Specialty pharmacy transitions to ‘green’ shipping coolers

By the end of 2018, Diplomat Pharmacy expects that it will complete its switch to ClimaCell™ coolers from TemperPack for its temperature-sensitive medication shipments. Flint-MI-based Diplomat Pharmacy is an independent provider of specialty pharmacy and infusion services, helping people with complex and chronic health conditions in all 50 states, partnering with payers, providers, hospitals, manufacturers, and more. The ClimaCell coolers are recyclable at curbside and can be recycled wherever plastic bags are accepted. For Diplomat Pharmacy, these coolers will replace expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam coolers. Diplomat’s efforts are expected to divert more than five tons of plastic from landfills every week by moving away from EPS foam, reflecting the organization’s commitment to protecting the environment while ensuring patient safety. “Switching to ClimaCell not only reduces Diplomat’s carbon footprint; it’s also a reflection of our steadfast commitment to patients,” says Diplomat…


Fast-growing TemperPack expanding operations into Henrico, creating 141 new jobs

Richmond Times-Dispatch – TemperPack, a Richmond-based manufacturer of sustainable packaging technology for perishable goods, has expanded its local operations and plans to create 141 jobs. The company, which previously operated in a 44,000-square-foot plant on Castlewood Road in South Richmond, moved its manufacturing in April to a 130,000-square-foot plant at 4447 Carolina Ave. in eastern Henrico County. TemperPack announced plans last year to expand operations in Henrico. Gov. Ralph Northam participated in a ribbon cutting Monday and announced the job creation figures. With the larger facility, “we expect to be able to produce substantially more material for our clients,” said John Briney, the company’s director of marketing. The company had expanded its headquarters and manufacturing operation on Castlewood Road off Jefferson Davis Highway last year, but it is no longer running its manufacturing at that site, Briney said Monday. It still has its corporate headquarters and…


ClimaCell 2PC Recyclable Box Liner

TemperPack Launches ClimaCell™, a Certified Recyclable Packaging Solution for Perishable Shipments

RICHMOND, Va., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — TemperPack, a leader in sustainable packaging, announced today the launch of ClimaCell™, a paper-based insulator that provides an alternative to commonly used insulating materials such as EPS foam (Styrofoam®) coolers. ClimaCell™ represents a significant breakthrough in packaging technology, allowing companies to protect temperature sensitive shipments for up to 80 hours while significantly reducing packaging waste. Unlike many insulation materials in use today, ClimaCell™ is certified to the standards of the Fibre Box Association and the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and can be recycled alongside corrugated boxes. “When a package shows up at the door, almost everyone knows what to do with the cardboard box afterwards – throw it in the blue bin. In fact, people get this right 93% of the time,” explained James McGoff, TemperPack’s Co-CEO. “With the massive growth in e-commerce fueled…


TemperPack Expands East Coast Operations to State-of-the-Art Facility in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va., May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — TemperPack, a sustainable thermal packaging company, recently expanded its Richmond operation into a new facility on Carolina Avenue in North Richmond. The new facility is four times larger than the previous and will allow TemperPack to increase production throughput to meet growing business demand going into the summer season. The move is a testament to the growth seen over the past three years since TemperPack’s founding and paves the way for the company to increase its daily workforce by over 60 percent. TemperPack held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new facility on Carolina Avenue with employees from their east coast operation. TemperPack’s manufacturing personnel is the driving force behind its ability to produce hundreds of thousands of insulated box-liners each week. This experienced, nimble crew allows the company to bring R&D innovations from concept to production, providing the best products available for…


Richmond-based TemperPack sees rapid growth

A growing taste for home-delivered fresh foods and meal kits has helped fuel rapid growth for Richmond-based TemperPack, a business created just a few years ago by three young friends working in a garage in Maryland. A college project prompted the co-founders — Brian Powers, James McGoff and Charles Vincent — to start thinking about innovative ways of keeping perishable goods fresh during shipping. Now, TemperPack, which makes recycled, sustainable insulation materials, has grown from a three-man operation to employ about 350 people in two cities, including more than 50 full-time, professional staff and hundreds of contract manufacturing employees. At its 44,000-square-foot plant on Castlewood Road in South Richmond, the company churns out millions of pounds per year of insulation fabric, made from recycled cotton and coffee bags. “We have grown extremely quickly,” said Powers, its co-CEO. The privately held company does not disclose financial specifics, but Powers said sales jumped…


TemperPack Announces $10 Million Series A Financing led by SJF Ventures

RICHMOND, Va., July 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TemperPack (www.temperpack.com), the leader in earth-friendly packaging for insulated, temperature-sensitive goods, announced today that it has raised $10 million to expand its operations and further commercialize innovative, new products. SJF Ventures led the fundraising round, joined by Interplay Ventures, Third Prime Capital and Dolik Ventures. Robert Beckler, formerly the president of packaging at WestRock, an international paper and packaging company, also participated in the round and will be joining the Board as Executive Chairman. Concerned with the steep increase in packaging waste from e-commerce, materials engineers James McGoff andCharles Vincent partnered with Brian Powers to found TemperPack, with the aim of lowering the environmental impact of shipping while improving the customer experience. Together, they developed and launched TemperPack in 2014 and have released a range of powerful insulation products that…