RICHARDSON, Texas (August 15, 2016) – Robert "Bob" Ray Williamson, founder of BAG Corp and Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC) industry pioneer, passed away July 16, 2016 at the age of 86. Mr. Williamson founded the company in 1969 and served as CEO until his retirement in 2011.
“I am honored to lead a company that pioneered an industry. The 42 years my father invested in BAG Corp, and its enduring success makes him a legacy that we can all be proud to commemorate,” said Williamson’s daughter, Jodi Williamson Simons, who currently serves as CEO of BAG Corp.
Mr. Williamson founded BAG Corp more than 47 years ago after observing the agricultural industry struggling with inefficient and expensive crop dusting product handling methods. The start of the FIBC industry in North America was initiated when he recognized a FIBC could efficiently load product into the crop duster. Mr. Williamson saw the great potential and wide range of applications for the FIBC, trademarking the Super Sack® container and introducing it into a wide variety of industries, including food products, chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Williamson was a founding member of the FIBC Association, and under his leadership, BAG Corp was awarded numerous U.S. and International patents for design and construction of FIBCs, including for the internationally recognized Super Sack container, which is considered a standard in the industry.
Born Jan. 30, 1930 in Wichita Falls, Texas, Mr. Williamson grew up in Ft. Worth and lived most of his adult life in Dallas. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1947 and went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1951.
As a member of the Diehard Texas A&M fan club, in 1991 Mr. Williamson established two permanently endowed 12th Man Scholarships in memory of his daughter Wendy Williamson and in honor of his surviving daughter Jodi Williamson Simons.
Mr. Williamson is survived by wife Cleo; daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Matthew Simons; grandchildren, Jett and India Simons; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Bobby Williamson; and niece and nephews Debbie Peede, Gary Williamson and Ray Williamson. He was preceded in death by parents Ray and Ellen Williamson; first wife, Jean Price Williamson; and daughter (Sally) Wendy Williamson.
A scholarship fund will be set up through Camp Sweeney in Robert and Wendy Williamson's memory. Camp Sweeney is a residential camp with a 67-year tradition of educating young children about diabetes in a caring, supportive and fun environment. For more information, please visit www.campsweeney.org or call 940-665-2011.
The BAG Corp family is hosting a Memorial Luncheon in honor of Mr. Williamson on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Jasmine Bountom at 214- 340-7060.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, PO Box 918, Gainesville, TX 76241 or Camp Sweeney at www.campsweeney.org.
ABOUT BAG Corp.
BAG Corp is the pioneer of the Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC) industry for North America and the originator and exclusive provider of the Super Sack® container – the industry’s gold standard. Established in 1969, the diverse, Dallas-based company serves major corporations and businesses around the world by supplying custom solutions for their bulk container needs. BAG Corp is a certified, woman-owned business, and a trailblazer in innovation, global reach and top-of-the-line standards. For more information, visit www.bagcorp.com.