Upcoming Events: 

Fall 2019 - Date TBD

Tour of Columbus Anheuser-Busch Brewery

700 Schrock Road, Columbus

We have been working hard to make this tour a reality. Stay tuned for more details!


Prior Chapter Events:

August 9th, 2019:

Thank you to all of the sponsors and participants who made our 16th annual golf outing a tremendous success!


We had a perfect day for golf weather wise and enjoyed our time on the course.


Congrats to the Team from Vista Packaging & Logistics on taking first place and the team from Jet Container for finishing in a close second.


The teams from Sealed Air also gave another strong showing! 


This is our only fundraiser of the year and will allow us to make a donation to the IoPP National Scholarship Fund. 


Thanks again for making this a great event!

July 11th, 2019:

It  ended up being a great night for a ballgame. After falling behind early, the Clippers battled back but ultimately fell short in a 4-5 loss. It was a fun night to network with IoPP peers as well! Thanks to everyone who made it out for the game!

June 10th, 2019:

We had a great turnout for our event at Design Central. We were joined by IoPP National  Executive Director Jane Chase, (CPP, Fellow) who brought us up to speed on what IoPP National is up to. We also enjoyed a very interesting presentation from the fine folks at Design Central, exploring cutting edge techniques to drive collaboration and speed to market for new packaging concepts.

March 22nd, 2019:

We were able to spend the morning at the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab, learning about details of the global coffee trade market and drinking some very fine coffee. We learned details on how coffee bean sources are located, relationships with farmers are established and governed and how new coffee bean blends are created and brought to market. We learned the basics of the roasting process and were also able to tour Crimson Cup's nearby manufacturing location to observe their large scale roasting and packaging operations.

November 8th, 2018:

Eric Hiser, Vice President Technical at ISTA was in town to provide an overview of  E-Commerce challenges that many companies face today and how ISTA testing protocols have evolved in recent years as companies like Amazon drive change in the Packaging Industry. 

October 14th - 17th 2018:

2018 proved to be the largest ever PACK EXPO International ever with nearly 45,000 attendees and 2,500 exhibitors over 1.25 million net square feet at McCormick Place in Chicago. The buzz on the show floor also confirmed that exhibitors and attendees from companies of all sizes found a rewarding experience at the event. 

September 27th 2018:

It was a fun night of Networking and Duck-Pin Bowling at the new Pins Mechanical location in Dublin. New connections were made and everyone enjoyed trying out duck-pin bowling for the first time! And the BBQ from Zachariah's Red Eye Bar-B-Que food truck was really good also! A special shout out to everyone who made the trek to be there. Especially folks who made the drive to Central Ohio from as far as Bowling Green, Indianapolis and Kalamazoo all just to attend this event! Thank you!

August 10th 2018:

We had a great Golf Outing in 2018! Thank you to all of the participating players and sponsors! 


The weather held out and it was a great day full of golf topped off with a dinner and raffle of really cool prizes. 


Thanks again for supporting our Chapter's only annual fundraiser.


Your continued support helps our Chapter function and helps us contribute funds towards the IoPP National Scholarship Fund.


Our Chapter has contributed well over $5,000 towards this National Scholarship Fund in recent years, putting us in the same contribution category level as the largest IoPP Chapters in the Nation!


Thank you again for a successful event!


July 16th 2018:

We SOLD OUT all of our tickets and had a great time out at the ballpark with family and friends from the Packaging Industry. One lucky fan in our group even caught a foul ball off the bat of one of the Clippers. That was pretty exciting and memorable for all. All in all it was a great night to watch some baseball. If you missed it this year, we will probably run this back again next year as it is becoming a favorite tradition for our Chapter.  


April 18th 2018:

Our April event was a behind the scenes tour of the BrewDog Brewery in Canal Winchester. A UK based brewery that chose Central Ohio as the epicenter for all things BrewDog in America. This was/is the biggest project in their Company's history. We were able to tour the brewing process and also managed to spend some time after the brewery tour to network in their attached restaurant and and enjoy the fine food and company.  

March 7-8th 2018:

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Show : We worked with the organizers of this new Expo to extend FREE admission to our IoPP Members!  In its second year, ADM Cleveland gave Advanced Manufacturing professionals a full spectrum of solution providers to explore as well as more than 50 hours of in-depth industry education at the conference.

February 22nd, 2018:

Did you know that 98% of all job transitions reference LinkedIn at some point?  A special thank you to our guest speaker Jon Moyer, who lead our group through the finer points of enhancing, and properly updating your profile on LinkedIn. We wanted to make sure our membership was in the know and that our IoPP Chapter's  focus  was on how we can help bring value to your professional development. Plus the dinner at J.Liu was awesome!

December 13th, 2017:

Several IoPP Members enjoyed networking and camaraderie at Pins Mechanical. The place was packed with several other holiday parties which lead to several run ins with others we knew outside of Packaging. We  also enjoyed a mini Star Wars-Pinball tournament  and some of the delicious brisket sandwiches served from the Paddy Wagon food truck. Good stuff!

September 12th, 2017:

After a Networking breakfast downtown at Hang Over Easy, our Members toured Rumpke's Columbus Recycling Center and Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Columbus. During the walking tour, our members learned about single stream sorting technology and saw recyclables sorted, separated and baled. The tour also included an explanation of acceptable and unacceptable recyclables and an overview of Rumpke’s recycling operation. 

August 11th, 2017:

Thank you to all of our Sponsors and participants in this year's Golf Scramble! We had great weather and were able to have a fun day of golf at Foxfire's Players Club Course. This is our Chapter's main fundraiser of the year. With your support, we have managed to donate over $6,000 over the past eight years towards the IoPP National Packaging Scholarship Education Fund!

July 19th, 2017:

A great night for baseball! We had a fun group of IoPP Members and family for what ended up being a great game full of home run blasts and dramatic plays. The game ended with an exciting play at the plate in the bottom of the ninth for a Clippers victory! The team stormed the field and celebrated at home plate, super cool.

May 16th, 2017:

We enjoyed an evening at the Napa Kitchen & Bar in Dublin, learning all about VCI (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors) Packaging. Gary Schneider of Daubert-Cromwell gave a very informative presentation on the subject as we all enjoyed fine wine and gourmet food. Thank you to all who attended!

We also began discussions this same evening about the potential for organizing a Packaging Summit focused on the Automotive Industry. We began brainstorming this concept and will hopefully pull together an Automotive Packaging Summit in Ohio in Spring 2018!

March 24th, 2017:

We had a great tour of Abbott Nutrition's production line in downtown Columbus. We were able to see their process and learn about their packaging successes and challenges as they produce products that are distributed all over the world.

Thank you to Michele Bauer, CPP , Beth Pollock, CPP and everyone else at Abbott that helped make this a fantastic tour a reality!

December 8th, 2016:

We enjoyed a great time at the Land-Grant Brewery in Columbus. Mark Richards, the Director of Operations gave us the full history of how their local brewery came to be. He also gave us a full tour of the brewery and the canning line. we also had a chance to sample some of their many tasty craft beers!

November 6-9, 2016:

We are took November off this year due to Pack Expo International occurring on Chicago. We had several folks from the Central Ohio area attend the show.

October 20th, 2016:

We had another fun night of Trivia out at King Avenue 5. We had some trivia ringers in attendance, but they were nice enough this year to spread the wealth and change teams every round so that everyone could win some fantastic prizes!


August 5th, 2016:

IoPP Central Ohio thanks everyone for coming out for our annual golf scramble! It was a great time and we couldn't have this much fun without your support and sponsor's generosity.  

May 18th, 2016:

IoPP Central Ohio partnered to promote OBIC's  Bioplastics and Biobased Composites Technology Forum at OSU

The Bioplastics and Biobased Composites Technology Forum will feature speakers that include industry leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and public policy champions

Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn:

  • Why the demand for bioplastics is projected at double digit rates and what markets are most promising

  • The current state of the technology and the challenges involved

  • What emerging technologies will address today’s challenges and offer the next generation of growth markets


April 19th, 2016:

-- Tour of U.S. Corrugated went off very well! Thank you to everyone involved in helping set up this event, and thanks to everyone for attending!


March 15th, 2016:

-- Member appreciation event at the Columbus Italian Club!

February 23rd, 2016:

-- Tour of Ball Corporation's can manufacturing facility and networking breakfast!


January 26th, 2016:

-- Tour of Abbott Nutrition's Packaging Lab and networking breakfast!


December 8th, 2015:                        

-- Bottling/Labeling of our very own IoPP IPA and Holiday Happy Hour!

November 10th, 2015:                        

-- Brewing of our special craft beer creation, IoPP India Pale Ale!  


Thanks to BOEHM for the labels and Berlin Packaging for the glass bottles!

October 15th, 2015:                        

-- Sustainable Materials networking event partnering with OBIC. 


October 7th, 2015:                        

-- The annual event had a great turnout and we all had another great night of trivia! 



August 7th, 2015:                        

-- The annual golf scramble, held at Fox Fire Golf Club, was a blast for 2015! Thank you to all the golfers that came out and sponsors for the event. Collectively we had fun while raising money to support the IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund!


May 28th, 2015:                        

-- We all had a chance to learn about and discuss bio-polymers as Mango Materials and OBIC presented very interesting and cutting edge technology over dinner at Brio.


April 14th, 2015:                        

-- 16-BIT Bar+Arcade hosted our networking event, catered by Melt Bar & Grill, and the vintage arcade competition was a blast. 



March 5th, 2015:                        

-- We toured Accel Inc.'s new 1.4 million square foot park in New Albany, OH. We had a great turnout & a really informative tour.


January 20th, 2015:                        

-- Double Comfort Restaurant welcomed us in and shared their story. Great experience and opportunity to show off IoPP skill sets during this Packaging Challenge event!








Central Ohio Chapter Board of Directors: 

President:  Doug Compton, CPP, Owens Corning

Vice President:  Beth Pollock, CPP, Abbott

Treasurer: John Greve, Boehm Inc.

Secretary:  Joe Briski, Novolex Films,

Communications Coordinator:  Tom Moore, CPP, Boehringer-Ingelheim

Events Coordinator: Open Position 

President Emeritus (2008-2013): George Hill, Retired, 45+ Years in the Packaging Industry

President Emeritus (2000-2008): Chris Ritz, CPP, Planet R Creative Services LLC



Volunteer to serve the Central Ohio chapter!  Contact us by sending an e-mail to IOPPCentralOhio@gmail.com




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Fundamentals of Packaging Technology
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Packaging Machinery: Basics Seminar
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