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Carl Bender

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Oct

Carl Bender
Carl Bender
Term Expires 2017
I was born on October 10, 1952. I’m 5 feet 11 inches have dark blue eyes and gray hair with a receding hair line. My love is my wife Sandy. My likes are playing drums, driving and working on cars and motorcycles, animals and my work. I have been playing the drums for 54 years married for 42 years and along with Sandy have owned Simplex Paper Box for 34 years. I became involved in the folding carton industry in January of 1971 by gaining employment with Federal Paper Board. My progression through the industry is as follows. I started with day work as a stock boy then a printer’s helper. I was transferred to night shift and the finishing department where I worked as a packer, feeder, operator’s helper and operator. Second shift was suspended and I was transferred back to day shift where I was put into the stripping department. After a few weeks an opening came available in the cutting department for an apprentice program in die cutting. I bid and got the position successfully completing the program to become a class “A” die cutter. Through out this time I was second shift. Looking to gain day time employment, I met Sandy; I bid and successfully got a position on the shipping dock. Successfully trained in fork lift operation and became responsible for in and out bound freight. I was then asked if I’d be interested in an office position as an estimator due to my experience in the plant. I then learned design and estimating and eventually became the plant production manger. This was in a span of 10 years. I will always be grateful to the people at Federal. They gave me my education and a lifetime career. I left Federal to join Simplex as plant manager in September of 1981. I was asked to be a stock holder in 1982 and elected by the Board of Directors to president in 1983. Later that year after much thought and prayer Sandy and I had the chance to buy the business which we did. Sandy came to work full time for Simplex in 1990. The next 24 years are a blur. Simplex changed locations twice. The business has grown. Sandy and I have keep our “noses to the grindstone” doing our best to give Simplex’s employees a stable work place, improve our quality, support trade organizations, supply our customers with a consistent product and become a supplier they can trust and rely on as the years go by. Simplex’s involvement with RCAP and other trade organizations started long before I came aboard. For me the first Philadelphia Candy Show was in January of 1982. Neither Simplex nor I have missed a show since then. I accepted an invitation by RCAP to become a board member in 2014. The first meeting I attended was June 5, 2014 at Newtown Chocolatiers. At the July 8, 2015 meeting I was voted as temporary Chairman of the Board. My term expires June 2017. Favorite piece of candy is peanut butter covered in chocolate, milk or dark.