This singular honor is only awarded when there is a candidate of sufficient merit, one with a lifetime of achievement in the paperboard industry. To be eligible, a candidate must have made consistently outstanding contributions to the paperboard industry (such as developed new products, processes, applications, or markets; led trade groups; acted as an industry spokesperson; pioneered new technology, etc), PPC (such as served on committees and Boards, participated in programs, etc), and the nominee’s company and community (such as made contributions to company growth, served the community as good corporate citizen, promoted a healthy work environment, etc).
Nominations must be made and signed by the National Voting Representative (NVR) of a PPC Principal member company. Nominations will be reviewed and recommendation made by the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors and the award recipient shall be determined by vote of the Board of Directors.
Download the Robert T. Gair Nomination Form (pdf)
VOLUNTEER LEADER AWARD
Created in 2009, this recognition honors an association member or retiree who exemplifies outstanding commitment to PPC through his or her volunteer efforts to promote the goals of PPC.
2017: Mark Longnecker, CFO, Southern Champion Tray
2016: Joel Zaas, President, BOXit Corp.
2015: Kenneth Smott, President, Atlas Die Co.
2010: Ann Piper, President, Joe Piper, Inc.
2010: Richard E. DePaul, Owner, DePaul and Assoc.
2009: Richard O. Garber, retired
To be considered for the award, an individual must be an active volunteer in PPC (includes members and retirees, principal, and associate members), demonstrate an outstanding commitment to PPC through the contribution of time and talent, and recognize the importance of PPC’s mission, brand, and image and whose interest and loyalty are evident.
The award must be given to an active volunteer in the previous fiscal year, but the Executive Committee may consider the cumulative efforts of the individual over time when deciding who the recipient will be. While it is intended that the Volunteer Leader Award be given annually, it will not be awarded unless a worthy candidate is available.
The time frame for eligibility is the most recently ended fiscal year. For instance, an honor awarded at Fall Meeting 2015 will encompass volunteer work performed in fiscal year 2014, ending December 31, 2014.
While it is intended that the award be given annually, it will not be awarded unless a worthy candidate is available. Any PPC member or staff member may submit a nomination to the Executive Committee at any time. The PPC Chair and Executive Committee chooses recipients from individuals who served the association.
Download the Volunteer Leader Award Form (PDF).
SAFETY BOXSCORE AWARD
Given to PPC members for the high number of hours worked in any given year without incurring an OSHA-recordable injury, these awards are cumulative so it possible for a company to win an award in numerous categories.
The top award given out each year is the Chair’s Safety Award, which is given to the company that finishes the year with the most hours worked without an OSHA without and OSHA recordable
Chair’s Safety Award Winners
2016: Graphic Packaging International, North Portland, OR • 885,989 hours without an OSHA recordable
2015: Caraustar Industries, Pineville, NC • 846,700 hours without an OSHA recordable
2014: Innomark Packaging Solutions, Dayton, OH • 752,468 hours without an OSHA recordable
2013: Graphic Packaging Int'l, Elk Grove Village, IL • 1,044,979 hours without an OSHA recordable
2012: AGI-Shorewood, Danville, VA • 1,134,798 hours without an OSHA recordable
2011: AGI-Shorewood, Danville, VA • 919,330 hours without an OSHA recordable
2010: Menasha Packaging, Neehah, WI • 477,722 hours without an OSHA recordable
2009: Warneke Paper Box Co., Denver, CO • 381,903 hours without an OSHA recordable
2016 Safety Boxscore Award Winners
All Packaging Co.
Artistic Carton Company
The Ellis Group
Graphic Packaging International
Ingersoll Paper Box
PaperWorks Industries, Inc.
Southern Champion Tray
Tap Packaging Solutions
Taylor Box Company
TPC Printing & Packaging
Trojan Litho Corp
The Standard Group