PPC NewsFlash

July 2016


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of long time PPC member Buck Frailey. Buck worked for Shell for many years and was very active in the PPC until his retirement.

He was 73 when he passed on July 14th. Please see the following link for more information.

Buck Frailey Obituary

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
PPC Board of Directors

May 2016

In this issue:


The PPC Fall Meeting is being held in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Inn and Spa at Loretto from August 14th-16th. If you have not been to Santa Fe, you will enjoy the trip to this quaint little town.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is now accepting reservations for the meeting. We have secured a great rate of $159 with no resort fee and a $25 spa credit per day. Reserve your room early. Rooms are limited and will sell out. Overflow rooms will be available at another property.

The meeting will be held from Sunday, August 14th-Tuesday, August 16th and the schedule will be similar to previous meetings. The Golf Tournament will be held Sunday morning, and the meeting will end with the banquet on Tuesday night. There will not be a tradeshow at this meeting. Plan on staying Saturday or Sunday through Wednesday. If you can spend a little extra time to enjoy Santa Fe please arrive early to the event. The PPC room rate is available starting Monday, August 8th but will not be available after Wednesday, August 18th. Their annual Indian Market is being held the weekend of August 20th and hotel rates go up significantly. 

Here are the reservation details:
To reserve a room call: 866-582-1646. Use the code: 10J95K or refer to: Petroleum Packaging Council. One night’s room and tax deposit will be taken when the reservation is made.

Reservations can also be made online at the following link: PPC Fall Meeting Reservations

The Reservation Deadline is July 26th

The meeting brochure and registration details will be distributed at the end of May or sooner.

2016 Spring Meeting Presentation Summaries

Spring Meeting Summaries:
by PPC Counsel Jeffrey L. Leiter, Bassman, Mitchell, Alfano & Leiter

Keynote Speaker – Krish Dhanham
Krish Dhanham, renowned motivational speaker and life coach groomed by famed speaker Zig Ziglar, opened the Spring Meeting with a wide-ranging keynote address on finding inspiration and setting goals. Dhanham took the audience from laughter to tears and back again from the perspective of an immigrant who has traveled millions of miles helping people find purpose in their lives in a current world of disruption. Attendees left the room with a final quote from Dhanham about what they expect over the next year – “Plan with attitude, prepare with aptitude, participate with servitude, and receive with gratitude...”

The Changing Logistics Ecosystem: Talent, Technology & Trends Impacting Your Competitiveness -- Page Siplon, TeamOne Logistics
TeamOne Logistics’ CEO Page Siplon gave a wide ranging presentation on the challenges facing every supply chain to be faster, better, cheaper and more reliable. Siplon discussed technology and how it is quickly changing and is vitally important to logistics.  He reviewed how volumes of trade continue to grow, while the U.S. remains woefully underinvested in infrastructure.  Siplon also set out the issue of finding and motivating talented people for supply chains.  He told the audience that the four pillars of a resilient supply chain going forward will be: visibility, flexibility, collaboration and control. 

Packaging Innovations
In this popular session, six PPC members presented new packaging “ideas.”  Quincy Mattingly of U-NICA showed how applying holographic effects through advances in injecting moulding and closures can be help a company’s anti-counterfeit efforts throughout its supply chain.

Multi-Color Corp.’s Bill Mattingly discussed the latest developments in “smart packaging,” focusing on the use of “NFC” or “near field communication” tags that are close-range, two-way communications between the product and a smartphone.

Dan Rozelle of Intelligent Global Pooling Systems showed how all-plastic pallets can be used to conserve resources, reduce waste (through recycling) and promote hygiene.

Mauser USA’s Chris Lind reviewed his company’s latest improvements in intermediate bulk containers.

Mark Elliott of OEC Graphics discussed the latest trends in one-to-one or personalized packaging.

Bucket Innovations’ Casey Holder presented a brief video on his company’s new product that incorporates a handle moulded into the bottom of five-gallon pails.

Breakfast Speaker – Dane Wysocki
Psychologist-turned-speaker Dane Wysocki psychologist, gave the breakfast audience a tour of how he learned innovative techniques using humor and magic with troubled children and has translated them for business people to build rapport and establish and maintain relationships.

Planning for the Top 5 Environmental and Safety Regulations that Impact My Facility –
Mike Ogburn and Susan Burkett, August Mack Environmental
Mike Ogburn and Susan Burkett, who have worked as consultants to a number of PPC member companies with August Mack Environmental, discussed five key environmental regulations affecting members’ facilities – Clean Air Act permitting; stormwater pollution prevention; spill prevention, control and countermeasure; Tier II reports under community right-to-know laws; and Form R reporting under the same laws. As to health and safety regulations, Ogburn and Burkett reviewed Hazard Communication; respiratory protection; lockout/tagout); powered industrial trucks; and, machinery and machine guarding. Their talk included the “why” and “what” for each of these environmental, health and safety regulations.

Emerging Consumer Trends Influencing 2016 – Nathan Shipley, The NPD Group
The NPD Group’s Nathan Shipley gave a data and information-packed presentation on the sale of automotive products to “do-it-yourselfers” over the past year and NPD’s forecast for the next 12 months. He noted that the 2015 “actual” beat forecasts, largely due to the drop in gasoline prices and a 3.5% increase in vehicle miles driven. Shipley said that NPD is predicting a 2.7% increase in 2016 sales of automotive products, in part, because the company does not believe that the increase in vehicle miles driven can be sustained.  His talk included a host of other valuable insights, including sales and segmentations in the passenger car motor oils market.

Navigating the Regulatory Marblecake – Jeffrey Leiter, Bassman, Mitchell, Alfano & Leiter, Chtd.
PPC’s counsel, Jeff Leiter, gave his semi-annual “Legs & Regs” update.  He opened with a discussion on developments in California and the National Conference on Weights and Measures to address marketplace issues with “obsolete oils.”  Leiter told attendees about EPA’s settlement of a lawsuit which will result in the expansion of the agency’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure regulations to “hazardous substance” tanks.  He talked about pending legislation on Capitol Hill, primarily efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.  After discussing the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Scalia, Leiter talked about the use of interns as part of his “counsel’s corner.”

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors: Mauser & Greif
Silver Sponsor: OMYA
Bronze Sponsors: Multi-Color Corporation & KLW Plastics

Members, you can propose your own sponsorship for the Fall Meeting to be presented to the Sponsorship Committee.

Save the Date - Upcoming Meetings

Fall Meeting 2016

August 14th-16th
Inn & Spa at Loretto
Santa Fe, NM

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Spring Meeting 2017

March 12th-14th
The Silverado Resort
Napa, California

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