Schutes named RPA-100% executive director

The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA-100%) said in January it had hired packaging industry veteran Paul J. Schutes to serve as executive director of the Washington-based trade group representing more than twothirds of the recycled paperboard industry.

Schutes has over 24 years of packaging industry experience and can provide consumer product companies with support in analyzing the benefits  of 100% recycled paperboard packaging. He will also serve as the primary spokesperson for RPA-100%.

Schutes spent 12 years at the Rock-Tenn Company serving as the director of structural design, director of design engineering and finally the  senior vice-president of sales and marketing for its folding carton group.

As executive director of RPA-100%, Schutes will work with the organizationís board  of directors led by newly appointed RPA-100% chairman,  David Dreibelbis, executive vice-president and general manager of Rock-Tennís paperboard group.

RPA-100% has begun a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of 100% recycled paperboard to key audiences. The marketing committee, headed by newly appointed committee chairman Robert Runyan, vicepresident of marketing for
Newark Paperboard Mills, will spearhead this new campaign.

RPA-100% is a non-profit, independent trade group representing
the leading manufacturers in the recycled paperboard industry since 1995. RPA-100% members include Banner Fiberboard Co., Caraustar Industries, Inc., Cascades Boxboard Group, Inc., Corenso North America, The Newark Group, Inc., Rock-Tenn and Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.

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