Founded in 2009, Urban Forest Products, LLC is a world-class producer of molded-fiber packaging solutions. Its ‘green’ manufacturing approach, including the use of biogas, recycled raw materials and a closed-water system, delivers a wide range of products from egg and fruit packaging, to 4-cup drink carriers used at quick-service restaurants.
Rob leads the high functioning team at Urban Forest Products covering all manufacturing and profitability facets of the company. Prior to joining UFP as General Manager, Rob had various leadership assignments in the telecom and agriculture industries. Rob earned a BS degree in mathematics from Purdue University and an MS degree in mathematics education from Indiana University. Rob is active in his community having served on several boards of directors. Rob lives in Greenwood, IN with his wife and they enjoy attending their five grandchildren’s activities.
Chris Buehrer Chris is the technical director at Urban Forest Products. His responsibilities include managing the plant’s control systems, IT infrastructure and customer specification compliance. Chris brings 15 years of engineering experience from the pulp and paper industry before joining UFP and has a MS and BS in paper science and engineering. Chris lives in Valparaiso, IN with his wife, daughter and son.
Ray Hueser Ray is Vice-President Finance and responsible for all financial reporting aspects of Urban Forest Products and its affiliated companies. Ray transferred to UFP from a Canadian affiliate in 2013 where he had worked since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Regina and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan. Ray and his wife enjoy working in their yard and participating in Rensselaer area events.
Samantha Sanders Samantha (Sam) is Urban Forest Products' human resources coordinator. Her duties include staffing, employee management, employee benefits, compliance, and payroll. Sam joined Urban Forest Products straight from Purdue University where she earned a BS degree in accounting and a BS degree in management. Sam is very engaged in community events and loves playing with her new puppy, Remy.
Brian Hopper As production manager, Brian oversees the production, quality and shipping teams at Urban Forest Products. Brian has been at Urban Forest Products for 5 years and had similar responsibilities and experiences for 17 years at another company. Brian lives in Schererville, IN with his wife and has three daughters. Brian is a sports fan who enjoys spending time with his family.
Mark Linder Mark oversees our maintenance department and brings 25 years’ experience in the manufacturing maintenance field. Mark started as a mechanic and advanced to maintenance manager for an injection molding operation. Mark is a family man that enjoys all outdoor activities such as camping, hunting and fishing.
Dawn Tiede Dawn is the purchasing manager specializing in buying raw material used in making various products and manages the accounts payable department. Dawn has also worked in sales and shipping with the company. Previously, Dawn was a regional area apartment manager overseeing numerous properties throughout Indiana. She is active in her community and has served on various boards. Dawn lives in Rensselaer, IN where she enjoys golfing and is a proud grandmother of five grandchildren.