Contract Packaging Association News: Archives

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1/31/2017    CPA Member News

Sterling Contract Packaging Inc. has purchased a ProSys RT60 tube filling and sealing machine for their new facility in Moore, South Carolina. With installation set for February of 2017, the ProSys RT60 will allow Sterling CPI to fill and seal tubes at a rate of up to 70 per minute. The RT60 is a versatile machine that can accurately handle water thin liquids to highly viscous pastes. Read more.

1/26/2017    CPA Member News

Sterling CPI, a full-service contract packaging company, announced that they have purchased 29 acres of land in the Tyger River Industrial Park, located in Moore, SC.  With this land, Sterling CPI will construct a state of the art 140,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility.  The land will also allow the company to expand the building by more than 100,000 square feet, in the future. Read more. 

1/23/2017    CPA Member News

Our member company Frain Industries has new articles available on their blog for you to read. Check them out here

1/18/2017    CPA & IoPP Webinar Now Available

Did you miss our Jan. 17 webinar with IoPP, "How Contract Packagers Can Help You Adapt to Trends Driving Supply Chain Changes" ? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to view it! 

1/18/2017    CPA Member News

Flexible Technologies names Nicole (Nikki) Johnson Vice President of Sales & Marketing, a new role within the growing organization. Johnson will lead the sales teams, customer service and marketing for the privately held company. With over 20 years of industry experience in packaging and printing, Johnson joins Flexible Technologies with a solid resume of business development expertise, holding a number of roles with Illinois Tool Works (ITW) over her career. Most recently, Johnson has worked as a consultant to the packaging and printing industry, serving the Contract Packaging Association as Managing Director. Read more. 

1/5/2017    CPA Member News

The Ampac Pull TabTM beverage pouch will now be marketed and produced in the United States for alcoholic beverages.  Ampac’s Pull Tab award winning beverage pouch first launched in Switzerland for a local juice brand in 2014. The Ampac Pull TabTM pouch is an alternative format to the traditional straw-punch beverage pouch. Read more.

1/5/2017    CPA & IoPP Team for January Webinar

CPA & the Institute of Packaging Professionals co-host a live webinar, How Contract Packagers Can Help You Adapt to Trends Driving Supply Chain Changes, on Tuesday, January 17 at 2 p.m. CST. This webinar, moderated by CPA President Vicky Smitley, will discuss how consumer buying habits are demanding immediate availability and delivery - both of which contribute to shorter product life cycles, a proliferation of sku's in compressed timelines. Panelists include Robert Reinders, President of Performance Packaging, Jason Tham, CEO of Nulogy Corp., and Mike Repp, Vice President & General Manager of Bell-Carter Packaging. This webinar is free for CPA and IoPP members. Register now.

12/20/2016    Uber Revolution Pack Summit Videos Available

Did you miss the opportunity to attend Frain's Uber Revolution Pack Summit in September? The Uber Revolution Pack Summit offered a unique and compelling opportunity to analyze industry trends, provide a view of the future of the industry and offer solutions from foremost industry experts. Be sure to check out these videos from the event!

12/13/2016    CPA Member News

Bonded Logistics, a privately-owned global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, has unveiled a new, redesigned company website at  Upgrades include an intuitive design and user-friendly navigation, fresh content and graphics, as well as several new features designed to showcase the company as a leading supplier of supply chain management solutions. Read more.

12/6/2016    CPA Annual Meeting 2017 Registration Now Open

At the Contract Packaging Association's 2017 Annual Meeting, you will find multiple ways and opportunities to hone your business intuition and skill. Register now to participate in sessions about U.S. and regional economic trends and issues impacting businesses of all sizes; e-commerce ecosystem and craft packaging strategies that grow your business; and a PMMI OpX Panel Discussion on how to navigate the capital packaging and processing equipment buying cycle. Read more. 

11/29/2016    CPA Member News

An announcement from Contract Packaging Magazine: CP Magazine is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, Anne Marie Mohan will be the new Editor of Contract Packaging magazine. Many of you already know Anne Marie, who is currently the Senior Editor at Packaging World. During her years in the trade press, she has covered countless packaging application and design features. You'll also find Anne Marie's contributions in Healthcare PackagingShelf Impact! and Read more.

11/21/2016    CPA Member News

From Frain Industries: I suspect that most of you are happy with Amazon’s speedy deliveries but always want them to be just a little bit faster. I know I am and do. We also love the idea that they will provide drone delivery, lockboxes at the corner store and other innovations to provide us with almost instant delivery. Faster is better, right? I’d not thought much about this from the manufacturer’s standpoint until a couple months ago. For most of my clients, Walmart is their most significant customer, accounting for half or more of sales. They are usually their most challenging customer as well. Read more. 

11/14/2016    CPA Member News

From Frain Industries: Whether or not you served in the United States Military, you may have heard of the acronym M.R.E. It stands for a Meal, Ready to Eat. Service members in field training or combat do not have time or luxury for much more than a snack that takes 2 minutes from start to finish… exactly what an MRE delivers. Read more. 

11/8/2016    CPA Partners with The Packaging School

CPA announces a new partnership with The Packaging School, an exclusive licensee of a professional packaging curriculum developed at Clemson University. This partnership comes on the heels of CPA’s announcement of a new and enhanced membership structure, giving CPA members greater business development tools that leverage CPA’s industry presence and partnerships, as well as more networking and educational offerings than ever before. Read more.

11/7/2016    CPA Member News

ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company, will display the latest in flexible packaging innovations at this year’s PACKEXPO International in Chicago, November 6-9, 2016. Along with showcasing their line of innovative flexible packaging solutions, ProAmpac will have special demonstrations of E-Z Snackpak; PRO-TEAR; PRO-DURA and PRO-POUCH products. Read more.

11/3/2016    CPA Member News

 Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, and the world’s leader in creative flexible packaging solutions, has engineered an improved anti-fog technology for film used in fresh produce packaging. Ampac has been a long time supplier of surface printed anti-fog OPP film with controlled perforation for vegetables. From a market need, and through the efforts of a strong technical team, Ampac developed coated films with superior anti-fog properties that help prevent condensation for heat sealable films. Read more.

10/31/2016    CPA 2.5 Membership Webinar Now Available

Did you miss the "CPA 2.5 Membership Webinar"  on Thursday, October 27? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to learn more about our membership structure changes and how it impacts you and your membership!

10/31/2016    CPA Member News

Frain Industries, the nation’s largest provider of integrated packaging and processing equipment solutions, releases results from its “Commitment to Sustainability” initiative. For the full year 2015, the company: saved 433 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, recycled 2.5 tons of project test materials, re-used 6,196 parts from the company’s inventory, re-purposed 1,238 machines and saved 686,000 pounds of new machinery. Read more. 

10/25/2016    CPA Member News

Nulogy, the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions for the contract packaging industry, announced the exclusive preview of Nulogy GO to the world’s leading brands, suppliers, and industry media at a special reception at PACK EXPO International. Nulogy’s breakthrough cloud platform enables brands and suppliers to work together in launching new products and promotions more effectively than ever before. Read more. 

10/20/2016    CPA Hosts Membership Webinar

On the heels of its big announcement about the change in membership structure, CPA will host an informative webinar for its members on Thursday, October 27 at 1 p.m. Central Time. The CPA 2.5 Membership Webinar will be presented by CPA Managing Director Nikki Johnson, who will outline the changes, enhancements and what it means for you as a member.  Click here to register. 

10/19/2016    CPA Announces New Enhanced Membership Model

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) launches a new membership model that includes many fresh and enriched programs to serve its members and the industry. CPA 2.5 goes into effect in 2017, in celebration of the association’s 25th anniversary. The new model is rooted in the following statement: 

We believe in building a better supply chain. Through education, networking and industry exposure, we help members innovate and grow their businesses. We are CPA - the association for contract packagers and manufacturers.

Read more. 

10/13/2016    CPA Member News

Bonded Logistics, a privately-owned global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, packed a company-record 6,000 shoeboxes during its annual Operation Christmas Child outreach event held last Saturday.  This was due in large part to the over 100 employees and family members that volunteered for the Samaritan’s Purse project, which delivers the shoeboxes to needy children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease. Read more. 

10/7/2016    CPA Member News

Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, announces an improved MRE pouch innovation for the International Space Station. Ampac has been a producer of MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) retort pouches for the US military for many years. Because of the quality and functionality of these pouches, Ampac is now supplying them to NASA for use on the International Space Station. Read more. 

10/5/2016    CPA Webinar Available On-Demand

Did you miss our informative webinar, "An Introduction to Aseptic Processing and Packaging"  from Tuesday, October 4? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to boost your knowledge of Aseptic Processing and Packaging. Looking to learn even more about this topic? Click here for information about the Thirty-Fourth Annual Aseptic Processing and Packaging Workshop.

9/26/2016    Educational Opportunity Available

ISBT Beverage Institute™ is offering a Fall One Day Session, entitled the Fundamentals of Beverage Technology, on Tuesday, October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course offers attendees the  opportunity to learn  best practices and the latest technologies from subject matter experts in the beverage industry, gain tools to improve your career and enhance your professional development and develop a broad understanding of the interrelated industry functions and their impacts on the supply chain. Click here for more information. 

9/26/2016    CPA Member News

Accu-tec, Inc., a Louisville-based contract packaging company, has expanded the capacity of its production facility at 1439 Dixie Highway in Louisville. The company, a member of The B4B Alliance, recently leased an additional 75,000 sq. ft. at its production and warehouse building, increasing its capacity at that location to 325,000 sq. ft. Read more. 

9/9/2016    CPA Returns to PACK EXPO International

CPA returns to PACK EXPO International in Chicago on Nov. 6-9 at McCormick Place, in booth N-5801 for our Sourcing Center! The Sourcing Center is a place where brand owners interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services can learn about CPA members and how to source these service providers. We would love to see you there!

Register today for PackExpo International using this complimentary code: 31B49
*Please note: The Pharma EXPO Conference Program requires separate session fees. Complimentary registration unavailable to non-exhibiting suppliers.
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8/26/2016    CPA Hosts Aseptic Webinar

CPA will host a live webinar at 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Join this webinar, "An Introduction to Aseptic Processing and Packaging," presented by Steve Smith from Purdue University, to learn more about what Aseptic Processing and Packaging is, its history and why it is important to consider its  advantages and disadvantages. Read more.  

8/23/2016    CPA Director to Participate in Frain Summit

CPA Director Tom Landry will participate in Frain's Uber Revolution Pack Summit on September 21. Landry will discuss the benefits of CPA and the impact it can make on packaging businesses. He will also talk about where CPA is heading in the future. The Uber Revolution Pack Summit will offer a unique and compelling opportunity to analyze these trends, provide a view of the future of the industry and offer solutions from foremost industry experts. Read more. 

8/17/2016    CPA Member News

Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, has won an AmeriStar award for the Duke’s Mayonnaise 8 oz. Pouch, a shaped, reclosable stand up pouch new to the mayonnaise and condiment aisle utilizing clear, barrier lamination for product protection. Ampac was also recognized for its E-Z SnackPakTM win in the WorldStar Awards Competition. Read more. 

8/10/2016    CPA Member News

Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing, today announced it has acquired DemandCaster, a leader in cloud-based supply chain planning solutions. The acquisition means the Plex Manufacturing Cloud now delivers the industry’s first comprehensive suite of cloud applications for running manufacturing enterprises, from enterprise resource (ERP) and supply chain planning (SCP) to manufacturing execution (MES). Read more.

8/10/2016    CPA Member News

Plex Systems, the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing, has been designated a Breakout Vendor for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Business Applications in the May 2016 Forrester Research report, Breakout Vendors: SaaS Business Applications. The report recognizes Plex among six SaaS business application vendors that stand out for their track records of customer success and market approaches to their respective segments. Read more. 

8/4/2016    Latest webinar available on-demand

Did you miss the Nulogy webinar, "How Brands & Co-Pack Suppliers Collaborate to Enable the 'Mass to My' Market," from July? Visit our Webinars On-Demand section under Educational Resources to catch up and boost your contract packaging knowledge.

8/2/2016    CPA Announces New Board of Directors Officers

The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce the officers of the Board of Directors for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Vicky Smitley, Vice President of Sales at Hearthside Food Solutions, will enter her second year as CPA President. Read more.

7/25/2016    CPA sponsors Nulogy webinar

CPA sponsors a live Webinar by Nulogy at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27.  Join this webinar,  "How Brands & Co-Pack Suppliers Collaborate to Enable the 'Mass to My' Market" to learn from three experts on how to build a collaborative relationship through sharing information and developing join business strategies. Click here to register today!

7/14/2016    CPA Member News

GH Manufacturing Inc. announced today the addition of a state-of-the-art EASYSNAP line to their contract packaging facility. The line was installed in an ISO 7 grade clean room and will give the company additional capacity in news markets. Read more. 

7/11/2016    CPA Member News

RS Industrial, Inc., a leading distributor and manufacturer of industrial adhesives, has announced the launch of Build-A-Bond™, an interactive online tool that allows visitors to customize an Adhesive Squares™ product to match the specifications of their application. Read more.

6/24/2016    CPA Announces Contract Packaging Sourcing Center at PACK EXPO International

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) hosts the Contract Packaging Sourcing Center at PACK EXPO International in Chicago on Nov. 6-9 at McCormick Place, in booth N-5801. The Sourcing Center is a place where brand owners interested in contract packaging and manufacturing services can learn about CPA members and how to source these service providers. Read more.

6/9/2016    CPA Member News

Ampac, a division of ProAmpac, announces a new low extractable barrier lamination, PRO FlexiPURE™, which enhances the existing family of successful barrier drug and medical device overwrap laminations for the pharmaceutical and medical device markets. Read more. 

6/8/2016    CPA Member News

Hood Container Corporation announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the corrugated packaging and contract packaging and fulfillment business of Louisville, KY-based Packaging Unlimited. Read more.

6/8/2016    CPA Member News

A new advance in Serac Agami technology allows bottle production from pre-printed plastic sheet reels. Serac’s groundbreaking Agami technology, which received the World Dairy Innovation Award 2015 in the Manufacturing / Process Innovation category, continues to extend bottle thermoforming possibilities by enabling manufacturers to produce their bottles out of pre-printed plastic sheet reels. Read more.

5/31/2016    CPA News

If you missed the CPA/Sonoco Collaborate to Connect Event, here is a great visual of some of the key takeaways. Hope to see you next year!

5/20/2016    CPA Announces New Directors

The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce three new director additions to the CPA Board. Robert Reinders was elected director by the CPA membership for the term of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. The CPA Board of Directors also chose Jon Hayward and Tom Landry to fill two vacant director positions. Both Hayward and Landry will fill terms through June 30, 2017. Read more

5/19/2016    CPA Member News

Minimus Products, founded  in 2006, is a food and non-food contract packager started by the co-founders of (online retailer and offline wholesaler), and in the last year has expanded to over 20 pieces of packaging equipment to service small and medium sized brands and production runs. In March, Minimus Products doubled its warehouse space, and is currently underway with construction on additional food production rooms inside of its production warehouse – scheduled to be completed by June 1. Read more.

4/26/2016    CPA Member News

Ampac, a division of ProAmpac and the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, has won an Alufoil trophy for a new product innovation. The EZY Pro 10, a protein drink concentrate in a shaped stand-up pouch, won in the Consumer Convenience category. Read more.

4/8/2016    CPA Member News

Sonoco, in partnership with the CPA, is hosting the first ever Insights to Opportunities Forum  for the contact packaging industry. The event will be held at Sonoco's new Innovation Center in Hartsville, South Carolina, on May 12 with a kick-off reception the evening before. Click here to register

3/24/2016    CPA Member News

FTA Honors ProAmpac with Seven Flexography Awards:
ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company, announced recognition from the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) for seven honors in the 2016 Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition. Read more.

3/15/2016    CPA Member News

ProAmpac Wins Two Flexible Packaging Association Awards:
ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company, announces recognition from the Flexible Packaging Association for two Silver awards in Packaging Excellence for Duke’s Mayonnaise 8oz. Pouch and White Lily Flour Box Pouch. Read more. 

3/8/2016    Annual Meeting Overview

CPA hosted another successful Annual Meeting at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas in late February, drawing a crowd of nearly 100 people. The gathering was full of past attendees and several newbies. Read more
2/18/2016    Webinars on-demand available

Miss a CPA-hosted or supported webinar? Go to Webinars On-Demand to catch up and boost your contract packaging knowledge. Available at your convenience 24/7! Click here for access.
2/17/2016    CPA stalwart Tom Bacon passes away

It is with heavy hearts we deliver another message of loss of a dear friend and pioneer in the contract packaging industry. Tom Bacon, President of Aaron Thomas Company, passed away on February 16. Tom had been ill for some time and had been undergoing cancer treatment for many, many months. However, his medical condition never hampered his spirit. He worked tirelessly at his business, continued to contribute to CPA and made great memories with his family that he was always proud to share.

Tom founded Aaron Thomas company in 1973 and was a founding member of the Contract Packaging Association. Often referred to as the “Godfather of Contract Packaging,” Tom was admired by many in this industry. Tom’s influence as a businessman and a friend has left a forever mark on an entire industry. It is through the people he touched and his family, that his legacy will live on.. In 2006, Tom became the Contract Packaging Association’s first inductee to the CPA Hall of Fame. Tom is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons, Aaron and Aerick; and multiple grandchildren. We will miss our friend and colleague, and we all will continue to benefit from Tom’s contributions to CPA. For more information, click here.

2/5/2016    CPA board member Chuck Miller passes away

It is with great sadness that we share with you heartbreaking news of the loss of our dear friend, CPA Board Director and Annual Meeting Committee Chairman, Chuck Miller, Do-It Corporation. Chuck passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 4. Chuck was Do-It's longest standing employee and his ability to accumulate knowledge about packaging was only surpassed by his accumulation of friends.

If you knew Chuck, you knew he worked tirelessly at the things he loved, which were always rooted in helping make people successful and happy. His volunteerism within CPA was no different. Chuck led the Annual Meeting Committee to several successful annual events by motivating the team with his friendly leadership style. His genuine support, understanding and knowledge of this industry led to Chuck’s nomination and election to the CPA Board of Directors just this past year. And without a doubt, he made a friend to everyone he touched and he will profoundly missed by all.

Chuck Miller and Do-It Corporation joined CPA in January 2011. The Contract Packaging Association is honored to have shared his time and talents and we will forever remember him as a friend. We ask you join us in keeping Chuck’s family and friends in your thoughts at this sad time. For more information, click here.

1/14/2016    2016 CPA Annual Meeting Agenda focused on honing business skills

CPA's Annual Meeting is taking place February 25-28, 2016 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Agenda is focused on honing your business intuition and skills. The agenda (subject to change), includes sessions on staffing performance, "big data," legal developments, and CPA's highly anticipated panel discussion, which will zero in on the dynamic contract packaging industry. Take a look at the agenda by clicking here.

12/15/2015    Upcoming CPA webinar focused on special pack innovation

In an upcoming CPA webinar, in conjunction with the Institute of Packaging Professionals, special pack innovations in blister packs (trifolds, two-piece cards, face-seal, etc.), shrink wrap and shrink-sleeve ideas in twin packs, will be addressed with discussions on various material types. Click here for details and registration.
12/10/2015    Associate member ProAmpac completes acquisition of Coating Excellence International

Wellspring Capital Management LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company ProAmpac has completed its previously announced acquisition of Coating Excellence International (CEI). A flexible packaging and technical products company based in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, CEI specializes in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board and nonwovens. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read more.
12/2/2015    CPA Member WestRock to present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer, WestRock, will address the investment community at approximately 11:40 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Paper, Packaging and Builders Conference in Boston. The audio presentation will be webcast and can be accessed at under the investors section. Slides from the presentation will also be available under the investors section at
11/30/2015    CPA Associate Member ProAmpac to acquire Coating Excellence International

ProAmpac has entered into an agreement to acquire Coating Excellence International (CEI), a flexible packaging and technical products company based in Wrightstown, Wisconsin. CEI specializes in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board and nonwovens and will enhance ProAmpac’s already robust extrusion lamination capabilities. Read more.
11/9/2015    Nulogy and ARI Packaging to present upcoming webinar

Learn about operational best practices in a not-to-be-missed webinar, "Growing Your Co-Pack Business with Operational Best Practices," presented by CPA members Nulogy and ARI Packaging on November 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. As you continue to grow and serve more customers and requirements, are your operational processes keeping up? Nulogy partners up with ARI to bring you a webinar on operational best practices. Beth Wagner, Business Process Improvement Manager at ARI discusses the big "wins" in quality control, order execution, and customer integrations that have improved their operations to become a best-in-class contract packager. Details and registration here.
11/3/2015    CPA Member Visual Pak changes name of thermoform division

Clayton Bolke, Chief Executive Officer of The Visual Pak Companies, announced plans today to begin conducting business as VP Plastics and Engineering for its thermoforming division. As their thermoforming operation continues to grow and expand into new markets and with new capabilities, the new name, VP Plastics and Engineering, will more accurately reflect their extensive thermoform and engineering offerings while maintaining their current image of providing the highest quality packaging and services. “We are best known for our engineering andthermoform plastic packaging so it is important to adapt our name to align with our product offerings,” said Bolke. Read more.
11/2/2015    CPA Associate Member ProAmpac new name for merged Prolamina and Ampac Companies

Prolamina and Ampac, two recently merged global flexible packaging firms, announces its new corporate name, ProAmpac. The new name reflects the merger of two leading, progressive and innovative flexible packaging companies with enhanced product offerings unparalleled in the industry. ProAmpac includes four brand divisions including Prolamina, Ampac, Tulsack and Business Deposits Plus. Together, the brands offer multiple innovative solutions in flexible packaging for the food, pet food and medical markets, secure packaging for cash management, loss prevention and transportation of valuables and documents, and retail paper and plastic shopping bags. Read more.
10/9/2015    Sterling Contract Packaging Announces Major Expansion in Moore, South Carolina

CPA Member Sterling CPI, a full-service contract packaging company, announced that they have purchased 29 acres of land in the Tyger River Industrial Park, located in Moore, SC. With this land, Sterling CPI will construct a state of the art 140,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility. The land will also allow the company to expand the building by more than 100,000 square feet, in the future. Due to rapid growth over the last several years, Sterling CPI was prompted to find a space capable of handling all of their needs. Read more.
10/9/2015    Sonoco donates $50,000 to South Carolina Flood Relief

CPA Associate Member Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in flood relief efforts in the Pee Dee and across the Palmetto State. This brings Sonoco’s total to $95,000 in Red Cross donations in 2015. Read more.

9/21/2015    CPA to host panel discussion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

CPA is hosting a panel discussion on the Innovation Stage at Pack Expo Las Vegas, which will focus on the multiple and differing capabilities of contract packagers and contract manufacturers and the related benefits for brand owners - large and small, new and established; retailers and consumers. The panel is convening on September 29. Read more.

8/6/2015    CPA's new president helps members navigate life in the contract packaging fast lane

Packaging World recently published an open letter from Vicky Smitley of Hearthside Food Solutions, a longtime CPA director and the association's new president. Read more.
7/21/2015    CPA announces new officers to the Board of Directors

Through a general membership vote that took place in early 2015, the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) is pleased to announce its new officers who will participate on the CPA Board of Directors with terms starting July 1, 2015. Vicky Smitley, Vice President of Sales at Hearthside Food Solutions, will begin her tenure as CPA President and will be the first woman in CPA’s history to hold this title. Read more.
5/21/2015    CPA Sourcing Center booked for Pack Expo Vegas!

The CPA Sourcing Center will return to Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas! Taking place September 28-30, 2015, sponsors will showcase their products and/or services in high-profile displays highlighting examples of contract packaging company capabilities! Click here for more information.

5/20/2015    CPA announces first scholarship recipient

On Thursday, June 4th, Chris Nutley, Past-President, CPA, and John Mazelin, Executive Director, CPA, presented the first annual CPA Technical Packaging Scholarship to Kate Cox of Indiana State University. A Junior in ISU's Packaging Engineering program, Kate is a strong student (3.77 GPA) and is already on her way to a great career in the Packaging Industry. Read more.
5/19/2015    CPA Associate Member ZIP-PAK named 2014 Supplier of the Year by Tyson Goods

Zip-Pak®, the global leader in zipper technology, was named Supplier of the Year for 2014 by Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) at a luncheon held Friday, April 3, at the Tyson Foods World Headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. This marks the tenth year for the Tyson Foods annual recognition program. Zip-Pak was one of eight suppliers to be acknowledged at the event. Read more.

4/13/2015    Universal, all-servo wrap-around case/tray packer

CPA Associate member PMI Cartoning presents the HCP wrap-around case packer that handles cases with inner or outer fifth flaps as well as trays of product. The all-servo design features Allen-Bradley multi-axis Kinetix servos, allowing for maximum uptime, quick changeovers and easy operation. Operator-friendly controls from Rockwell Automation include ControlLogix and AB PanelView. The HCP is Category 3 Safety compliant and optional stainless steel wash down construction is available. Click here to read more.
3/24/2015    Contract packagers plan trade trip to Italy

The Contract Packaging Association will help bring North American members to IPACK-IMA 2015, in Milano, Italy in May. "The goal of the trade mission for the Contract Packaging Association is to engage in dialogue with the European manufacturing and packaging community to uncover potential opportunities and synergies,” according to Chris Nutley, CPA board president. Read more.
3/23/2015    CPA Annual Meeting uncovers secrets to a job well done

CPA President Chris Nutley gives an overview of the 2015 Annual Meeting in an article published online at Packaging World. Says Nutley, "The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Contract Packaging Association was arguably the most successful meeting in the 23-year history of the organization." Read more.
3/10/2015    2015 Annual Meeting was electrifying!

The CPA 2015 Annual Meeting was a huge success! Photo highlights can be found here.
3/5/2015    John Mazelin inducted into CPA's Hall of Fame

The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce that John Mazelin, Executive Director, CPA, has been inducted into the Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame. The Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry. Read more.
3/3/2015    Associate member PMI Cartoning, Inc. introduces all-servo vertical cartoner

PMI Cartoning's VL family of vertical top-load cartoners offer the ultimate in cartoning flexibility. The versatile VL can run at speeds exceeding 1,000 cartons per minute and can handle multiple applications such as confectionery, food & beverage, pet foods, nutritional, pharmaceutical as well as health & beauty products. Read more.
2/5/2015    CPA 2015 Annual Meeting - Catch Lightning in a Bottle!

CPA secures Keynote Speaker Ted Janusz, Trainer, Shepard Productions, for the 2015 Annual Meeting. If you missed Ted’s interactive presentation and networking session at the CPA Annual Meeting in 2014, here’s your chance to participate in an actionable session focused on how peer-to-peer collaboration can effectively boost your business. Also - not to be missed - HOT panel session will explore the necessary "breakthrough" solutions that will allow brand-owner customers to meet retail and consumer demands. AND - great networking activities that will help you connect with your contract packaging peers! The 2015 Annual Meeting is taking place February 19-22 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL. Click here for information.
2/4/2015    Join CPA AT PACK EXPO East

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) will be participating in the brand new PACK EXPO East, February 16-18, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Come see us at Booth #898! Will we see you in Philadelphia? Complimentary registration available! Read more.

2/3/2015    CPA Webinar - Best Practices for Using Contract Packagers - now available on-demand

A recent webinar (Jan. 20, 2015) hosted by CPA and the Institute of Packaging Professionals focused on best practices for using contract packagers and was presented by Chris Nutley, President, CPA and John Mazelin, Executive Director, CPA, is now available for on-demand viewing. If you missed the live presentation, you can view it anytime by clicking here.
2/2/2015    IoPP-CPA survey uncovers important trends

Providers and buyers of contract packaging services agree that over the next three years, multipacking, kitting and assembly services; pre-packaging services such as product blending and filling; and primary packaging involving direct product contact will be in high demand for contract packaging, according to an Institute of Packaging Professionals-Contract Packaging Association member survey during January. The survey was developed by Contract Packaging magazine. Read more.
2/1/2015    CPA announces packaging scholarship fund

CPA is pleased to announce the development of a scholarship program focused on packaging machinery. With the support of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), CPA will award a $2,500 scholarship to a student specializing in packaging machinery or systems. Says Chris Nutley, President, CPA, “Participation and investment into packaging education is one of four Strategic Initiatives of the Contract Packaging Association." Read more.
1/8/2015    Upcoming Webinar focused on best practices for using a contract packager

Taking place January 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. CST, and in conjunction with the Institute of Packaging Professionals, CPA's next webinar is "Best Practices for Using Contract Packagers." Free to CPA members, this webinar will be presented by John Mazelin, CPA Executive Director and Chris Nutley, CPA President. Click here for details and to register.
1/7/2015    Exact Packaging and Industrial Support Services announce merger

CPA member Exact Packaging and Industrial Support Services announce their merger effective January 1, 2015. Exact Packaging now has two locations to better service the needs of current and future customers. Read more.
1/6/2015    KDC has acquired Chemaid Laboratories

CPA member, The Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC), headquartered in Knowlton, Québec, Canada, has acquired Chemaid Laboratories, located in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, an innovative formulator and manufacturer of high performance skincare and haircare products. Read more.
12/2/2014    Home mushroom farming, fish-gardening and other supply chain collaboration challenges

Offbeat brand Back to the Roots uses co-packers to gain national retail prominence; co-packers and other suppliers add insights at supply chain collaboration panel at Pack Expo. Read more.
10/4/2014    CPA announces first phase of improved RFQ process

CPA's RFQ inquiry option is currently undergoing redevelopment and the association has reached the first phase of improvement. Some key differences in the new RFQ are its simplicity, improved focus questions and broader scope without being cumbersome. In subsequent stages, CPA will be programming the RFQ system so that members can customize exactly the information they want to receive when they are sent an RFQ. Enhancements will be announced as they become available. The new RFQ submission form can be accessed by clicking here.
10/1/2014    CPA Sourcing Center returns to Pack Expo

The CPA Sourcing Center will return to Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago! Taking place November 2-5, sponsors will showcase their products and/or services in high-profile displays (Booth #5801) highlighting examples of contract packaging company capabilities! Read more.
9/30/2014    3rd Edition of The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report now available

Building upon the industry acumen provided in previous versions of the Contract Packaging Association's The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report (2008, 2011), the newly published 3rd Edition provides deeper industry insight, increased market intelligence and more conclusive future trend analysis. The 3rd Edition of The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report is a necessity for anyone involved directly in the contract packaging business or for those looking to gain awareness into the industry for investment and acquisition objectives. Order yours today!
9/28/2014    CPA Associate Member KLW Plastics Inc. receives ISO 9001:2008 certification

KLW Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. This certification confirms that KLW Plastics has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System across all of its manufacturing facilities. Read more.
9/18/2014    Associate Member KLW Plastics Selects RockTenn’s Meta Cases

CPA Associate Member KLW Plastics announced today that they have selected CPA Contract Packager Member RockTenn’s precision mandrel formed Meta® corrugated case to combine with their E-Tainer™ lightweight and semi-rigid containers. Bringing together these two unique technologies creates an innovative packaging solution for the industrial and agri-chem industries. Read more.

8/26/2014    The B4B Alliance announces Ohio Logistics as newest member

The B4B Alliance® is pleased to announce the addition of its newest member, Ohio Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. In addition to transportation and warehousing, Ohio Logistics provides value-added services such as fulfillment. The B4B Alliance will integrate Ohio Logistics’ Louisville operation into one of their existing facilities and focus expanding the service portfolio available to Ohio Logistics’ clients. Read more.
7/28/2014    CPA Announces Board of Directors

Through a general membership vote that took place in early 2014, the Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce the CPA Board of Directors with terms starting July 1, 2014. Read more.
7/15/2014    PMI Features Its High Speed, All-Servo Horizontal Cartoner at PACK EXPO

CPA Associate Member PMI Cartoning will showcase its high speed, all-servo, horizontal end-load cartoner at PACK EXPO International, November 2-5, 2014. The HS family of horizontal cartoners can reach speeds up to 350 cartons/min, depending on the application, and is available in continuous or intermittent motion. Its versatility allows the HS to handle a variety of products including food, beverage, confectionery, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and household cleaners. Visit Booth #S-3656 at PACK EXPO to see the HS in action. Click here for more information.
7/7/2014    Have you checked out the latest issue of Connection?

June's CPA Connection Newsletter was filled to the brim with great info! Topics addressed ranged from the synergies between education and learning to how contract packaging impacts the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Read it here.
6/25/2014    CPA Associate member Ampac "leads" lunch and learn event

Ampac, hosted what they have coined as a "Lunch and LEΛD" event in Southern California on May 22 for some of their prospects and customers, including fellow CPA members in the region. Read more.
6/25/2014    CPA Members find healthy business in OTC drugs & nutraceuticals

Even without providing full, turnkey pharma-outsourcing services and dealing with the rigors of prescription drugs, co-packers are finding healthy market opportunities in the OTC and nutraceutical worlds. Read more.
6/25/2014    Learning Seminars = Relationship Development

Contract Packaging Association  Executive Director John Mazelin addresses the synergies between educational events and developing relationships with your peers in the June edition of CPA's Connection newsletter. Read more.
4/30/2014    Tips for Temps: How to Handle Seasonal Spikes and Production Peaks

Summer's almost here. Are you hearing a ringing in your ears? Maybe its fireworks, or it could be sleigh bells, depending upon how far across the calendar your business forecast stretches. Because for packagers, the weather and peak seasonal production requires planning months in advance. Whether you survive with margins intact may depend on how well you manage your workforce. Read full article from the recent issue of the CPA Connection Newsletter.
4/28/2014    Where’s this relationship going?

This has never happened before,” coach to business pros and motivational cog-turner Ted Janusz recently told a ballroom packed with co-packers at the CPA Annual Meeting. Evidently, co-packers are a breed apart from all the business and industry leaders he’s met. Read Contract Packaging magazine's editor Bob Sperber's take on "social" and co-packers.
4/28/2014    Nulogy Selected as Supply Chain "Cool Vendor" by Analyst Firm Gartner

CPA Associate Member Nulogy, the leading provider of contract packaging management software for brands and their manufacturing and packaging suppliers, announces today that it has been selected by Gartner as one of only five companies named in their “Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Services, 2014” report. READ MORE.
3/25/2014    State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report

CPA continues to work on the newest edition of the State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report. Because your knowledge will play a critical role in the upcoming 3rd edition of the report, we need your help. By participating in a preliminary survey, your expertise will provide the basis of the final report. Click here to read more and participate.
3/14/2014    Ampac Products win awards for packaging excellence, Design, and Innovation

CPA Associate member Ampac is proud to announce they have recently won several awards from the Flexible Packaging Association, Graphic Design USA and the World Packaging Organization. Read more.
3/4/2014    CPA 2014 Annual Meeting a huge success!

Photo highlights, dates for 2015 Annual Meeting announced! Click here for more info.
2/25/2014    CPA Associate Member Nulogy chosen to compete in "Shark Tank" event In UK

Nulogy has been selected to showcase its pioneering contract packaging management solution, PackManager®, at the “Lion’s Lair” product showcase at Packaging Innovations. Packaging Innovations is attended by over 350 packaging suppliers, and the Lion’s Lair will be unveiled on Thursday, February 27 at the International Brand Summit Theatre in NEC Birmingham in the U.K. Read more.
2/16/2014    CPA reboots Connection newsletter

The Contract Packaging Association's monthly newsletter was introduced in 2011 as a communications vehicle addressing the industry as well as association news. After a brief hiatus, Connection is back with better focus and information that you can use in your business. In the coming months, Connection will evolve to include engaging industry surveys, deeper member profiles and news, original features focused on trends, innovations, and white papers. Read the newest issue.
2/14/2014    Contract Packaging magazine extends exclusive CPA member offer for 2014

Contract Packaging magazine, the offcial publication for the Contract Packaging Association, has been the voice of the Association since 2005. Our industry continues to thrive and opportunities abound. Whether a regular member or associate member of CPA, we know you are busy running your companies and that advertising often gets pushed to the back burner. We want to make it easier to promote your business with Contract Packaging, so two high exposure ad packages for 2014 are now available. As a CPA member, you’ll enjoy tremendous savings! Click here for details.
2/3/2014    Nikki Johnson announced as CPA Member Communications Director

The CPA Board of Directors has selected Nikki Johnson as Member Communications Director of the association, effective immediately. As Member Communications Director, Ms. Johnson will oversee member research and communications to ensure that CPA delivers the desired educational elements, industry information, and relationship-building programs to the CPA membership. Read more.
1/15/2014    John Mazelin named Executive Director of the Contract Packaging Association

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) Board of Directors has selected John Mazelin as Executive Director of the Association, effective January 1, 2014. As Executive Director, Mr. Mazelin will oversee the day-to-day operations of the association. Read more.
12/17/2013    2014 CPA State of the Contract Packaging Industry seeks your input

We are pleased to announce that CPA is now officially working on the 2014 State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report and we need your help! Our ability to serve as the source of "market knowledge" for the Contract Packaging industry is one of the three main pillars of the CPA's mission. As a contract packaging industry leader, you have intimate knowledge of industry trends, market pressures, financial considerations and labor, all important factors to consider when making solid business decisions in the Contract Packaging industry. To ensure the report is as thorough and complete as possible, we are asking the contract packaging industry to complete the report survey before January 10th, 2014. Please click here to participate in the survey now.
10/23/2013    2014 Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities

There are multiple sponsorship packages available to help you expand your reach with attendees at the 2014 Annual Meeting, taking place Feb. 27-March 2 in Tucson, AZ. Don't miss this great opportunity to be noticed by industry leaders! Click here for details.
10/16/2013    Ampac Provides LEAD Training for Customer Education

CPA Associate member Ampac has recently completed their LEAD training, providing their customers insight into laminations and pouches, as well as Ampac’s processes and methods. Read more.
9/18/2013    Nulogy to support DHL supply chains packaging services

CPA Associate Member Nulogy and DHL Supply Chain have recently completed a global agreement for Nulogy to provide their PackManager and related Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to DHL sites to manage and control value-adding packaging services. Read more.
9/4/2013    CPA Webinar: How to Handle an OSHA Inspection

Don't miss CPA's upcoming webinar, "How to Handle an OSHA Inspection," presented by Tom Grey, President, Grey & Associates. This webinar, taking place online on September 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST, will focus on OSHA and its inspection techniques and how you can best prepare yourself. Click here for details.
9/3/2013    IBM engineer to offer insights for reducing package damage in CPA-IoPP webinar

Join CPA and the Institute of Packaging Professionals for an Oct. 1 webinar that will explore where and how this package damage occurs, and how to avoid it. In "Judging a Package by Its Cover, Combating Superficial Package Damage," Bill Green, Worldwide Packaging Engineering Team Lead at IBM, share insights on how IBM has reduced package damage by millions of dollars while also educating its customers about the nature of slightly damaged packaging. Click here for details.
8/19/2013    CPA Announces Packaging Resource Center at Pack Expo

Contract packager member companies - extend your reach to the over 26,000 packaging professional attending this year's Pack Expo in Las Vegas from September 23-25! By becoming a sponsor of the CPA Packaging Resource Center at Pack Expo Booth #356, you can showcase your products and/or services in a high-profile display.
8/6/2013    CPA 2014 Annual Meeting dates, location announced

The 2014 Annual Meeting--Building a Bridge to Profitability--is taking place February 27 - March 2 at the Omni Tucson National Resort. Gain insight into how relationships, regulatory compliance, technology, marketing, education, and economy can all come together to positively affect your bottom line.
7/30/2013    CPA featured in latest issue of Packaging World magazine

The August 2013 issue of Packaging World magazine features a section focused on the Contract Packaging Association. This invaluable 4-page piece includes information about CPA and its offerings.
7/14/2013    Coregistics Acquires Cano Packaging

To enhance its primary packaging capabilities, Coregistics, a packaging-centric supply chain services company and CPA member, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Cano Packaging, Corporation (Cano), a Chicago-area company that specializes in primary contract packaging services for food and confectionary manufacturers.
6/10/2013    Summit Media Group looks forward with new leadership

Summit Media Group, Inc. has announced the advancement of Joseph Angel from Vice President to President and CEO. Angel succeeds Summit co-founder Lloyd Ferguson, who has transitioned to a new role as Consultant for the privately owned Chicago-based business media company. Summit Media Group publishes Contract Packaging and Packaging World magazines. "Joe's involvement with CPA has been a valuable asset to the association," said Pat Farrey, CPA Executive Director. "His guidance and industry expertise have provided CPA members with a vast array of packaging knowledge. We are pleased to provide ongoing support to Joe and Summit Media's industry publications."
6/2/2013    CPA president to present at the 2013 Food and Beverage Packaging Summit in July

Chris Nutley, CPA President, will present a case study, Brands Leveraging the Flexibility of Co-Packers to Improve Overall Package Performance, at the Global Food and Beverage Packaging Summit in Chicago, IL on July 18, 2013. Nutley will focus on redesigning packaging to reduce waste; how to use multiple contract packagers to streamline the workflow of specialty packaging; and how to ensure the collaboration of contract packagers is a win-win scenario for all supply chain partners.
5/3/2013    HBA Expo presentation focus: Integrating contract packaging with supply chains

If you serve the personal care, cosmetics and fragrances industries, are you looking for fresh ways to gain an edge on the competition? Longtime contract packaging services provider Eric Wilhelm will give his perspective on what works today in a presentation at HBA Global Expo June 19 in New York City. (more)
4/10/2013    CPA's Annual Meeting brought together the industry's most innovative thinkers

With the theme "Creating a Winning Edge", the Contract Packaging Association structured its annual meeting in Naples, Florida to help members take charge of growing their business in 2013. (more)
4/6/2013    Cloud is just the beginning

Nulogy Chief Executive Officer, Jason Tham, will be delivering a presentation entitled “The Next Wave of Technologies for The Manufacturing Supply Chain” to an audience of international consumer brands and suppliers at the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance 2013 National Education and Training Conference in Delray Beach, Florida.
4/1/2013    2013 elected CPA Board of Directors announced

The new CPA board will be effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
3/31/2013    Packaging Advantage Sticks to its Last

The old saw tells us: “Shoemaker, stick to your last.” The purpose was to teach us that we should do what we do best, whatever that is. New CPA member Packaging Advantage does just that. To its customers, the company states clearly on its web site: “We overwrap -- that's what we do... our expertise provides you with the best price and highest quality available.”
3/5/2013    CPA Annual Meeting Theme: “Creating a Winning Edge”

With the theme “Creating a Winning Edge” the Contract Packaging Association structured its annual meeting in Naples, Florida to help its members take charge of growing their business in 2013. From the start, the presentations at the meeting focused on specific, practical advice from industry experts, beginning with the keynote address by Stave Baker, speaking about The Great Game of Business, a unique strategy based on the simple, powerful belief: “The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to educate everyone on the business, give them a voice in saying how the company is run and provide them a stake in the financial outcome, good or bad.”
2/7/2013    Algus Packaging: Choosing Growth

Art Gustafson founded Algus Packaging, Inc. in 1995. Gustafson, who was inducted into the PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame in 2011, had for years been owner of Alloyd Company, where he had developed and manufactured his pioneering rotary heat seal machines for sealing blister packs. He sold Alloyd in 1989, but re-entered the industry in 1995 because he saw a need for new blister packaging concepts and services.
2/5/2013    GreenSeed Contract Packaging Sells Non-Food Operations

GreenSeed Contract Packaging has announced the February 8, 2013, sale of its non-food contract packaging business to Multi-Pack LLC, a Cameron Holdings portfolio company. GreenSeed, a rising leader in the contract packaging industry, has been providing contract packaging solutions in both food and the non-food markets. (more)
12/3/2012    CPA 2013 Annual Meeting - Sharpen Your Winning Edge

Don't gamble with your future - increase your odds by gaining valuable insights to the packaging industry. CPA's Annual Meeting - taking place February 21-24 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Naples, FL - brings together the industry's most innovative thinkers. Paricipate in knowledge-building sessions while networking with top executives, share ideas with contract packaging company business owners and discover winning edge solutions. Click here for details and registration.
11/17/2012    Praxis Packaging Solutions Expands Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI

Longtime CPA member company aquires additional 45,000 square feet to accommodate growth. "Over the past few years, we have seen considerable opportunity for growth," said Scott Hanmer, Vice President of Sales. "As a result, the Praxis management team has been working diligently to improve upon our existing portfolio of capabilities and service offerings.” Click here to read more.
10/8/2012    Take advantage of this year's Contract Packaging magazine Resource Guide

Contract Packaging magazine is preparing the November/December issue which includes the annual "Resource Guide for Contract Packaging." This edition includes profiles of contract packagers and offers year-round exposure to tens of thousands of professionals who use contract packaging and related services. This issue is ideal for you to extend your reach to 20,000 professionals in the business! Advertising discounts for CPA members are available through October 19. Click here for details.
10/4/2012    CPA sessions on kitting, supply chain at IoPP conference at PACK EXPO

Contract packaging challenges and solutions are hot topics at PACK EXPO, and at this year's Conference at PACK EXPO, at McCormick Place in Chicago, CPA will make two presentations: "Contract Packaging and Kitting as a Lean Packaging Strategy," presented Oct. 29 by Kevin Hall, Chief Operating Officer at Coregistics; and "The Evolution of Contract Packaging within the Customer Supply Chain," presented Oct. 31 by Eric Wilhelm, CEO at Coregistics. For details on these Pack Expo session and more, click here.
10/3/2012    CPA member Pacmoore Products featured on 21st Century

Pacmoore Products, Inc., a member of CPA since 2007, is featured on 21st Century Business to discuss contract manufacturing for food processing. Click here to view video.
9/13/2012    CPA at PACK EXPO

CPA will be at Booth C-39 at PACK EXPO in Chicago, October 28-31, 2012. Stop by and say hello and learn more about the organization!
8/21/2012    Joe Jaruszewski resigns as president of Contract Packaging Association

Effective August 10, 2012, Joe Jaruszewski has tendered and the Contract Packaging Association Board of Directors has reluctantly accepted his resignation as president of CPA. To fill this vacancy, the CPA board has appointed Chris Nutley, President, MSW Packaging, as CPA President until June 30, 2013, when the unexpired portion of the President’s term ends. Click here for details.
7/12/2012    Chad Kerlin of General Mills to keynote CPA 2012 Fall WorkShop

Chad Kerlin, Vice President, External Supply Chain, General Mills, will keynote the CPA 2012 Fall WorkShop - taking place in Chicago, September 24-25, 2012. WorkShop agenda is focused on technology, food safety initiatives and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about what drives great contract packaging. Click here for details.
7/9/2012    Mary Ahern named CPA Executive Director

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) Board of Directors has selected Mary Ahern to become the new Executive Director of the Association, succeeding Edwin Landon, effective July 1. As Executive Director, Ahern will oversee the day-to-day operations of the association. Click here for details.
6/25/2012    Upcoming webinar focused on thermoformed containers and recylability

CPA's next webinar, Making Thermoformed Containers Recycling Compliant (taking place July 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST), is an engaging, co-branded webinar that will help you integrate and specify materials to meet the requirements, with insights on testing protocols and determining acceptable results. Click here for details.
6/7/2012    Catch up on the latest CPA webinars

Besides presenting up-to-the-minute and pertinent packaging subject matter that can be applied directly to your operations, CPA Webinars are conveniently presented over the Internet so you don't have to leave your office to "attend." Seminar presenters are experts in their given field, providing information by example. Click here for details.
5/28/2012    Webinar focused on supply chain optimization

Supply chain enhancement has become an essential strategy for success. The Institute of Packaging Professionals and the Contract Packaging Association are collaborating to present two knowledgeable speakers and perspectives in two separate spring webinars on this important topic. Click here for details and registration.
5/26/2012    Delkor introduces robotic loader to product line

Delkor’s new robotic loader allows maximum production efficiency when loading products such as nutritional bars into tri-seal cartons. Click here for details.
5/18/2012    Innovative Labeling Solutions Honored with Business Success Award

Innovative Labeling Solutions, a digital package print specialist, received a Tristate Success Award in honor of their growth and business success in 2011. The award was presented at a luncheon on April 24th in Cincinnati. Click here for details.
5/18/2012    Delkor honored for success in international business

Delkor Systems, Inc. was among 10 Minnesota companies honored Thursday for their success in exporting and international business. Gov. Mark Dayton recognized them as winners of the 27th annual Governor’s International Trade Awards. Click here for details.
4/9/2012    Gerry Donley inducted into CPA's Hall of Fame

The Contract Packaging Association is pleased to announce Gerry Donley, President of Toll Packaging Services, Division of Cloud Packaging Solutions LLC., as recipient of the association's esteemed Hall of Fame Award for 2012. The CPA Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry. Click here for details.
4/3/2012    CPA 2012-2013 Board of Directors

In accordance with the Bylaws of the Contract Packaging Association, Immediate Past President, John Mazelin, presents the 2012-2013 Board of Directors. Click here for details.
3/5/2012    CPA Webinar focused on fast changeover

CPA is presenting a webinar - Fast and Furious Almost Never Wins the Changeover Race, presented by John Henry, - online March 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. This presentation will show you how to maximize the efficiency of changeovers and minimize the time, labor and cost of these critical operations. Click here for details and registration.
2/27/2012    CPA 2012 Annual Meeting - Photo Highlights!

The CPA 2012 Annual Meeting, which took place February 23-26 at the Gran Melia in Puerto Rico, addressed issues within the association as well as innovations in the contract packaging industry. Attendees were shown how to reinvent and reposition their company and their people to help serve and compete at a higher level. Click here for photo highlights.
2/20/2012    Sterling Contract Packaging Inc. Announces 4th Expansion in 15 Years!

Sterling Contract Packaging Inc has planned their 4th expansion for February of 2012. This expansion will bring the total company space to 107,200 square feet in two locations. Click here for details.
2/16/2012    Veteran APAC Co-Packer Adopts PackManager

Nulogy Corporation along with Creative Pack, a leading Australian promotional packaging specialist, today announced their adoption of PackManager as the system of record for their Sydney facility. (more)
2/1/2012    CPA Hall of Fame honors industry professionals

The Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry. Click here for latest inductees.
11/6/2011    State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report now available

Updated, November 2011! As more CPG companies are utilizing contract packaging services, the State of Contract Packaging Industry Report provides invaluable information that can help you strengthen your influence within this growing industry. This essential report - brought to you exclusively by the Contract Packaging Association - contains never before released information relating to the business/service of contract packaging and how it will continue to grow in the future. For details and order information, click here.
10/19/2011    Henry Camp to present at CPA Fall Workshop Keynote Dinner

Henry Camp, CEO, IDEA, llc will focus on how you can use contraints management to resolve contract packaging problems at the CPA Fall WorkShop Keynote Dinner on Monday November 7. The Fall WorkShop, taking place in Chicago, November 7-8, will help you increase your contract packaging efficiencies. Register now!
8/23/2011    PepsiCo's Robert Maller to Keynote CPA Fall WorkShop

Find out what PepsiCo looks for in a contract packaging relationship. PepsiCo presentation is one of many educational tracks taking place at CPA's Fall WorkShop, taking place November 7-8 in Chicago. Register now and boost your operations' efficiencies. Click here for details and agenda.
8/22/2011    Exhibitor opportunities available at the CPA 2011 Fall WorkShop

As suppliers to the packaging industry, CPA Associate Members can exhibit their latest technologies and innovations directly to the high-level decision-makers who will be attending the Fall WorkShop on November 7-8 in Chicago, IL. Click here for exhibitor opportunities.
8/15/2011    CPA to discuss State of the Industry at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Whether you’re a contract packager or a product manufacturer using contract packaging services, if you’re going to Pack Expo Las Vegas Sept. 26-28, the Contract Packaging Association’s session at the IoPP Learning Center Conference will give you critical updates for doing business more efficiently in 2011 and beyond. CPA board member Chris Nutley will lead this presentation. Click here for details.
8/12/2011    CPA Fall WorkShop scheduled for November

Taking place in Chicago, IL., November 7-8, 2011. Click here for details.
8/8/2011    CPA announces updated logo usage guidelines

CPA encourages members to utilize the Contract Packaging Association name and logo on their web sites, letters, fliers, advertisements, newsletters, and other promotional materials. The CPA logo is designed for maximum flexibility on a variety of materials. Click here for logo usage guidelines and logo downloads.
7/1/2011    CPA State of the Industry Survey Request

The Contract Packaging Association and SAI Industrial LLC (SAI) have come together to expand the ground breaking industry intelligence program first initiated in 2007 and further updated in 2008. Your participation in this important report is requested. Click here for details.
6/9/2011    Get more exposure! List your plant location now!

Contract Packaging Association website “Plant Location” listings provide great new marketing opportunities. Click here for details.
4/15/2011    CPA Connection Newsletter focused on the industry

Find out the latest news about the contract packaging industry and CPA in the new Contract Packaging Newsletter, "Connection." Click here for latest edition.
4/14/2011    Dates, location announced for CPA 2012 Annual Meeting

Taking place February 23-26, 2012 at the Gran Melia Hotel & Resort in Puerto Rico. Mark your calendars!
1/27/2011    CAPS Makes Food Logistics’ List of Top 100 Technology Suppliers for Third Consecutive Year

Container and Pooling Solutions (CAPS) (, was recently named to Food Logistics Magazine’s Top 100 Technology Suppliers list for the third consecutive year.
12/17/2010    Saddle Creek Corp. Acquires ProLog Logistics

Lakeland, Fla., Dec. 16, 2010 – Saddle Creek Corp., a nationwide third-party provider of integrated logistics, warehousing, transportation, and contract packaging services, announced today that it has acquired ProLog Logistics Inc.
12/3/2010    Ryt-way Industries Acquires Robert’s Packaging, Inc.

Lakeville, Minnesota, December 2, 2010 — Ryt-way Industries LLC (“Ryt-way”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Robert’s Packaging, Inc. (“Robert’s”) of Battle Creek, Michigan.
10/14/2010    Saddle Creek Adds Director of Business Development in Southern California

Lakeland, Fla., Oct. 12, 2010 - Saddle Creek Corporation, a nationwide third-party logistics provider, has added a new director of business development to support the company’s growth in Southern California.
9/24/2010    Nulogy to be Featured in Global Supply Chain of the Future Event

8/24/2010    Come see us at PACK EXPO 2010!

Booth #C-42
7/13/2010    CPA 2011 Annual Meeting dates, location announced

"Power Up!" in 2011. Click here for details.
7/7/2010    Ryt-way Industries Acquires Cloud Holdings and Toll Packaging Services

Lakeville, Minn., June 29, 2010 — Ryt-way Industries LLC (“Ryt-way”) has acquired from Cloud Holdings LLC the food and beverage contract packaging and equipment manufacturing businesses of Cloud Packaging Solutions consisting of the three companies of Cloud Packaging Services (“Cloud PS”), Cloud Equipment Company and Toll Packaging Services (“Toll”).
6/17/2010    Aaron Thomas Co. triples CP operations near Chicago

Aaron Thomas Co. Inc. has opened a 420,000-sq-ft contract packaging, warehousing, and distribution center in Lockport, IL., southwest of Chicago.
5/5/2010    Contract Packaging Works Well for Even the Most Vulnerable Product Groups

Daphne Allen, Editor, PMP News’s eBulletin, discusses contract packaging and how it can positively impact pharmaceutical and medical device packaging. Click here for article.
3/22/2010    TKD Holdings Launches New Website

New York, New York (March 22, 2010) TKD Holdings, Inc. (TKD), a leading contract packaging company, has launched a new website to reflect its depth of services, refined design aesthetic and experience as a preferred contract packer for clients such as Estee Lauder, Sanofi-Aventis and Unilever.
3/17/2010    Visual Pak Expands Blend and Fill Capability and Capacity

Company responds boldly to needs of CPG customers
3/5/2010    CPA 2010 Annual Meeting presentations now available

2/19/2010    Lisa Shambro emphasizes improving communications

Jim George, Editor-in-Chief, Contract Packaging magazine, reports from the CPA Annual Meeting in Naples, FL. Article focuses on keynoter Lisa Shambro, director, Foundation for Strategic Sourcing.
1/10/2010    CPA 2011 Annual Meeting details now available

Packed business agenda, networking and social/recreational events will make this Annual Meeting CPA’s best! Click here for details.
12/22/2009    Next CPA Web Seminar focused on Corrugated Packaging Performance

Presented by Wally Petrac, Marketing Manager, Smurfit-MBI, Canada, CPA's next web seminar - "Packaging Performance: Advanced and Sophisticated Constructions, Applications and Consequences" - is taking place January 27 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. Click here for details.
12/11/2009    GH Manufacturing Improves Productivity for Global CPG

PackManager Enables Client Visibility
TORONTO – December 1, 2009: Nulogy Corporation, a leading provider of supply-chain management solutions, announced today with GH Günther Huettlin Manufacturing Inc., the full utilization of Nulogy’s PackManager solution at the contract packaging provider’s award-winning facility.
11/30/2009    Saddle Creek Corporation Acquires ServiceCraft Logistics

10/29/2009    CPA web seminar focuses on food plant audits. Register now!

Taking place November 12, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST, "Preparing for a Food Safety Inspection and the GFSI Audits" web seminar, presented by Judi Lazaro, Director of Customer Relations for AIB International, will take you on a virtual audit of a food plant - any food plant - and coach you on what a food safety inspector looks at and why.
10/26/2009    Lisa Bodell named keynote speaker for 2010 CPA Annual Meeting

Lisa Bodell, CEO, futurethink, will address how innovation in packaging (and contract packaging) leads to future success. An authority on innovation, Bodell has appeared on FOX News, and in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Harvard Business Review, and The Futurist. Click here for CPA Annual Meeting speaker updates.
10/26/2009    Tabletop exhibits available at 2010 CPA Annual Meeting

CPA Associate Members and non-member suppliers to contract packagers now have the opportunity to exhibit their services/products at the 2010 CPA Annual Meeting (taking place February 18-21, 2010 in Naples, FL). Click here for more information about tabletop exhibit opportunities.
10/22/2009    CPA 2010 Annual Meeting dates and location announced

The 2010 Annual Meeting - "Riding Out the Storm: Lessons From Survival Masters" - is taking place February 18-21, 2010 in Naples, FL. Click here for more information.
10/16/2009    Special Offer for Contract Packaging Association members

List your company in Contract Packaging magazine's 2010 Resource Guide and get year-round exposure to buyers of contract packaging and related services. Discounted pricing available exclusively for members. Reservations due October 23. More information here.
9/25/2009    10 Ways to Reduce Supply Chain Costs

CPA has partnered with YRC to bring you shipping benefits that leverage the full scale of the association, passing savings along to you.
9/10/2009    Cloud Packaging Solutions LLC acquires Toll Packaging Group, LLC

8/22/2009    PMPNews Insider addresses contract packaging's impact on H1N1 Vaccine logjams

8/21/2009    Visit CPA at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Stop by Booth #C-952 between October 5-7 for CPA updates or to just say hello!
8/17/2009    State of the Contract Packaging Industry Report available

As more CPG companies are utilizing contract packaging services, the State of Contract Packaging Industry Report provides invaluable information that can help you strengthen your influence within this growing industry.
7/28/2009    CPA President John Riley quoted extensively in Packaging Digest

4/22/2009    Samples show RFQ module in action

3/31/2009    CPA 2009 Annual Meeting presentations now available

3/16/2009    Annual Meeting weather and wardrobe update

3/15/2009    Annual Meeting golf tournament details

3/14/2009    Annual Meeting Chateau Elan transportation details

3/13/2009    Annual Meeting agenda details now available

3/2/2009    Reserve Hotel Room Now for CPA Annual Meeting

2/11/2009    Extend your reach with Contract Packaging magazine

1/21/2009    Latest CPA Quarterly Newsletter keeps members informed

9/11/2008    Register now for CP 08 and succeed with contract packaging

CP 08 focuses on contract packaging innovation, sustainability and growth. Find solutions, exchange ideas, network with peers.
9/8/2008    2008 Annual Meeting presentations available for download

6/9/2008    APPI Market Update May 2008 now available

5/16/2008    Big fish hooked at CPA 2008 Annual Meeting

4/18/2008    Packaging Summit Expo and Conference ideal for contract packagers

3/21/2008    Register Now for CPA Annual Meeting!

2/14/2008    Annual Meeting Sponsorship opportunities boost your visibility

1/9/2008    Latest CPA Quarterly Newsletter keeps members informed

11/1/2007    Jeffrey Hayzlett named one of B2B's Best Marketers of 2007

10/29/2007    Survey: An Analysis of Member Activity in Contract Packaging available for purchase

10/28/2007    Call for Presentations announced for Packaging Summit Expo and Conference 2008

10/26/2007    CP 07 conference drills down on industry’s hot trends

10/23/2007    Yellow Transportation embraces importance of being green

6/21/2007    CP 07 focuses on contract packaging challenges and solutions

6/20/2007    Tabletop exhibits available at CP 07

5/30/2007    CPA has strong presence at Packaging Summit Expo and Conference

4/27/2007    CPA 2007 Annual Meeting presentations now available

4/27/2007    CPA 2007 Annual Meeting highlights networking, business

4/13/2007    Packaging Summit Conference includes contract packaging track

4/12/2007    APPI audit services available to CPA members

2/20/2007    Extend your reach with next issue of Contract Packaging magazine

1/24/2007    Mike Pinball Clemons named Keynote for CPA Annual Meeting

1/12/2007    Contract Packaging 2007 Annual Meeting agenda now available

12/20/2006    Second edition of CPA Quarterly Report Newsletter online now

11/17/2006    Quick Changeover report available from Summit Publishing

9/29/2006    CPA 2006 Annual Meeting presentations are available online

9/1/2006    Visit CPA at PACK EXPO

9/1/2006    Visit CPA at HBA

8/11/2006    Contract Packaging Association begins quarterly newsletter

8/1/2006    Contract Packaging Association welcomes new members for July

6/30/2006    Contract Packaging Association welcomes new members for June

6/13/2006    Contract Packaging Association 2007 Annual Meeting dates set

6/6/2006    JacobsonWilpak golf invitational to benefit diabetes research

6/2/2006    Membership options increase industry visibility

6/2/2006    RFQ ideal tool for making meaningful connections

6/2/2006    Thomas Bacon inducted into Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame

3/14/2006    Sponsor programs available for Contract Packaging Association 2006 Annual Meeting

3/2/2006    BOOK HOTEL NOW for the Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting

3/1/2006    2006 Annual Meeting to include Calypso Carnival

3/1/2006    Contract Packaging Association reaches 100th member milestone

1/20/2006    Contract Packaging 2006 Annual Meeting registration and agenda now available

1/17/2006    Contract Packaging magazine reaches key decision-makers

1/11/2006    Contract Packaging Association 2006 Annual Meeting slated for April

1/6/2006    Contract Packaging Association member Wilpak featured in Package Design magazine

10/5/2005    Contract Packaging magazine will be published three times in 2006

9/15/2005    Latest issue of Contract Packaging magazine out now

9/2/2005    Packaging Services Expo 2006 showcases contract packaging

7/1/2005    New officers named for Contract Packaging Association

6/10/2005    Packaging Services Expo 2006 reinforces success of PSE 2005

5/24/2005    Packaging Services Expo 2005 ideal forum for users, providers of packaging services

5/5/2005    The ONE Show for CONTRACT & PACKAGING Solutions STARTS May 10!

4/27/2005    Subscriptions to Contract Packaging magazine available now

4/27/2005    Thank you from John Lyon, Jerrell Packaging, LLC

2/14/2005    Contract Packaging magazine reaches key decision makers

1/31/2005    Register Now for the 2005 Annual Meeting!

1/28/2005    "Packaging Services Expo 2005" offers booth space discounts to CPA members

1/25/2005    Save the date! Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting slated for March

1/24/2005    Summit Publishing Company's Contract Packaging magazine to serve as CPA's official publication

1/10/2005    “Packaging Services Expo 2005” includes four track conference program

1/10/2005    Help provide tsunami disaster relief

12/17/2004    Contract Packaging Association in the News - Packaging World magazine

12/14/2004    Contract Packaging Association launches new web site

12/7/2004    "Packaging Services Expo 2005" provides contract packaging solutions

12/2/2004    Contract Packaging Association adopts new name, logo

12/1/2004    Contract Packaging Association selects new management company

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