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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   February 22, 2011 • Vol. 9, Issue 4
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IoPP 2011 Salary Survey closes February 25!
IoPP surveys professionals employed in the packaging field to determine salaries, total compensation and job satisfaction. This information is compiled and analyzed by an independent research firm, and the results are published in the IoPP Salary Survey. 2011 survey is based on information from 2010. Survey was co-developed with Packaging World magazine and Gros Executive Recruiters. Survey closes this Friday! Please participate now to help make this year's Salary Survey IoPP's best yet.

To participate, please click here

IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund deadline March 18
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is proud to offer four $2,500 academic scholarships for 2011/2012 to recognize exceptional college students headed for a career in packaging. The scholarships have been created to support packaging education and to raise awareness of packaging as a career choice. The scholarships are funded by founding supporters, including the Central Ohio, Minnesota, Tejas and Chicago IoPP chapters and IoPP benefactor companies. Deadline for applications is March 18. Please submit now.  

For details, click here

AmeriStar - not just another awards competition
IoPP would like to extend a thank you to all the companies that submitted entries into this year's AmeriStar Awards Competition. In her recently published blog, Digestibles, Lisa Pierce, Editor, Packaging Digest, shares her perspective on the importance of competitions and how AmeriStar is not only invigorating but inspiring. AmeriStar winners will be announced soon and formally honored at the AmeriStar and IoPP Honors & Awards Dinner the evening of May 10th during the IoPP Packaging & Leadership Conference.  

For Lisa Pierce's Digestibles entry, click here

IoPP Mastermind Group provides concentrated forum for packaging professionals
When confronted with a packaging or professional issue, it is becoming more and more difficult to find like-minded peers who may be faced with similar issues. Where do you go if you need to drill down deep to find specific strategies/applications for your packaging operations? What if you want to concentrate on professional development tools and goals? While IoPP's mission is to help packaging professionals connect with each other, the newly developed IoPP Mastermind Group program gives members the opportunity to address common challenges that other members may be experiencing. Whether concentrated on packaging issues, professional growth or education, IoPP's Mastermind Group program provides a forum for focused and success-minded connections and support from others with similar interests, challenges and goals. Connect more deeply with your peers today! Join an IoPP Mastermind group!

For details about the IoPP Mastermind program, visit www.iopp.org/mastermind

Latest IoPP "Professional Perspective"  column in Packaging World
The March edition of IoPP's "Professional Perspective" column in Packaging World magazine is now available. The article, titled "Brazil's Rising Star" - written by IoPP Executive Director Pat Farrey - is focused on the rising packaging growth in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE), the packaging industry in Brazil in 2010 was valued at $23.9 billion. Coupled with a strong, stable economy, growing consumer demand and untapped potential, Brazil may well be the next great partner for U.S. expansion. 

For Packaging World's March edition of "Professional Perspective," click here

IoPP Packaging & Leadership Conference 2011
New for 2011, IoPP is offering packaging professionals the utmost in value by creating a two-day IoPP Packaging & Leadership Conference, taking place May 10-11, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL. Day 1 includes high-level speaker presentations focused on the latest packaging innovations and trends, exclusive networking reception and the AmeriStar and IoPP Honors & Awards Dinner. Day 2 is geared toward leadership concepts, providing a forum to exchange ideas and explore the future of IoPP as well as a luncheon honoring IoPP's Chapters and Technical Committees. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about packaging and leadership! Register now!

For details and registration information, click here
Questions? Contact Jennifer Acevedo at

IoPP to sponsor the 2nd China Safe & Sustainable Packaging Summit 2011 
IoPP is pleased to be announced as a sponsor for the 2nd China Safe & Sustainable Packaging Summit, taking place March 23-25 in Hangzhou, China. This global event helps attendees understand China's packaging market and make appropriate strategies to strengthen their businesses in China. Besides government officials' in-depth analysis of pertinent policies and regulations in China, speakers from word-leading packaging manufacturers and brand owners will share with you their practice of sustainable packaging including sustainable resource use, low cost production, customer-friendly packaging and waste reduction through speeches and real-life case studies.

For event details, click here

SouthPack features new equipment and packaging technologies
At SouthPack, taking place March 16-17, in Orlando, FL, you can find new equipment, technology, and materials to lower costs, reduce waste, and increase your packaging efficiencies. You’ll see the latest in: bags, containers, contract services, custom automation equipment, machinery and machinery components, materials, packages, package design and printing, robotics, supplies, software...and more.

For event details, click here

Upcoming events

February 22
New Jersey Chapter Quiz Night, Bridgewater, NJ.
Click here for more information. Contact: Terri Westerhaug, e-mail twesterhaug@yahoo.com.

February 22
Steel City Chapter meeting: Sustainability 101, Cranberry Township, PA.
Click here  for more information. Contact: Chris Ritz, e-mail ChrisRitz@PlanetR.net.

February 23
Wisconsin Chapter event: A Discussion on Eco-Packaging, Brookfield, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jeff Corbat, e-mail jcorbat@yahoo.com.

February 24
Cincinnati Chapter February meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: Mark Trainer, 513-936-8000 ext. 108.

February 24
Golden Gate Chapter 2nd Zanker Tour, San Jose, CA.
Click here for more information. Contact: Maggie Turner, e-mail maggie.turner@clorox.com.

February 24
Western New York Chapter Foodlink event, Rochester, NY.
Click here for more information. Contact: Carol Herring, e-mail carol.herring@kodak.com.

February 25
Southeastern Chapter event: 48-Hour Re-pack Student Packaging Redesign
Click here for more information. Contact: Sylvia Kay, e-mail Sylvia@unitOneAtlanta.com.

February 28
Western New York Chapter tour: Multisorb Technologies, Buffalo, NY.
Click here for more information. Contact: Carol Herring, e-mail carol.herring@kodak.com.

March 1
Fox Valley Chapter tour: Central Waters Brewery, Amherst, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Brenda Halama, e-mail brenda.halama@styreneproducts.com.

March 8-10
HealthPack, Cincinnati, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact info@healthpack.net.

March 9
Meadowlands Chapter Meeting: 3N Night with the 'Ceuticals,' Orangeburg, NJ.
Click here for more information. Contact: Al Grant, e-mail algrant@thecatenategroup.com.

March 9
New England Chapter tour: Wachusett Brewing Company, Westminster, MA.
Click here for more information. Contact: Pete Degnan, e-mail pdegnan@macaran.com.

March 14
Minnesota Chapter tour: Eureka Recycling, Minneapolis, MN.
Click here for more information. Contact: Ann Kvaal, e-mail ioppmn@comcast.net.

March 16
Central Ohio Chapter tour: Scott's EZ Seed Plant, Marysville, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: e-mail info_coc_iopp@yahoo.com.

March 16-17
SouthPack, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: e-mail spinfo@cancom.com.

March 16-18
Sustainable Packaging Symposium, Chicago, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Sue DaMario, e-mail damario@packworld.com.

March 23-25
2nd China Safe & Sustainable Packaging Summit 2011, Hangzhou, China.
Click here for more information.

March 24
Golden Gate Chapter tour: Graphic Packaging, San Jose, CA.
Click here for more information. Contact: Maggie Turner, e-mail maggie.turner@clorox.com.

March 24
Gulf Coast Chapter March Meeting, Houston, TX.
Click here for more information. Contact: John Hayward, e-mail john.hayward@hp.com.

March 25
Cincinnati Chapter March Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: Mark Trainer at 513-936-8000, #108.


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