Phil Barrett

General Manager

Born and raised in Massachusetts, my journey in the paper/corrugation business began in 2000 with Southern Container, where I started as a clamp truck driver and worked my way up to become a corrugator supervisor. Afterward, I joined PCA as a plant superintendent. In 2010, I joined the Schwarz Partners family of companies and Corrugated Partners Group to begin my ascent through the ranks. Starting as a superintendent, I steadily progressed to the role of General Manager in 2016. What I love most about being a GM for New England Sheets is the opportunity to uphold the culture that I was embraced with. Values such as treating people right, showing them their value, and fostering a sense of family within the business is required to have success. It is crucial for me to reward team members for their hard work and accomplishments, and preserving this culture was one of my primary motivations continued success. In my free time, I relish the moments spent with my children, watching their sports activities, and occasionally indulging in a game of golf.

Chris Richards

Assistant General Manager

I was raised in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and have been a lifelong resident of the state. My professional career began after high school when I joined Pepsi in Maintenance. After earning my electrical license, I accepted a role and worked at Southern Container for almost four years before transitioning to another industry for the next 12 years. In October 2014, I joined New England Sheets as a Maintenance Manager and swiftly progressed to Plant Manager by 2016. As of January 2023, I proudly hold the position of Assistant GM, having been with New England Sheets for nine years. I find great satisfaction in leading the team, fostering personal growth, and problem-solving. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, coaching youth football, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with loved ones, including attending Patriots games.

Eddie Mercado

Plant Manager

I was born, raised, and educated in beautiful Puerto Rico. My journey in the manufacturing industry began in 2000 as a die cutter operator at Inland Cardboard Company. Since 2015, I have been a part of the renowned Schwarz Partners sheet feeder group known as Corrugated Partners Group. I spent four years at Schwarz Partners Packaging in Miami Florida and have been with New England Sheets since 2019. Recently, in early 2023, I proudly stepped into the role of Plant Manager. I find great joy in actively contributing to the entire plant operations and supporting the management and production teams. Every day has proven to be satisfying and fulfilling. Beyond my work life, I am passionate about sports, exploring the world with my wife, and immersing myself in diverse cultures and delicious cuisines.

Walter Kowalik


Growing up in Central MA, very close to Devens, set the stage for my journey into the paper/corrugation business. In a timely fashion, during a period between jobs, I stumbled upon an ad on Craigslist for New England Sheets, which was just starting up. Thankfully, in 2010, I was hired and have since been with the company as the Controller. Throughout my tenure, I have found joy in working closely with our remarkable employees and unraveling the complexities of various transactions, ensuring accurate accounting on a daily and monthly basis. When I am not in the office, I greatly enjoy the pleasure of traveling and creating memories with my family.

Holly Rice

Human Resources Manager

I grew up in the charming town of Ayer, situated merely five miles away from our plant. With a passion for Human Resources spanning over three decades, I have dedicated 18 years specifically to the paper converting industry. As fate would have it, I found my way to New England Sheets, where I have proudly been a part of the team since early 2022. What truly energizes me is the opportunity to collaborate with an exceptional leadership team that genuinely cares about our employees. Creating a nurturing environment where our team members feel comfortable approaching me to tackle any challenges that arise is something I deeply value. Beyond work, my heart is filled with joy when I spend quality time with my two grandchildren and embark on rejuvenating vacations to the Caribbean.

Justin Maynard

Quality Manager

Born in the diverse landscapes of Massachusetts and raised amidst the charm of Virginia, I embarked on a remarkable journey that unfolded in the manufacturing industry. It all began at Southern Container, which eventually transformed into WestRock, where I dedicated a decade of my career. Then came the turning point when I joined New England Sheets for an exciting startup, and for the past 13 years, I have proudly called it home. My journey started as sheet line help at WestRock, gradually making my way through the entire process, and eventually finding my place as the Quality Manager. This company holds a special place in my heart, as it consistently goes above and beyond for its employees and their families. Beyond work, I find solace and enjoyment in hunting, fishing, and the exhilarating world of Harleys.

Bill Townsend

Facilities Coordinator

My career has taken me on an exciting journey in the world of corrugated. As the Facilities Coordinator, I am responsible for and manage Customer Service and Shipping. Growing up in a quaint small town in upstate New York, I found my passion for this industry shortly after retiring from the Navy. With 17 years of experience in corrugated, I have dedicated 12 years of my career to Schwarz Partners and Corrugated Partners Group. What I enjoy most about my job is the daily dose of new and interesting challenges. Although the business can be hectic at times, the exceptional team here at New England Sheets makes every moment worthwhile. Outside of work, I cherish my time in the great outdoors, engaging in activities such as camping, fishing, and archery.

Jason Champagne

Shipping Manager

I grew up in Townsend, Massachusetts, spending the majority of my life there except for a brief period in a neighboring town. My entry into the corrugated industry was influenced by my father, who dedicated his career to it. Through him, I discovered New England Sheets (NES). While my initial experience was operating a box stitcher at a small corrugated company, joining NES in 2010 marked a turning point. Starting as a forklift operator, I gradually progressed to become a Manager, appreciating the mentorship and small company feel along the way. Outside of work, I cherish time with my wife Brenda and our two children, enjoying watching my daughter’s softball games and indulging in hobbies like collecting comics and old action figures. With a commitment to staying positive, being a team player, and giving my best every day, I find fulfillment in my role and take pride in being part of the NES family.