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The University Magazine

American Packaging Corp. donates $1 million to fund packaging center

Bill Destler
Peter Schottland, American Packaging CEO and owner, and Carol Richardson, CAST interim dean, at the news conference announcing the company’s support of a new packaging center at RIT.

A $1 million gift from Rochester-based American Packaging Corp. will fund the expansion of RIT’s Center for Packaging Innovation.

The renamed American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT is slated to move into the College of Applied Science and Technology’s new Engineering Technology building when it opens in early 2008.

“The generous support we have received from American Packaging Corp. will enable us to equip our center with state-of-the-art equipment, top-notch faculty and staff and the ability to provide our students with timely insight into new packaging-related technologies,” says Tom Voss, chair of the packaging science department.

American Packaging Corp.’s support will also help establish a center director position and create opportunities for increased graduate assistant positions that will focus on flexible packaging.

“All of us at APC are extremely excited about the opportunity to join hands with RIT. We are impressed by the momentum that the university has within our industry and believe that the combined energy and talent of our two excellent organizations will achieve truly outstanding successes in innovation,” says American Packaging CEO and owner Peter Schottland.

American Packaging Corp. specializes in the manufacturing of flexible packaging laminations for a variety of markets. The company has facilities in Rochester, Columbus, Wis., and Story City, Iowa.

American Packaging Corp. is a privately held company with more than 100 years service to the packaging industry.

John Follaco