Packaging materials supplier Associated Packaging named 2013 distributor of the year by Clysar; company recognized for 'thinnovative' film and equipment solutions, ability to optimize film performance on packaging lines and customer service expertise

CLINTON, Iowa , September 25, 2013 (press release) – The only distributor to earn the prestigious award a second time, Associated Packaging is recognized for “Shrinking Different” to deliver the best bottom line to Clysar customers.

Leading polyolefin shrink film manufacturer Clysar, LLC has announced that Associated Packaging, Inc., Gallatin, TN, has received their 2013 Distributor of the Year award. Clysar made the announcement at their “Shrink Different” distributor meeting, which was held during Pack Expo on September 23, 2013. The award is presented annually to a company that demonstrates sustained growth; documented support for Clysar’s shrink packaging program; and a commitment to provide technical expertise and exceptional customer service to help Clysar customers achieve real bottom line improvements. Associated Packaging has been a Clysar distributor for more than 35 of the 50 years Clysar has been in business.

“Clysar distributors are the best of the best, and Associated Packaging is one of the truly great packaging distributors serving shrink film customers,” says Vicki Larson, Clysar’s director of sales and marketing. “Associated Packaging’s owner, Joe Smith, has been in packaging for 49 years—few people, or companies, know shrink film better. Thanks to Joe’s exceptional leadership, the company continues to excel year after year. We’re proud to honor them with their second lifetime Distributor of the Year award.”

Clysar recognized Associated Packaging’s ability to provide “thinnovative” film and equipment solutions that address customer demand for thinner materials that maintain critical performance qualities, offer true sustainability and deliver lowest total cost. Associated Packaging was also recognized for their ability to optimize shrink film performance on the customer’s packaging line as well as their expertise in delivering a premium business experience to shrink film customers.

Clysar Distributor of the Year Award

Founded in 1977, Associated Packaging is the largest independent company that specializes in complete systems and materials for packaging consumer and industrial products. The company works with customers to identify their packaging needs, find the most cost-effective equipment and packaging materials to meet those needs and then provide the technical support to keep packaging operations running smoothly. They are experts at optimizing Clysar® films with a range of leading equipment brands, giving Clysar customers flexibility to implement equipment solutions that best meet their needs.

About Clysar, LLC

Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2013, Clysar manufactures high-performance polyolefin films for a wide variety of packaging applications including meat, poultry, produce, bakery, pizza, office supplies, hardware and consumer products. The Clysar® product line of industry-leading films includes LTC Lowest Total Cost thin films; ShrinkBox® corrugate-replacement films; and Trayloc® tray overwrap. The company has over 300 employees in Clinton, Iowa, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For more information about Clysar® shrink film, call 1-888-4-CLYSAR
(1-888-425-9727), email or visit

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