Today at RPA

Plotting RPA's Future

The RPA Board of Directors and staff recently held a two-day strategic planning meeting at the association's Annapolis, MD headquarters to consider opportunities for expanding RPA's services and member value. The results of a recent online Membership Survey were reviewed and a comprehensive analysis of current and potential programs was conducted. Further details about the Board's decisions will be reported in future issues of the RPA News.

Meet the Newest RPA Board Members

Two new members were recently elected to serve on the RPA Board of Directors, beginning at the 2016 RPA Conference in Orlando. They are:

RPA At Large Board Member, serving through February 2018
Bradley Houseknecht, Vice President Operations, The Packaging Source, Kernersville, NC

RPA Manufacturer Board Member, serving through February 2019
Alex Worth, General Manager, Shamrock Corporation, Greensboro, NC

2016 Borchure CoverWhat a Great Conference!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 27th Annual RPA Conference & Showcase, held March 4-6 in Orlando, FL. More than 350 retail packaging suppliers, distributors and manufacturing reps attended this year’s show that brought together the best in the industry.  Make sure to mark your calendars now for next year’s show, the 28th Annual RPA Convention & Showcase, scheduled for February 17-19, 2017 at The Mirage in Las Vegas

Here's what some members had to say about RPA:

  • "One stop shopping" to see all your suppliers and see any new products.

    I am quite pleased with the experience I had at my first RPA Conference. Thank you for creating a venue for the packaging industry to come together!

  • The RPA Conference is a great opportunity to network with both exhibitors and attendees, while having a physical, tangible representation of the products and services offered by the exhibiting companies.

  • A very well run event!

  • RPA is still the very best way to experience new products and ideas, and to network with the best in the industry.

  • Best RPA show in years! Looking forward to another great show next year.

  • A Must Show for all Retail Packaging Sales and Executives.


Member News


S. Walter Packaging Acquires West-Cost Based Packaging Specialties, Inc.

S. Walter Packaging recently acquired Packaging Specialties, with operations in Portland, Oregon and a new location in Seattle, Washington. This acquisition will expand S. Walter’s geographic presence in the Pacific Northwest, coupled with an increasing ability to service customers on a national basis.


LaPlante Earns Seaman / Garlock Award

Seaman Paper and Garlock Printing and Converting Co., both of Gardner MA, recently awarded Watertown, MA resident James O. LaPlante with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contributions to the development of the SatinWrap Tissue program, which is now the leading tissue brand in the Retail Packaging Industry. LaPlante, and his business, JLaP marketing, have been associated with Seaman & SatinWrap for almost 30 years. He was instrumental in the development of the tissue program as well as organizing the national sales group.


Seaman Paper Earns AF&PA Sustainability Award

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has recognized RPA member Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc. with the 2015 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction for their Soft Steps Forward Initiative. As part of the Soft Steps Forward Initiative, Seaman Paper made a commitment to decrease their dependency on purchased fuel and electricity, producing 97 percent of their thermal (steam) energy from carbon-­‐neutral biomass. In addition, Seaman installed a backpressure turbine that runs on steam to help meet their electricity needs. Despite the sharp increases in oil and electricity costs over the past decade, these measures have had a positive impact on Seaman Paper’s energy costs.

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Upcoming Events

 July 2016 
August 9-11, 2016

Sales Professional Training Camps - August

The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession

Dayton, OH

February 17-19, 2017

28th Annual RPA Convention & Showcase

The Mirage

Las Vegas, NV

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