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Packaging company hires Rick Heller as business development director

Posted March 11, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
Last modified March 11, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.

Whitney Corp. is a family of  Down East Maine companies with the best-known brands in the region for holiday wreaths, blueberries, boats and boating supplies and rental equipment and event supplies.

And now, Whitney Corp has hired Rick Heller as Director of Business Development for its fulfillment and packaging company, Downeast Packaging Solutions. Heller will be charged with creating and growing the capabilities of DPS, which provides U.S. and Canadian companies with a packaging partner on the East Coast.

Downeast Packaging Solutions offers cost effective solutions for all packaging, fulfillment, and logistical needs. Their services include, contract packaging, product and packaging design, variety pack builds, warehousing and distribution, shrink wrap and labeling, pick and pack fulfillment, pallet builds, domestic and offshore sourcing, orders direct to customer, EDI and order processing capability, turnkey packaging and manufacturing.

Heller has been a leader in the packaging industry for more than 30 years. His skills were first honed after graduating from West Chester University. His first post-grad job introduced him to the world of local/corporate support via packaging projects. This is where his vision for starting his own company, The Resource Group, was born.

After starting The Resource Group, Inc. in 1991, he grew sales from $1 million in revenue the first year to $15 million by 2005. Since then, he has been providing business development and packaging logistic knowledge to a number of companies in the industry. His experience includes expertise in Business Development, Project Management, Offshore Procurement, Logistics, and Product & Packaging Development.

Heller enjoys the outdoors by hiking and kayaking. He is also a published author. He lives with his wife of 33 years, Stephanie, in Machiasport. They have two children and spend time visiting them in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

To learn how Downeast Packaging Solutions can meet your company’s needs, contact Rick at rick@whitney-corp.com or by phone at either 484-464-1874 (direct line) or 800-562-7963 (corporate line.)

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