Member News: Paul Pirkle Appointed President at Mid America Paper Recycling

August 29, 2018

Chicago, Illinois – August 29, 2018 – Mid America Paper Recycling, an i-SIGMA member, announced today that Paul Pirkle has been selected for the role of president. Don Gaines has transitioned to chief executive officer at the privately held company in Chicago.

Pirkle has spent over 24 years in the printing industry. Most recently, Pirkle presided over three highly successful years as president/CEO of Rolling Meadows-based Modagrafics. There, Pirkle led the transformation of Modagrafics into a leading graphics solutions provider to the transportation fleets of major retailers and consumer goods brands. During his tenure, he grew sales with new and existing accounts, implemented production management practices, invested in new capital equipment and ERP software technology expanded the products and services portfolio and introduced mobile tracking technology that improved operations and customer satisfaction.

Mr. Pirkle stated, “I am thrilled to be joining Mid America Paper Recycling and look forward to hitting the ground running as president. I am excited by the prospect of working alongside Don Gaines, our management team and Mid America’s employees to accelerate the company’s growth and realize the full potential of our team’s offering.”

“Building a strong culture and bringing focus and innovation all to add value to customers is what I admired most about Paul,” added Gaines. “I look forward to seeing Paul lead the company into its next phase of growth.”

 About Mid America Paper Recycling

Mid America Paper Recycling has been in the recycling industry since 1926. Headquartered in Chicago, the company was founded with a vision to help companies develop successful recycling programs. Today it is one of the largest independent brokers, processors, and exporters of recovered paper in the Central United States. Their experienced recycling professionals are active in industry associations and serve on boards and committees that help set the direction of where our industry is heading into the future. For more information, call 773-890-5454 or visit


Bob Wolff
The Drucker Group
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