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8:00pm EDT June 25, 2009
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Private Equity/Venture Capital

Ira Boots has spent the last 30 years working his way through the ranks at Berry Plastics Corp.

Now, as chairman and CEO, he’s focused on making sure Berry continues the success he’s contributed to through the years.

Working his way through the organization has given Boots a deep knowledge of the plastics packaging industry and allowed him to share his progressive business style. The result is a highly focused, knowledgeable and motivated management team.

His business concept of placing employee needs first, coupled with his engineering drive to be the low-cost manufacturer with highly innovative products, has been a formula for success.

Boots and his management team are well recognized in the plastics industry’s mergers and acquisitions arena as the result of the successful acquisition and integration of 28 companies in the last 20 years. His philosophy of absorbing the best practices of the new businesses, growing not just in size and reach but in skills, has contributed to the success of the mergers. Boots stresses the importance of fully integrating each acquisition by educating new companies in the Berry program and stressing the importance of looking for the best practices within acquired companies.

Through disciplined acquisitions and new product development, Berry has grown rapidly in the past decade. Long a well-respected name on Wall Street, Boots has been able to interface with top financial institutions and has leveraged top investors to help fuel large stages of growth. Boots has also built Berry’s marketplace reputation by offering top-of-the-line customer service and product quality as well as competitive pricing, which has given it a competitive advantage within the industry.

For More Information: Berry Plastics Corp., www.berryplastics.com