Reusable Packaging Assn. names new 2012 Executive Committee; reLogistics Services chief Mike Hachtman to lead committee, Schoelier Arca Systems' North America President Robert Engle to serve as vice chairman

ARLINGTON, Virginia , August 16, 2011 (press release) – The Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (RPA) announced its 2012 Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers today. The new com­mit­tee includes expe­ri­enced mem­bers of the reusable pack­ag­ing indus­try, includ­ing three pres­i­dents of lead­ing com­pa­nies. Formed in 1998, the RPA is the lead­ing trade asso­ci­a­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the expan­sion and value of reusable pack­ag­ing sys­tems for greater sup­ply chain effi­cien­cies, increased envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and reduced costs.

The 2012 RPA Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee will be led by Chair­man Mike Hacht­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO, reL­o­gis­tics Ser­vices, LLC. Robert Engle, Pres­i­dent NA, Schoeller Arca Sys­tems Inc., will serve as RPA Vice Chair­man; and John Frey, Pres­i­dent of Tosca Lim­ited, will con­tinue to serve as RPA Secretary/Treasurer. Drew Mer­rill, Vice Pres­i­dent of Busi­ness Devel­op­ment & Strate­gic Plan­ning, Con­tainer and Pool­ing Solu­tions, Inc., will be RPA Imme­di­ate Past Chair­man (ex offi­cio). Jerry Wel­come will con­tinue as RPA Pres­i­dent and CEO (ex officio).

“Reusable pack­ag­ing con­tin­ues to grow and gain wide­spread accep­tance within sup­ply chains. Whether it is lawn trac­tors, fresh pro­duce or other com­modi­ties, the advan­tages of reusable pack­ag­ing are clear — lower sup­ply chain costs and less impact on the envi­ron­ment,” said Mike Hacht­man, RPA Chair­man and Pres­i­dent and CEO, reL­o­gis­tics Ser­vices, LLC. “I am excited to lead the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion which has estab­lished itself as the asso­ci­a­tion for reusable pack­ag­ing. The RPA has grown to be the pre­mier source of infor­ma­tion, knowl­edge, guid­ance and best prac­tices nec­es­sary to grow and sup­port the indus­try, and help com­pa­nies real­ize the ben­e­fits of reusable packaging.”

“The term ‘resuable’ has joined buzz­words such as the green move­ment, social respon­si­bil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity, recy­cling and the like,” said Robert Engle, RPA Vice Chair­man, and Pres­i­dent, Schoeller Arca Sys­tems Inc. “But when you dis­cuss the con­cept in detail with an end user, it is still some­what a mys­te­ri­ous con­cept. An orga­ni­za­tion such as the RPA has the abil­ity to edu­cate end users by pro­vid­ing details around the var­i­ous reusable options avail­able. As the RPA grows in strength, I see it becom­ing the lead­ing author­ity for com­pre­hen­sive infor­ma­tion and resources on reusable pack­ag­ing, and a place where end users can locate sup­pli­ers as well as a wealth of valu­able information.”

About the RPA
The Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between man­u­fac­tur­ers, pool­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, retail­ers and edu­ca­tors to pro­mote the envi­ron­men­tal, safety, and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of reusable pack­ag­ing. The RPA serves as the col­lec­tive voice of the indus­try and uses its knowl­edge of the mem­bers’ prod­ucts and ser­vices to advance the adop­tion of reusable pack­ag­ing and sys­tems through­out the sup­ply chain. The RPA is focused on pro­mot­ing the expan­sion of reusables as the pre­ferred pack­ag­ing solu­tion across sup­ply chains in all indus­tries. For more infor­ma­tion, visit or call (703) 224‑8284.

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