PPC Awards

Although PPC's members prove their operational and innovation excellence time and again, occasionally an individual's contribution rises so far above the norm that it cannot help but be recognized. To inspire continued greatness in those who have made our industry their life-long home, PPC has created the following awards.


Named for the man whose ingenuity and innovation gave birth to the modern folding carton industry, the Robert T. Gair Award is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of significant and lasting contributions to the paperboard packaging industry. 

Past Winners
2016                      David W. Scheible                               Graphic Packaging International
A. Newth Morris III                            Dixie Printing & Packaging, Inc. (ret.)
2011                      James Hodges                           Royal Paper Box
2009                      Mark Graham                                    Bell Incorporated    
2005                      F. Scott Macfarlane                               Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
2003                      George L. Howell                                 F.M. Howell Co.                
2002                      Joseph Hart                                         Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
2001                      Chad E. Hoyme                                 Corson Manufacturing Co, Inc.
2000                      J. Edward Woods                             Gulf States Paper Corp
1999                      Jack Williams                                   Green Bay Packaging
1998                      Jack D. Tovin                                   Container Corp. of America
1997                     Bradley Currey Jr.                                Rock-Tenn Co.
1995                     Jack T. Lengsfield Sr.                            Lengsfield Brothers             
1993                     Eugene U. Frey                                   Waldorf Corporation
1992                     Henry S. Levkoff                                 The Standard Group
1990                     Judd H. Alexander                                James River Corporation
1989                     A. Worley Brown                                 Rock-Tenn Co.
1989                     Richard S. Longnecker                          James River Corporation
1988                     Robert C. Neff                                     Neff Packaging Solutions                        

Nomination Requirements

This singular honor is only awarded when there is a candidate of sufficient merit, one with a lifetime of achievement in the paperboard industry. To be eligible, a candidate must have made consistently outstanding contributions to the paperboard industry (such as developed new products, processes, applications, or markets; led trade groups; acted as an industry spokesperson; pioneered new technology, etc), PPC (such as served on committees and Boards, participated in programs, etc), and the nominee’s company and community (such as made contributions to company growth, served the community as good corporate citizen, promoted a healthy work environment, etc).

Nominations must be made and signed by the National Voting Representative (NVR) of a PPC Principal member company. Nominations will be reviewed and recommendation made by the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors and the award recipient shall be determined by vote of the Board of Directors.

Download the Robert T. Gair Nomination Form (pdf)


Created in 2009, this recognition honors an association member or retiree who exemplifies outstanding commitment to PPC through his or her volunteer efforts to promote the goals of PPC.

2017: Mark Longnecker, CFO, Southern Champion Tray
Joel Zaas, President, BOXit Corp.
2015: Kenneth Smott, President, Atlas Die Co.
Ann Piper, President, Joe Piper, Inc.
2010: Richard E. DePaul, Owner, DePaul and Assoc.
Richard O. Garber, retired

Nomination Requirements
To be considered for the award, an individual must be an active volunteer in PPC (includes members and retirees, principal, and associate members), demonstrate an outstanding commitment to PPC through the contribution of time and talent, and recognize the importance of PPC’s mission, brand, and image and whose interest and loyalty are evident. 

The award must be given to an active volunteer in the previous fiscal year, but the Executive Committee may consider the cumulative efforts of the individual over time when deciding who the recipient will be. While it is intended that the Volunteer Leader Award be given annually, it will not be awarded unless a worthy candidate is available.

The time frame for eligibility is the most recently ended fiscal year. For instance, an honor awarded at Fall Meeting 2015 will encompass volunteer work performed in fiscal year 2014, ending December 31, 2014.

While it is intended that the award be given annually, it will not be awarded unless a worthy candidate is available. Any PPC member or staff member may submit a nomination to the Executive Committee at any time. The PPC Chair and Executive Committee chooses recipients from individuals who served the association.

Download the Volunteer Leader Award Form (PDF)


Given to PPC members for the high number of hours worked in any given year without incurring an OSHA-recordable injury, these awards are cumulative so it possible for a company to win an award in numerous categories.

The top award given out each year is the Chair’s Safety Award, which is given to the company that finishes the year with the most hours worked without an OSHA without and OSHA recordable

Chair’s Safety Award Winners
2016: Graphic Packaging International, North Portland, OR • 885,989 hours without an OSHA recordable 
2015: Caraustar Industries, Pineville, NC • 846,700 hours without an OSHA recordable
2014: Innomark Packaging Solutions, Dayton, OH  • 752,468 hours without an OSHA recordable
2013: Graphic Packaging Int'l, Elk Grove Village, IL • 1,044,979 hours without an OSHA recordable
2012: AGI-Shorewood, Danville, VA • 1,134,798 hours without an OSHA recordable
2011: AGI-Shorewood, Danville, VA • 919,330 hours without an OSHA recordable
2010: Menasha Packaging, Neehah, WI • 477,722 hours without an OSHA recordable
2009: Warneke Paper Box Co., Denver, CO • 381,903 hours without an OSHA recordable

2016 Safety Boxscore Award Winners

All Packaging Co.
Artistic Carton Company
Bell, Inc.
Boxit Corp
Caraustar Industries
Diamond Packaging
Edelmann USA
The Ellis Group
Frankston Packaging
Graphic Packaging International
Ingersoll Paper Box
PaperWorks Industries, Inc.

Pioneer Packaging
Printed Specialties
Quad Packaging
Sandusky Packaging
Southern Champion Tray
Tap Packaging Solutions
Taylor Box Company
TPC Printing & Packaging
Trojan Litho Corp
The Standard Group
Winston Packaging
Zumbiel Packaging

About Robert T. Gair  

In 1864, Robert T. Gair began work as a paper merchant, printer, and manufacturer of paper and paperboard specialties in Brooklyn, N.Y. Early on, he started making folding boxes by scoring the box blanks individually and cutting the flaps by piling 10 or 20 at a time and using a guillotine style knife. In 1879, while examining a seed envelope job which had gone wrong during production in his plant, he saw that the difficulty was due to the fact that the type or printing plates had cut through the paper. He surmised that replacing type or printing plates with rules or knives, the press could then be used for cutting and creasing folding box blanks.

And with that, Gair laid the foundation for today’s folding carton industry.

Adapted from Paperboard and
Paperboard Containers: A History
by Harry J. Bettendorf.


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