Steel City Chapter - IoPP: Past 2012 Events


January 24th, 2012
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Tour of PCA's Corrugated Plant and Breakfast

Thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to Chris Bacquet and Lonny Vogel from PCA who made arrangements for our tour!



February 23rd, 2012
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tour of PPG Industries' Allison Park R&D Center

Thanks to everyone who was able to come and take the tour. A special thank you to Phillip Yu and Kurt Olson who allowed us access to their facility and a very special thank you to our host and tour guide Ken Niederst! Ken gave us an exceptional tour that gave us a sneak peek at many of the technologies that PPG was working on. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and something outside of the "everyday". Thanks again to all the folks at PPG who made this happen!


What a good looking bunch!


March 28th, 2012

Regional Institute of Packaging Professionals Networking Event & Brewery Tour

Location: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH

The Cleveland Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals hosted a Regional IoPP Networking Forum and tour of the Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

This event was sponsored by Praxis Packaging Solutions ( and provided an opportunity for many of the 30 IoPP members and guests in attendance to highlight their roles and responsibilities as packaging professionals in a Networking Forum and a tour of the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Fifteen individuals, representing Sherwin Williams, SprintPak, JM Smuckers, Praxis Packaging Solutions, Planet R Creative Services, Archbold Container/Green Bay Packaging, Pearson Packaging Systems, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Har Adhesives, Flower City Printing, IFCO Pallet Management Systems, MOCON, Inc., HoneyCell Inc., and Plymouth Foam, provided a synopsis of their background, strengths, market focus and primary roles.

The Networking Forum was followed by an extensive tour of the Great Lakes Brewing Company (, and a tasting of two styles of beer. Some of us had more. The evening concluded with a dinner buffet in the GLBC's Rockefeller Room.

This unique and informative event was attended by IoPP members from the Western New York, Central Ohio, Cincinnati, and Cleveland chapters.