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IoPP Central Ohio Golf Scramble

Friday August 8th, 2014 - 9:30am Shotgun Start

The IoPP will be returning to the Players Club course at Foxfire this year for our annual golf scramble fundraiser. This event is our Chapter's main fundraiser of the year. To date this event has helped our Chapter raise over $4,000 in scholarships that have supported the IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund. This year we hope to donate an additional $1,000 towards our running total.


IoPP 2014 Golf Outing - Individual


IoPP 2014 Golf Outing - Foursome
2014 Corporate Sponsorship Options




June Tour and Networking Event
Thursday June 19, 2014

Phoenix Bat Company 4 to 5 pm
7801 Corporate Blvd.
Plain City, OH

Networking Happy Hour 5 to 7 pm
6595 Perimeter Loop
Dublin, OH

Phoenix Bat Company is a local success story.  Charley "Lefty" Trudeau started his manufacturing operation in 1996 making bats for the Ohio Historical Society.  His hobby grew into a thriving business that makes bats for professional baseball teams.  We will see the process of baseball bats being made, packaged and shipped. 

Members are $15
Non member are $20

Includes the tour, a souvenir bat and a one beverage of your choice at BW3s.  Appetizers will be provided. Please sign up by Tuesday, June 17, 2014



                                         Food Packaging Seminar
Friday, May 16, 2014
   The Ohio State University

MOCON, Inc., The Ohio State University's Department of Food Science and Technology, and the Central Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals are proud to announce a joint seminar on food packaging.
Please join us on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 7:30am - 1:30pm at the Parker Food Science and Technology building on The Ohio State University campus, 2015 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210

 Featured Topics and Speakers
"Packaging: The Critical Driver in Today's Fast-paced Marketplace" - Ron Puvak, Director of Global Marketing, Plastic Technologies, Inc.
"The Influence of Packaging on the Shelf Life of Fresh and Processed Foods" - Melvin Pascall, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Food Science and Technology Department, The Ohio State University
"Package Testing" - Alan Shema, Product Manager, Consulting and Testing Services, MOCON Inc.
"Product Quality and the Characterization of Aromas, Odors and Flavors" - Roger Bleiler, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, MOCON Inc.
"Chocolate Science" - Mary Kay Pohlschneider, Ph.D., Lecturer, College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Science,  Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University

This seminar will include a tour of The Ohio State University's Food Science Department testing facility, as well as their Brewster Dairy Pilot Plant and the Wilbur A Gould Fruit and Vegetable Processing Plant.
 A continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch will be provided, compliments of MOCON, Inc., and Plastic Technologies, Inc.
We have limited seating, and this event is being advertised on a regional basis to IoPP chapters, so sign up as soon as possible.  Cost for the seminar is $40 for IoPP members, and $50 for non-members, which includes a parking pass for the day.  Reserve your spot for this seminar with your PayPal account below.

IoPP Member
IoPP Non- Member



March 2014 Event

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH  43215
7:00 pm faceoff

Watch your Columbus Blue Jackets vanquish their former rival the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals!  Thanks to Scotts-Miracle Gro, the Central Ohio Chapter has Suite Level access for this game.

Suite View!           





Sweet sponsor!  Thanks, Berlin, for the food and beverages!

This opportunity is now open to all IoPP members, their guests, spouses, children, etc.    $50 per person includes admission and a seat in Suite #48, pizza, and an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.  We are limited to 30 tickets, so this event is First Come First Serve!  Use the PayPal button below to reserve your spot, and pick up your ticket on game day at the Nationwide Arena Box Office Will Call window (southwest side of the arena)!


February Tour

Anthony Thomas Candy Company
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
2 pm to 3 pm

Happy Hour
Lucky's Grille
5387 Roberts Road
Hilliard, OH
Directly Following the Tour

Just in time for Valentine's Day shopping! We will experience candy making from start to finish in the 152,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art candy factory. Opened in May 1995, it is conveniently located off I-270 in west Columbus, Ohio.

Observe nine lines producing 30,000 pounds of chocolates per shift from a glass enclosed suspended "Cat-Walk". Experienced tour guides explain each process step-by-step from kitchen to the final packaging. View interesting sights such as huge copper kettles where the centers are created and unique silver-wrapped pipes that carry liquid chocolate throughout the factory. The tour finishes in a beautiful 2,500 square-foot retail shoppe.

After the tour, our group will meet at Lucky's Grille. 

The cost for the tour and happy hour is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  Central Ohio IoPP will provide appetizers and a first round of drinks for attendees.


Anthony Thomas Candy



December Member Appreciation Event

Brothers Drake Meadery
26 E. 5th Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

December 10, 2013
Free for Members
Guests $10 at the Door

Lift Your Holiday Spirits with Central Ohio IoPP at Brothers Drake Meadery!

Brothers Drake Meadery is an urban producer of wines made from honey. Sourced from local wildflower honey and only sold in the Greater Columbus area, their product is not only a delicious modern take on an ancient tradition, it’s a building block in strengthening our local economy.

We will be doing a 1/2 hour tour where they do their producing, bottling and labeling.  All tours include a flight of their wines, so come thirsty.  If you are not ready to leave after the tour, Brothers Drake Meadery has a band starting at 8pm.  They also have a food truck onsite to help with any food cravings you might have.

Tours start at 7pm

Free to all IoPP members as a "thank-you" for the successful year - $10 for spouses/significant others - (Any additional beverages purchased after the tour are not included).  To sign up, please send an email to Beth at beth.prissel@scotts.com.  Spouses/significant others can pay at the door.

Due to the small location, it will only be open to the first 25 people who sign up.  






November Event
Trivia Night
November 6, 2013

King Avenue 5
945 King Ave
Columbus, OH 43212

5-6PM Social hour - Food will be served at 5:30PM (drinks are on your own)
6-8PM Trivia

The Central Ohio IoPP is partnering up with Excesss Trivia for an exciting night of Jeopardy-style trivia! 

There will be cash prizes for the winners!  Family and friends are also invited (please limit to 21 and over).

 $15 to sign up (members and non members)


October Tour           
G&J Pepsi Plant, Columbus
October 18, 2013
9 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.

G&J Pepsi
1241 Gibbard Ave
Columbus, OH 43212
Off of E. Fifth Avenue between the mushroom water tower and the Columbus city salt pile.

Networking Breakfast
680 North Pearl St
Columbus, OH 43215

Breakfast is BYOB.  (Buy your own breakfast)

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. is the largest family-owned and operated Pepsi franchise bottler, employing more than 1,600 people at 11 locations in Ohio and Kentucky, including production facilities in Lexington and Winchester, Kentucky, and in Columbus and Portsmouth, Ohio. G&J has distribution centers in Hamilton, Ripley, Hillsboro, Athens, Chillicothe, and Zanesville, Ohio and in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.




A message from the President:

Colleagues of the IoPP Central Ohio:

I am very proud to announce that at last week's IoPP Leadership Conference in Chicago, our Chapter won a 2012 Chapter of Excellence Award! This is the first time since 2008 that our club has been recognized by the National office for Excellence. I want to thank all of you that have been actively involved in the meetings and tours of 2012. I'd also like to ask those who have not been actively participating to get back involved with our Chapter. We truly try to cater our content to help you as an individual network and grow professionally.

Our Board of Directors is excited about our upcoming Fall 2013 schedule that we recently have been working on finalizing. September will kick off the fun with an IoPP Trivia Night (details to follow). I'm sure that this will be a fun experience with prizes and big brain bragging rights on the line.

We are also looking at finalizing other great meetings and tours which will be announced once they are finalized.

One key takeaway from last week's Leadership Conference that I heard over and over from multiple people, is that people get much more out of IoPP than the efforts that they put in.

If you are looking for a value-add activity in your life, I encourage you to get out and get more involved with our club. I'm looking for dedicated people to help bolster our Board of Directors and help guide out Chapter into the future. If you are interested in becoming more involved, let me know! Shoot me a note at doug.compton@scotts.com.

Doug Compton, CPP
President - IoPP Central Ohio Chapter




Night at the Ballpark - Wednesday, July 31, 7:05 pm

Columbus Clippers vs. the Buffalo Bisons

Huntington Park, Arena District, Columbus, OH


Join us for a social event at Huntington Park as our Columbus Clippers battle the Buffalo Bison (top affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays).  The Central Ohio Chapter has 30 seats together, which are available for $10 @, first come, first served. 

Of note to Clippers fans - The Columbus Clippers, Huntington Bank and Tim Hortons are teaming up to offer young fans the Huntington Knot Hole Kids Club Card. This card will allow all kids, ages 12 and under, FREE youth general admission ($3.00 value) to all Wednesday night home games during the 2013 regular season.   Sign-up for the card at http://www.milb.com/documents/7/5/4/43598754/13_HKH_Kids_Club_Form_nw0n17ul.pdf.

Roosters is featuring 50 cent Boneless Wings that evening, so come hungry! 


Riviera Golf Club

8205 Avery Road, Dublin, OH  43017

7:30 am registration - 8:30 am shot gun start


This year's event will be held at Riviera Golf Club.  Nestled on 167 acres, Riviera Golf Club has been luring avid golfers since 1970. This member-owned private golf club is located in a lovely setting in the northwest Columbus suburb of Dublin. With the charm of a country-club-like setting, the peaceful surroundings, and beautiful scenery, you will thoroughly enjoy your home away from home.

The Institute of Packaging Professionals will shot gun at 8:30 am on Thursday, June 20, 2013.  Please consider participating, having your organization sponsor a hole or contest, and donating raffle prizes for our post play cookout.

Participation starts at $85 for IoPP members (regardless of Chapter affiliation) for 18 holes of scramble golf, carts, and a cookout buffet afterwards.  Non-members are only $90, with foursome prices of $325 in an IoPP member is involved, and a non-member foursome rate of $350.

Tee box sponsorships are still only $120, which includes a customized tee box marker for your organization.  Get your name on every tee box marker as our Sign Sponsor for only $500!  Be a patron of our $10,000 Hole In One Challenge for only $400!  Please contact the Event Coordinator, Chris Ragusa, at 614.940.9291 to discuss your involvement as a benefactor for this event.

2012 Event Sponsors!!

Air Pouch    Archbold Container    Ariva    B.B. Bradley    Cincinnati Chapter, IoPP   

Honeycell Inc    International Paper     Mercury Plastics        MOCON     Ohio Foam   

Planet R Creative Services    Plymouth Foam     Praxis Packaging   

Sealed Air Corporation     Storopack     xpedx


Central Ohio Officers:

President:  Doug Compton CPP, Owens Corning, 614.286.1594 dougcompton@gmail.com 

Regional Vice President:  Joe Briski, Accutech Films, 624.326.3611 joe.briski@accutechfilms.com

National Director: Chris Ritz, Planet R Creative Services LLC, 614.486.0121 chrisritz@planetr.net

Treasurer: Heidi Menard , The Scotts Company,  937.578.5390 heidi.menard@scotts.com

Secretary:  Jeff Weakley, 614.296.0496  weakleyjeff929@gmail.com

Communications Coordinator:  Thomas Moore, 937.536.4933 tom.moore@scotts.com

Program Coordinators:  

Beth Prissel, The Scotts Company, 937.578.5175 beth.prissel@scotts.com 

Chris Ragusa, Unipac, Inc., 614.940.9291, cragusa@unipacinc.com




Volunteer to serve the Central Ohio chapter in some capacity!  Contact us by sending an e-mail to info_coc_iopp@yahoo.com.