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March 29, 2011

Tour:  Egg Drop Contest @ MSU

WHENTuesday 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

ENTRY FEE: $2 per student / $5 per industry person
For more information and to register please go to:

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.

September 17th - Annual Golf Outing
Who: All West Michigan IoPP Members and Guests
Where: Stone Water County Club
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Time: 12:00 noon, shot sun start (check in 11:00 AM)
Format: Best ball scramble, 4 person teams
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and last
Please email Cimberly Hickerson Weir at if you have questions about sponsoring.
May 19 – Bell's Brewery Inc.
Time:  4 PM
Location:  Bell's Brewery Inc., 8938 Krum Ave., Galesburg, MI
Dinner:  Following the tour at Bell's Eccentric Cafe
355 East Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

Tour Description:  Bell's Brewery, Inc. formerly Kalamazoo Brewing
Company, founded by Larry Bell as a home-brewing supply shop is
1983, sold it's first beer in 1985.  Originally brewing in a 15-gallon
soup kettle, the company has grown remarkably from it's
prodeuction of 135 barrels (1bbl = 31 gal.)  in 1986 to over 90,000
barrels in 2007.  Bell's Brewery has grown from a tiny operation
renting part of a former plumbing supply warehouse to a bustling,
regional craft brewery.  Over twenty years of brewing.  Bell's
Brewery has built a nationwide reputation as a creative and
talented brewery, playing a significant role in changing the
beerscape of the nation.
April 21 - Mini Tech Conference
Growth Through Innovation

Who: IoPP Members and Guests

Grand Valley State University
Center for Health Sciences
CHS119 - Hager Auditorium
301 Michigan Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3314

When: April 21st, 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm


Regardless of our respective occupations, today's market place
is competitive.  It requires the never ending process of assessing

feasibility or implementing a package form/component, based on
advances in technology.  All in an effort to fuel growth and
contain or reduce costs.  Our 2010 tech conference will focus on
regional  technical leaders, discussing innovations within the

packaging industry.

Attendee registration

Joy Vaughn, President, IoPP WM Chapter Hand out IoPP/MSU

Eric F. Greenberg P.C, (packaging law)
Topic:  New Legal Climate for Packaging

1:25- 2:05     
Laura Bix Ph.D., Associate Professor - School of Packaging, MSU
Topic:  Medical Packaging Trends

Dave Baarman-Director of Advance Technologies, Fulton Innovations
Topic:  Innovation in Packaging and Electronics

Break and meet with the first three speakers

Robb Clark Ph.D, Associate Professor - School of Packaging, MSU
Topic:  Greece:  Home of Temples, Artifacts and RFID Tagging

Eva Almenar Ph.D.,Assistant Professor - School of Packaging, MSU
Topic:  Packaging of Perishables in Bio-based Contatiners

Tim Colonnese, President & CEO, KTM Industries
Topic:  Green Cell Foam, biobased & biodegradable

Wrap-up, meet with the second three speakers.
March 30 – Egg Drop Contest @ MSU
Time: Registration Starts @ 5:00pm

Michigan State University
School of Packaging
East Lansing, MI 48824

Get your teams together and plan to be at the MSU School of
Packaging at 5pm on March 30th!  Prizes are Best Buy gift
cards with first place at $300, Second $200, and third $100
(prizes are per team).  To sign up and become a sponsor
please go to the MSU IoPP Website
This our chance to get to know the students and encourage
them to sign up for our scholarship program!

In the past this has been the most exciting event our chapter
has been a part of-and at the same time it is very
educational with a networking opportunity that you won't
want to miss!  So plan to join us and come on out to try your
chance at the grand prize!!! There will be car pool
opportunities from both Grand Rapids and the Kalamazoo
areas.  Contact Joy if you are interested in car pooling.

February 17 @ 8:15 AM - Amway Distribution Center
Time:  Attendees need to be at the Amway Spaulding Service Center
starting by 8:15 AM for sign in and pastries/drink.  The tour
introduction will start preciselt at 8:30AM.

Location:  5101 Spaulding Avenue, Ada, Michigan 49355

Entrance Location:  "Main Lobby" - The main lobby is located
by the flag pole, on the south side of the building.  It can be see,
look to the right, when coming through the security gate.  Attendees
can also confirm the main lobby location with security at the front gate.

Tour Description:  The overall Amway Spaulding Service Center is a
640,000 sqft facility.  The pick, pack and shipping operations, distribute
products through out the entire United States.  To individual homes and
other Amway Service Centers.  The pick and pack process both manual
and an automated A-frame shipper filling system.

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.

November 18 Nutrilite/Amway- 4:00 - 5:00 PM
7575 Fulton ST E., Ada, MI 49355

This will be a virtual tour of Nutrilite, the nutritional division of Amway.
In 2008, Nutrilite posted a record $3.1 billion in sales.  Nutrilite
produces vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, food bars and
nutritional drinks.  Nutrilite is the world's leading brand of vitamin,
mineral and dietary supplements, based on 2007 sales.

Nutrilite has three packaging operations split between two locations,
Buena Park and Lakeview, California.  The focus of the virtual tour

will provide a general background of Nutrilite and it's related
capabilities at all three package processing locations.

In 2009, Nutrilite celebrates it's 75th anniversary.

Dinner to follow the tour.

October 21 – Perrigo – 3:00 PM
Perrigo Company is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes
over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical
ingredients (API) and consumer products.  The Company is the world's largest manufacturer of OTC
pharmaceutical products for the store brand market.  The tour will take place in the liquid labeling
facility, which is designed for late point packaging of pharmaceutical products.  Topics that will be
discussed include SMED for customer changeovers, supplier relationships, staging and delivery of
components, continuous operations, and reusable containers.
Dress code for this tour:
No shorts, open toed shoes or jewerly please.
Dinner at the Grill House following the tour.
September 11 @ 11:00pm – Annual Golf Outing
Crystal Springs Country Club for our 2009 Golf Benefit: 

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:
Dinner $35.00 

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

Hole Sponsors:

One Hole $125.00
Two Holes $200.00

Game Sponsors:
Par Three Closest to Pin $50.00 each*
Longest Drive in Fairway $50.00 each*
Longest Putt $50.00 each*

*includes day of advertising in program and announcement at awards ceremony

Please email or call Cimberly Hickerson at if interested.

May 20th, 2009 -        Tour of Access Business Group @ 4pm

Here are some on the areas we will be touring


We will see three types of blow molding machines in action including: reciprocating screw machine, shuttle machine and wheel machine.


The highlight of this department is to see the UV screen printing process on for bottles.


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 AUDITORIUM301 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"

Speaker Biographies

John Hill:

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 NcNiel:

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.

March 18th @ 10:00am
Fabri-Kal Technical/Innovation Center
Lunch at Bravo to follow
4141 Manchester Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
We are looking forward to your visit…to our
new Technical/Innovation Center and our
Kalamazoo Manufacturing
facility. Our dress code will be “Business Casual”.  However, while
we would
like for you to be as comfortable as possible, we must
also take into consideration the concern for your safety; 
as well
as our company’s compliance with various GMP (Good Manufacturing
Practices) policies and protocols.
For safety concerns, we encourage you not to wear open-toed
shoes or high heels. Low heels are preferred. Wear comfortable
shoes, since you may be doing a good deal of walking during your
tour of the facility.
Additionally, in compliance with AIB (American Institute of
Baking), and ISO (International Standards Organization)
conventions; safety glasses, hair and beard nets, along with ear
protection, are required in the production and technical center
areas. These items will all be provided to you, upon your visit.
You may wear your regular prescription glasses in lieu of safety
With the safety of our employee’s and visitors in mind,
Fabri-Kal Corporation has instituted a “No Jewelry” policy at
all of our manufacturing sites. Although it is unlikely that you
will get close enough to a machine for this to be a problem,
there is still a chance that this could occur. At the speeds our
equipment run, a dangling earring, loose bracelet, or wrist watch,
etc. could result in a very serious injury. For that reason, please
be prepared to remove any jewelry prior to entering any
manufacturing area(s).
We would like your visit to our Kalamazoo facility to be enjoyable
and informative. By following the above guidelines we can ensure
your safety and maintain the quality of our products. Please follow
all safety and GMP/AIB/ISO related rules provided to you. If you
have any questions during your visit, please feel free to ask your
Please park in one of the visitor (marked) spaces located on the
West end of the building.  Our
Representative will meet you
in the lobby (also located on the West end of the building)
Lunch Menu:
Sliced Chicken Salad, Angel Hair Pasta, Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Coffee, Tea, and Soda
Member $20.00
Non Member $30.00
March 24th @ 5:00pm
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