The Packaging Hall of Fame members’ expertise spans a range of expertise and
even a generation or two. But what each of the five inductees has in common
transcends any of those differences: generosity of spirit and commitment to
Del Rosso, Hi-Speed Checkweigher (retired)
- Lawrence C. Dull,
MS, CPP, Packaging Knowledge Group
Gustafson, Algus Packaging
L. Schneider, CPP, Industrial & Shippers Supply
“Pete” Wallace, SWF Machinery (retired)
“Each of this year’s
inductees is known for the ways he gives of his time to promote the packaging
industry and education - mentoring other professionals, serving on local boards
of education, leading college-level courses,” says Maria Ferrante, vice
president, education & workforce development, PMMI.
Victor Del Rosso:
Solutions & Service
As an inventor, an entrepreneur and an industry leader,
Victor Del Rosso has also been a problem solver.
Del Rosso entered the Army at 18, serving in Japan in the
11th Airborne Division. In 1948, he was discharged and within a few months
began a course in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of
After completion, he continued his education at Ohio State
University, then returned
to his hometown, Watkins Glen, NY, to help lead Hi-Speed Checkweigher Co. from
fledgling start up to leading innovator.
Del Rosso approached his work as a problem solver, once
saying that most machines his company sold were tailored to fit the customer’s
applications. In the course of his career, he obtained many patents and has
often helped other engineers obtain patents for innovations developed jointly.
He believes in service to the industry and the community,
and has practiced that value in a variety of roles that include (but are not
PMMI Board of Directors, 1979
PMMI Board of Directors, 1973–1978
Advisory Council, Food & Drug Packaging Magazine
to revise and update the “Scale Terminology Manual,” Scale Manufacturers
speaker on packaging-related topics at colleges, technical schools and
PMMI’s PACK EXPO Resource
RIT Alumni Board of Directors, Nathaniel Rochester Society and Presidents Circle
Director, Vice Chairman, Chairman and Interim President, Citizens Savings
Bank, Ithaca, NY Councilman,
Ithaca, NY; 1968–1981
Baden Powell Scout Council Board
In 1988, Del Rosso “retired” from his posts as president and
CEO of Hi-Speed Checkweigher Co. and manager of PackRite Weighing and Wrapping
division of Toledo Scale Corporation. He continued as a consultant to Hi-Speed
Checkweigher Co. and Toledo Scale Corporation until 1995.
Today, Del Rosso’s participation in the industry continues.
He’s a fixture at PMMI events, and an active volunteer at the PMMI Resource
Center at PACK EXPO,
helping attendees find the solutions they’re seeking.
Lawrence C. Dull, MS, CPP: Sustainable Excellence
When Lawrence Dull co-founded consultancy Packaging
Knowledge Group in 2008, his focus on delivering leading-edge, cost-effective,
and sustainable packaging solutions for clients was a natural offshoot of his
corporate career, beginning with packaging handling tests he co-authored at
Eastman Kodak in the early 1970s, tests that became a model for ASTM D4169.
In following years,
his study and recommendations to enhance packaging line filling accuracy
reduced overfilling, saving Calgon Corp. roughly $1 million annually. Later, at
Novartis (Ciba Geigy), Dull justified, obtained capital and installed a
state-of-the-art packaging testing laboratory. And, as a research and
technology Fellow at Syngenta Crop Protection, Dull justified and established a
dedicated packaging innovation function - a development that led to a
best-in-industry packaging ranking.
Key to all of these achievements has been
establishing clear lines of communications between packaging development and
other key areas, such as brand management or purchasing.
Dull has been an active member of the Institute of Packaging
Professionals (IoPP) since 1979, serving as
National President and Chairman, and earning his Certified Packaging
Professional (CPP) designation. He is a member of IoPP’s College of Fellows
, and an IoPP Honorary Life Member.
He is an ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional, a
member of ISTA’s Global Board of Directors and Chair of its Sustainable
Solutions Division. As such, he is one of the authors of ISTA’s Responsible
Packaging by Design Guideline .
Packaging Knowledge Group was one of the first firms
Wal-Mart engaged to teach the Wal-Mart Sustainable Packaging Scorecard program.
Dull has been an active member of the Michigan
family, including as a member of its Industry Advisory Council and a guest
lecturer several times at the School
of Packaging and was
inducted into the MSU Packaging Hall of Fame in 2010 .
He is also an instructor
for IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging course as well as ISTA's Certified
Packaging Laboratory Professional course.
His several patents include a nestable and transportable
closed chemical handling system, dual-chamber bottle, agrochemical bottle,
water soluble packaging system and method, and carrying case for gel bags.
Inventor, Entrepreneur, Pioneer
If you talk about heat sealing and thermoforming
technologies - especially rotary automatic heat seal machines - chances are
you’ll talk about Arthur Gustafson or some of his inventions. He’s led the
packaging industry in these technologies for more than 40 years.
Gustafson’s career began on his family’s farm, where he
showed an aptitude for repairing and enhancing mechanical items. Machinery was
his passion, however, and in 1954 he signed on as an apprentice machinist in
the die shop of Plastofilm Industries. He progressed well, enjoying frequent
promotions in engineering, operations and management positions, while
continuing to help on the farm.
Plastofilm was an early pioneer in visual carded packaging,
and Gustafson began to look for ways to improve efficiency and quality in
assembling a carded blister package. In 1961, working out of a chicken coop on
the family farm, Gustafson founded Alloyd Packaging Company (today called
Alloyd Brands) and focused his goals on better, faster and more cost effective
By 1966, Gustafson had designed and built the first-ever
fully automatic six-station rotary blister sealing machine. The machine quickly
became the industry standard, and elevated Gustafson to “pioneer” status.
However, something was missing. To ensure optimum
performance, his new breed of sealers required a more accurate and consistent
thermoformed blister to allow for automatic feeding. and to meet that need,
Gustafson built his own. The resulting thermoformer was unique in its ability
to produce a very accurately cut custom blister at speeds high enough to
maximize the capacity of the automatic sealers.
In 1989, Gustafson sold Alloyd
Packaging Co., which had grown from a one-man chicken-coop operation to a
$40-million, 320-person firm.
After a few years in “retirement,” Gustafson re-entered the
industry he had so influenced. He formed Algus Packaging, Inc., in 1995 with
new concepts for packaging equipment he wanted to build and bring to market.
He’s still introducing new products, including a next-generation blister
sealing machine (the U-8), and Algus has grown to more than 100 employees. The
company’s goal remains “to define blister packaging for the 21st Century.”
Gustafson’s impact has gone well beyond packaging lines,
however. His custom machine system is part of the Toymaker 3000 display still
on exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry - and he donates the
time and resources to have employees ensure it’s in working order. He has given
generously to food banks, animal
shelters, Boy Scouts, schools and even to employees in the wake of personal
From blister packs to the Boy Scouts, Arthur Gustafson has
worked to make the world a better place.
Thomas L. Schneider, CPP: Worldwide Impact
Thomas L. Schneider’s contributions to the packaging
community’s knowledge base are extensive and based in professional achievement.
He began his career with the Marsh Company, where he played a strategic role in
the global introduction of the world’s first large character inkjet coding
Today, Schneider is President of Industrial & Shippers
Supply, a regional distributor of packaging equipment, supplies, and marking,
coding, and labeling systems. He has been with the company since 1984, coming
in as Executive Vice President and rising to President in 1995.
From 2000–2009, he and a partner owned and operated Packaging Technology
Center, a full-service package testing
facility with clients in the United States
and Latin America.
Supporting packaging and education have been central tenets
of Schneider’s career in packaging - from service to his local schools to his
involvement in the Institute
of Packaging Professionals
(IoPP) and the World Packaging Organization (WPO).
Schneider, a Certified Packaging Professional, began his
long association with IoPP in 1986 as a charter member of its Gulf Coast
Chapter. He moved up through the ranks locally and nationally to serve as
national President (2004) and Chairman (2005). He’s a member of IoPP’s College of Fellows, and was named an Honorary Life
Member in 2008.
He has represented IoPP on the WPO Board of Directors since
2005, currently serving as Vice President of Sustainability, and is poised to
step up into the role of President in January 2012. In performing his
responsibilities to WPO, he has visited every continent except Antarctica, and
spoken on packaging education and sustainability in a diverse group of cities
that includes Beijing, China; Melbourne,
City, Mexico; Mumbai, India;
and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also been a judge
for WPO’s annual WorldStar Awards and the WorldStar Student Awards.
Schneider has shared additional knowledge with articles in
Packaging World Magazine and two position papers for WPO.
Schneider’s commitment to education is also evident locally
in Texas, through continued service to the Humble Independent
School District and as
the founding chairman of the Humble ISD Education Foundation, which has raised
and distributed more than $4 million for the schools since 1999.
M.H. “Pete” Wallace:
Service Above Self
It started in the 1960s. Following four years of service to
our country and graduation from the University of the Pacific, M.H. “Pete”
Wallace joined an engineering company in Stockton,
CA, and was hired by the
International Paper Company (IP) in 1962 as a sales and marketing manager.
Wallace used his engineering degree and experience to train
IP sales personnel on the use and applications of primarily wooden boxes and
crates used by farmers and food processors produced by the General Nailing
Machine Corporation of Sanger, CA. These products were subsequently
replaced by a series of corrugated trays and cases.
Wallace played an
instrumental role in design, testing and marketing of these new shipping
Over time, General Nailing Machine Corporation became a
subsidiary of Southwest Forest Industries (SWF). Wallace left International
Paper and became sales manager for SWF. Because of his product and market
awareness, as well as his interpersonal skills, Wallace was promoted to manager
of SWF’s Sanger facility in 1976.
His favorite task was working with and educating customers
about applications of SWF machinery and, of course, applications of corrugated
packaging within the company’s major markets.
Under Wallace’s leadership SWF grew steadily. When corporate
emphasis shifted to packaging materials and containers the management team
purchased the company from Southwest Forest Industries in 1979, becoming Sanger
In the early 1980s, Wallace became active in PMMI, and
brought to his roles the level of commitment and enthusiasm he had already been
known for. He served on the Board of Directors, and was Chairman when long-time
president Claude Breeden retired, and Chuck Yuska was hired - a hiring Wallace
calls his most significant contribution to the packaging industry. He served on
PMMI’s first Long Range Planning committee, which set a direction for the
growth of the role of PMMI in the worldwide packaging industry.
The packaging community isn’t the sole recipient of
Wallace’s community service, however. Service marks the rest of his life. He
has spoken with Cal
faculty and students about topics and careers within the packaging and
packaging machinery industry. He’s also served his alma mater, the University
of the Pacific, as a member of the engineering department’s advisory board and
the Dean’s Engineering Council for more than 20 years.
Locally, Wallace has held positions within the Clovis, CA,
Unified School District Foundation since 1989. As chairman, president and
executive board member he has been instrumental in developing and administering
funding for programs that include teacher and student achievement grants.
This long-time active Rotary International member has lived
Rotary’s “Service Above Self” motto, applying it to his local community and his
The PHOF, PMMI, and PACK EXPO Las Vegas
PMMI will honor these five industry leaders in a special reception and induction ceremony Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:15 p.m., at the Las Vegas Hilton, which is adjacent to the Las Vegas and PACK EXPO Las Vegas:
Individual tickets are available for $75 each at PMMI.org, and corporate sponsorships range from $1,500 to $3,000. The entire packaging community is invited to support the industry, its leaders and their colleagues. Potential sponsors should contact Maria Ferrante, PMMI, for details: 703.243.8555 or email@example.com.
Proceeds from the reception benefit PMMI’s Packaging Education and Training Foundation, which offers scholarships for students in two- or four-year packaging programs.
Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com