July 13, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
On July 12, 2010 in Chicago, a panel of label industry experts announced the winner of the prestigious R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award: Terry Fulwiler, chief executive officer of the Green Bay, WI-based WS Packaging Group, Inc. The award is sponsored by Avery Dennison.
Fulwiler joined his father’s company in 1972 when there were 25 employees, serving in a variety of management positions leading to his current position in 1987 upon his father’s retirement. He is credited with the unprecedented decision in 2000 to take the company from a mid-size player in the tag and label industry to the next level with the merger of Wisconsin Label Corporation, founded in 1966, and Superior Label Systems, Inc., founded in 1970, which then resulted in nine company acquisitions in the past nine years. Now having over 1,775 employees at 17 locations across the U.S. and Mexico, the company produces high-quality printing, flexible packaging, and promotional products, as well as continuously introduces new and innovative products to the label and packaging industry.
Fulwiler is a keen advocate in new printing technology and business improvements, such as the latest proofing systems or press equipment and lean manufacturing, and continues to reinvest in the business with significant annual capital expenditures as part of his long-term business strategy. His leadership has driven label industry innovation through web-based ordering systems and customer interface management as well as through the development of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which was expanded in a joint venture with European-based ASK Corporation.
Fulwiler was selected Converter of the Year for 2000 by his peers in the Tag and Label Manufacturer’s Institute (TLMI), the premier trade organization for the tag and label industry, in which he served on the board of directors and is an active member, and supports key company management to participate as active members. He is chairman of the board for Bellin Hospital, on the board of directors for several area businesses, including the Green Bay Packers, and serves in an advisory capacity for various local organizations and groups.
Fulwiler will be honored September 14 at the Label Industry Global Awards ceremony in Chicago at Labelexpo Americas 2010.
For more information on this and other awards at the event, click HERE.