Rich Bouwer, general manager of the Saxco International West Coast group of companies, announced that David Schwandt has been promoted to vice president of the wine category for Saxco International. He moves from his position as director of sales and marketing.
Schwandt has been employed by Saxco International since 2001. He will be directly responsible for the overall management, sales, marketing and profitability for the wine category for Saxco International. On the West Coast, Saxco International companies include California Glass, Demptos Glass and Saxco Pacific Coast.
“Over the past years, David has demonstrated a strong commitment to customers, an excellent knowledge of the overall marketplace and outstanding leadership skills,” said Bouwer. “We move ahead with the confidence that he is the best person to lead our continued efforts in this major key market segment.”
Prior to joining Saxco International, Schwandt was employed as an account manager for Owens-Illinois. Before that, he served in business development for Anchor Glass.
With 70 plus years in packaging distribution, California Glass is a major distributor of glass bottles, containers and other packaging components principally to the wine and beer industries in the Western United States. The company is the largest distributor of wine bottles on the West Coast and its major supplier, Owens-Illinois, Inc. is the largest producer of the glass containers in North America. The company additionally offers bottles, containers and components from Owen-Illinois Canada and Verallia, as well as numerous international manufacturers.
Founded in 1982, Demptos Glass has grown to become a principal supplier of bottles and packaging to
hundreds of wineries located on the West Coast. It offers wine bottles from major Asian suppliers and other leading glass manufacturers including, Vitro, Saverglass, Owens-Illinois, Verallia and Vetri-Speciali.
Founded in 1991, Saxco Pacific Coast specializes in wine and beer bottles for wineries and mircro-breweries in the Northwest. The company is the leading distributor for numerous glass bottle manufacturers located throughout the world.
Saxco International is an affiliate of Saxco International, LLC, Horsham, PA, “Your clear choice for premium packaging solutions” for the wine, beer, food and spirits industries. Saxco International can be reached at 510-635-7700 or at www.calglass.com.