PPC Honors A. Newth Morris III with Gair Award

Newth Morris (center), retired President and owner of Dixie Printing & Packaging, accepts the Robert T. Gair award from Ben Markens, President of PPC (left) and Steven Levkoff, Chairman of PPC (right).

March 22, 2012 - The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) announced that A. Newth Morris III, retired President and Owner of Dixie Printing & Packaging of Glen Burnie, MD was honored with the Robert T. Gair Award at PPC's 2012 Spring Meeting: Outlook & Strategies Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Gair Award is PPC’s highest honor and is named after Robert T.?Gair, the man whose ingenuity and innovation gave birth to the modern folding carton industry. This recognition is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated significant and lasting contributions to the paperboard packaging industry.

Newth Morris hails from a family that has been part of the folding carton industry for more than 75 years. In 1936, his grandfather Arthur Newth Morris founded what is now RockTenn Company. His father, Arthur Newth Morris, Jr., then opened Dixie Packaging Company. When A. Newth Morris III took over Dixie, which he ran for over 18 years, he brought in offset printing, improved efficiencies, and was one of the first to install a laser in their diemaking operation.

"Newth helped packaging companies as a group focus on selling the value of paperboard packaging. The industry is better off now because of his leadership," explained John Zeiser, President and CEO of Southern Champion Tray.

Over the years, Newth Morris also acted as Treasurer and Chairman of PPC as well as chaired various committees and attended conferences all over the world. As Chairman, Newth lowered dues and emphasized the value that small companies offered, establishing an association that was more accessible to independent boxmakers.

"Newth has contributed much hard work over his decades of membership in PPC," said PPC Chairman Steven Levkoff. "Our industry truly has a strong, intelligent advocate in this year’s Gair award winner."

Newth Morris has also been Chairman of the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Board, member of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission, Chairman of the County Solid Waste Commission, and President of the Maryland Jaycees.

Now in its 83rd year, PPC (www.ppcnet.org) is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote, and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace.

SOURCE: Paperboard Packaging Council