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RPA's 28th Annual Conference & Showcase

The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV - February 17-19, 2017

Rpa Members

Mark your calendars now for RPA's 28th Annual Conference & Showcase being held at the beautiful Mirage hotel in Las Vegas! Join the best in the retail packaging business for three days full of educational offerings, networking opportunities and a packed Exhibition Showcase. Conference and exhibitor registration will open soon so please check the website!

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Could Your Product Be the 2017 Product of the Year?

Do you have a Great Product to Unveil at RPA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Showcase? Then submit it today to win New Product of the Year!

On Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 am, RPA will host the grand reveal of 2017's Product of the Year entries. Each company that submits a retail packaging product will be given five minutes to present their new creation to the RPA membership. Then the products will be displayed on Showcase floor for the duration of the Conference.

Think your product can win? CLICK HERE TO ENTER

RPA is Seeking Board Nominations for 2017

Are you are interested in serving RPA and the retail packaging industry? Would you like to get more involved with the association in a leadership capacity? Then please submit the RPA Board Nomination Form for consideration by the Nominating Committee. Board members are elected for a term up to three years and represent various segments of the industry. New board members will be announced during the 2017 Annual Conference and more information can be found here.

Monday Economic Report

RPA is pleased to announce that the organization is now a member of NAM, the National Association of Manufacturers. NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Here is access to NAM’s weekly Economic Report, as well as the latest Global Manufacturing Update so you can stay on top of industry trends and global marketplace developments. We hope that you find this weekly information useful.

NAM Economic Report
Global Manufacturing Econ August Update

2016 Borchure CoverWhat a Great Conference!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 27th Annual RPA Conference & Showcase, held March 4-6 in Orlando, FL. More than 350 retail packaging suppliers, distributors and manufacturing reps attended this year’s show that brought together the best in the industry.  Make sure to mark your calendars now for next year’s show, the 28th Annual RPA Convention & Showcase, scheduled for February 17-19, 2017 at The Mirage in Las Vegas

Here's what some members had to say about RPA:

  • "One stop shopping" to see all your suppliers and see any new products.

    I am quite pleased with the experience I had at my first RPA Conference. Thank you for creating a venue for the packaging industry to come together!

  • The RPA Conference is a great opportunity to network with both exhibitors and attendees, while having a physical, tangible representation of the products and services offered by the exhibiting companies.

  • A very well run event!

  • RPA is still the very best way to experience new products and ideas, and to network with the best in the industry.

  • Best RPA show in years! Looking forward to another great show next year.

  • A Must Show for all Retail Packaging Sales and Executives.

Member News


S. Walter Packaging Acquires West-Cost Based Packaging Specialties, Inc.

S. Walter Packaging recently acquired Packaging Specialties, with operations in Portland, Oregon and a new location in Seattle, Washington. This acquisition will expand S. Walter’s geographic presence in the Pacific Northwest, coupled with an increasing ability to service customers on a national basis.


LaPlante Earns Seaman / Garlock Award

Seaman Paper and Garlock Printing and Converting Co., both of Gardner MA, recently awarded Watertown, MA resident James O. LaPlante with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contributions to the development of the SatinWrap Tissue program, which is now the leading tissue brand in the Retail Packaging Industry. LaPlante, and his business, JLaP marketing, have been associated with Seaman & SatinWrap for almost 30 years. He was instrumental in the development of the tissue program as well as organizing the national sales group.


Seaman Paper Earns AF&PA Sustainability Award

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has recognized RPA member Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc. with the 2015 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction for their Soft Steps Forward Initiative. As part of the Soft Steps Forward Initiative, Seaman Paper made a commitment to decrease their dependency on purchased fuel and electricity, producing 97 percent of their thermal (steam) energy from carbon-­‐neutral biomass. In addition, Seaman installed a backpressure turbine that runs on steam to help meet their electricity needs. Despite the sharp increases in oil and electricity costs over the past decade, these measures have had a positive impact on Seaman Paper’s energy costs.

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February 17-19, 2017

28th Annual RPA Convention & Showcase

The Mirage

Las Vegas, NV

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