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Q&A: Food packaging company seals the dea

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Mell Lawyer, plant manager at Printpack Inc. in Prescott Valley, stands above the factory floor Thursday morning.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Mell Lawyer, plant manager at Printpack Inc. in Prescott Valley, stands above the factory floor Thursday morning.

Q & A with Mel Lawyer, plant manager at Printpack Inc. at 6800 E. Second St., Prescott Valley. The plant is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call 772-1663 or visit www.printpack.com.

Q: What service do you provide in the community?

A: " We produce flexible packaging for food. We produce a large percentage of the fresh salad bags sold in grocery stores across the USA."

Q: How did you get into this business?

A: "I was discharged from the Army in 1971 and was driving to a temporary job and passed Crown Zellerbach Packaging in Portland, Oregon, and saw a sign that applications were being taken. I started two days later in the entry-level position of pan washer in the press department."

Q: What is the key to your business longevity?

A: "Printpack is a family-owned company with 25 plants in the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Asia to provide flexible/rigid packaging for each region of the world. I think the integrity of the owners of the company (the Love family of Atlanta, Ga.) has been the key to longevity and success. They have done their best to maintain the family feeling throughout Printpacks' tremendous growth since 1956.

"My longevity has been to surround myself with great people."

Q: How are you handling the economy?

A: "We are slower than we would like to be, but we are more fortunate than many. We have a practice of not laying people off in slow times so we are able to maintain an energized work force in good times as well not-so-good times."

Q: What's something unique about the business?

A: "Printpack has been recognized twice as Arizona Manufacturer of the Year. We recently were awarded the Voluntary Protection Program star flag by the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) for outstanding safety. We are the only company to achieve this standing in Yavapai County. This is a big deal. It could only have been accomplished with the efforts and dedication of our safety team and every person working here."

Q: What's something unique about you?

A: "I am an avid fly fisherman, archeologist and collector of too many things."

Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?

A: "Take my wife Roxanna to Uruguay."

Q: What's the best business advice you've given and received?

A: "The best advice I have given is nothing we do at work is worth risking your own or others' safety or health. The best advice I ever received is leave work at work and home at home and both will be much better."