AF&PA Welcomes Appointment of Paper Check-off Board Members

March 17, 2014 (Press Release) - The appointment of Paper Check-off Board members was announced on March 10 via news release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. AF&PA helped to facilitate the work of the Paper Check-Off Panel that initiated the program.

“The appointment of the Paper Check-off Board is an important milestone for our industry in telling the powerful story about the benefits of paper and paper-based packaging,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We look forward to the work of the Paper Check-off Board in developing a new promotion program for paper and paper-based packaging and congratulate the industry leaders who have been selected to serve on the board.”

Industry executives appointed to serve on the Paper Check-off Board by USDA are: Michael P. Doss (Graphic Packaging International); Bernd Eikens (UPM Paper ENA); Christian Fischer (Georgia-Pacific); Rodger D. Fuller (Sonoco Products Company); Brian E. Janki (Glatfelter); Mark W. Kowlzan (Packaging Corporation of America); Jennifer L. Miller (Sappi Fine Paper North America); Julie Schertell (Neenah Paper Inc.); Steven Voorhees (RockTenn); Michael A. Weinhold (Verso Paper Corp.); John D. Williams (Domtar); and Ann B. Wrobleski (International Paper).

“We appreciate the work of the Paper Check-off Panel in bringing the industry together and USDA’s work to make the Paper Check-off a reality,” added Harman.

USDA published the final rule in January, which established the program and assessment calculations that began on March 1, 2014. Assessments will be invoiced on a quarterly basis beginning March 30. The first meeting of the Paper Check-off Board is scheduled to take place March 25th, 2:30-6:00 p.m. in New York.

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SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)