible winners strike gold

Winners of the Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2004 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards demonstrate the impact of technology on the form and function of flexible packaging.
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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device manufacturers continually strive for zero recalls caused by packaging problems. An on-site report on this and other issues from HealthPack 2004.
Included among the speakers at the rededication ceremony held April 30 was Steve Santa. Santa is Alcan's director of research an
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Alcan refocuses in North America

On April 30, Alcan Inc. inaugurated the “Alcan Packaging Technology Center,” which integrates the global company’s North American packaging resources into a single development center in Aurora, IL. It combines Alcan’s Packaging and Rolled Products technical groups to better serve its North American customers in both rigid and flexible applications, according to Armin Weinhold, president of Alcan Packaging.
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Companies

Klöckner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA) unveils a new logo moving into 2003.
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Pro Mach acquires ID Technology

ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) announces that it has been acquired by Pro Mach, Inc.
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In memorium

Ridley Watts, a pioneer in the plastics packaging industry and founder of American Packaging Corp., passed away on April 18, 2002.
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FPA Achievement Award suppliers

Alpha listing of suppliers mentioned in March '02 coverage of Flexible Packaging Assn.'s 2001 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards:
Hershey Foods (Hershey, PA) hired James D. George to the position of director of packaging.
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People

–Zeller Plastik (Libertyville, IL) has named Alex Piagnarelli director of sales and marketing. –Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) appointed Martin Prakken, Bruce Larson, and James Anderson to 4-year terms on its board of directors.
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Food allergens nothing to sneeze at

FDA is looking more closely at food labels and processing/packaging materials to determine whether incidental additives must be declared.
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In Memoriam

David Peake, 62, former vp of Printpack (Atlanta, GA), passed away May 14, 2001.
Gillette's new pack for Venus is a clamshell that's opened from the bottom. The collar and brand-printed front flap present the
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Gillette's new Venus packed with features

Both the product and package for Gillette for Women Venus razor achieve new levels of consumer convenience. An easy-open blister pack with an unusual collar highlights the razor, while cartridges are hermetically sealed in easy-open cups.
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Shrink wrap solves promo problems

Mayes Brothers, a manufacturer of carpentry levels, has increased its business and found a faster and cheaper method of packaging with PVC shrink wrap.
While Kellogg's Snack'Ums are aimed at kids age 8 to 12 (above), Dannon's new drinkable yogurt (left) is for the 3- to 8-year-ol
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Packaging for kids at Kellogg and Dannon

When these two food processing powerhouses used existing brands as launch pads for kid-oriented new products, they were highly selective about their choice of containers.
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Packagers reach for new technology at Pack Expo

Pack Expo displays the technology of the future at McCormick Place, November 8 to 12. Together with the International Exposition for Food Processors, attendees will roam 1.2 million sq' of exhibits, making it the largest North American packaging show ever.
PMMI?s Pack Expo site contains a searchable exhibitor listing that doubles as a useful and accurate directory of machinery and
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The Web's new trick: it's now useful

In our daily strolls out onto the Internet, we are noticing that an increasing number of web sites have become more sophisticated, offering genuinely useful information to packagers.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American Packaging Capital, Inc. (Ormond Beach, FL): Ivan Heit, vp, business development.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

North American Packaging Corp. (NAMPAC) (Atlanta, GA) has changed its name to Southcorp Packaging USA, Inc. to reflect the name of its affiliated company in Melbourne, Australia.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

American Packaging (Rochester, NY) will build a flexographic printing plant in Story City, IA.
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American Packaging Corp. (Rochester, NY): Robert G. Martin, vp, sales and mktg.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

American Packaging Corp. (Rochester, NY) has established a new flexographic printing and laminating division in Story City, IA.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

North American Packaging Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has reached an agreement with Park-Ohio, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) to purchase Bennett Industries (Peotone, IL) for approximately $50 million; also its Story City, IA, Consumer and Industrial Bag Div.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

American Packaging Corp. (Rochester, NY) has entered into a partnership with Quality Packaging (Chalfont, PA) to provide the retail and gourmet coffee market with its film packaging and engineering service.
In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA): Octavio Orta, senior vp; W.D. (Don) Tatum, vp, North American packaging operations.
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Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN): R. David Hoover, executive vp and CFO; David B. Sheldon, executive vp, North American packaging operations; William A.
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Doboy Packaging Machinery Inc. (New Richmond, WI): Barry Greenwood, president of SIG's North American packaging operations.
An operator uses a hand-held scanning device to check color consistency (top) on the printed web as it moves through American Pa
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

North American Packaging Corp. has relocated its corporate headquarters to Atlanta, GA.
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Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA): G. Phillips Jones, dir. of North American packaging sales.
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American Packaging Corporation (Rochester, NY): Anthony F. Vaudo, chief operating officer.
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North American Packaging Corp. (Bala Cynwyd, PA): Jim Sherbert, chief operating officer.