The United Group Honors Top Members And Suppliers
Lori Schmidt and son Nick Schmidt of Hopkins Sales Co. (Easton, MD) proudly accepted The United Group’s Member of the Year Award.

The United Group (TUG) recognized 21 outstanding Member Stockholders and 22 exceptional Preferred Suppliers at its annual National Conference in April 2019. The evening awards banquet and 3-day conference took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland, drawing more than 550 Member and Supplier attendees.

TUG awards are grouped by market segment – Foodservice, Jan-San and Industrial Packaging – and are based in part on growth of rebates over the previous year. Winners must also demonstrate an increase in the number of United Group Member or Supplier partners they are doing business with. Awards are categorized into three levels – Silver, Gold and Pinnacle – with the highest honor being named Member or Supplier of the Year.

The 2019 Silver Member winners included: Trio Supply Company (Fridley, MN) and Atlas Restaurant Supply (South Bend, IN) for Foodservice, Tomar Industries (Adelphia, NJ) and Delaware Valley Packaging Group (Bensalem, PA) for Packaging, and Country Clean (Ocean, NJ) and Leonard Brush and Chemical Co. (Louisville, KY) for Jan-San. Gold Member awards went to: Larsen Supply Co. (Council Bluffs, IA) and Janitorial Emporium (Torrance, CA) for Foodservice, Sigma Supply of North America (Hot Springs, AR) and MarkPack, Inc. (Coopersville, MI) for Industrial Packaging, and Lucky Supply (Maspeth, NY) and DeSoto Janitorial Supply (DeSoto, TX) for Jan-San. TUG Members winning Pinnacle awards included: Friendly Wholesale Co. (Wooster, OH) and SourceOne Supply (fka Heinrich Paper and Supply, Zanesville, OH) for Foodservice, Breckenridge Paper and Packaging Co. (Huron, OH) and Packaging Systems of Indiana (Lafayette, IN) for Packaging, and Sierra Supply and Packaging (Chandler, TX) and Omaha Compound Co. (Omaha, NE) for Jan-San.

The first Member and Supplier to register for the Conference are traditionally recognized with a Star Award. 2019’s Stars were TUG Member Chris Martin of the James T. Martin Co. (Baton Rouge, LA) and TUG Supplier Gregg DePiero of LS Strapping (Cleveland, OH).

The United Group honored these Preferred Suppliers at the Silver level: Durable Packaging (Wheeling, IL) and Boxit Corporation (Cleveland, OH) for Foodservice, Inteplast-AmTopp (Livingston, NJ) and Alliance Rubber Co. (Hot Springs, AR) for Industrial Packaging, Inteplast-Pitt (Livingston, NJ) and Nilodor (Bolivar, OH) for Jan-San, and in a new category, R.J. Schinner Co. (Menomonee Falls, WI) was honored with the Silver Redistributor Award. Gold Supplier awards were received by: Western Plastics (Calhoun, GA) and Foodhandler, Inc. (Reno, NV) for Foodservice, Berry Global (Montvale, NJ) and Heartland Label Printers (Little Chute, WI) for Packaging, von Drehle Corp. (Hickory, NC) and Chase Products (Broadview, IL) for Jan-San, and R3 (Elk Grove Village, IL) for Redistributor. Pinnacle Award-winning TUG Suppliers were: AJM Packaging Corp. (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and Nordic Cold Chain Solutions (Reno, NV) for Foodservice, Shurtape Technologies (Hickory, NC) and VersaPak (Celina, OH) for Packaging, CascadesPro (Candiac, Quebec, CN) and Golden Star (Overland Park, KS) for Jan-San, and Essendant (Deerfield, IL) for Redistributor.

Top honors went to Hopkins Sales Co. of Easton, MD for Member of the Year and The Packaging Wholesalers of Elgin, IL for Supplier of the Year. We offer our congratulations to these award winners once again. The next United Group National Conference will take place April 1-4, 2020 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado.