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

Weighing In on the 2010 Recovery

If you've had a chance to read PFFC's current January cover article titled, “2010 Year of Recovery” by Bill Hornell of Mesirow Financial, you would have seen complementary input provided by some of our industry's leading associations. (Also check out a free recorded webinar that PFFC hosted live with sponsorship from Fife on our industry's Critical Trends.) While I recognize that I have a somewhat biased view, I thought their comments were particularly insightful and contributed to making this article a “must read” as we say in the publishing business.

Weighing in on the subject with their own focused perspectives were Ben Markens, president of Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC); Marla Donahue, president of Flexible Packaging Assn. (FPA); Larry Montague, president of TAPPI; Frank Sablone, president of Tag & Label Mfrs. Inst. (TLMI); and Craig Sheppard, executive director of the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters & Laminators (AIMCAL). But in addition to posting these astute observations and predictions regarding these associations' individual interests, we offered YOU–our readers–an opportunity to share your own anticipations for the new year, its opportunities, its critical issues and concerns for your businesses.

One reader wrote to tell me that after his company had been acquired by another bigger equipment vendor they were seeing some renewed interest in new machines during the last couple weeks. They even had two new orders on the books. He said, “Maybe things really are improving.” His hope was that our government leaders could deliver us more than platitudes and wishes.

So here's your chance to weigh in! TALK TO ME!

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