Company News

April, 2020

Katherine roehlke

Letter from Company President & CEO, April 2, 2020

Dear Fellow Employee,

Thank you for your commitment to F. M. Howell & Company. This is an exceptionally tough time; and it will be defined as an unprecedented period in the history of our country. I am extremely appreciative and proud of the efforts that our employees have put forth in the last month to service our customers.

An inspirational leader reminds us that, "Crisis reveals character." Our employees have stepped up, and they remind me that they have the character and discipline required to work through this challenge. Their work ethic is exceptional.

Our Pandemic Preparedness Team is meeting every few days to further plan what will be required to keep our employees safe, as well as ship our customers' orders on time during this Coronavirus pandemic.

I want to thank each and every one of you for rising to the occasion and showing your strength and determination to "get the job done."

We may not be on the front line in the effort to fight this pandemic. However, we have been defined as an "essential business," as we are a critical part of the supply chain providing pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic packaging and services to those companies and individuals in need.

Specifically, we provide packaging to our medical device customer who provides a "point-of-care test" for Coronavirus and has just received emergency-use authorization by the FDA. Secondly, we manufacture packaging for a medical device customer that is a leader in the industry supplying temperature thermometers. Thirdly, we manufacture prescription drug packaging that is needed on a monthly or daily basis to the individuals in our communities. And, the list goes on.

The purpose of my letter is a simple "Thank You" and the acknowledgement that we are part of the solution. We will prevail.

I am extremely proud to work with such an exceptional group of individuals.

Sincerely,

F. M. HOWELL & COMPANY

Katherine H. Roehlke
President & CEO

December, 2019

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Borden Receives "100 Proud" Award

ELMIRA, NY – Katherine H. Roehlke, President & CEO of F. M. Howell & Company, has announced that Tina Borden has been named the recipient of the company's 2019 "100 Proud" Award. The award, first given in 1983, Howell's Centennial year, is presented each year by the company President to an employee in recognition of outstanding work, attitude, and character.

In presenting the award, Roehlke credited Borden with being someone who strives to improve all the time and one who takes pride in helping the company. Borden has been with the company since 1986 and works in the Prepress Department of the Howell Packaging Division.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer products industries.

December, 2019

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McGinnis Earns 2nd President's Sales Award

ELMIRA, NY – F. M. Howell & Company, headquartered in Elmira, NY, presented its 2019 President's Sales Award to Douglas M. McGinnis. The award is given annually to the salesperson who excels in demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to the company's sales goals.

The award was presented at Howell's year-end sales meeting. In recognition of his achievement, McGinnis was presented with a piece of Steuben glass. Company President and CEO Katherine H. Roehlke hailed McGinnis as "a true company person, who is positive and enthusiastic about F. M. Howell & Company." McGinnis has been with the company since 2005 and currently serves as Vice President and Division Manager of the Howell Plastics Division.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer products industries.

October, 2019

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Howell Inducts Four New Members into 25 Year Club

Four F. M. Howell & Company employees were inducted into its 25 Year Club during its 36th Annual Meeting on October 17, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview.

The Club, which now has 39 active employees and 71 retired members, was established in 1983 by George L. Howell, former Chairman of the Board, as part of the centennial celebration of F. M. Howell & Company. The Howell 25 Year Club gives special recognition to employees who have achieved 25 years of active service with the company and recognizes members who have continued their association with the company as an employee or retiree for 50 years.

Inducted into the 25 Year Club this year were Randy Barnes, Jeff Campbell, Tom Roehlke, and Susan Sullivan, who began their service to the company in 1994.

Katherine H. Roehlke, President & CEO, congratulated the new inductees and thanked them for their many years of loyalty and exceptional service to the company.

25 Year Club Inductees are honored during Annual Meeting on Oct. 17. (Left to right) Tom Roehlke, Jeff Campbell, Randy Barnes, and Susan Sullivan

September, 2019

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Howell Hires New Plant Manager for Folding Carton Plant

ELMIRA, NY - F. M. Howell & Company recently hired Darin V. Carlson as its new Folding Carton Plant Manager for their Howell Packaging division.

"We are thrilled to have Darin join the Howell team," said Katherine H. Roehlke, President and CEO. "We are looking forward to working with Darin, as he has strong leadership skills and extensive industry experience."

Carlson has more than 25 years of experience in the folding carton industry. He most recently served as the President of Mankato Packaging in Mankato, MN.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer products industries.

May, 2019

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Robert K. Meriwether Joins Howell Board of Directors

ELMIRA, NY – The Board of Directors of F. M. Howell & Company has elected Robert K. Meriwether to its Board effective April 25, 2019.

Meriwether retired from F. M. Howell & Company as Sales Manager, National Accounts in 2012 after 38 years of dedicated service. He held a variety of sales positions during his tenure with the company.

“Bob is a valuable addition to our Board of Directors,” said Katherine H. Roehlke, Chairman. “He has a thorough knowledge base of Howell’s products and services, and I’m looking forward to his contributions.”

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to the pharmaceutical, industrial, and consumer products industries.

February, 2019

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Howell Elects New Officers

ELMIRA, NY - F. M. Howell & Company Board of Directors elected two new officers at its Annual Meeting on February 14, 2019. Douglas A. Canfield and Gregg F. Lambrix were elected Vice Presidents.

Mr. Canfield joined the company in June of 2017 and serves as Quality Assurance Manager and Logistics Manager. Mr. Lambrix has been with the company since 1981 and holds the position of Director of Technical Services. "These individuals are significant contributors to the success of F. M. Howell & Company," said Katherine H. Roehlke, Chairman, CEO, & President.

Officers of the corporation re-elected were Katherine H. Roehlke, Chairman, CEO, & President; Trevor Ball, Vice President; Pamela A. Brayton, Vice President and Treasurer; Douglas M. McGinnis, Vice President; T. Brett Powell, Vice President; and John R. Alexander, Esq., Secretary.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer products industries.

December, 2018

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Murphy Earns 5th President's Sales Award

ELMIRA, NY - F. M. Howell & Company, headquartered in Elmira, NY, presented its 2018 President's Sales Award to Kevin S. Murphy. The award is given annually to the salesperson who excels in demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to the company's sales goals.

The award was presented at Howell's year-end sales meeting. In recognition of his achievement, Murphy was presented with a piece of Steuben glass. Murphy joined Howell Packaging, a division of F. M. Howell & Company, in 1988 as a Sales Representative. He represents Howell Packaging in the upstate New York and Pennsylvania regions, focusing on consumer packaging, medical device, and pharmaceutical packaging markets. Katherine H. Roehlke, President & CEO commented that, "Kevin demonstrates tenacity, patience, flexibility, and, most importantly, the ability to create excellent customer relationships."

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer products industries.

December, 2018

Kelly

Kelly Receives "100 Proud" Award

ELMIRA, NY - Katherine H. Roehlke, President & CEO of F. M. Howell & Company, recently announced that Sean M. Kelly has been named the recipient of the company's 2018 "100 Proud" Award. The award, first given in 1983, Howell's Centennial year, is presented each year by the Company President to an employee in recognition of outstanding work, attitude, and character.

In presenting the award, Roehlke credited Kelly with being a dedicated employee with a contagious "can-do" attitude. Kelly has been with the company since 1998 and works as a Truck Driver and a Warehouse Control Clerk. In recognition of his achievement, Kelly was presented with an engraved sterling silver bowl.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer products industries.

July, 2016

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Howell Announces Promotion

ELMIRA, NY - F. M. Howell & Company is pleased to announce a promotion in its Howell Packaging division. Shawn Kennedy has recently been appointed Manager of Packaging Services. Kennedy joined the company in May of 1994 and has served in various roles in Packaging Services, including most recently as Operations Manager. Kennedy earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Mansfield University.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to the pharmaceutical, industrial, and consumer products industries.

May, 2016

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James Stepkoski Promoted to HMS Sales Manager

F. M. Howell & Company is pleased to announce the promotion of James Stepkoski to the position of National Sales Manager, Howell Marketing Services ("HMS"). Previously, Jim served as Business Development Manager for HMS.

"Since joining the company in January 2016, Jim has been a key member of the HMS team, and we are delighted to recognize his efforts, commitment, and industry experience," said Katherine H. Roehlke, Company President & CEO.

Stepkoski has over 18 years of sales, marketing, and business operations experience. Prior to joining F. M. Howell & Company, he served as Senior Director of Business Development at Adheris Health. James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from the University of Georgia.

March, 2016

Howell

Chester Accepts Position on SOLC Advisory Board

ELMIRA, NY - Marc Chester, Account Executive at Howell Marketing Services, has accepted a position as an Advisory Board Member with the Sales Operations Leadership Council (SOLC). The SOLC is a peer collaboration organization for Sales Operations leaders within small to mid-tier life science companies. Founded to facilitate the sharing of best practices, industry trends and networking opportunities for its members, the SOLC offers a unique forum for exploring challenges, approaches and solutions to measure and improve sales force and marketing effectiveness. In his capacity, Marc will provide guidance and direction on the future structure and direction of the SOLC.

February, 2016

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Brayton Elected Vice President

ELMIRA, NY - F. M. Howell & Company's Board of Directors elected Pamela A. Brayton a Vice President at its Annual Meeting on February 18, 2016. Brayton was also re-elected to her position as Treasurer and serves as the Company's Director of Finance.

"Ms. Brayton's contributions to our company have been significant during the short time she has served as Director of Finance," said Katherine H. Roehlke, Chairman, CEO, & President. Brayton, a Certified Public Accountant, joined F. M. Howell & Company in March 2014 and has over 25 years of experience as a finance and accounting professional. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Binghamton University and an MBA from the College of Saint Rose.

Officers of the corporation re-elected were Katherine H. Roehlke, Chairman, CEO, & President; Trevor Ball, Vice President; Douglas M. McGinnis, Vice President; T. Brett Powell, Vice President; and John R. Alexander, Esq., Secretary.

December, 2015

Howell

Roehlke Elected Chairman of F. M. Howell & Company

ELMIRA, NY – At its meeting on December 17, 2015, F. M. Howell & Company’s Board of Directors elected Katherine H. Roehlke, President & CEO since 2008 and director since 2004, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Roehlke succeeds her father George L. Howell, who died on November 22, 2015 and served as Chairman since 2001. Howell had completed 60 years of active service at the time of his death. Roehlke is the fourth generation to lead the 132 year-old family-owned business. She has nearly 30 years of service, having served in numerous capacities during her tenure with the company.

A graduate of Bucknell University and the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School, Roehlke serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Elmira Savings Bank, Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc., and the Paperboard Packaging Council. She also serves as an Elder and Treasurer of Lake Street Presbyterian Church.

Founded in Elmira in 1883, F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to the pharmaceutical, industrial, and consumer products industries.

November, 2015

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F. M. Howell & Company Announces Passing of George L. Howell, Chairman and Revered Philanthropist

Elmira, NY- F. M. Howell & Company today announced with profound sorrow that George L. Howell, Chairman passed away peacefully at his home on November 22, 2015.

Howell dedicated nearly 60 years of active service to the family business, F. M. Howell & Company. He was the third generation of the Howell family to lead the company. Under his stewardship, the company grew from one division to its current three divisions. He was currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of F. M. Howell & Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc. Work was George’s passion. He set an example for his employees and all who knew him by demonstrating an extraordinary work ethic.

A respected leader in the paperboard packaging industry, Howell served on the Board of Directors of two national trade associations, the Paperboard Packaging Council and the National Paperbox Association.

Howell attended Lehigh University, Class of 1955, where he was a member of the Eta Chapter of Psi Upsilon. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958.

Howell led F. M. Howell & Company with his daughter Katherine H. Roehlke. Roehlke currently is President & Chief Executive Officer at F. M. Howell & Company and also serves as a Director of Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc., Elmira Savings Bank, the Paperboard Packaging Council, and numerous other community organizations.

At the time of his death, Howell was serving as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Elmira Savings Bank, Trustee Emeritus of Elmira College, as a member of the Board of Directors of The Hilliard Foundation, Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc., Twin Tiers Economic Development, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Historic Elmira, Inc. He was an Honorary Trustee of the Arnot Art Museum and the Chemung County Historical Society. Howell was also serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chemung County Historical Society and a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee of the Arnot Health Foundation. He also was serving as the Secretary of the Psi Upsilon Association of Elmira and was the Treasurer of Lake Street Presbyterian Church.

Of great importance to Howell throughout his life was his service to the Elmira community. He spent his life tirelessly promoting and supporting Elmira, New York. Howell’s contributions to the Elmira community are countless. He spent the last several years dedicated to historic preservation and founded Historic Elmira, Inc. in 2007. He was currently serving on the Trustee Council of the Preservation League of New York State and as a member of the Technical Services Committee.

Howell was awarded the Key to the City of Elmira in 1993, the 2000 ARTS Partnership Award from the ARTS of the Southern Fingers Lakes, the 2003 Robert Gair Award from the Paperboard Packaging Council, the 2008 Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Mary E. Kennedy Community Builder Award, the 2009 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Five Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, the 2013 United Way Errol Shand Award for Volunteer Service, and the 2013 Psi Upsilon Philanthropist Award.

About F. M. Howell & Company

F. M. Howell & Company is a fourth generation family-owned and privately held business that was founded in 1883. F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to the pharmaceutical, industrial, and consumer products industries. The Howell Company is a Women's Business Enterprise. Three divisions offer related services to the pharmaceutical industry and related healthcare industries:

  • Howell Marketing Services, a provider of fulfillment and distribution services.
  • Howell Packaging, with sales offices in Elmira, NY and Suffern, NY, specializing in the design and manufacture of folding cartons and rigid boxes and is a provider of contract packaging services.
  • Howell Plastics, a leader in custom thermoforming of high quality plastic packaging products.

About Howell Liberatore and Associates, Inc.

In its 73rd year, Howell Liberatore and Associates, Inc. (HLA) is a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency. The Agency provides clients with advertising, public relations, print, broadcast, and digital media services. They serve Business-to-Business (B2B) clients in economic development, manufacturing, professional services, and technology sectors; and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) clients in travel, tourism, fine arts, financial services, health care, events, consumer goods, and numerous non-profits. More information can be found at www.HLAmarketing.com.

May, 2015

Howell

Howell Packaging Receives GMI Certification

Howell Packaging, a division of F. M. Howell & Company, has recently been audited by Graphic Measures International (GMI) and has achieved Full Certification status.

This certification is confirmation that Howell's printing capabilities, strict processes, and documented procedures are in place to ensure the highest level of packaging excellence. The GMI audit, which also includes an on-press evaluation and print test was a very thorough full-day audit. The GMI auditor evaluated prepress, platemaking, printing, die-cutting, and finishing operations to assure compliance with the following: process controls and documentation, equipment maintenance procedures and records, training, operator capability, and equipment performance.

Company President, Katherine H. Roehlke, emphasized the importance of this additional certification. "GMI is a rigorous certification process, and I am pleased and proud of our managers for achieving full certification status during GMI’s first visit to our folding carton plant. As a certified resource for brand owners, we are in a better position to earn business from retailers that source global packaging."

April, 2014

Howell

G7 Master Printer Requalification

Howell Packaging, a division of F. M. Howell & Company, has been re-qualified as a G7 Master Printer, announced Katherine H. Roehlke, President and CEO. Congratulations to our Folding Carton Production Manager and the dedicated Printing and Prepress Team who worked diligently to accomplish this goal.

The international G7 Master Printer Qualification is awarded by the IDEAlliance, a membership organization that advances core technology and develops best practices. The G7 Master Printer Qualification recognizes and certifies a select group of printers who have demonstrated the ability to print to the G7 Method and strictly adhere to industry specifications. The requirements are stringent, and obtaining G7 Master Printer Qualification demonstrates that Howell is focused on quality, measurement and accurate color reproduction. The status emphasizes Howell’s commitment to modern technologies and rigorous process controls.

April, 2011

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Howell Packaging achieves G7 Master Printer Qualification

Howell Packaging, a division of F. M. Howell & Company, has achieved G7 Master Printer Qualification announced Katherine H. Roehlke, President and CEO. Congratulations to our Director of Folding Carton Operations and the entire Printing and Prepress Departments who worked diligently to accomplish this goal. The international G7 Master Printer Qualification recognizes and certifies a select group of printers who have demonstrated the ability to print to the G7 Method and strictly adhere to industry specifications. The requirements are stringent, and obtaining G7 Master Printer Qualification, demonstrates that Howell is committed to quality and takes pride in accurate color reproduction. The status emphasizes, once again, Howell’s commitment to modern technologies and rigorous process controls.

April, 2011

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Howell Packaging Expands Secondary Contract Packaging Capabilities

Howell has invested capital in its Howell Packaging Services division by expanding their print-and-apply labeling capability and adding to existing heat-sealing capacity. Joe Lally, Sales Manager – Pharmaceutical Packaging commented, "The trends in the industry indicate that relabeling jobs are on the rise. Either due to increased regulatory pressure from the FDA, increase in recalls, or because more products are being shipped to the U.S. from Europe or Asia, we have seen more requests to both label and relabel healthcare products."

Howell's investment in additional heat-seal capacity is purely to create efficiencies and flexibility for our customers. "We are constantly striving to improve our productivity and responsiveness; the addition of this new equipment supports that goal," noted Katherine Roehlke, President and CEO.

November, 2009

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WBE Certification

F. M. Howell & Company has received certification as a women’s business enterprise from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Katherine H. Roehlke, President and CEO, is the fourth generation of the Howell family to lead the company, which was founded in 1883.

F. M. Howell & Company is a designer and manufacturer of folding cartons, thermoformed plastics, and rigid paper boxes, and provides contract packaging and fulfillment services to the healthcare and consumer products industries.