IPANA Newsletter Volume 15, Issue 2, March/April 2017

Welcome to the new IPANA newsletter! We are launching a new fresh format with this issue and I hope you like the new style. Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Spring meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. I hope to see you there!

— Susan Nauman,
IPANA Executive Director


The IPANA Spring Meeting is approaching! Join us May 1-3 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. Highlights include:

The 2017 IPANA Annual Meeting will be in Orlando, Florida. IPANA will once again co-locate with RIPA for our joint membership meetings. Join us October 10-12 at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, one of the most elegant luxury hotels in Florida. It’s just 10 miles from the theme parks and Orlando airport, so you may even want to extend your stay! Details and registration information to be made available soon.

Save the date for the 2018 IPANA Spring Meeting! The IPANA Spring Meeting will return to the Old Town Alexandria Hilton, April 16-18.

Mauser Group to be purchased by Stone Canyon Industries. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) has agreed to sell the Germany-headquartered Mauser Group to Stone Canyon Industries, the owner of US packagings producer BWAY, for $2.3bn cash. Under CD&R’s ownership, Mauser achieved annual revenue growth of 9 percent and annual EBITDA growth of 15 percent.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), sleep matters. NSC launched a new initiative to combat occupational fatigue. Based on research and data collected by the NSC, the organization plans to identify best practices, publishing a policy toolkit and other educational resources. According to the NSC, about 38 percent of U.S. workers sleep less than seven hours a night. The RAND Corporation in Europe issued a similar report that you can view here

People, Places & Things

Colleague and friend Robert (Robbie) George Evans Jr., 62, died in New Orleans of pancreatic cancer on March 16, 2017. Robbie began his career at the family steel drum business, Evans Cooperage. In 1983, Rob founded Con-Tech International which began selling industrial steel drum parts and related items. It has grown into an international corporation supplying steel and hundreds of custom manufactured parts to various industries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. IPANA and ISDI will certainly miss him, as he was a longtime and loyal supporter.

John Cutt, formerly with Myers Drum, Myers Container and IMACC Corp for 58+ years, passed away in February. John was the General Manager of Myers Drum Co. and he later led the partnership that acquired the company from Kaiser Steel and became known as Myers Container. He served as President of Myers Container and IMACC until most of the assets were sold to the Stavig family. He spent the remainder of his life semi-retired as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of IMACC Corp. John twice served as Chair of SSCI (now known as ISDI).

Regulatory Updates

PHMSA seeking innovative R& D projects. The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety released its first Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for innovative research and development projects. PHMSA is looking for risk and hazard analysis; material testing and classification improvements; transport system design; and packaging design and test improvements that advance the safe transportation of hazardous materials.

PHMSA postpones annual R&D forum. PHMSA has postponed their planned public R&D forum, originally scheduled for March 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. A future date has not been announced. The purpose of the forum is to present the results of recently completed projects, brief interested parties on new project plans and obtain stakeholder input, as well as discuss the direction of current and future research projects.

Trump issues another regulatory executive order. As part of President Donald Trump’s regulatory overhaul, the federal government’s biannual list of possible regulations is being renamed. The Unified Agenda will now be called the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, according to a memo sent from Acting Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Dominic Mancini.

FMCSA Restart Study does not support regulations. After years of industry complaints, the congressionally mandated study of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service restart rule concluded that the rule did not positively affect driver safety. The study was designed to compare work schedules and assess fatigue for two groups of drivers. It compared drivers operating under the original restart provisions and those operating under the July 2013 restart provisions. FMCSA said the study of 235 commercial vehicle drivers, made public March 9, showed no significant difference in safety-critical events per 100 hours of driving.

This newsletter is compiled, written and published by the staff of the Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America.

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