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PAST MEETING DATE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MINUTES:
March 29, 2011
Tour: Egg Drop Contest @ MSU
WHEN: Tuesday March 29th, 2011
- Registration starts: 5:00
- Building of packages starts: 5:30
- Judging of the packages starts: 6:15
- Dropping of the packages starts: 6:25
- Networking, PIZZA, and pop to follow
WHERE: School of Packaging, Michigan State University
HOW MAY PARTICIPATE: MSU Students, Members of the Packaging Industry, and IoPP Members
February 16, 2011
Tour: Michigan Foam Products, Inc.
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1820 Chicago Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49509
Description: Michigan Foam Prodcuts, located
in Grand Rapids Michigan has been serving
customers in the United States and Canada
for over 25 years. They provide expanded
polystrene (EPS) prodcut solutions for
commercial and industrial customers in a vast
range of fields.
From straight cut packaging solutions to
one-off stage oand theater props, the boast a
complete offering of products and capabilities.
October 20th @ 1:00 PM
WMU Printing pilot plant facilities and center for the advancement
of printed electronics.
The Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics, CAPE at
Western Michigan University and PRinting Pilot Plant facilities
are both currently involved in the printing of electronic materials.
CAPE consists of 13 researchers from the departments of Paper
Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging, Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Physics and Chemistry who share resources to
address the many challenges of printing electronic materials.
CAPE is the only facility in the US that can print both rigid and
flexible substrates using multiple printing platforms. The center
has laboratory inkjet, screen, rotogravure and flexographic presses.
The pringint pilot plant facility has two web-fed presses that have
been modified to accomodate small ink volumes. It is the only
academic facility in the US with a four-unit rotogravure press and a
three color flexographic press. In recognition of it's expertise in the
printing of electronic material, CAPE was recently selected to be
Daetwyler's R&D development partner for it's new AccuPress which
can print 5 micron features and register layers within 5 microns. The
center also has extensize electronic testingequipment and equipment
for characterizing materials. Both CAPE and printing pilot plant
facilities will be visited on this tour.
January 21 – Social Gala – Happy Hour Reception
6 pm @ The Cambridge House
Take an opportunity to catch your breath from the holidays and join us for
cocktails. At the Cambridge House you'll relax in an English pub atmosphere
with a selection from the extensive beer and wine menu, or take in a game
of pool, foosball or darts. It's located neat the corner of Sixth and Monroe,
the cozy interior is complemented by large dark wood booths and fine liquors.
Please bring your spouse or significant other. This is the nextworking meeting
of the year.
The Cambridge House
600 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
December 16 - Bissell – 10:00 AM
2345 Walker Avenue NW
Grand rapids, MI 49544
A 133-year-old comany, Grand Rapids based BISSELL Homecare,
Inc., is a floor-care innovator and international manufacturer of
home cleaning products, including sweepers, vacuums, deap
cleaning machines and cleaning formulas sold at retail locations
worldwide. The company, in its fourth generation of family
leadership, is the leading floor care appliances brand in North
The tour will be of the Grand rapids coroprate offices where all liquid
filling takes place. The facility blow molds, fills and packages over
12,000,000 bottles per year. All BISSELL formulas contain
biodegradable detergents and have no phosphates, dyes, optical
brighteners or heavy metals. All BISSELL upright and portable
deep cleaning formulas carry the EPS's Design for the Environment
(DfE) designation. BISSELL's partnership in the DfE program involves
a screening of each ingredient in the formulas by the DfE program's
scientific-review team. BISSELL is the leader in DfE partner products
with more than 25 products recognized for safer chemistry by the EPA.
Proceeds go to the West Michigan IoPP Student Scholarship Fund for Michigan State
University School of Packaging Students.
Who: All West Michigan IoPP Members and Guests
Where: Stone Water Country Club
Date: September 11th
Time: 12:00 noon, Shot-gun start (check in @ 11:00am)
Cost: $75 Students, $90 Members, $125 Non-members
Fee includes green fees, cart, and range balls, goody-bag of golf treats,
buffet dinner, and awards ceremony.
For non-golfers: Please join us around 4pm at the clubhouse for dinner:
Scramble: 4 Person Teams
Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and Last
Mulligans are available if purchased prior to start (cash only)
The Following Sponsorships are available
One Hole $125.00
Two Holes $200.00
Par Three Closest to Pin $50.00 each*
Longest Drive in Fairway $50.00 each*
Longest Putt $50.00 each*
Please email or call Cimberly Hickerson at
Cimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
May 20th, 2009 - Tour of Access Business Group @ 4pm
Here are some on the areas we will be touring
1. PLASTICS DEPARTMENT
We will see three types of blow molding machines in action including: reciprocating screw machine, shuttle machine and wheel machine.
2. DECORATION DEPARTMENT
The highlight of this department is to see the UV screen printing process on for bottles.
3. LIQUID MANUFACTURERING
We will tour the filling, labeling, capping and casing functions in the liquid manufacture ring division.
Dinner to follow at the Thornapple Daily Grill (across from Amway)
445 Ada Dr SE, Ada, Mi
Dinner choices: Smoked Sea Salt Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Penne
April 15th @ 1:00 to 4:00
Mini-Tech Conference, Grand Rapids
West Michigan IoPP is proud to present
Tools for today’s economic conditions
Who:All IoPP Members and Guests (invite all you think would benefit from attending)
Where: Grand Valley State University – Center for Health Sciences
CHS119 – HAGER AUDITORIUM, 301 Michigan Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3314
When: April 15th, 1pm to 5pm.
How: RSVP for this event at the West Michigan IoPP home page. As packaging professionals, we have invested time to gain a broad idea of what is truly expected of us. Whether it is building relationships with suppliers or presenting an idea to save the company money to the board of directors.
This conference will give you additional confidence and sharpen your skills to be a major contributor in today’s market.
Also covered will be; what is expected of all levels of professionals today? How do we stay on top of the multitasking and ever demanding needs of our careers? When we are ready to make the next career step how do we get started?
In addition, it will give you the tools to make a great and lasting first impression, as well as, introduce the lates networking techniques to apply in a professional setting. This overview of etiquette will give you confidence and lead you to success in any professional situation.
Cost to attend: IoPP Member: $45.00; Non-IoPP Member: $55.00
12:45 - Attendee Registration
1:00 - Cimberly Hickerson, President IoPP WM
1:15 - John Hill, Director of Alumni Career Services with MSU "Your Complete Career Survival Guide"
2:45 - Break
3:00 - Pattie McNiel, First Impressions Training "Executive Manners"
4:30 - Open Q&A for speakers
5:30 - Optional Networking "The Woods Restaurant"
John Hill, Director of Alumni Career Services, is charged with providing career services to all MSU alumni. He also conducts career/professional/corporate development events on various topics including: "Taking Your Online Connections Offline For Career Success", "How Gen Y Fits In With Gen X and Boomers in the Workforce" and "Developing Your Career Search Strategy". Hill came to MSUAA from the MSU Career Service Network where he was the internship developer for the university working with business, public sector and non-profit entities to set up internship and experiential opportunities for MSU students. He helped develop a unique public sector/university partnership with the City of Lansing in an effort to retain talented MSU students within mid-Michigan along with alumni-student mentor programs, job shadow and networking programs, and unique on-campus interactions between employers and students. Previously, Hill was the Lansing State Journal emphasis on brand management, business development, market research, partnerships and promotions. Prior to that he was an editor and new media manager for Athlon Sports Communications, a national sports magazine publisher, in Nashville, Tenn. Hill is a graduate of MSU (journalism).
Pattie McNiel founded First Impressions Training (FIT) in Williamston, Michigan in 2001 upon realizing there was a need for Professional Business Etiquette workshop. Pattie has worked with many organizations and universities to help enhance their professional image. Pattie believes anything you can do to enhance your image will help you in achieving your career goals. Pattie received a B.A. degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1996, and an M.S. in Food Service Management from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at MSU in 1997. In May 2008, Pattie was selected as a citizen of Williamston, Michigan who has made a difference in the community (business etiquette workshops) by receiving a Williamston Impact Award.