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Rusken Packaging (Rusken) is a dynamic, modern integrated packaging company with locations throughout the Southeast United States. With thirteen (13) facilities in six (6) states, Rusken is a forward-looking regional organization. Headquartered in Cullman, Alabama, Rusken has experienced exponential growth over the last decade. This success is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, focus on family-based values and a commitment to a truly remarkable customer experience. The Rusken Team is simply thrilled to deliver. From standard corrugated boxes to highly customized packaging solutions that require robust design-work, colorful printing and hand finishing, the good people behind the Rusken name are passionate about quality, delivery and customer smiles.

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Rusken delivers when and where you need it. Our 13 facilities throughout the Southeast are dual-use, offering both manufacturing and warehousing. Connecting these locations is our fleet of 60 tractors, 400 trailers, state-of-the-art technologies and a diverse team of drivers, logistics professionals, warehousemen, project managers and more. The bottom-line is that we take just-in-time to an entirely new level with JIT Manufacturing, JIT Warehousing, JIT Inventory Management and JIT Delivery.

Core Values

Earnest

A serious and intent mental state. Marked by or showing deep sincerity.

Savvy Problem Solver

Well informed and perceptive, shrewd to understand and comprehend.

Can-Do Spirit

Willingness to tackle a job and get it done.

Earnest

A serious and intent mental state. Marked by or showing deep sincerity.

Savvy Problem Solver

Well informed and perceptive, shrewd to understand and comprehend.

Can-Do Spirit

Willingness to tackle a job and get it done.

Leadership

Greg Rusk

Greg Rusk

President, CEO & Owner

Cullman, AL

Biography

As far back as the age of fourteen, Greg Rusk has been immersed in corrugated working summers for his father and owner, Bobby Rusk.  Greg was indeed hooked, spending the past forty plus years at Rusken in various capacities, and as President and CEO for the past twenty-seven years. Greg is deeply dedicated to the industry as well as maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit and family-based values Rusken was built on. Greg loves partnering with customers to solve packaging challenges, allowing them to focus on their number one priority, growing their organizations.  Many days Greg can be found on the plant floor, observing first hand daily output and quality. He truly has “dust in his veins.”

 

A true family business, two of Mr. Rusk’s three children work at Rusken today.  Outside of Rusken and spending time with his family, Greg’s personal passion is vintage cars.  If he’s not at the plant, you will likely find him attending a classic car show. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

“I have always had a passion for what we do.  Corrugated packaging offers such a diverse set of products and services, this spectrum of the industry, people and opportunity ahead is as exciting to me today, as it was forty-six years ago.”

Joey Jackson

Joey Jackson

Chief Operating Officer

Cullman, AL

Biography

Based out of headquarters in Cullman, AL, Joey is no stranger to packaging.  With over thirty-one years in the industry and over twenty-five with Rusken, Joey harmoniously integrates the leadership team as Chief Operating Officer.  Dividing his time across the Rusken facilities throughout the Southeastern United States, Joey loves working with customers and partners to create creative solutions to packaging challenges, delivering the highest quality work.  Prior to Rusken, Joey spent time with both Valley Packaging and Boise Cascade Corporation in sales. 

 

When Joey isn’t busy working with Rusken employees and customers, you can find him studying real estate trends.  Joey is married to his wife of thirty-five years, and has two grown children, who are currently living in California. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

“The people that I get to work with each day.”

West Brininger

West Brininger

Chief Financial Officer

Cullman, AL

Biography

As Chief Financial Officer, West spends time working across all of the Rusken facility locations.  He enjoys working with customers to create credit solutions, whether improving or establishing a credit rating, as well as addressing inventory challenges.  Joining Rusken in 2017, West has worked within the packaging and corrugated industry over the past twelve years.  His immediate prior role was with Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) as General Manager of Fulfillment, previously a Regional Controller with TimBar, purchased by PCA.  He has also held various roles in finance with GE-Bayer Silicones and Bayer. 

 

West is married to his wife, Dr. Teresa Brininger, a retired Army Colonel, and together they have three children, Adler, Alyna and Averiel.  Outside of the office, he loves spending time with his children, coaching and supporting them as a fan, whether on or off the field. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

“The entrepreneurial and family spirit, from the top down, within the organization is tremendous. And it permeates outside of the company into our relationships with our customers, making them true business partners.”

Gene Marino

Gene Marino

Executive Vice President

Cullman, AL

Biography

A veteran to the industry, Gene Marino has dedicated the past twenty-one years to packaging and corrugated, most recently spending the past four years with Rusken.  Mr. Marino was attracted to Rusken’s tremendous team, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to continued growth.  Passionate about helping business owners identify and successfully transition their business to the right partner, including commitment to the industry, its employees and core values, Gene is dedicated to Rusken’s growth mindset, expanding its footprint across the Southeastern United States.  Prior to Rusken, Gene was an Operating Partner with Evolution Capital Partners, and President, CEO and shareholder of Innerpac, Inc. 

 

Outside of the office, Gene enjoys golf, playing guitar and spending time traveling with his family.  Gene is a lifelong resident of Chicagoland, where he resides with his wife and three daughters. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

“Put simply, the people.  I love working with our General Managers and team members, across all of our business units and locations, to realize our strategic goals. And I love meeting and building relationships with future key partners under the Rusken umbrella.”

Management Team

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

General Manager

Jackson, TN

Biography

The General Manager of Rusken’s Jackson, TN facility, Mr. Baker has been with the company for over fifteen years.  Dedicated to the packaging industry for over thirty years, prior to Rusken, Jim was with International Paper.  Offering solutions to his customers’ service challenges is what makes Jim so passionate about coming to work every day.

 

Jim is married with two children, and in his free time, you will find him outdoors, enjoying a round of golf, hunting or traveling.

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

I love working with customers to solve issues, and ultimately create opportunity.

Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

General Manager

Heflin, AL

Biography

Tim Hughes is the General Manager of Rusken’s automotive division located in Heflin, AL.  Tim has been with Rusken for over nine years, and dedicated to the industry for over seventeen.  He is passionate about working with his customers and team to solve unique design challenges, and assisting with consolidation. 

 

Outside of the office, Tim loves spending time with his family, including his wife Shannon of eighteen years, and three children.  He enjoys spending quality time with and teaching his daughter and two sons, watching them flourish and grow (albeit too quickly).  

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

I love taking a difficult design challenge and turning it into a simple solution.

Steve Ingram

Steve Ingram

General Manager

Conyers & Canton, GA

Biography

Steve Ingram is the General Manager of Rusken’s Conyers and Canton, GA facilities.  While with Rusken for only the past year, Mr. Ingram is well versed in packaging, having dedicated the past forty years of his career to the industry. Prior to Rusken, Steve worked at WestRock and Advanced Design.  Steve truly enjoys finding solutions to his customer’s challenges, and is particularly passionate about the design and functionality of packaging solutions, as well as efficient, on time deliveries. 

 

No stranger to hard work, outside of the office, Steve enjoys operating a small cattle farm.  Steve is married with two grown children, and three grandsons. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

I love satisfying both my employee and customers’ needs.

Donnie Lowe

Donnie Lowe

General Manager

Harrisburg, AR

Biography

Donnie Lowe is the General Manager of Rusken’s Harrisburg, AR facility, dedicated to the packaging industry for over thirty-one years.  With Rusken for the past twelve years, Donnie enjoys working with his customers and team to find innovative solutions, including, but not limited to logistics, inventory management, quality and design for both new and existing product lines.  Prior to Rusken, Mr. Lowe was with International Paper and Georgia Pacific. 

 

Outside of helping his customers, Donnie spends time outdoors as often as he can hunting and fishing.  He also enjoys relaxing at the lake with his family, including his wife Jeri Ann, his son Cody, daughter Callie, and their four grandchildren. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

I love building and working with our team, who is just as excited about the box business as I am.  The results are tremendous when this excitement and commitment is then shared with the customer, showing them our dedication to their success and how important they are.

John Andy Ward

John Andy Ward

General Manager

Jackson, MS

Biography

John Andy Ward is the General Manager of Great Southern Industries, a Rusken Company, in Jackson, MS.  Mr. Ward has been immersed in the world of packaging for the past thirty years, twenty-four of those with Great Southern.  John Andy loves working with his customers to implement Just in Time (JIT) Solutions, including assisting with inventory management.  Prior to Great Southern, Mr. Ward held sales positions at Triad Packaging, Boise Cascade and Willamette Industries. 

In his free time, you will find John Andy outdoors, whether it be golfing, hunting or fishing.  He also enjoys attending sporting events.  John Andy is married to his wife of thirty-one years, and together they have two children, Anna Kathryn and Jay. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

I love working with our people. Everyone shares the same vision, dedicated to the success of our customers and company.” 

Walter Wright

Walter Wright

General Manager

Clarksville, TN

Biography

The General Manager of Rusken’s Clarksville, TN facility, Mr. Wright has spent the past thirty-six years in the packaging industry.  Walter enjoys working with customers to solve their unique challenges, including often seen design and expedited turnaround time needs.  Prior to Rusken, Walter was with Cougar Packaging for over twenty-five years, and continues to oversee the Clarksville facility after Rusken’s purchase over two years ago.  Prior to Cougar Packaging, Walter was with Stone Container for eight years. 

 

In his personal time, Walter enjoys tackling projects around the house, as well as turkey hunting.  Walter is married to his high school sweetheart of forty years, has one grown daughter, and one grandson. 

 

What do you love most about working at Rusken?

I love coming to work every day because we have a great team, and we solve customer challenges that change daily.

Culture

Positive & Family-Focused

We work non-stop to be the kind of company that inspires others. We are dedicated to our customers and thrive on personal relationships and mutual success. It’s our people, Team Rusken, that truly makes a difference. At every level and facet of our organization we enjoy a positive, can-do spirit that promotes our communities and families.

Careers

Opportunities abound with Rusken!

We are always looking for amazing people who are earnest and dedicated.  In addition to our commitment to customers and team members, we provide a positive, safe environment and excellent employee benefits.

Be sure to check out our Careers page for all current Job Openings:

Careers

Opportunities abound with Rusken!

We are always looking for amazing people who are earnest and dedicated.  In addition to our commitment to customers and team members, we provide a positive, safe environment and excellent employee benefits.

Be sure to check out our Careers page for all current Job Openings:

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