Zero to Landfill
Our Lean and Green journey
Presentation Code: VS2-07
Value Stream: VS2 - Planet
Day & Time: Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 - 9:00 AM
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
When it comes to eating chicken, finger licking is not always good enough. In fact, sometimes napkins are not even enough. That is why Nice-Pak Products developed pre-moistened wipes. But it is not the only reason. Its pre-moistened wipes are also used for cleaning, sanitization and disinfecting in healthcare, household, cosmetic and personal hygiene applications. But Nice-Pak is not just about developing products to meet needs. It is also about maintaining sustainability as a basic corporate responsibility. It is about focusing on reducing the company's environmental impact. And it is about driving innovation and reducing costs in an uncertain economy. Innovation and sound business practices have made Nice-Pack Products a successful company. That means there are lessons to be learned from this success, and Nice-Pak will share these lessons.
In this presentation:
• Hear about Nice-Pak's successful innovations.
• Learn how Nice-Pak minimizes its environmental impact.
• Find out how Nice-Pak is reducing costs in a time of economic uncertainty.
• Hear how Nice Pak's sound business practices support an integrated sustainability initiative.
• And find out how you can apply these practices to your own business.
Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
Nice-Pak, founded in 1957 and headquartered in Orangeburg, NY, is the largest global producer of pre-moistened wipes, including brands such as Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes, and the original Wet-Nap Moist Towelettes used at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. The company pioneered the development of pre-moistened wipes as the optimum dispensing system for cleaning, sanitization and disinfecting in healthcare, household, cosmetic and personal hygiene applications.
Over 2000 Nice-Pak associates work across seven facilities, producing over 100 billion wet wipes each year, in over 2.5 million square feet of manufacturing space worldwide. Nice-Pak has led the explosive growth of the wet wipe industry, leveraging state-of-the-art product development and manufacturing capabilities to supply superior, leading-edge products to every class of trade.
Ruth Levy, Vice President, Strategic Product Development
Ruth Levy is Vice President of Strategic Product Development at Nice-Pak Products, Inc., and is responsible for both strategic product development and the corporate sustainability program. Ruth has over 25 years of experience in the consumer and medical products industries. Her expertise spans the areas of manufacturing, nonwovens, product development and portfolio management. This has ranged from product concept through business start-up and creating collaboration and accountability to achieve successful business results.
Prior to joining Nice-Pak, Ruth held key R&D, manufacturing, marketing and business development positions at Kimberly-Clark and Covidien. Her accomplishments included designing personal care, household and medical products and materials; reducing manufacturing and materials costs; launching over 70 new personal care products; integrating three corporate acquisitions; developing an Asian contact manufacturing operation; starting up a consumer healthcare products business; and implementing stage-gate processes to improve speed to market timing.
Ruth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. She is also a certified black belt in Design for Six Sigma and is an inventor with over 30 patents.
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