Weatherchem What We Are All About

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Weatherchem has been known for quality dispensing closures in the spice and seasonings market. But look - we have much more to offer today, because we listen to our customers and innovate to solve their problems!

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  • Originally in dry foods, but now operate in everything from food service and nutraceuticals to liquid condiments. We serve a variety of markets with a multitude of products.
  • Recognized Leader: Premier closure supplier - #1 in producing closures for dry food products - Involved in organizations that support closure & packaging industry (IOPP, CMA) - Premium quality products - In Business since 1971 Long Term Profitability - In business to make money – provide the highest quality products and still deliver profits to grow business further - Sustainable entity – you don’t have to worry about us disappearing - Use profits to reinvest in the company (invention of new products) Growth - Must grow in order to stay competitive and healthy - Growing the product line (1 new product line in 2006, 3 new product lines in 2007, 2 new lines planned for 2008) - Innovation Operational Excellence Produce the right products and provide the right services at the required time in the required quantities with consistency and predictability. - From Zero to 100 in Seconds!
  • FPA-Safe: Food Process Association for Sanitation Audit for Food Excellence Drug Master File: DMF is a document prepared by a manufacturer in the pharmaceutical industry and submitted solely at his discretion to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is no requirement by law or FDA regulation to present a DMF. The document may be used to provide confidential detailed information about facilities, processes, or articles used in the manufacturing, processing, packaging, and storing of one or more human drugs.
  • Education: Harvard University - 1946-1950; AB 1950 Harvard Business School - 1950-1951; B 1952 Quote: Posted in our plant to motivate employees.
  • Video: The Weatherhead PET Imaging Center - The Weatherhead PET Imaging Center is a unique State of the Art Imaging Center dedicated to the prevention and reversal of heart disease by combining the most advanced scientific technology and principles with individualized personal care. Case – Weatherhead School of Management – Donor to the school Weatherhead Center for International Affairs The Center was created as a means of confronting globalization. The Center for International Affairs was founded in 1958 and was renamed the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 1998 in gratitude for the magnificent endowment established by Albert and Celia Weatherhead and the Weatherhead Foundation. Weatherhead East Asian Institute: Columbia University's East Asian Institute has been a major center for research, teaching, and publishing on modern and contemporary Asia, covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Korean peninsula, and the countries of Southeast Asia. As of January 2003, the East Asian Institute was renamed the Weatherhead East Asian Institute to honor the generosity of the Weatherhead Foundation.
  • Doing business in 70 countries worldwide. Worldwide Partners: - Mexico (Linerpac & Villareal) - Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico (Multiempaques) - Australia & New Zealand (Cormack) - Belgium & Holland (Pont Packaging & Verbeeck) - Israel (Archem)
  • We believe in the sustainability of our products, our people, our community, our environment and our business. We believe that our efforts must be measured if we are to have an impact and help to improve our world. We believe that companies of all sizes can contribute and be good stewards of our environment.
  • Electric Presses vs. Hydraulic Presses - Use less energy per piece, Quieter, Take up less space, Cleaner Chiller - Utilizes cold Ohio weather (40% of usage from free cooling), Quiter, Don’t lose as much water from evaporation. Employee Habits - Employees encouraged to turn office lights off when gone for meetings & computers off overnight Closing Mechanism - Eliminate piece of machinery – better utilization of space Plant Layout - Better utilization of the same space.
  • UN Global Compact - Voluntary international initiative that supports universal environmental and social principles Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - A framework for sustainability reporting. The purpose of the GRI is to make reporting on economic, environmental and social performance routine. Giving these issues the same degree of importance as financial reporting provides a greater sense of urgency and of ownership, for both company employees and management.
  • Involvement in Our Community Edge group and E-city participation Company sponsorship in research fundraisers (Ex: Race for the Cure, Walk for Alzheimer’s) Red Cross Blood Drive Utilization of handicapped labor for rework Offering internships to local high school and college students University: Case Western Reserve Organizations: 1) The Entrepreneurs Edge - EDGE is committed to helping existing middle market companies in Northeast Ohio working to grow their value while building a culture that is supportive of entrepreneurial ventures.  2) BAWB - The Center for BAWB advances extraordinary business innovation and entrepreneurship by turning the global environmental and social issues of our day into core value-creation opportunities.
  • Conservation of Utilities New presses that use less energy and water New chiller that utilizes air from Ohio climate Electricity initiative by employees to reduce usage (Ex: Turning off lights in office while in meetings and shutting down computers at night) Reducing size of equipment Incorporating closing mechanism into mold, which eliminates one entire machine Energy efficient lighting New layout to utilize energy more efficiently Saving the Earth Reduction of plastic for new products Reduction or elimination of lawn chemicals Minimizing liner web scrap Recycling program
  • Wellbeing of Our Employees Preventative health programs to improve health and increase productivity Scholarship fund to encourage education in Weatherchem families Sequoia biannual promotion of 401k Safety team New layout to minimize injury to our employees
  • American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) Closure & Container Manufacturers Association (CMA) Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) International Dairy Deli Bakery (IDDBA) Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA)
  • What we mean by pre- and post-sales: - Can help the changeover with no issues - Have the support if there is an issue - Follow-up orders w/ proper documentation
  • The FPA-SAFE auditing program began in 2002 with most of the large food companies in North America participating to meet the safety concerns of the food industry. The food companies wanted an audit with a strong focus on quality systems and food safety/quality. In 2006, the FPA-SAFE organization developed an audit checklist specifically for packaging manufacturers, like Weatherchem. he FPA-SAFE program, with its more than 300 auditors around the world, is a state-of –the-art food safety auditing program covering six audit standards: Food Safety, Primary Packaging, Aseptic, Warehouse and Distribution, Spice and Dairy. The audit is narrative in style and was created to provide a virtual tour of a supplier’s facility. In order to comply with FPA-SAFE, Weatherchem has improved the following procedures: Strengthened our policies regarding facility access. Instituted a Chemical Tracking System in our operation (provides names, location, and usage of all chemicals within facility). Perform Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point for Chemical, Physical, & Biological Hazards – No hazardous points that need monitoring. Established electronic upstream and downstream product traceability (2 hour trace maximum)
  • Weatherchem What We Are All About

    1. 2. Mission <ul><li>Design, Develop, and Deliver Convenient Controlled Dispensing Closures </li></ul>
    2. 3. Vision <ul><li>Be recognized as a premier closure supplier by our customers while building mutually rewarding relationships with our stakeholders. </li></ul>Operation Excellence Growth Long Term Profitability Recognized Leader
    3. 4. Our Values <ul><li>Integrity: We are fair and honest in all our interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and Knowledge: We are committed to developing the skills and capabilities of the organization. Additionally, we learn from each other and share our skills and resources across organizational boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity: We encourage innovation and continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for Excellence: The pursuit of excellence is not a destination, it’s a journey. To achieve this we must accept that change is inevitable, and adaptability determines future success. </li></ul><ul><li>Fun: We will have fun along the way of our journey </li></ul>
    4. 5. Our History 1971 1983 1995 1996 1999 2003 2006 2007 2008 Albert J. Weatherhead aquires Ankeny Co. and renames it Weatherchem Corp. Introduced the Flapper ® Dispensing Closure ISO 9001 Certification Introduced the Agricap Introduced the NutraFlapper ® Dispensing Closure Introduced the first 53-400mm Dispensing Closure Introduced the Grinder NR Packaging System FPA Safe Compliant Filed 1 st Drug Master File Introduced the FlapMate, NutraGen II, and LiquiFlapper Introduced the 63mm Single-Flap Flapper
    5. 6. Ownership <ul><li>Weatherchem Corporation is a privately owned subsidiary of </li></ul><ul><li>Weatherhead Industries, Inc.: </li></ul><ul><li>Albert John Weatherhead III </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weatherhead Industries, Inc. – Chairman & CEO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Weatherhead Foundation – President </li></ul></ul>“ Live in the future and manage change.” - Albert John Weatherhead III
    6. 7. The Weatherhead Foundation <ul><li>In 1953, the Weatherhead Foundation was created by Albert Weatherhead Jr., and is currently headed up by Albert J. Weatherhead III and Celia Weatherhead </li></ul>Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University Weatherhead Center for Prevention and Reversal of Heart Disease at the University of Texas Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University
    7. 8. Global Corporation <ul><li>We are a global supplier with global partnerships </li></ul>Headquarters Twinsburg, OH
    8. 9. Sustainability <ul><li>Practicing the Principles of Sustainability in all aspects of our company. Our product design and production processes consider solutions that are not only business-friendly, but environmentally-friendly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metrics – Measure our sustainability performance using globally recognized metrics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community – Work with local organizations and universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Products - Sustainability through design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment – Conserve resources and utilize efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People – Emphasize wellness, training and safety </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Sustainability – Ongoing Initiatives <ul><li>Conservation of Utilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Electric Presses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy Chiller </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee Electricity Utilization Habits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating Closing Mechanism into Mold </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Saving the Earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lightweight Design of New Closures (Plastic reduction) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced Utilization of Plant Layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimizing Liner Web Scrap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycling Programs </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Sustainability - Metrics <ul><li>Programs without metrics to gauge progress and improvement will not be successful. That is why at Weatherchem we employ and strongly support the UN Global Compact and The Global Reporting Initiative to measure the impact of our sustainability efforts. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Sustainability - Community <ul><li>Sustainability is a local as well as a global issue. </li></ul><ul><li>By working with local universities and organizations we can help make our geographic area a better place to live and work. </li></ul><ul><li>We work to advance the business sustainability of the region and we teach entrepreneurship to low-income youth. This helps to keep our community viable and sustainable. </li></ul>
    12. 13. Sustainability - Products <ul><li>Packaging and packaging materials are a primary focus of the sustainability initiative worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>We constantly strive to enhance the sustainability of our products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We use less material in our closures – sustainability by design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We make the paper/foils in liners thinner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have eliminated the need for a liner with our SR line </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Sustainability - Environment <ul><li>Conserving resources makes sense on every level: </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul><ul><li>At Weatherchem we: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce waste creation </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce material usage </li></ul><ul><li>Support material recovery programs </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce energy and water consumption </li></ul>
    14. 15. Sustainability - People <ul><li>The sustainability of our valuable Team is our highest priority. We encourage and offer employee wellness programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fitness Challenge Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weight Loss Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We encourage the personal financial sustainability of our Team: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Investment Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We encourage professional growth: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success and Development Profiles </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Sustainability Achievements <ul><li>Original Flapper Closure (Level 5 Recyclable) </li></ul><ul><li>Liner-less Cap Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>4 New Lines – Using 10% less plastic </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Welfare Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Electric Presses (30% energy reduction) </li></ul><ul><li>Gas Conservation – Warehouse </li></ul><ul><li>Office Energy Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy Chiller </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminated Landscaping Chemicals </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Corrugated Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Plastic Scrap </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Paper & Bottles </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Scrap by 3% </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse Colorant Buckets </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Office & Plant Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Liner Cores </li></ul>Waste Reduction Energy Conservation Environmentally-Friendly Product Design Employee Welfare
    16. 17. Sustainability <ul><li>We will conduct business today with an eye on our future </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining our business and profitability in the long term while being a good steward of the environment and planning for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Weatherchem Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce Operational Costs: Waste & energy reduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity Constrained: Utilize our space better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve Market Perception: Grow our Sales $$$ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee Satisfaction: Retain Top Performers </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Sustainability Achievements <ul><li>Original Flapper </li></ul><ul><li>Level (5) Recyclable </li></ul>Recycle Corrugated Materials 1998 Recycle Plastic Scrap 2001 Liner-less Cap Innovation (53 SR) 2005 Employee Welfare Programs 2006 Gas Conservation in Warehouse 2006 4 New Caps – Use 10% Less Plastic 2006 Paper & Bottle Recycling 2006 Reduced Scrap by 3% 2006-2008 Office Energy Conservation 2007 Re-use Colorant Buckets 2008 Eliminated Landscaping Chemicals 2008 Recycle Office & Plant Equipment 2008 4 New Electric Presses 2008 Recycle Liner Cores 2008 Renewable Energy Chiller 2009
    18. 19. Wal-Mart Scorecard <ul><li>The Seven R’s of Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Scorecard: </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Packaging – Eliminate unnecessary packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Packaging – “Right-size” packages & material strength </li></ul><ul><li>Re-use Packaging – Reusable pallets & plastic containers </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Packaging – Materials made of renewable resources (biodegradable or compostable) </li></ul><ul><li>Recyclable Packaging – Materials made of highest recycled content </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue – Achieve all of the above at cost parity or cost savings </li></ul><ul><li>Read – Get educated on sustainability & how to support it </li></ul>“ Packaging can have a real impact both on business efficiency and environmental stewardship. Even small changes to packaging have a significant ripple effect” – H. Lee Scott Jr. – Wal-Mart CEO/President
    19. 20. Comparative Advantages of Working with Weatherchem <ul><li>Our Market Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Our Value-Added Products </li></ul><ul><li>Our Innovative Custom Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Our Knowledgeable People </li></ul>
    20. 21. Our Comparative Advantages <ul><li>Market Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>We make it our business to understand your business - the needs, the trends, the packaging influences. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus Group Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Conferences & Shows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade Association Memberships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ASTA, ADS, CCMA, DCAT, IDDBA, IOPP, NACD, PLMA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Through consumer research, our brand and packaging team found </li></ul><ul><li>that the Flapper cap provided us the highest level consumer </li></ul><ul><li>satisfaction when dispensing the product.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Line Manager – Milliken & Company </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Our Comparative Advantages <ul><li>Products </li></ul><ul><li>Weatherchem, the designer/manufacturer of the original Flapper closure over two decades ago, now offers the industry’s most innovative closure product line. Our comparative advantages are your competitive advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelf Impact for your product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convenience for your customer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary, durable design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Products that build Brand Awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backed by the Weatherchem team – decades of packaging experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There are many benefits the Flapper line offers to Cedar Hill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seasonings such as wide variety of options, colors, sizes and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>easy-to-remove liners.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Owner – Cedar Hill Seasonings </li></ul></ul>
    22. 23. Our Comparative Advantages <ul><li>Custom Competency </li></ul><ul><li>Research: We seek to understand your needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Development: We develop a product that satisfies them. </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate your brands through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Embossing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom Options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom Closure Appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique Packaging Solution </li></ul></ul>
    23. 24. Our Comparative Advantages <ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Consultative selling process – Technical Solutions Group (TSG) and Customer Account Specialists (CAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive – with both pre- and post-sales support </li></ul>
    24. 25. Markets Served Spice & Seasonings Confectionary & Sweeteners Grated Cheese Other Dry Foods Personal Care Pet Food & Care Lawn & Garden Chemicals Household Chemicals Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements Over-the-Counter Drugs
    25. 26. Catalog
    26. 27. Liner Options <ul><li>Variety of convenient liners available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Induction Foil Seal (Clean or Residual Peel) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round-cut or Tri-Tab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressure Sensitive (Foam or Foil Barrier) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round-cut or Tri-Tab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lift n’ Peel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round-Cut </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waxboard Pulp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round-cut or Tri-Tab </li></ul></ul></ul>Cut availability will depend on product size.
    27. 28. The Moments of Truth <ul><li>Every consumer product has two key “ moments of truth” where the packaging has a major influence: </li></ul><ul><li>The First Moment – At the store shelf, as the consumer makes her (or his) choice on which product, out of many, to choose. </li></ul><ul><li>The Second Moment – The consumer now has the product home and must make the key decision – did this brand deliver? Will I buy it again? </li></ul>The choice of closures for your product will influence both MOMENTS!
    28. 29. FPA-SAFE <ul><li>In addition to ISO 9001 Weatherchem is a participant in the FPA-SAFE auditing program. Participating in this program gives our customers, and their customers, the extra level of confidence that food safety requires. </li></ul>
    29. 30. R&D Capabilities – Innovation <ul><li>Ideation – Generate product ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Prototyping – Functional model development </li></ul><ul><li>Market & Functional Testing – Consumer & market research and technical product validation </li></ul><ul><li>Finalize Design – Refine appearance & functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Production – Establish best process flow </li></ul><ul><li>Launch – Take new product to market </li></ul><ul><li>Total Timing – 18 months to 2 years (Ideation through Launch) </li></ul>
    30. 31. R&D Capabilities – Innovation <ul><li>Ideation : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination of market-specific external research and internally driven product improvement and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Established process of cross-functional product feasibility analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of external research: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus Groups, Customer (manufacturer) Interviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Market trends profiling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources of internal engineering tools: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical group brainstorming </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visual presentation of these ideas via CAD package SolidWorks (sketches, renderings, 2-D drawings, 3-D models) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    31. 32. R&D Capabilities – Innovation <ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand-made models or SLA development for tangible representation of ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single-cavity tooling (soft or steel) to create functional parts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market & Functional Testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer research to confirm competitive benefits and functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing/Brand Customer feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functional prototype testing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finalize Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on market and functional test results, improving and verifying product design </li></ul></ul>
    32. 33. R&D Capabilities – Innovation <ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendor evaluation and selection for best fit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project management of new manufacturing cell </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Launch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Production validation and approval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial product launch supported by marketing communication programs </li></ul></ul>
    33. 34. R&D Capabilities – Innovation <ul><li>Total Timing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 months to 2 years (depends on complexity & novelty of the idea) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SLA’s, hand-models . . . 2-4 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Single-cavity tool . . . 12-16 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market & Functional Testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6-8 months </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finalize design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1-6 months (depends on technical complexity & number of revisions) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30-34 weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From Ideation to Launch . . . 18 months to 2 years + </li></ul></ul>
    34. 35. R&D Capabilities – Innovation Ideation Prototyping Market & Functional Testing Finalize Design Production L aunch
    35. 36. Innovation, Integrity, Experience <ul><li>Weatherchem is more than a company producing innovative products. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have one of the packaging industry’s most experienced teams. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We take the time to make your business our business. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are good stewards of our environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are proponents of sustainable packaging. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We provide innovative and convenient closures that make your consumers loyal. </li></ul></ul>

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