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Envelope Manufacturers Association Celebrates 100 Years

Kurt Ruppel

Congratulations to our friends at the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA) who marked their 100th anniversary as an association at their Fall Meeting at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia this past weekend. This is the same location where a small group of envelope manufacturers held the first meeting of the association 100 years ago.

While envelope manufacturing is just a small part of the services IWCO Direct provides to direct marketers, we are proud to be associated with a forward thinking association such as EMA.

The Fall Meeting included presentations from John Williams, CEO of Domtar Corporation, on the future of paper-based communications, David C. Williams, Inspector General of the Postal Service, on the role of the Post in 21st Century communications, and Tim Spring, venture capitalist, on preparing our industry for its next 100 years. We also had discussions on postal and regulatory issues impacting the envelope industry, improving business performance through Lean Manufacturing, and selling solutions vs. products. This was a great agenda for a group ready to launch its second century.

We also were pleased to learn our EMA friends will be joining us in Minneapolis for the 2013 Fall Meeting. We can hardly wait.

link https://www.iwco.com/blog/2012/10/30/envelope-manufacturers-association-celebrates-100-years/
Kurt Ruppel


Kurt Ruppel

Kurt Ruppel is Director Postal Policy and Marketing Communications. He educates clients on postal regulations and rates, helps ensure mail packages meet spec, and develops postal strategies that achieve in-home delivery targets at the best possible postage rates. Kurt has brought the “all of us know more than any of us” business philosophy to IWCO Direct for more than 30 years (oy!). He is a three-time IWCO Direct President’s Award winner, Chairman of the EMA Board of Directors, graduate of Utah State University, gardening enthusiast, and Ohio State Buckeye Football fan.

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