Roundup: New Members Added to the RPA Board of Directors, Worldcell Polypropylene Sheet, Corrugated Pallets Company to Supply Corrugated Runners to SMC Packaging

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has elected four new members and returned three members to the Board of Directors for the two-year term 2016-2017.  The January election brought to the Board new representatives including:

  • David Kalan, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, RM2
  • John McGill, Director, Business Development, CHEP
  • David Rodgers, Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Tosca
  • Nicholas Taege, Senior Manager, Reverse Logistics, Anheuser-Busch InBev

The members renewing their seats are:

  • Cindy Doman, Senior Packaging Engineer, Herman Miller
  • Dan Lafond, National Sales Director, Rehrig Pacific
  • Willy Lai, Vice President, Asset Management, iGPS

This group joins twelve other Board members leading the RPA.  RPA’s Executive Committee is unchanged for 2016 and includes Chairman Hillary Femal of IFCO, Vice Chairman Norm Kukuk of ORBIS, Secretary Treasurer Jack Fillmore of Buckhorn, and Immediate Past President Robert Engle of International Contract Molding.  And the Board members serving through 2016 include:  Bob Albright of Schoeller Allibert; Chris Bomgaars of CHEP Container Solutions; Michael Chiado of Georg Utz Group; Phil Davis of Kroger; Nathan Franck of CABKA; Mike Hachtman of reLogistics; David McCulloch of Schaefer Systems; and Rick Sasse of TriEnda.

RPA would like to recognize the leadership and contributions from the members of the Board whose term expired at the end of 2015:  Jim Cavezza of PendaForm; Susie Cuevas of Polymer Logistics; Greg Gorski of Tosca; Luis Rivas of CHEP; and Craig Scott of Polymer Solutions.   We greatly appreciate the service from these members in making RPA a stronger organization to advocate the interests of its members in the reusable packaging industry.


Close Cell Foam Leader Introduces Worldcell™ to Its Product Line

Worldwide Foam, Ltd., the leading supplier of closed cell foam in North America, has added Worldcell™ to its product line. Worldcell™ is a microcellular extruded polypropylene blend sheet. It is an ideal replacement of plastic corrugated sheets, which are widely used in applications such as handheld tote dunnage, containers, and divider sets. Worldwide Foam, Ltd., which prides itself on supplying returnable packaging materials with superior customer service for the automotive industry, is producing 38lb, 26lb, and 18lb density Worldcell™ sheets in Elkhart, Indiana to supply the reusable packaging market in North America.

“We are excited to bring the Worldcell™ foam board to the North American market and add to production lines here in Indiana”, says president of Worldwide Foam, Ltd., John Petrofsky. “This material has been widely used to replace plastic corrugated sheets in the automotive industry in Asia and gained great market share in returnable packaging over the last few years. Previously, this type of material was only available from Japan, with very long lead time and high costs.”

Compared to traditional plastic corrugated sheet, extruded polypropylene sheet is easier to clean and has no open spaces (flutes) to trap dirt, liquid, or any contaminations. Since, it has no flute directions, most packaging engineers have found it easier for die cutting and waterjet cutting. It also provides “Class A” surface without adding extra lamination, and this will save time and money on fabrication processes. The Worldcell™ is 100% recyclable and Worldwide Foam, Ltd. also provides recycle services to take back any scrap or edge trim.

To learn more details about the Worldcell™, pricing, or to request samples, please, or visit the website at


The Corrugated Pallets Company (TCPC), a low-cost leader in manufacturing durable and lightweight corrugated pallets, has entered into a manufacturing arrangement with SMC Packaging Group’s Wonder State Box division.

Under the new arrangement, TCPC will supply 100% corrugated runners designed with the company’s patented and patent-pending technology, which Conway, Arkansas-based Wonder State Box will use to manufacture and sell its own branded corrugated pallets.

“SMC Packaging Group and their Wonder State Box division are renowned for their expertise, quality standards, and commitment to delivering innovative packaging solutions,” commented TCPC’s Mike MacDonald. “We are pleased to welcome them into our growing network of corrugated pallet assemblers, and look forward to a mutually beneficial long-term relationship.”