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Inventor of the iconic red Solo cup passes away

Robert Leo Hulseman died at age 84 last week. (Photo left: Donnellan Funeral) Robert Leo Hulseman died at age 84 last week. (Photo left: Donnellan Funeral)
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Robert Leo Hulseman, the man credited with inventing the iconic red Solo cup died last week at the age of 84. 

The former president and chief executive of Solo Cup Co. died on Dec. 21 at his home in Northfield, Illinois, according to Donnellan Family Funeral Services.  

A cause of death has not been announced.  

Hulseman started working at the company, a business started by his father, when he was 18, according to his obituary. 

He eventually succeeded his father as CEO and oversaw the company’s growth into one of the world’s largest food service packaging companies. 

During the 1970s, the company introduced the now-famous red plastic cup, which has become a staple at parties, picnics, tailgates and gatherings of all sorts.

Hulseman is also credited with developing the coffee cup traveler lid. 

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