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PPC Presents 2021 Paperboard Packacking Competition Awards The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has announced the top win- ners of its 78th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Compe- tition. These folding cartons and rigid boxes represent some of the best paperboard packaging manufactured by North American converters over the past year.

Frankston Packaging Co. Acquires Custom Printed Frankston, Texas based Frankston Packag- ing Company has announced the acquisition of Custom Printed Products, a leading man- ufacturer of flexible packaging and specialty labels sold to food & ingredient, lubricant, and chemical customers in North America. The ac- quisition broadens Frankston’s product offer- ing and adds new customers further diversify- ing revenues. Based in Bossier City, Louisiana, co-found- ers Robert Waddell and Richard Nicholson established Custom as a leader in the print- ing, labeling, and packaging industry over its five-decade history by manufacturing flexible packaging, specialty in-mold and injection mold labels, food grade inserts, and pres- sure-sensitive labels. Custom’s capabilities, tenured staff, and reputation for top quality product are a per- fect fit to continue our goal of providing the highest caliber product and service to our customers, and we are thrilled to welcome Glenn, Jennifer and the team to the Frank- ston family,” said Kyle Eldred, CEO of Frank- ston packaging. “The acquisition broadens our product offerings, broadens our product

Paperboard Package of the Year : Kiehl’s - Advent Calendar, submit- ted by JohnsByrne Company. Kiehl’s annual advent calendar is one of L’Oreal’s most anticipated holiday releases, often selling out in a mat- ter of days. For the 2020 edition, pictured above, Kiehl’s challenged JohnsByrne Company to create a new design that offered a premium unboxing experience and eliminated the use of plastic. Moving away from the traditional plastic vacuum-formed tray and pop-up style, this design features a 100 percent paper-based rigid outer structure that houses 24 snuggly-packed straight-tuck folding cartons containing product. The outcome is a beautifully compact and 100 percent recy- clable box that opens into a shelf-ready storybook display. Folding Carton of the Year : Goose Island Birthday Bourbon County Brand Stout, submitted by the Accord Carton Company. Accord Car- ton Company’s design for Goose Island Birthday Bourbon Stout offers a premium brand experience that perfectly reflects consumers’ high CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 JohnsByrne Company won Paperboard Package of the Year for designing and creating Kiehl’s popular annual advent calendar.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 4 The Royal Group Acquires GenCorr Packaging In IL 6 Acme Corrugated Box Updates Progress On Expansion In PA Derek Volk Inducted Into Manufacturers Hall of Fame 0 TAPPI Foundation Awards 2021-2022 Scholarships

Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

West Coast U.S. Average

SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80


CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.

42# Kraft Liner 26#

Semi-Chem Medium

East West


$960.00 $995.00



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Frankston Packaging Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Core Competency

offering, provides additional capacity and takes our busi- ness into markets we were not previosuly servicing.” Glenn McCollister, Head of Operations, and Jennifer Quinn, Head of Consumer Relationships & Estimating, shared, “We are extremely pleased to join forces with the Frankston team. Frankston has a similar drive to offer the absolute best-in-class product and service and we are ex- cited to be able to offer additional products.”

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The Royal Group (TRG), based in Cicero, Illinois, announced the acquisition of GenCorr Packaging in Alsip, Illinois, ef- fective November 1. “GenCorr’s business aligns perfect- ly with ours,” said Bob McIlvaine, President and CEO of TRG. “This acquisition expands our customer base and strengthens our manufacturing capabilities for our strate- gically important point-of-purchase business segment. “We are excited for GenCorr’s dedicated employees to become part of TRG. GenCorr partners Vince Baratta and Tom Beemsterboer have built a great company by provid- ing solutions that will also benefit our existing customers. Both Baratta and Beemsterboer will continue in their current roles under the new ownership.

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Acme Corrugated Box Updates Progress On Expansion In PA

distinct to the U.S. and designed to allow the total auto- mation of sheet transfer to converting machine centers. Overall, this expansion allows us to increase manufactur- ing capacity, further embrace innovation of new products and flute profiles, and give us a greater ability to serve our customers.” Cohen noted that the last year has seen an approxi- mate six percent increase in box demand, pushing compa- nies like Acme to capacity. COVID-induced supply chain issues only exacerbated hurdles by creating raw materials delays. Plans to expand the facility, however, actually began before COVID, in 2017. Always committed to staying one step ahead of industry practices via reinvestment into equipment and processes, Acme retained general con- tracting services and visited world-leading corrugated box facilities in Europe and Asia that shared insights into their own builds and processes. Then the COVID-19 pandemic

Hatboro, Pennsylvania based Acme Corrugated Box Company has provided an update on the progress of its 80,000-square-foot expansion, which will equip the com- pany to accommodate industry-wide demand even more effectively than it has to date. The extra space and cut- ting-edge equipment will ensure the on time, on-the-mark service its customers expect while making Acme one of the most innovative box plants on the East Coast. “The 30 percent increase in our facility’s footprint will allow for a 50 percent increase in manufacturing capacity,” said Bob Cohen, Acme Corrugated Box’s owner. “The new construction will house a new high-speed Fosber 110-inch doublewall corrugator line, which will replace a Fosber 98-inch corrugator. We will also be adding a WIP system

touched down. Consumer spending nation- wide reached a fever pitch, contributing to unmatched and ongoing demand for cor- rugated boxes. Now more than ever, Acme Corrugated Box’s expansion makes sense. Ground was broken on the expansion in early 2021 and is expected to be complet- ed in early November, bringing Acme’s total footprint to 320,000-square-feet. Vanguard Launches Newly Redesigned Website Kansas City, Missouri based Vanguard Com- panies has announced the launch of its new website at . The new site has been designed to offer the ulti- mate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, while allowing customers to see the full product and ser- vices profile Vanguard Companies offer. “Our marketing team has undertaken a meticulous process to review a variety of sites across many markets to seek out the best qualities and functionality,” said Chris Stoler, Vanguard Companies CEO. “Our top priority was to build an intuitive user-friendly experience.” Among the many new features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook and LinkedIn to foster improved communication with customers. Vanguard Companies, founded in 1975, is a leading designer and manufacturer of value-added point-of-purchase displays, re- tail ready packaging, industrial packaging products and related assembly, logistics and fulfillment services.


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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow Again In October 2021

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in Oc- tober, with the overall economy achieving a 17th consecu- tive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued last week by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Manage- ment (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The October Manufacturing PMI registered 60.8 per- cent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage point from the Septem- ber reading of 61.1 percent. This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 17th month in a row after a contraction in April 2020. The New Orders Index reg- istered 59.8 percent, down 6.9 percentage points com- pared to the September reading of 66.7 percent. The Pro- duction Index registered 59.3 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point compared to the September reading of 59.4 percent. “The Prices Index registered 85.7 percent, up 4.5 per- centage points compared to the September figure of 81.2 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 63.6 percent, 1.2 percentage points lower than the September reading of 64.8 percent. The Employment Index regis- tered 52 percent, 1.8 percentage points higher compared CONTINUED ON PAGE 44



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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McGinnis Joins Kolbus America As West Coast Sales Agent

“The Kolbus products are high quality and something I’d put into my own box plant so I look forward to selling these machines to my customers in the West,” said McGin- nis, Kolbus’s new West Coast agent. Chicago TAPPI Slated For February, Supplier Members Invited To Present Chicago TAPPI announced that it will hold its annual “What’s New” program on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Supplier members who are interested in presenting their products need to fill an information form at and return it to Mary Fritsch at no lat- er than Friday, November 19. Presenters will be notified during the week of December 6th. The number of presenters is limited and the Executive Committee will determine the final presenters. Presenters will also need to purchase a table top (1/2 table $150) for the meeting. For questions regarding the tabletop, contact Phil Eads at (973) 722-9637 or by email at phillip.eads@ Presentations should be kept to eight minutes or less, you must tell where and when the product was installed in North America or the world, and it should be a new, in- stalled and a running product or service. Final presenta- tions must be received in a Power Point format no later than January 10, 2022.

Cleveland, Ohio based Kolbus America has added an ad- ditional 30 years of corrugated experience to their grow-

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significant corrugated experience, previously working as Plant Manager at several southern California box plants and currently representing Inspire Automation, material handling and robotic supplier to the corrugated industry, as their West Coast Regional Sales manager. “The decision to bring Mark onboard supports the stra- tegic goals of Kolbus, to expand our footprint in the cor- rugated industry with our new Kolbus RD Die Cutters, Au- toBox machines and the Hycorr Series Die Cutters,” said Jeffrey Dietz, Kolbus America President. “Mark’s knowl- edge of corrugated and his relationships within the indus- try will benefit both our organization and customers. We’re pleased to welcome him to the Kolbus family.”

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Derek Volk Inducted Into Manufacturers Association Of Maine Hall of Fame Derek Volk, Owner/CEO of Biddeford, Maine based Volk Packaging Cor- poration, a family-owned independent, was recently inducted into the Manufacturers Association of Maine Hall of Fame. He accepted the award with humility, sharing with his audience the secret to his success: “Every- thing I Know about Business I Learned from Coaching Girls’ Softball.”

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1. Surround yourself with great people : No coach can win games alone. He (I’m going to say he so I don’t have to say he/she the whole time) needs to have smart and hard-working people around him. He needs capable assistants, helpful parents, and, of course, high quality players. And, for me, the most important person, a supportive spouse who has your back no matter what, even if it is to tell you that you made a bad decision on the field or at the office. Thank you, Amy, for always being that person for me. At Volk Packaging I am blessed to work with some of the most amazing, talented, smart and hard-working people that I have ever known. Without them, I couldn’t accomplish much of anything. 2. Listen to your coaches: Very few leaders can rise to great success if they only listen to their own advice. Hitler was the most powerful and influential leader on the 20th century, until he stopped listening to his gen- erals. Watch any last out of a big baseball, basketball or football game and the first thing the head coach will do is high five or hug his coaching staff. A good leader knows that although he may love every one of his ideas, some of them suck. You need to be willing to listen to the people you have on your team and trust that sometimes, even if your name is on the build- ing, you don’t have a monopoly on good ideas. 3. People perform better when they feel good about themselves: At a softball convention I attended many years ago, Sue Enquist, the 11-time National Champion and winningest softball coach in D1 history said, “Girls play good when they feel good.” This sentiment holds true in the business world. If the people working for you feel good about themselves, and they feel like they are a contributing factor to the team’s success, they will per- form better. Yell, scream and put people down and you will find that the results your company achieves are greatly diminished. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14



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Derek Volk Inducted (CONT’D FROM PAGE 12)

we were tied 0-0 in the 6th inning. As we went to bat in the top of the 6th, I said to the girls, “We’re going to win this game. And you know how we are going to win? We’re going to win because are better bunters and better base runners. So, we are going to find a way to get a runner on base and then we are going to play small ball until some- one scores.” We scored 3 runs and shut them down in the bottom of the inning to win the championship. Big bonus- es, raises and awards are wonderful. But the quick text wishing someone well if they are out sick, the hand-written birthday cards and the hat you bought the Broncos fan on your business trip to Denver can often make a bigger impact than a bonus or promotion. People want to know you care about them as a person not just as an employee. Small ball matters. 6. Keep your eye on the ball: This one is pretty obvious. In the words of Bill Belichick, do your job. Know what you do, stay focused, and keep your eye on the ball. If you start looking around the stands for who you want to impress, you’ll miss the pitch coming right over the plate or the sale that is only a phone call away. Take your eye off the ball and I assure you that the fans or your customers won’t be impressed with what they see. 7. Know your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses : My coaches and I jumped at every chance we had had to

4. Equal and fair are not the same thing: I can’t tell you how many times, in business and on the softball field, someone has said, “That isn’t fair. So and so got to do to X so why can’t I?” When I was a kid and made that statement my father would say, “Life isn’t fair. Not everyone gets treated like Ted Williams.” As a softball coach I learned that I can treat everyone fairly without treating everyone equal- ly. Some players came and went, bouncing from team to team each season, while some were with me from U10 all the way to 18+. I coached some girls during the summer while they were in elementary school and was still coach- ing some of those same girls during their college summer breaks. So, do I have all the same exact rules for the girl who was on my team from age 9 to 19 as I do for the girl who just showed up that summer? Heck no. And does the Volk Packaging employee who has been with us for 25, 30 or even 40 years have to follow all the same rules as the employee who started 3 months ago? No way. Does that mean I am being unfair to the new employee? It does not. It is perfectly fine and very reasonable to treat everyone fairly without treating everyone equally. 5. Small ball matters: Everyone loves a home run and a no hitter, but games are often won on a sacrifice bunt or a timely stolen base (see Dave Roberts 2004). When my daughter Lilly was in the LL District Championship in 2010



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Derek Volk Inducted (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

pen, or worse, you’ll hesitate rounding the bag, and that slight apprehension will get you thrown out at 3rd. Go for 3rd and force the other team to make the play. At Volk Packaging we expect every prospect to buy from us, every buyer to give us all their business, and we assume every machine we purchase will be at capacity before long. Plan for average and you’ll get average. Assume success is yours for the taking, and then force someone to stop you. I could easily add about 50 more things I have taken from the softball field to the business world, but you’ll have to wait to read those in my book.

go watch the team we’d be playing next. We made notes of who were the big hitters, who liked to chase the high pitches and who was afraid of an inside pitch. We want wanted to know who were threats on the base paths and what players never seem to make an error. And then we tried to exploit their weaknesses and work around their strengths. We do that at Volk Packaging, as well. We want to know who has great customer service, who isn’t flexi- ble with their customer’s demands and what machines our competitors have. As one of my sales reps likes to say, “Do your homework and you’ll do well on the test.” 8. Go for extra bases, even when it is a huge risk : When I had a player make it to 1st base with a sacrifice bunt com- ing next, I always told them to only think of 3rd base. If you assume you’ll only make it to 2nd, that’s what will hap-

FTA Accepting Entries For Annual Industry Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 installment of FTA’s three industry-wide award competitions that rec-

ognize the best in flexography for achieve- ments in printing excellence, technical innova- tion and sustainability efforts. The FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards honor extraordinary flexographic printing of exceptional quality and consistency, as well as the printers responsible for it. The deadline to enter is January 11, 2022. The FTA Technical Innovation Award rec- ognizes the flexographic technologies in the pre-press department and on the pressroom floor that are advancing the industry. The deadline to enter is January 31, 2022. The FTA Sustainability Excellence Award is given to companies who demonstrate a com- mitment to and pursuit of sustainable flexog- raphic printing. The deadline to enter is Jan- uary 7, 2022. “Each of our award competitions, for de- cades, has recognized a specific accomplish- ment. But there are several traits that all their recipients have in common: resilience, deter- mination and hard work,” said Joe Tuccitto, Director of Education, FTA. “We look forward to acknowledging the honorees in the 2022 competitions, in person, next year during FO- RUM & INFOFLEX.” A panel special to each award and com- prised of industry professionals judges en- tries according to specific criteria. Winners will be announced at an Awards Banquet during FORUM & INFOFLEX 2022, held March 13- 16, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Recipients also gain recognition for the following 12 months, through industry publicity and coverage across FTA platforms and communication channels. Visit to learn more about each award and to enter.


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November 8, 2021

TAPPI Foundation Awards 2021-2022 Scholarships

ing, Western Michigan University, Process Control Divi- sion Scholarship • William Cotter, chemical engineering, Miami University, Corrugated Packaging Division Mitsubishi Heavy In- dustries Scholarship • Lauren Cuddeback, paper engineering, Western Michi- gan University, Coating and Graphic Arts Division Rob- ert W. Hagemeyer Scholarship. • Bailey Feeney, chemical engineering, Miami University, Process Control Division Scholarship • Madelyn Holthouse, chemical engineering, Miami Uni- versity, Process and Product Quality Division’s John Walkinshaw Scholarship • Rachel Johnson, bioresource science and engineering, University of Washington, Process and Product Quality Division’s John Walkinshaw Scholarship • Cheyanne King, mechanical engineering, University of Tennessee, Process and Product Quality Division’s John Walkinshaw Scholarship • Natalie Laux, paper science engineering, NCSU, Corru- gated Suppliers Scholarship • Wallace Layman, Paper science and engineering and chemical engineering, NCSU, Coating and Graphic Arts Division Robert W. Hagemeyer Scholarship • Phillip Loges, chemical engineering, Miami University, Corrugated Packaging Division Terry S. Paulson Memo- rial Scholarship

TAPPI, the leading association for the worldwide pulp, pa- per, packaging, tissue and converting industries, recently announced 19 scholarship winners for the 2021-2022 aca- demic year totaling $50,000. “The TAPPI Foundation scholarship program as an in- vestment in future innovations in the pulp, paper, packag- ing and related industries,” said TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague. “We are proud to support this next generation of leaders as they pursue their higher educa- tion goals.” Camille Brule, a senior majoring in paper science and engineering and chemical engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU), is the recipient of the William L. Cullison Scholarship. Brule is active in NCSU’s TAPPI stu- dent chapter volunteering at local elementary schools, giv- ing tours to prospective paper science students, and help- ing with the university’s paper science industry career fair. The $4,000 William L. Cullison Scholarship is named in honor of TAPPI’s fifth Executive Director and is awarded each year to a third or fourth year student working toward a career in pulp and paper, corrugated container, or flexi- ble packaging. Technical Division scholarship winners include: • Alex Boyd, chemical engineering and paper engineer-


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ence and engineering, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Corrugated Packaging Division Bobst Scholar- ship • D’Kayla Thomas, paper science and chemical engi- neering, NCSU, Environmental Division Douglas Barton Memorial Scholarship • Jessica Tocco, chemical and paper engineering, West- ern Michigan University, the Corrugated Packaging Di- vision Joe Dieffenbacher Engineering Memorial Schol- arship and the Paper and Board Division Scholarship TAPPI is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications are due February 15, 2022. For application details and to view the gallery of 2021-2022 scholarship winners visit scholarships . For more information about the TAPPI Foun- dation and the scholarship program, contact Mary Beth Cornell, Membership and Global Development Director, at,

• Isabelle Ownby, paper and chemical engineering, Western Michigan University, John O. Telesca Engi- neering Scholarship • Jerod Pierce, paper science and engineering and chemical engineering, NCSU, Corrugated Division Scholarship • Brandon Sanchez, paper science engineering and chemical engineering, NCSU, Process Control Division Scholarship • Autum Satterfield, chemical engineering and paper sci- ence and engineering, NCSU, Process Control Division Scholarship • Ronald “Iggy” Senchak, NCSU, chemical engineering and paper science and engineering, Paper and Board Division Scholarship • Daniel Sommers, chemical engineering and paper sci-

Sonoco Expands Recovery For EnviroCan Containers Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco an- nounced it is expanding post-consumer re- covery and recycling opportunities for its Envi- roCan paper containers in the U.S. to be used as raw material at 10 of its paperboard mills to produce new paperboard. According to Elizabeth Rhue, Vice Presi- dent of Sustainability for all Sonoco U.S. paper mills, Sonoco has validated that they can ac- cept rigid paper cans in bales of mixed paper coming from residential Material Recovery Fa- cilities (MRFs). These mills, located in Menasha, Wiscon- sin; Newport, Tennessee; City of Industry, Cal- ifornia; Hartsville, South Carolina; Holyoke, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; Sumner, Washington; Hutchinson, Kansas; DePere, Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, will use the mixed paper to produce 100 per- cent recycled paperboard, with up to 85 per- cent post-consumer fiber. “Sonoco is uniquely positioned as a lead- ing recycler, paper mill operator and paper packaging converter to help grow end of life solutions across not only our consumer and industrial packaging platforms, but across the paper industry,” said Rhue. “After validating that our mills could recycle EnviroCan factory scrap, we are now taking the lead to further demonstrate the ability to recycle our paper containers with metal ends not only through the steel stream, as it is largely done today, but also through the post-consumer mixed pa- per stream.”


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Rigid Box of the Year : Cincoro Tequila , submitted by Tay- lor Box Company. Take one look at Taylor Box’s Cincoro Tequila, and you’ll understand that providing luxurious, premium packaging was the goal. Made specifically for a VIP audience of influencers within the professional sports industry, the box delivered a “wow factor” with the intri- cately designed, full-sized bellyband, the distinct and tall

expectations of the limited release beer inside. Structur- ally, the carton offers a dramatic opening experience with a “fold-back” reveal of the bottle. A front pull-tab with re- verse cuts achieves the peel-back effect while retaining the continuity of the outside graphics and avoiding a vis-

shape of the box, the gold metallic foil stamping, and the custom acrylic bottle stabilizer. The black and gold design includes the Cincoro logo throughout. Sustainability Award of the Year : CanCollar Family, sub- mitted by WestRock. Designed to replace hard-to-recy- WestRock won the Sustainability Award of the Year for its Can- Collar Family entry

ible perforation pattern. Visually, the gold foil and glass UV stamping capture the consumer’s eye, while soft touch coating and embossing add a premium, velvety feel to the carton when held in hand. The structure combined with specialty finishings makes for a distinctive and gift-worthy beer package design. Accord Carton won Folding Carton of the Year for its Goose Island Birthday Bourbon carton, left, and Taylor Box Company won Rigid Box of the Year for its Cincoro Tequila entry.


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their partner, Sustainable Fiber Technologies, to hone and create a new process for turning fragile straw into a dura- ble fiber that could be used to make paperboard. During the testing phase, the cartons miraculously withstood be- ing bent, torn, pulled, dropped, vibrated, and drenched in water, proving that barley straw has what it takes to be a durable and sustainable substrate. Digital Application of the Year : MilkBone Custom Carton, submitted by Zumbiel Packaging. MilkBone went above and beyond to offer customized, digitally printed dog treat

cle and increasingly banned single-use plastic rings and LDPE shrink film, CanCollar not only bypasses the plas- tic, it’s also entirely glue free. Instead, it relies on both a proprietary tooth design to secure the cans as well as a stiff, tear-resistant substrate that provides superior can re- tention and pack performance compared with competitive alternatives. Converted on WestRock’s CanCollar Fortuna packaging machinery platform, this design not only offers brands a robust, sturdy, and minimalistic canned beverage solution, it allows them to roll it out at scale. Innovation Award of the Year : Corona Extra South Amer- ica - Circular Packaging, submitted by Accord Carton

cartons that featured consum- ers’ very own pets. In addition to working with MilkBone to create an interactive portal for consumers to upload their dog photos, Zumbiel designed sev- eral static and variable graphic design elements for the cartons. A testament to the excellent use of digital printing, the dog treat cartons found their way on The Today Show. Considering the buzz on TV and MilkBone’s so- cial media channels, these cus-

Company. While Accord Carton Company’s Coro- na Extra six-pack carrier appears to be made from a regular uncoated stock, the board is comprised of barley straw, a byprod- uct of the beer-making process that is normally burned or discarded. For three years, Corona Ex- tra’s parent company, AB InBev, worked alongside

Zumbiel won Digital Ap- plication of the Year for its MilkBone entry.

tom cartons prove that when you combine beloved dogs with clever omnichannel marketing, anything is possible.

Accord Carton won the Inno- vation Award of the Year for its Corona Extra Circular entry.


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way to collect urine samples. The design includes a speci- men cup with a friction fit aperture as well as a convenient, hygienic handle. Not only does Eco-Pi address a long-time frustration for female patients, it’s also a sustainable pa- perboard alternative to plastic-based collection methods. Since the medical field generates nearly five million tons of plastic waste each year, Eco-Pi is a welcomed solution. Judges’ Award : Carmex Mini’s Formed Tray Multi-Pack, submitted by Colbert Packaging Corporation. Combining

Richard DePaul Award for Creative Design & Convert- ing : Box in a Box, submitted by TPC Printing & Packaging. Named after the late Dick DePaul, an industry veteran who judged PPC’s competition for many years, this award rec- ognizes exciting and unusual structural design. Featuring 12 structures within one compact package, TPC Printing & Packaging’s Box in a Box would certainly have caught Dick’s attention. Judges’ Award : Eco-Pi Urine Sample Collector, submitted by Graphic Packaging International. With Eco-Pi, Graphic Packaging International harnessed its expertise in pressed

both innovation and sus- tainability, Colbert Pack- aging’s Carmex Formed Tray offers a glimpse into the future of secondary packaging. By replac- ing a previous “plastic bubble” blister design with a unique 100 per- cent paperboard solu- tion, the new iteration clearly delivers on Car- mex’s goal of finding a more youth-driven, con- sumer-appealing, and earth-friendly packaging solution.

Colbert Packaging won a Judg- es Award for its Carmex Formed Tray multi-pack entry.

paperboard trays to expand into a new market: the health care sector. Eco-Pi, an innovative, clam-shaped pressed paperboard funnel, offers women a sanitary and dignified Graphic Packaging won a Judges Award for its Eco-Pi entry.

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