FMN | August 6th, 2018

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August 6, 2018

Vol. 20 No. 16

Market News


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Industry Mourns, Cheers The Life Of Tom Vilardi by Len Prazych T homas A.Vilardi, Sr., the larger-than-life Publisher and Presi- dent of NV Publications, passed away peacefully, surround- ed by his loving family on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, after a coura- geous and hard-fought two-year battle with cancer. He was 56. Everyone and anyone who has been in the corrugated indus- try for the last three decades was touched, directly or indirect-

Inovar Acquires Topp Labels

For exclusive content and breaking news please visit Inovar Packaging Group, a portfo- lio company of AEA Investors LP, has acquired Topp Labels, Miami, Florida. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Inovar is a specialty convert- er of prime labels, shrink sleeves and f lexible packaging solutions serving blue-chip customers within a diverse set of end markets, in- cluding, among others, health and personal care, sports nutrition/nu- traceuticals, industrial products, pet food and supplies, and food and beverage. Inovar’s mission is to serve the needs of specialty consumer and in- dustrial product companies requir- ing fast response, speed-to-market and dedicated per sonal service while offering multiple press op- tions and converting platforms with complex decorative capabilities. Topp is a custom manufacturer of pressure sensitive prime labels and flexible packaging products . Inovar plans to acquire more prime label and flexible packaging converters in the near future in part- nership with AEA Investors SBF LP.

ly, by Vilardi’s fr iendly, outgoing presence and colorful personality.Word of his passing spread quickly through- out the industry and was announced on the morning of August 1 by AICC Presi- dent Steve Young during his opening re- marks at AICC’s Southeast Summit in Charleston, South Carolina. “I know that many of you knew Tom well and as part of our AICC family, we feel a great loss,” expressed Young. “We

extend our sincere condolences to Tom’s family and his Board Converting News family and I ask you to please keep his wife, Jeneane, and his children, T.J. and Tyler, in your prayers.Tom was a good friend to all of us at AICC and to all AICC members. We will remember Tom with grateful affection. Our industry has lost a true champion, and we pray that our good Lord will reward him generously for his good work here on earth for our family in the corrugated and paperboard industries.” New Jersey Strong Tom was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on October 9, 1961, to Theodore “Ted” and Jacqueline Vilardi.After graduating from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he worked for CBS

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