Once again, Western Paper team members participated in the company’s annual Back to School Supply Drive for the Denver Public Schools Foundation. The voluntary program, led by sales support staff Michelle Jackway, generated a positive outcome with both cash donations and boxes of school supplies that will benefit students throughout the district. Thanks to all of our team members who generously helped make getting ready for school just a little bit easier for Denver Public School District students this year!
The annual Western Paper picnic gathers employees and their families together for an afternoon of food and fun. This year, there was also bit of friendly competition, with the office staff taking on the warehouse crew in a rousing, rain-soaked game of kickball. Organized primarily by Western Paper team member Kyrie Scott, the “carpet vs concrete” billing lived up to expectations and was the highlight of this year’s picnic.
Youth made the biggest impact on the game, with August Malom (son of Western Paper team member Susan Malom) being designated team MVP after sacrificing the skin on his arm with a slippery slide into second base. Although the final score was close, the concrete crew (warehouse) prevailed with a 9-7 victory over the carpets (office staff). The game was full of dropped catches, stolen bases, awkward kicks…and loads of laughter. Based on the amount of fun had by all, chances are good a rematch is already in the making for next year.
Rubbermaid’s rolling display of products made a special stop at Western Paper last week to showcase its latest technologies and production solutions. The company, who has built a solid reputation as an industry-leading manufacturer of garbage carts and waste receptacles, has expanded into auto flush and sink technologies, which fit nicely in their tradition of providing environmentally friendly sanitation solutions.
Western Paper team members, along with some curious customers, were able to enjoy a catered lunch and get a hand’s on look at a variety of customized decorative solutions, as well as their magnetic waste stations that allow custom configuration for flexible and efficient organization.
Once again, Western Paper has been recognized for its exceptional commitment to service by Network Services Company. This marks the 8th year in a row that Western Paper has received the prestigious "Outstanding Performance Award"! We're so very proud of our team for its hard work and well deserved recognition.
Network Services Company has also elected our CEO, Nick Morris, to serve on its Board of Directors, so we look forward to more exciting developments as the two companies partner to advance the growth of our industry and continue to identify exciting new opportunities to provide superior levels of service to our customers.
Western Paper served as a proud sponsor of the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2017 Delightful Dishes and Dreamy Getaways event on June 13. Hosted this year by the Denver Mariott City Center, this special evening was full of great tastes and exceptional live auction packages—all designed to raise funding for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.
Western Paper’s Lodging Specialist Aaron Armstrong worked alongside the planning board of this unique event. “It’s always wonderful to see Colorado’s Lodging Industry work together to make a positive difference in our community,” he says. “The event was a tremendous success and I’m proud to report we raised some money for a really great cause!”
Many of Colorado’s premiere hotels and restaurants—including The Broadmoor, The Brown Palace and The Sheraton Denver Downtown—participated by providing tantalizing food tastings, delicious deserts and lively cocktails, as well as numerous “dreamy getaway” prizes for the live auction.
Plans are already underway for next year’s edition, with a new, yet to be named charity to benefit.
As an active participant and contributor to the local Denver community, Western Paper was pleased to donate $1,500 as a “Masters Level” sponsor of the 2017 Quality Community Foundation Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. The event is just one of the foundation’s outreaches to help support post-secondary education and youth recreational program scholarships offered by and through the city of Commerce City.
The Quality Community Foundation Board President is Jim Kummerow, a dedicated Western Paper team member who leads our order entry department. According to Jim, “While most student scholarship applicants are excellent students (with excellent transcripts) and the drive to advance themselves and give back to the community, many come from relative poverty and wouldn't be able to follow their dreams without the generosity of the tournament's sponsors and players. I'm so thankful that Western Paper as a company is a proud, active participant!”
In addition Jim’s leadership and the corporate sponsorship of the event, Western Paper was strongly represented by four playing employees (shown left to right): Kyle Smith (equipment service technician), Ian Gallagher (inside sales representative), Joe McKowen (warehouse and logistics manager), and Brian Faherty (corporate warehouse and logistics manager). The unsuspecting ringer, Kyle Smith, won a closest to the hole contest and just missed winning a Volkswagen a mere two feet on the hole-in-one contest!
Plans are already underway for a 2018 golf tournament, and Western Paper anticipates ongoing participation and support in this inspiring endeavor to create opportunities for advancement and success to our neighbors in Commerce City.
More than 70 Western Paper team members enthusiastically and generously participated in this year’s Jr. Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.
The staff raised $3,842, and this marks the second year in a row that Western Paper was actively involved. “We have a lot of good bowlers here, and a lot of people with a passion for helping young people.” said Kristen Schwartz, who coordinated the team’s involvement this year. “The goals were to raise money and have fun, and we did both!”
The Bowl-a-Thon is Junior Achievement’s largest fundraiser of the year and Western Paper is already signed up to participate again next year with the hopes of raising even higher scores and dollar amounts!
Western Paper’s sales consultants gathered at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs for four key days of insight, inspiration and education. This important annual event not only allows our team to discover the latest industry innovations and top product solutions from our preferred supplier partners, but it also gives the company a chance to recognize some of the outstanding performances by those in our industry.
The leadership team presented a comprehensive update on the company’s business plan and celebrated the team’s accomplishments in achieving yet another record-setting year in sales and growth. Network CEO Alan Tomblin also lauded the Western Paper team’s success and gave an insider’s view of where the industry is heading.
At the laughter-filled awards banquet, Western Paper CEO Nick Morris entertained everyone while giving well-deserved recognition to the following award recipients:
Supplier Sales Person of the Year—Dave Doane (with Access Partners)
Supplier of the Year
2016 Rising Star of the Year
2016 Sales Consultant of the Year
2016 Pinnacle Club Members
On Friday, October 14, 2016, Denver's Western Paper Distributors completed the acquisition of CDC Janitorial Supply in Grand Junction, Colorado. The addition of CDC brought a significant increase in Western Paper's sales and purchasing volume and was aligned with its vision of being recognized as the leading supplier of cleaning supplies and equipment, foodservice packaging products and related services.
CDC Janitorial (formerly known as Central Distributing) was known as the leading supplier of cleaning supplies and equipment on the Western Slope. They were owned and operated by the Cadez family for nearly 70 years. CDC covers a wide geographic footprint out of their Grand Junction facility with customers and sales people throughout the Western Slope, including the towns of Vail, Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Grand Junction, Rifle, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Crested Butte, Alamosa, Durango, Cortez, and Telluride.