Duro Bag names Kevin P. Hart, recent executive VP of Sales and Marketing for WNA, the new President and COO of its Duro Standard Products division

CINCINNATI , January 30, 2012 (press release) – Duro Bag Manufacturing Co. today announced that Kevin P. Hart is the new President and COO of the company’s largest division, Duro Standard Products Co.

Duro Bag is the world’s largest manufacturer of paper bags and luxury paper bags for retailers, foodservice, grocery and wholesaler-distributors.

Hart is a 30-year veteran with significant experience in senior leadership positions with two prominent packaging companies, Pactiv Corporation (formerly Tenneco Packaging and Mobil Chemical) and WNA, Inc. His career specialization is in the foodservice, institutional, grocery, and consumer packaging markets. At Duro Standard Products, Hart will have top responsibility for all aspects of the company’s operations, sales and marketing.

“Kevin’s business success, operations expertise and detailed knowledge of our customer markets make him the right choice to lead Duro Standard Products,” said Charles Shor, President and CEO of Duro Bag Manufacturing Co.

“Duro Bag has earned a top market leadership position in the paper bag business,” said Hart. “The company has an intense focus on customer needs, product quality and a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. It has dedicated, hard-working employees. Together, we’re going to ensure we meet the evolving product and supply-chain needs of our customers.”

Most recently, Hart served for eight years as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for WNA, Inc., a large manufacturer and marketer of upscale disposable tableware based in Covington, KY.

Hart began his business career in 1982 when he joined Mobil Chemical as a Sales Representative. He progressed through a number of sales and marketing positions to become Mobil Chemical’s National Sales Manager for Institutional Products. After Tenneco Packaging purchased Mobil Chemical’s Plastic Packaging Division, Hart continued to progress to jobs of increased responsibility. When Tenneco Packaging was spun off to become Pactiv, Hart became Pactiv’s Vice President of Sales for Foodservice, Institutional, and Supermarket Packaging in 2000, where he was responsible for $1.1 billion in sales.

Hart also brings significant operational experience as a result of 30 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, both on active duty and in the reserves, retiring as a Colonel in 2005. His last six years were spent at the Pentagon, first on the Joint Staff for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as Assistant Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also served as President of the Marine Corps Reserve Association from 2002 to 2005.

Hart is a 1975 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In 2008, he obtained his MBA from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Hart and his family live in the greater Cincinnati area.


About Duro Bag Manufacturing Company

Duro Bag is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of high-quality paper bags for retailers, foodservice, grocery, mass-merchandise and wholesale/distribution companies in North America. Multi-generation, family-owned Duro Bag produces more than 25 billion bags annually at eight manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and in Mexico, employing more than 2,500 people.

Based in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, Duro Bag develops, manufactures and markets the widest selection of environmentally friendly, durable, multi-use paper bags and packaging and world-class graphics solutions, enabling Duro customers to effectively and efficiently get their brand images and messaging into the hands of millions of consumers every day. Through its Duro Standard Products and Duro Specialty Products divisions, the company works with customers to identify new trends, pioneer new markets and deliver innovative brand building solutions together with on-time fulfillment and logistics support.

• The Duro Standard Products division supports its customers with leading go-to-market, customer-branded bags in grocery, grocery handle bags, merchandise, paper lawn and leaf bags as well as specialty bags including lunch, pharmacy, liquor bags, Freshness Paper™ bread bags, foodservice bags and much more.

• The Duro Specialty Products division custom develops and produces the broadest range of value and luxury shopping bags that display major retailers’ brand images and messages. Its unique, full-service solutions include concept, design, vivid graphics and specialty converting.

Duro Bag offers the widest selection of environmentally responsible and sustainable coated and uncoated papers made with Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC)-certified pre- and post-consumer waste fibers, including 100% post-consumer waste and process-chlorine free papers in thousands of colors and textures.

Duro Bag has a strong 50-year record and commitment to environmental leadership by reducing and re-using waste at its manufacturing operations, achieving net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, reducing its carbon footprint and working with customers to improve sustainability in their products and supply chains.

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