Management Team

CP Packaging's management team have combined experience of over one hundred years in design, engineering, manufacturing and business operations of hard goods manufacturers and service providers within the packaging industry and business in general. The team consists of:

Raymond G. Buchko, Sr. - Founder, Board Member

Ray Buchko began his career in the packaging industry at Mahaffey & Harder Engineering in 1972 where he participated in the development of the continuous motion bacon packaging machine. He also was responsible for customer support and field service training. In 1975, Ray joined Curwood, Inc. where he initially served as service manager for the east coast ultimately transferring to headquarters in Wisconsin to assume national responsibility for handling customer troubleshooting and product development issues. While at Curwood, Ray received 5 patents and participated in the development of the 220R luncheon meat machine, the Pioneer packaging machine, Pathfinder hot dog packaging machine and the RV400 continuous motion packaging machine. Ray received the DuPont Award for the RV400 Packaging Machine. This was the first time DuPont gave this award for a machine and not a package. The RV400 is considered the world's fastest vacuum packaging machine.

In 1989, Ray founded RapidPak, Inc. where he developed the proprietary technology in use today for the RP family of machines. During his ownership tenure, Rapid-Pak was recognized as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in corporate America by Inc. Magazine. Ray sold Rapid-Pak in 2000.

Ray founded CP Packaging, LLC in 2003.

Raymond G. Buchko, Jr. - President, CEO

Ray Buchko, Jr. began his career at Rapid-Pak, Inc in 1991 where he handled equipment assembly, electrical and programming operations and customer support in the field. He remained at Rapid-Pak through the ownership transition where he integrated its field organization into new product lines. Ray, Jr. was then promoted to regional sales manager to support the sales efforts of 8 salesmen. He was then promoted to product line sales manager to manage the national sales of Rapid-Pak's entire product line.

Ray Jr. joined CP Packaging in 2005 as Vice President of Operations where he manages the production, purchasing and sales areas of the company as well as participating in new product development.

Keith J. Wietharn - Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Keith Wietharn began his career in the meat, poultry and food industry at Hantover in 1968 participating in engineering, territory sales management, and corporate sales training. Keith was then promoted to Vice President of Sales and became part of the Executive Management Team.

Keith held similar sales, marketing and management positions with numerous other major suppliers to the meat, poultry and food industry, including Reiser, Marlen, and most recently Cozzini as Vice President of Sales, North America and Asia Pacific.

Keith joined CP Packaging as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in November 2011 with responsibility for the development of sales and marketing globally. Keith's responsibility includes the management of a direct sales force in North America and a network of agents internationally.

Wayne P. Henry - Secretary / Treasurer & C.F.O.

Wayne Henry began his career in 1973 at Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross & Co.) one of the largest international accounting firms in the world where he managed manufacturing and distribution clients located in the metropolitan New York area. Wayne has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant for over thirty years.
Since 1980, Wayne has been an executive officer of seven companies, serving as President / CEO of four companies including JWP / Businessland Canada, LTD., TwentyFirst Century Associates, Inc., and Southeast Provisions, LLC. In addition to his responsibilities at CP Packaging, Wayne is President/CEO of Yancey's Fancy, Inc., a leading western New York manufacturer of Artisan cheeses whose products are sold nationwide.

Wayne has been with CP Packaging since its inception in 2003. He is responsible for finance, technology and business operations.