SPRINGFIELD, MA | The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) and the North American Packaging Assn. (NAPA) merged on February 19 and are moving forward as the Paperboard Packaging Council. The merger brings together nearly 200 member companies and offers expanded member benefits.

PPC board chair Tony Petrelli says, “This is one of the most historic, extremely significant moments in PPC's 80-plus year history. This merger expands and enhances the work, resources, and impact of our association at a critical time in the packaging industry.”

NAPA board chair Dave Ellis adds, “It's a win-win for industry and association members. The synergy established between these two associations throughout the years helped create this unique opportunity to unite as a larger, stronger, and better-positioned voice to address the challenges of our ever-changing global marketplace.”

“This was truly a member-driven event, says Steven Levkoff, current PPC vice board chair and incoming board chair. “The shared perspective of experience, industry persistence, and commitment to success created this unique opportunity to unite the industry in a new way, as one voice.”

PPC president Ben Markens adds, “At a time when many are thinking smaller, this boosts PPC's momentum and capacity for progress. It exponentially expands member benefits as well as educational, networking, and marketing opportunities for all members.

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