Over the past two years, we have seen great success stories and difficult challenges as we have navigated our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing has remained the same as we have pressed on: our team’s commitment to bring success to our customers and company. 

MJS Packaging Thankful Stories

This week as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends, we want to share what our MJS Packaging family is thankful for. Read more about them below.

Caitlin Ampezzan, Inside Sales Specialist

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“I am thankful for my loving family (my Golden Retriever Maize included). Also, I’m thankful for amazing lifelong friends, some of which have spanned over 25+ years. Lastly, I’m thankful for each day on this earth, as every day is a gift.”

 Brett Atlas, Senior Vice President

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 “This time of year, it’s always about family for me. Above all else, I am thankful that my family has remained healthy during the past year. I am also fortunate to work with a company that prioritizes its team members’ safety and well-being. A true family business is about more than ownership; It’s a culture of caring that becomes even more evident during challenging times like the ones we’ve experienced recently.”

Justin Ceresnie, Inside Sales Director

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 “Thankful for my beautiful family! I am grateful for our good health and the happiness that my two daughters bring to our lives every day!”

Greg Clarke, Account Executive

“Too much to list. I am thankful for the world in which we live in, for opportunity, friends, family, nature and science, the pure joy found in everyday events, sharing experiences with others, my children’s future, a future ahead where we are perhaps exiting Covid and a return to normalcy and so many other things. The world is full of brightness if we seek it out, and it is imperative that we do.”

Karen DeLong, Inside Sales Specialist

“Very thankful we are all making it through another difficult year. Staying positive and looking forward to 2022!”

Devra Miller, Vice President of Miamica

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 “I am so grateful for my grandson, Ilan Max, who was born this year and has brought joy into my life that I have never known! With all of the challenges faced this past year in business, one smile from my grandson and for that moment the supply chain issues don’t exist.”

Ken Goldberg, Senior Vice President

“2021 has been the most challenging year of my life – professionally and personally. I am thankful for the family I have in my life (both professional and personal) who have pulled me, pushed me and supported me through this diversely demanding year.” 

Harry Harrison, Inside Sales Specialist

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 “I am thankful for my dogs (and my wife who took the picture)!”

Keo Jorgensen, Inside Sales Specialist

  • Great health (finally)
  • Great family and friends
  • Wonderful company to work for

David Lubin, President & CEO

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“As I get closer to my retirement date and think back about my 29-year career at MJS, I am thankful for the friendship and support of my many MJS teammates, both past and present, as well as thankful for the many friends I made among our customers and suppliers. I am also thankful for my wonderful family that enjoys spending time together playing games or just talking.”

Sandra Lupfer, Accounting

“I am thankful for so many things this year, but here are a few of the most important ones. I am forever thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful and grateful to have found my perfect job at MJS and to work with wonderful co-workers. I am thankful for the continued good health and happiness of all.”

Matthew McDonnell, Chair of the Board

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“I am thankful for family, friends and MJS. If the pandemic taught us anything in life, it’s to have gratitude and be passionate about those things you love in life.”

Susan Roach, Customer Service Representative, Sprayco Consumer Products

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 “I am thankful for my supportive husband and his patience over the last year as we navigated life as newlyweds and new homeowners! I am also thankful for everyone at MJS/Sprayco welcoming me to the team and helping me succeed in my new role. Last but not least, I am thankful for coffee, chocolate, and red wine.”

Joyce Schaffer, Inside Sales Specialist

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“I am thankful for my friends both inside and outside of work. I have very good ones! I have two, especially here at MJS, Renae and Ronni. They are like sisters to me, help me with problems and sometimes just let me vent. I hope I do the same for them! I am also thankful for my real sister, Kathy. She helps me all the time and makes me laugh. I could not have a better sister!”

Bill Schmude, Senior VP of Global Supply Chain

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 “When one door closes, another one opens. My daughter, Marissa Schmude, tore her ACL twice playing club soccer and had to have two surgeries in 2020. During Marissa’s downtime, she has found her new passion, aviation. Marissa is now pursuing her private pilot’s license. Wheels up!”

Chris Shkrelja, Quality Coordinator

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 “There’s so much to be thankful for. The gift of life itself is huge, but without being too philosophical my three things would be:

  1. Friends, family, and I are in good health, physically and mentally.
  2. The new job with an amazing culture and coworkers.
  3. The funny one but true: The facility amenities – the purified water dispenser thing is a blessing!”

Tracey Wiemer, Inside Sales Specialist

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“I am thankful to be adding to our family this year with the upcoming birth of a baby girl. I’m grateful I had an easy pregnancy and I’m excited to see our son become a big brother!”

Happy Thanksgiving from the MJS Packaging Team

From all of us at MJS Packaging, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. We hope you take time to reflect on what you are thankful for and to let those most important in your life know.