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"It is an honor to accept this prestigious award," said Curler. "The journey of building and growing a company requires commitment and support from many people. It has been rewarding and personally fulfilling to be a part of Bemis' success for the past 36 years and to lead an organization that has embraced innovation, progress, and integrity."
Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis is a $3.8 billion global supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials. Curler joined Bemis in 1973 as a chemical engineer eight years after Bemis acquired Curwood, a flexible packaging company co-founded by Curler's father in New London, Wisconsin.
Throughout his career at Bemis, Curler has consistently inspired his colleagues with his unwavering vision for growth, expansion, and innovation. He has promoted product development using material science and unique process technologies that have given the company a competitive advantage in the industry.
Curler has been a director of Bemis since his election in 1992. He has been executive chairman since 2008 and chairman of the board since 2005. He was elected chief executive officer in 2000 and president in 1996. He was chief operating officer from 1998 to 2000. Since joining Bemis in 1973, Curler has held several positions in research, product development, and engineering. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in chemical engineering.
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Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, manufacturing, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the company reported 2008 net sales of $3.8 billion. The company's flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. The company's pressure sensitive materials business specializes in adhesive technologies. For more information, visit www.bemis.com.