Yolanda Simonsis is a 38-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners...more

On the Road Again!

Looks like PFFC has a few road trips lined up for the near future. Both Claudia Hine and I hope to meet some of you on our journeys.

Converters Expo

First on the list is a journey on March 1 north of the cheddar curtain in Wisconsin to Converters Expo, staged by Converting Influence. Located in a hotbed of Midwestern converting activity, Green Bay is a perfect place for nearby (and not so near) converting operations to visit exhibitors and listen in at Skybox Seminars at Lambeau Stadium’s Atrium facility from 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Even refreshments and lunch for pre-registered attendees are available.

For a list of exhibitors at Converters Expo, click here, but be sure to visit the PFFC booth where you’ll find me as well as Claudia Hine, Tim Walker, and even my husband Bob, who challenges you to tell him a joke he’s never heard!

If you arrive the day before the event on February 29, you can also participate in several Factory Tours, but be sure to register ahead of time because they’re available by appointment only. Among those tours available are the following:

  • American Custom Converting in Green Bay—Here you’ll find converting operations centering on slitting, winding, adhesive laminations, and folding. Contact Mark Kyles or Mike Paschen at 920-494-3258 to set up an appointment, or visit the company’s website for a look-see.
  • ASPIRO in Green Bay—You’ll find contract manufacturing available here, including sewing, sorting, collating, assembly, and packaging. Contact Paul Cantwell at 920-593-4370, or see the company website.
  • Tufco in Green Bay—Outsourced manufacturing services are featured as a producer of wipes and wet wipes as well as converting processes that include flexo printing and laminating. Call John Michaud at 800-448-8145, and visit the company website.
  • Baum Machine in Appleton, WI—At this facility you can see horizontal/vertical machines, turning roll capabilities, custom machine design, fabrication, and assembly. Dan LaFond is your contact at 920-470-0546, and visit their website for a preview.
  • STEP Industries in Neenah, WI—Looking for contract assembly and packaging services? Cheryl Fritz can help arrange a visit to create productivity solutions by calling her at 920-585-4765 or visiting the website.
  • Top Brass Inc. in Wittenberg, WI (one hour west of Green Bay)—This web wipe manufacturer and contract packaging expert works with both stock products (private labeling) and custom solutions (contract packaging). Call Brad McKay to arrange an appointment at 715-253-2750, and check out the website.

On March 1, each of three Skybox Seminars is 90 minutes long and will cover the following:

  • 9—10:30 A.M.: Latest in Flexo printing with comparisons to digital and news on inks and platemaking.
  • 10:30 A.M.—12 P.M.: Industry Outlook and how to build value.
  • 1 P.M.—2:30 P.M.: How to Operate Your Small Business with tips on HR, finance, and being “green.”

International Sleeve label Conference

Then on April 18-19, I’m wending my way to Cincinnati, OH, where AWA Alexander Watson Assoc. will stage its International Sleeve Label Conference at the Hyatt Regency (registration is available by clicking here).

Developments within the sleeve labeling industry will be available with emphasis on new materials, technologies, applications, and market trends. Key industry leaders will offer their views on the market and provide a review of innovations.

AWA has even established a LinkedIn Group for the event to help prospective attendees stay on top of developments and connect with other attendees prior to the event by clicking here. In addition to the full conference, platinum sponsor Verst Group Logistics will host a facility tour.

For a full description of the program, visit AWA’s website and download a conference brochure by clicking here.

CPP Expo

On the same April 18-19 dates, Claudia Hine will be visiting the new CPP Expo—The Cleveland Show. This first-time event will be held at the I-X Center, starting at 9 A.M.—4 P.M. each day.

Exhibitors are said to cover the full converting gamut, including suppliers of flexo, gravure, letterpress, offset, digital, plates, cylinders and rolls, coaters, laminators, bagmaking, inks and coatings, substrates, slitting, surface treating, cutting, embossing equipment and much more.

A conference program is planned to complement the exhibition, addressing such subjects as flexible packaging, corrugated packaging and displays, tags and labels, folding carton, printing, and prepress/workflow solutions. The Converting Equipment Mfrs. Assn.—CEMA also will hold its Fundamentals Seminars prior to the Cleveland Show on April 16--17, so check out the AIMCAL website for details at

H.A. Bruno, organizers of the show, have found through research that a significant number of past CPP attendees originate from the Ohio area, hence the reason for bringing the show to the backyard of the bulk of attendees. Be sure to flag down Claudia to bring her up to date on your companies’ activities and introductions.

See you on the road. Drive carefully!

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