John Norton, chairman of the Universal Packaging Group of Companies, announced that president Mac McLellan will retire on Dec. 31, 2013. His successor, Steve Pelkey, is currently Universal Packaging’s vice president of sales and marketing. Effective immediately, Pelkey will become the CEO of the Universal Packaging Group of Companies and he assumes the role of president at the end of the year.
Chairman Norton states, “Mac has built this company over the past 24 years. He has done an incredible job. He built it from a small start-up company to what it is today, the industry leader in decorating bottles to the wine, spirit and beer industries. The board is forever in his debt and we sincerely appreciate everything he has done for Universal Packaging during his tenure. Mac will be missed but not forgotten.” Norton goes on to say, “Steve’s succession to the CEO position was carefully planned. He joined Universal Packaging over five years ago. During this period, he has done an exceptional job leading his team, all of whom helped significantly grow our top and bottom lines. Steve’s strong educational and leadership background combined with his previous general management experience makes him an excellent successor to Mac.”
Universal Packaging is a family owned business that has been operating since 1985. The company is credited with creating the concept of screen printing bottles for the Wine industry. Today it is the only bottle decorator and glass distributor in North America. Universal Packaging has customers in 26 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces. It also has the most experienced glass decorating employees in the business. Universal Packaging’s teammates pride themselves on delivering high-quality products and services to all of its customers, all of the time.