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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   January 23, 2012 • Vol. 10, Issue 2
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2012 AmeriStar Awards Competition entry deadline right around the corner!
Time is running out! Have you entered your best packages into the AmeriStar Awards Competition? AmeriStar showcases the most innovative packages of the year. If your package went beyond brand-owner expectations, increased product sales, boosted brand image, resulted in cost savings, showed an innovative way to protect product, addressed current environmental concerns - then you need to enter now! Entry deadline is February 3rd! 
For entry details and submission information, click here
Contact Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org

IoPP seeks your input for the 2012 Salary Survey
As the definitive salary survey in the packaging business, IoPP's Annual Salary Survey has evolved over the past few years beyond reporting "What you are worth." IoPP's Salary Survey has grown with a greater focus on your career in packaging as opposed to just reporting numbers. Developed in conjunction with Gros Executive Recruiters and Packaging World magazine, IoPP's goal this year is to examine how the economy in 2011 has impacted your packaging career, where you feel you stand in your career, how long you've been in a specific segment of packaging and how your job may be affected in the future. Results will also be published in the April issue of Packaging World. Bonus! After submitting survey, don't forget to download the Gros Executive Recruiters Insider's Report 2012.
To take the IoPP Salary Survey, click here

IoPP webinar focused on food safety and packaging
IoPP's next webinar, Food Safety and Packaging: The Hazards, Recalls and New Strategies, presented by Barry Novak, Packaging Quality and Regulatory Operations Manager, General Mills, and Jeff Sobell, Senior Manager, Global Packaging Quality, Kellogg Co., is taking place January 31, 2012, online from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m CST. Novak and Sobell will present the latest need-to-knows on food safety and packaging’s role in it and understanding communications strategies. They also will provide valuable information on HACCP and labeling challenges, and also provide some recent case histories and actionable. Registration is FREE to IoPP members, $99 for non-members.
For details and registration, click here

IoPP announces Packaging Education Scholarship Fund for 2012-2013
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is pleased to offer four $2,500 academic scholarships for 2012-2013 to recognize exceptional college students headed for a career in packaging. Do you know of any students pursuing a career in packaging that would benefit from this excellent opportunity? The scholarships have been created to support packaging education and to raise awareness of packaging as a career choice. As an added bonus, the top talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations. This could be that post-graduation foot in the door that jump-starts packaging careers!  
For scholarship details and submission information, click here 

Pharmaceutical Packaging Handbook now available in IoPP's online bookstore
The IoPP Bookstore announces a new arrival, Pharmaceutical Packaging Handbook. This informative hardcover book, totaling nearly 600 pages, provides an in-depth research guide for any packaging professional in the healthcare industry. Written by IoPP member and Packaging Hall of Famer Edward J. Bauer, the book examines packaging approaches for pharmaceutical products, as well as for biologics, medical foods and medical devices. His perspective is shaped over a career spent at companies including Bausch and Lomb, Abbott Laboratories and Wyeth Laboratories. The book opens with an introductory discussion of the pharmaceutical industry and closes with a 24-page glossary of terms, making it a valuable resource for students as well. Bauer lends his insights throughout the book, and concludes chapters with a summary and suggestions for further reading.

Click here to order the Pharmaceutical Packaging Handbook


Packaging Machinery: Basics course dates announced for 2012  
If you're either a recent college graduate new to packaging, who hasn't worked with packaging machinery, or a packaging professional who needs a quick primer or refresher on machinery, IoPP's "Packaging Machinery: Basics" course is designed for you. The course requires just 2.5 days of your time, and it's taught by a veteran, certified instructor. "Packaging Machinery: Basics" will be offered March 26-28, 2012 and October 8-10, 2012. The course is held in the Chicago area at Frain Industries, in a facility where you can observe demonstrations on real machines
For "Packaging Machinery:Basics" schedule and registration, click here

HealthPack focused on medical device packaging
This annual conference - taking place March 6-8, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico - helps medical device packaging professionals generate ideas and solutions to create efficient, innovative packaging. HealthPack includes a full conference agenda combined with table-top exhibits providing opportunities for attendees to focus on key industry issues while addressing individual needs with leading suppliers and service vendors. Welcome reception, breakfasts, luncheons, meetings and breaks encourage ongoing networking among attendees, speakers and exhibitors. HealthPack is sponsored the IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. IoPP members get a $100 discount upon registration! E-mail Mary Von Qualen at mvonqualen@healthpack.net for discount code.
For more information and registration, click here

Accelerate Your Packaging Projects at WestPack
Visit WestPack, February 14-16, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, the comprehensive resource for packaging professionals. WestPack offers the ideal opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading suppliers, experience the newest technologies and equipment, and compare solutions side-by-side… all in one convenient location. See the latest in containers, contract services, custom automation technology, machinery and machinery components, materials, robotics, software, and more. Visit the special focus areas: Contract Packaging; Heath and Beauty Packaging, Supply Chain; and Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Nutraceutical Packaging. WestPack is supported by the IoPP.
For details and registration, click here

Upcoming events

January 23-25
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 1, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

January 24
Steel City Chapter Meeting & Tour: PCA Corrugate Plant, Pittsburgh, PA.
Click here for more information.

January 25-27
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 2, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

January 26
Southeastern Chapter Event: "Think Outside the Dots," College Park, GA.
Click here for more information.

January 30
Fox Valley Chapter 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Winter Social Event, Greenville, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Brenda Halama, e-mail brenda.halama@styreneproducts.com.

January 31
IoPP Webinar: Food Safety and Packaging: The Hazard, Recalls and New Strategies, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

February 7
Chicago Chapter Tour of Team Services and dinner at Ki's Steak and Seafood, Carol Stream, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Marty Zei, e-mail president@ioppchi.org.  

February 8
Minnesota Chapter Dinner: Sustainability Issues Today, Golden Valley, MN.
Click here for more information. Contact: Laurice Wade, e-mail willow88@goldengate.net.

February 8-10
IoPP Chemical Packaging Committee Meeting, Sarasota, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org.

February 10
RESCHEDULED! IoPP Webinar: The A to Z Cookbook for Implementing an Effective Serialization/UDI Program, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

February 14-16
WestPack, Anaheim, CA.
Click here for more information. Contact: e-mail packaginginfo@ubm.com.

February 16
New England Chapter Event: Wine Technology Seminar, Boston, MA.
Click here for more information. Contact: Eric Cunningham, e-mail nechili@yahoo.com.

February 21
Central Indiana Chapter Joint Meeting with American Society for Quality, Indianapolis, IN.
Click here for more information. Contact: E-Mail wefunk@gmail.com.

February 20-22
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 3, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

February 22-24
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 4, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

February 23
Virginia/Carolinas Chapter Online Seminar Series
Click here for more information. Contact: Kevin White, e-mail kevinwhite227@gmail.com.


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