VILLARD, MN – The Massman Companies, a group of packaging equipment manufacturing companies, has promoted Russell Schlager to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Liquid Filling Systems. Schlager has been active with the Massman Companies’ Ideal-Pak® business unit for more than seven years as Director of Sales and Marketing. He also recently served as the Director of Sales for Massman’s PASE Group business unit.

“It is always a pleasure to promote a dedicated employee who has contributed to the growth of the Massman Companies organization. I am excited to see how Russ’ direction and leadership will enhance our liquid filling business units selling and marketing efforts and increase our market share in integrated filling line packaging solutions. He brings years of experience to this new leadership role and a solid appreciation for the evolving needs of our customers,” said Jeff Bigger, President/CEO of Massman Automation Designs and the Massman Companies. 

Schlager will lead the sales and marketing efforts of the three Massman Companies Liquid Filling Business Units: Ideal-Pak - Madison, Wisconsin; PASE Group – Eagan, Minnesota; and DTM – Hingham, Massachusetts. Consolidating the sales and marketing activities and customer-facing programs across all three liquid filling business units will further enhance Massman’s strategy of automating liquid filling packaging lines for the benefit of its customers. The Massman Liquid Filling Groups of Ideal-Pak, PASE Group and DTM – together with the packaging machine portfolio of Massman Automation Designs – now offer one of the most comprehensive liquid filling packaging automation product lines in the industry.