USPTO grants patent for TemperPack’s ClimaCell packaging material

The US Patent Office and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent for TemperPack’s ClimaCell advanced thermal and protective packaging material.

TemperPack used bonded polysaccharide particles to create ClimaCell, which was introduced to the market in May last year. The new material offers a scalable alternative to expanded polystyrene (EPS), also known as Styrofoam.


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 CEO Brian Griffin. “It’s difficult to dispose of EPS foam responsibly, and our patients have already expressed their excitement about reducing the amount of plastic heading to landfills. This new packaging allows us to be better stewards of the environment while keeping specialty medications at a stable temperature.”

The paper-based ClimaCell materials ship flat, saving space both in transit and in Diplomat's facilities. TemperPack says ClimaCell are the first certified recyclable shipping cooler of its kind with thermal performance equivalent to that of EPS on an inch-for-inch basis. The new coolers are designed to maintain strict temperature requirements for life-saving medicines whether its 2-8°C, CRT, or deep freeze and have been validated under stringent International Safe Transit Assn. protocols. TemperPack says ClimaCell manufacturing is also energy efficient, claiming that Diplomat’s switch to the coolers will result in Diplomat diverting CO2 emissions equivalent to burning over 3.3 million pounds of coal.

TemperPack Cofounder James McGoff notes, “Our healthcare system relies on petroleum-based plastics—especially EPS foam. Patients don’t think this is sustainable, and neither do we.” Its website exclaims that the company provides “Packaging that makes waves instead of floating in them.”


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 research and development offices just off Decatur Street in South Richmond, but the company is outfitting the Henrico plant to eventually house those offices, too.

TemperPack will hire 141 employees. Some will be full-time salary positions but the bulk of the jobs will be for hourly personnel who typically work 40 hours a week in the plant, Briney said.

The company now has about 55 full-time employees and about 300 hourly personnel. The new plant can accommodate 450 to 500 hourly personnel, he said.

Last year, the company also opened a second manufacturing facility in Las Vegas to supply West Coast customers.

TemperPack was founded as a garage business in Maryland in 2014 by three friends — Brian Powers, James McGoff and Charles Vincent.

They had the idea for the venture after working on a college business competition in which they developed a way to make environmentally friendly insulation using jute fiber. Products are used for shipping perishable materials such as food and pharmaceuticals.

The company’s growth has been propelled by demand for insulation in e-commerce, including shipping prepared meals.

Most of the company’s demand is still coming from the food-shipping industry, said Brian Powers, the company’s co-founder and CEO.

“We are making a big push into pharmaceuticals now as well,” he said. “We expect that to be a big category for us.”

Temperpack moved its operations to the Richmond area in 2015.

At the new facility in Henrico, the company also will make a proprietary insulation material called ClimaCell that is fully curbside recyclable.

Powers said the company has a patent pending on the new insulation product. “We have been working on it for two years, and we are investing in a lot of equipment to launch this,” he said.

The expansions come as a result of a $10 million funding round in July by several investment firms.

“With the rise in consumers ordering groceries, meals and medication online, TemperPack tapped into a booming shipping market, and created an environmentally friendly product that comes with less waste than traditional packaging,” Northam said in a statement.

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