Board Converting News, April 13, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years April 13, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 15

When Will You Need Help? BY RYAN CHAPPELL

TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo Postponed To August 2021 TAPPI and AICC, the organizers of SuperCorr Expo, have confirmed that they have taken the decision to postpone the event, which was due to take place from September 13-17 in Orlando, Florida. They have confirmed the event will now be staged from August 9-12, 2021, again in Orlando. “We are focused on the future. We are working to ensure our industry is positioned for success after this crisis,” said Larry Mon- tague, President of TAPPI. “There is still un- certainty on exactly when the COVID-19 curve will flatten, but we are certain about our com- mitment to connect the industry and support its growth. This is why we have made the deci- sion to reschedule SuperCorrExpo to August 2021. We know this is the right thing to do for our attendees, exhibitors and our industry. It is crucial to focus on your families and helping your companies succeed this year. We know it is going to be tough, but we also know our industry and its ability to come together. We are up for the challenge.” “Many of you have reached out over the past two weeks with ideas, suggestions, and encouragement,” added Mike D’Angelo, Pres-

We tend to keep score. This pattern starts early in life. Our kids counted the presents and treats the other kids got, and the list goes on. We also often keep score in our business life. Joe’s office is larger, Bill has a

newer computer, and Jane has a great window view. Many times, the jobs we have don’t always seem fair or equal. Sometimes the reason is simply that the oth- er person is working harder and smarter. Of course, there are items

in business and everyday life where we need to keep score. We are graded and judged by this score. But there are times when we should not keep score. We should just perform the task when it is needed. At this time in our country, in fact the world, we need do what is needed and right. This is without thought of special recognition or monetary reward. As I’ve written before and believe with 100 percent certainty today, our country will weather this storm of COVID-19. Man cannot stop a hurricane or tornado from damaging our communities but what Man can do is find ways, both medical and non-medical, to solve this problem. And we will. This will require all of us. I’m asking you to perform at least one ac- tion per day to help. Buy a gift card to help a local business, call some- one who’s shut in and just say hello, call or video chat family members. Anything to help, no matter how small. If every American did this once a day, we could overcome any human-generated crisis. I’d like to share a memory from years ago that furthered my under- standing of how important it is to help when you’re needed. And I hope you get a laugh out of it. Back when I was in college, my friend Dennis and I planned to see a movie. Since we lived in the country, it was about a 30-mile drive to the closest movie theater. When I drove to his house to pick him up, Dennis was walking out the door with his head down, shaking it from side to side. I knew immediately that something was wrong. His father, “Mr. Mac,” was following quickly behind. While walking down the steps from their house, he looked at me and said, “You boys come with me.” Ryan Chappell


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ident of AICC. “Thank you for caring enough about our In- dustry. We are always guided by your voices, and this has helped us develop a solid plan for SuperCorrExpo 2021. With your support, we will be ready and we know you will be, too. With your input, it will be an even stronger event. The world may look different after this crisis, but we will still have a need to learn, connect, build, understand, and plan for our future.” Cascades To Hold Its Annual General Meeting In Virtual Format Kingsey Falls, Québec, Canada based Cascades an- nounced that as a precautionary measure, it will hold its next annual general meeting in virtual form on Thursday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m. EST. To proactively address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and to mitigate the risks to the health and safety of its shareholders, employees and oth- er stakeholders, the corporation will conduct its meeting via live audio webcast. Shareholders will have an equal opportunity to participate in the meeting online, regard- less of their geographic location, and will have the option to ask questions and vote on a number of topics. Visit for more information.


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CDC Issues Recommendation On The Use Of Cloth Face Coverings The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a sig- nificant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symp- toms (asymptomatic) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can transmit the vi- rus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneez- ing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wear- ing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of sig-

nificant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally ad- vising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the vi- rus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials can be used as an addition- al, voluntary public health measure. How To Wear A Cloth Face Covering Cloth face coverings should: • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face • Be secured with ties or ear loops • Include multiple layers of fabric

• Allow for breathing without restriction • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, any- one who has trouble breathing, or is uncon- scious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. To safely remove a mask, individuals

should be care- ful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately af-

ter removing. Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly, depending on the frequency of use. Cleaning in a traditional washing machine should suffice. The cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must contin- ue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as rec- ommended by current CDC guidance. This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavi- rus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regard- ing appropriate public health measures continues to develop. Visit for more information.


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Anthony Pratt Donates $1M To Fund COVID-19 Drug Trial

According to a report in The Australian , Australia’s richest man and the billionaire chairman of packaging companies Visy Industries and Pratt Industries, Anthony Pratt, has

donated $1 million to fund the trial of two drugs that may help patients suffering from COVID-19. The drugs, used in the treatment of HIV and arthritis, will be trialled by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infec- tion and Immunity at the University of Melbourne

Pratt also issued ‘a call to arms’ to Australia’s wealthiest to join the fight against COVID-19. “Bushfires unfortunately happen every year, but this is a one-in-100-year event, so this is a call to arms for people to contribute more now,” he said. “We are hoping for a silver-bullet solution. We need to do something, and preferably something within 60 days.” Doherty Institute Director Sharon Lewin said the trial involves the HIV drug Kaletra and arthritis drug Hydroxy- chloroquine. It involves giving patients, who are in hospital but not in the ICU, the two drugs and monitoring their con- dition with those who were not given drugs. The 60-day trial would take place in 60 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, involving 2,440 people at a cost of $6.7 million. Anthony Pratt


April 13, 2020

Amtech Reschedules 2020 User Conference

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Amtech Software has re- scheduled its 2020 User Conference, which was sched- uled for this coming May. The new dates are May 23-26, 2021, and it will still take place at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnett Creek in Orlando, Florida. Mark your calendars now for a conference full of intensive training, informative sessions, peer networking opportunities, and an exclusive firework viewing event hosted at Disney’s Ep- cot Center. Details will be coming in the next few months. Visit for more. Eaglewood Tech Offers Anilox Cleaning System Rentals Minneapolis, Minnesota based Eaglewood Technologies is striving to offer creative anilox cleaning solutions to keep the presses of America up and running. One option is the short term rental of a Sanilox Anilox Cleaning Sys- tem, which will be delivered at a flat rate. The package includes a weekly rental with a virtual training session, an- ilox audit kit and shipping logistics handled by Eaglewood. Contact the company for pricing or other cleaning options at or (800) 347-1959.


April 13, 2020

Economic Indicators Hit Historic, Troubling Records Due To COVID-19 BY CHAD MOUTRAY, PH.D.

Many economic indicators hit historic and troubling records as the eco- nomic damage globally from the COVID-19 pandemic grows. Here are some of the record-breaking numbers:

• Weekly initial unemployment claims soared to 3,283,000 for the week ending March 21, the highest level on record by far. This foreshadows a rapid increase in the unemployment rate, likely jumping from 3.5 percent in February to 5.5 per- cent to 6.0 percent in March, with sharply higher rates in April.

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• With many consumer-facing businesses closed and more Americans staying closer to home, the IHS Markit Flash U.S. Services Business Activity Index declined from 49.4 to 39.1, a record low. Manufacturing Negatively Impacted The U.S. manufacturing sector has also been negatively impacted, with March sentiment surveys contracting at rates not seen since the Great Recession. • The IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI declined from 50.7 in Feb- ruary to 49.2 in March, the fastest rate since August 2009, as the sec- tor struggles with the COVID-19 outbreak and significant demand and production disruptions. • Manufacturing activity fell at the fastest pace in 11 years in the latest survey from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, with data contract- ing across the board. Beyond the COVID-19 challenges, respondents also cited the sharp drop in oil prices, which hit the energy sector in the district hard. • Improved motor vehicles and parts demand helped to boost new du- rable goods orders in February, but excluding transportation equip- ment, sales fell 0.6 percent for the month. Core capital goods orders decreased 0.8 percent in February. Prior to the current crisis, new or- ders for durable goods have declined 0.1 percent since February 2019, but excluding transportation equipment, sales have fallen 0.9 percent year-over-year. Consumer Sentiment Shrinks The Index of Consumer Sentiment from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters declined from 101.0 in February to 89.1 in March, the lowest level since April 2016, and is likely to continue to trend lower when the next preliminary data are released on April 9. There were more indicators showing that, after a challenging 2019, the U.S. economy had strengthened before the COVID-19 pandemic brought growth to a sudden stop: • Real GDP grew 2.1 percent at the annual rate in the fourth quarter, with the U.S. economy growing modestly. In 2019, real GDP rose 2.3 per- cent, easing from 2.9 percent growth in 2018. Obviously, the current crisis has brought that growth to a halt, with the U.S. economy predict- ed to decline 1.5 percent in the first quarter and historically sharp de- creases forecasted for the second quarter. Still, growth could rebound in the second half of this year once the effects of the coronavirus pan- demic start to wane. • Personal income grew strongly in February, rising 0.6 percent for the second straight month, with 4.0 percent growth over the past 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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months. Service-sector spending boosted personal consumption expenditures in February, even as goods purchases declined, with 0.2 percent growth for the month and a healthy 4.9% increase year-over-year. • New single-family home sales eased 4.4 percent in February but remained robust, soaring 14.3 percent year-over-year. Homebuyers reacted favorably to re- duced mortgage rates, a strong labor market and warmer-than-normal winter temperatures. • The personal consumption expenditures deflator inched up 0.1 percent in February for the second straight month. Since February 2019, the PCE deflator has risen 1.8 percent, including at the core level, which excludes food and energy costs. • Especially in light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Federal Reserve is more concerned with a contracting U.S. and global economy and likely deflationary pres- sures from a downturn. The Fed has undertaken ex- traordinary measures to help prop up the economy and to address credit and liquidity concerns in financial mar- kets. By aggressively purchasing assets, total assets on its balance sheet soared to $5.25 trillion this week, an all-time high and one that will continue to grow. Chad Moutray is Chief Economist for the National As- sociation of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster.


April 13, 2020

Cascades Collaborates To Manufacture Medical Visors

Cascades applauds the leadership of businesses such as Bauer and Tristan—with whom Cascades is already collaborating—for initiating local projects to manufacture much-needed medical equipment during this pandemic. “Our company is very pleased to be able to contribute to these promising and important initiatives by providing materials and components,” said Mario Plourde, President and CEO of Cascades. “We applaud the organizations launching these projects and want to thank our employees for their remarkable agility and dedication.” Other projects have been submitted to Cascades, and the company is assessing the feasibility of supplying mate- rials and production capacity needed for their completion. These special orders will be added to Cascades’ current production activities and will not interfere with the com- pany’s ongoing ability to manufacture essential products. Cascades has been recognized as an essential business during this crisis and all of its plants remain operational.

Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cascades, a manu- facturer of eco-friendly recovery, packaging and hygiene solutions, announced that it will supply recycled plastic needed to make medical visors to help in the fight against COVID-19. This comes in response to an initiative led by the Tristan and Bauer companies, which will ensure the final assembly of the components. Cascades already manufactures rolls of extruded plas- tic to supply Tristan. It also started production of a mini- mum of 1 million pre-cut visors for Bauer on April 6. The first units were delivered in the same week. All these prod- ucts will be made at the Cascades plant in Drummondville, Quebec. Cascades’ efforts are supported by nu-b, a Que- bec company, which supplies extruded rolled plastic.

The health and wellbeing of its employees remain a top priority and all necessary mea- sures are being taken to protect their safety. Great Northern Adds Kehler As VP, Sales Development Oshkosh, Wisconsin based Great Northern Corporation (GNC) - Oshkosh reported that it added Bruce Kehler as Vice President,

Sales Development. In his new role, Kehler will provide sales leader- ship, strategic account development and key account management. “Bruce’s deep back- ground in Fortune 500

Bruce Kehler

consumer goods packaging, web printing, converting, customer strategy and relation- ship development makes him a valuable ad- dition to Great Northern,” said John Davis, Chief Executive Officer of GNC. Kehler comes to GNC from Amcor Flexi- bles North America (formerly Bemis North America), where he most recently served as Senior Director Sales – Global Key Accounts. In this role, his responsibilities included the development of key account strategies, com- mercial plans and account agreements. Pre- viously, he served as VP Sales – Bemis North America, where he led a team of account managers and sales directors, executed ac- count strategies, and developed marketing, manufacturing, and R&D solutions. He attended both St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Emerging Leader Delegates Create Plan For New Program Rollout Delegates of the AICC Emerging Leaders (EL) were look- ing forward to officially launching the restructuring of the program at the AICC 2020 Spring Meeting in San Diego, but due to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the meeting, the group has been forced to re-plan. As leaders, we will all face unexpected obstacles, this

requested. Our first web training will be April 30th and will cover the use of CRM as a sales and marketing tool.”

“The concept of the Emerging Leader program is proving itself during this time,” added Malone. “We had an EL member reach out to the group asking how others in the in- dustry are handling the new restric- tions and travel bans. This is why your network is important. You need

Cassi Malone

happens to be one of those times,” said Daniel Brettschneider, an EL delegate and committee member. “The important part is that we don’t lose this momentum and we adjust our plan to fit the current situation and the needs of our members.” The launch of the restructure will

to have people you trust to bounce ideas off.” “Recognizing that others’ feedback is valuable and ad- mitting that you don’t always have the answers - those are soft skills that successful leaders have developed over time, through experience,” added Brettschneider. “This program gives them an environment to develop and re- fine those skills, probably without even knowing they are doing it.” The delegates said they still look forward to the EL Field Trip in Atlanta this August. Hosted by the AICC Vice Chair- man, the trip is a two-day event that is very well attended and beneficial for all ELs, especially new members. The trip includes plant tours, training sessions and networking events, which members say is one of their primary reasons for joining. For more information on the AICC Emerging Leaders, contact Scott Ellis of Working Well LLC and advisor to the group, at (425) 985-8508 or

Daniel Brettschneider

continue through virtual meetings and online training op- portunities, as well as focusing on the planning of the re- gional programs and events later in the year. “This has proven to be another opportunity where lead- ership skills are crucial,” said Cassi Malone, another dele- gate and EL committee member. “The EL committee has been focused on identifying ways that ELs can utilize their network during this time and continue making progress in this program. We look forward to launching an updated EL webpage and developing the training content they’ve


April 13, 2020

Safety & The Challenge Of Prevention BY ROY OBERG There have been lots of global health scares over the past bunch of years: Avian Flu, Swine Flu, Ebola, SARS, and

more. But none have had the impact on people all over the globe the way COVID-19 has these past few weeks, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Businesses all over the country and world have been shut down. All non-essential work has been grind-

Roy Oberg

ed to a halt in parts of the country. CEOs from companies I’m not sure I’ve ever bought things from have sent me emails explaining…something? I think most of us have nev- er been as thankful for the people that stock our grocery stores as we are now. (Though, toilet paper? Really, peo- ple? Toilet paper?) I’m fortunate to be in a position that I can tell my em- ployees to stay home and be safe, and that they can still be productive contacting the industry from the comfort of their homes. Three weeks in, we’re all going a little bit cra- zy, but I’m finally getting my arms around the technology required to work from home. But you’ve all heard enough about COVID-19, so I’m going to use it as a way to pivot and talk about a more industry-related topic: Safety Every facility, every company, talks about the fact that safety is the #1 priority. I think we all know that it’s just talk in most of those companies. As a visitor to many facilities over the years, you can tell pretty quickly which facilities take safety seriously. If you see an operator leaning over a machine with a giant gold chain hanging from his neck, faded safety lines on the floor, and guys all over the floor on their phones, you know that the facility you’re in doesn’t value safety. It’s time to politely excuse yourself from the premises. Facilities that are well lit, where you see the locks on the machine if there are people inside and proper PPE be- ing worn around the building? I’ll tour those places all day and feel totally comfortable. Now, it’s important to note that not every facility has the budget to implement as many of the safety programs and install as much of it as some of the major integrateds do. That doesn’t mean that these facilities aren’t safe, it just means they have to be more proactive in how they act to do things safely. I like to think that this becomes less tech- nology-based safety, and more human- and system-based safety in those facilities. At the end of the day, the thing I’ve found is a good way to judge whether a facility values safety is how often they talk about it. Not to me or potential new hires, but to the people within the facility. Facilities that value safety tend



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They think they’re invulnerable. And it’s all fun and games until someone around them comes down with a deadly disease that could have been avoided. It’s all a big joke until they get their parents, grandparents, or themselves very sick with a disease they could have avoided. Safety is the exact same thing: it’s not always you that will be hurt if you ignore the guidelines. Your carelessness could cause someone else to get the disease, or someone else at work to get hurt in an avoidable accident. As much as most of us like to take pride in our work and do the best we can, none of the people reading this have a job that is worth dying over. Neither recruiting, nor making boxes, are worth your life. So, stay safe, and Stay Strong. Roy Oberg has been recruiting specifically for the cor- rugated industry for 34 years. Call him at (972) 239-3315 or visit G-P Names Elwart Chief Customer Officer For Consumer Products Group Atlanta, Georgia based Georgia-Pacific announced that it has named Ryan Elwart as Chief Customer Officer for the Consumer Products Group. In this newly created position, Elwart will lead a combined sales organization of both the company’s retail and commercial (GP PRO) businesses.

to begin and end every meeting with a note on ways the guys can be safer today and get home to their families in one piece. The absolutely best-case scenario is that 10 years from now we all look back at this time and think “Wow, what an overreaction!” I’m told that if that’s the message, it means the preventative measures worked and kept this virus un- der control. In the same vein, if a good safety program is in place, and is being adhered to by all members of the staff, most of the pieces involved seem unnecessary as you’re doing them. With any luck, people forget what it’s like to see a co-worker lose a finger, an arm, a leg, or maybe even their life at work. Go long enough without a safety catastrophe, and lock- out tag-out begins to seem like a waste of time. All of the certifications on the forklifts and all of the other equipment seem like a joke. Until the time someone cuts corners, and suddenly no one is laughing. Maybe you get away with it the first time you cut safety corners. You get lucky, nothing happens, and you go about your day. Maybe you keep doing it, because it worked out that one time. And it might keep working out. Until it doesn’t. It’s the same thing as these Gen-Zers out at Spring Break, ignoring orders and guidelines to social distance.



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The move is intended to increase the value the GP Con- sumer Products Group creates for customers by driving integrated teamwork across the organization and more ef- fectively deliver the service, support and capabilities that matter most.


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“At Georgia-Pacific, we strive ev- ery day to increase the value and mutual benefit we create with our partners, and to focus our talent and resources on opportunities that ac- celerate our customers’ success,”

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said David Duncan, Executive Vice President for Geor- gia-Pacific’s Consumer Products Group. “With that in mind, we’ve created a consolidated customer organization that leverages our organization-wide knowledge and best practices, while maintaining the specialized focus that dif- ferentiates our approach across markets and channels.” Duncan continued, “With his demonstrated leadership and his background in the consumer products industry, I believe Ryan has the depth of knowledge, the innovative mindset and the collaborative spirit to help us elevate and evolve how we do business.” “Now more than ever we are reminded how important it is to be agile and adaptable to find solutions for con- sumers, professionals, and in some cases, both. In these unprecedented times we are in the trenches together with our customers -- focused on helping them serve consum- ers and provide continuity to the marketplace,” added El- wart. “Longer-term, the vision of this new organization will be to amplify the voice of the customer, collaborating with our world-class categories and capabilities to be faster, smarter and more transformative.” Prior to his promotion, Elwart served as Senior Vice President for global sales at Georgia-Pacific, responsible for North American and International GP PRO sales, sales strategy and sales capability teams. Lyon Appointed CEO At Anderson & Vreeland Bryan, Ohio based Anderson & Vreeland, a manufactur- er and distributor of flexographic printing technology and supplies, has appointed Darin Lyon CEO. Formerly President, Lyon has held various executive roles at the company since 2003. In this expanded role, he will hold the title of President and CEO. With this ap- pointment, Lyon will be expanding his leadership role to focus on core initiatives that will further build on the foun- dation that has positioned Anderson & Vreeland as a mar- ket leader in the flexographic printing and packing indus- try. This new position will allow Lyon to focus more on his passion for employee growth and engagement within the organization to develop depth in leadership that align with Anderson & Vreeland’s core mission.


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Mr. Mac climbed into his truck, and Dennis got in my car with me. There was no discussion, no asking questions, no, “Hey we are supposed to meet some girls” comment. Mr. Mac simply commanded respect by his very presence. We simply did what he told us to do. Over the course of the five-minute ride, Dennis told me what we were going to do. It would be an experience. Dennis and his family were fairly big farmers. Their property, a beautiful piece of land, touched a river. Den- nis and I would often ride horses there and just enjoy the beauty of the place. Their main crop was cotton, which is picked in the late summer and early fall. Once picked, it’s transported to a gin, where the seeds and trash are removed and bales of ginned cotton are formed. The same process occurs today, however, the cotton is transported in hydraulically compacted modules which hold 12 to 15 bales. Mechanical cotton pickers compress the cotton into round modules, wrap it in plastic, and leave it in the field as if laying an egg, and keep picking. A tractor then picks up the bale and moves it to an area from where it can be transported to the gin. In the late 1970s, back in the “good old days,” cotton was transported using either 3- or 5-bale, open-top trail- ers, which was pulled by a pickup truck. Workers would walk on the cotton dumped into the trailer in order to tamp

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it down. During picking season, cotton flew out of the trail- ers, forming a snowy edge along the road. The air had a certain smell to it, telling us summer was leaving and fall was around the next turn. Upon arrival at his family’s cotton gin, Dennis knew the task before us. I, however, was blissfully ignorant. Our job was to tarp the open-top trailers at the gin, as rain was forecast for later that evening. There were more than 25 trailers at the gin, all uncovered. We had a couple hours of daylight left. We had to hurry. To tarp the trailer, a worker had to tie off at one end and walk backward in the cotton while unrolling the tarp.


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He would sink down to his knees with every step to the end and then tie that end off. Your reward was going to next trailer, and thinking, “That’s one more down!” And by the way, you have to carry the tarp up onto the trailer on a non-OSHA ladder. The miracle of lightweight plastic had not yet made its way to cotton trailers. These were canvas tarps and they were heavy. It was after dark when we finished. The nice, clean cotton balls you buy at the drug store start in this cotton trailer. But there is nothing nice and clean about cotton at that point. Dust, lint, parts of dried


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cotton stalks and other sinus-infecting items are in the trailer. Covered with dust and itching from the cotton that found its way through our jeans and shirts, we headed home, much too tired and dirty to do anything else. When I got home, my parents saw me and asked what had happened. Before I could finish the story, both were laughing. No sympathy there. The shower was one to re- member. Wash, rinse, repeat. Wash rinse, repeat. And then wash and rinse again. How many of you would have expected a monetary re- ward that night? That would have been nice. But remem- ber, Mr. Mac was “old school,” and neighbor helping neigh- bor was simply what everyone did every day. Think about what you have done for others and what others have done for you for non-monetary rewards. I know Mr. Mac would have been there had I needed help in some way. The things we do for others and the things that are done for us don’t always equal out. For those of you keeping score, remember, most of the time the pendulum swings both ways. But no matter, we should still help others and do the next right thing What’s the next right thing you can do for someone? By the way, it didn’t rain that night and someone else took the tarps off. Ryan Chappell is the Managing Director of Business Connections, where he facilitates relationships between suppliers and vendors to achieve mutual success. Reach him at


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IoPP Names Winners Of Its 2020 Packaging Education Scholarships The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) has an- nounced the recipients of its 2020 Scholarship opportuni- ties. Students applied for a chance to be awarded one of the following five IoPP Scholarships: • PepsiCo R&D Scholarship: $5,000 – one available • IoPP Packaging Education Scholarships: $2,500 – two available • IoPP Packaging Education Scholarships: $1,000 – one available from IoPP’s Central Ohio Chapter • IoPP Packaging Education Scholarships: $500 – one available from the IoPP New England Chapter This year IoPP more than doubled the number of ap- plicants to its Packaging Education Scholarship Fund, go- ing from 19 applicants in 2019 to 39 applicants in 2020. Chosen from the nearly 40 applicants, are this year’s IoPP scholarship winners: • Mackenna Payne, a packaging student at Michigan State University (class of 2020) has been awarded the PepsiCo R&D Scholarship worth $5,000. • Margaret Kendhammer, a packaging student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (class of 2021), has been awarded one of the $2,500 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarships. • Jennifer Kallman, a packaging science student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (class of 2021), has been awarded one of the $2,500 IoPP Packaging Edu- cation Scholarships. • Alanna Fallone, a packaging science student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (class of 2020), has been awarded the brand new $1,000 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship, sponsored by IoPP’s Central Ohio Chapter. • Tu Chung, a packaging student at San Jose State Uni- versity (class of 2020), has been awarded the $500 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship, sponsored by IoPP’s New England Chapter. More information about this year’s scholarship winners can be found online. Special thanks to the judges who vol- unteered their time to select the winners of these presti- gious scholarships: • Ali Ali – Siemens • Jane Chase, CPP, Fellow – IoPP, Executive Director • Matt Culver, CPP – Target Corporation



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Manufacturer of Marotape®, Marotape®Plus, Marotape® FPT and MaroString™; hot melt coated tapes and strings used for reinforcement and easy-open features for pack- aging. Marotech Inc. also manufactures state-of-the-art dispensing and tape placement equipments to optimize the productivity of applying hot melt coated tapes in pack- aging.

• Brandon Frank – PPC Packaging • Susan Gruskin, CPP – PepsiCo

• Rebecca Oesterle, CPP – IoPP Board Chair • Amy Schupbach, CPP – Adept Packaging • Maggie Turner, CPP – Amazon

IoPP is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the packaging communi- ty. It is committed to providing continuing educational pro- grams of interest and value to all packaging professionals. Visit for more information.


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Global Supply Chains Are In Jeopardy BY TONY NUZIO

how businesses react to these problems and opportuni- ties during these business disruptions often makes the dif- ference between success and total failure. Supply Chain Challenges The Coronavirus could turn out to be the “mother of all supply chain disruptions,” at least as far as we have seen in recent years. Global supply chains are already reeling from its effects, starting in China where it is reported that China now accounts for a third of the world’s GDP growth, up three percent from 2000. Also, according to the World Bank, China accounted for one third of global trade in 2018. If there are extended fac- tory shutdowns, and that could be a real possibility, there are estimates it would result in increased costs worldwide to the tune of over $1 trillion. That is a significant increase in costs for all companies doing business in China. The real question will be, how can these companies possibly absorb additional costs of that magnitude; is it even pos- sible? With that being said, here are some real challenging supply chain questions for businesses to answer today as it relates to the outbreak of the Coronavirus: • How does a company make any plans not knowing how long factory closings will last? • What if the factories are shuttered for several months, what does a plan “B” look like; is there even a possibil- ity of a plan B? • Can a company instantly shift production “on the dime”

The effects of the Coronavirus outbreak, (COVID-19), which were first thought to be a global pandemic, then were

downplayed, principally by the Chi- nese government, is in fact a global pandemic. And now COVID-19 is get- ting incredible attention from gov- ernments and businesses from over 140 countries around the world. Supply Chain Managers and their “C” Level executives all over

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the world are working diligently trying to determine what can possibly be done to keep their supply chains flowing without major disruptions. To say the least, they are truly concerned. At this point, no one really knows where all of this is go- ing to lead us. However, the one thing we do know is that we are in a very fluid situation right now and circumstanc- es have been changing by the day. And as such, business- es will be challenged to make some very hard and often quick decisions to ensure not only the safety of their em- ployees, but also the survival of their supply chains. As with any business disruption challenge, there are combinations of problems as well as opportunities. And,


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to alternate suppliers for the products a company needs to keep its business running? • What are the intrinsic costs and operational consider- ations involved in such a change in suppliers? • How will the current Coronavirus outbreak ultimately affect corporate profits?

in freight movements from the Far East. Already we are seeing significantly lower freight volumes from China, cre- ating a drop in container demand to some estimates of 1.7 TEU’s. We are also seeing the Coronavirus playing havoc in Europe, so we’re fairly certain freight volumes will also be

• What can and what should a company do now to soften the blow corporate profits will obviously take? Perhaps Some Good News–Lower Freight Rates It is also obvious that we will see a downturn in ship- ping rates as freight volumes decrease as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus. These freight volume decreas- es have already started of course with a sharp reduction

down on intra-Europe shipping, as well as exports from many European countries. There are thousands of empty cargo containers currently in the U.S. and the European Union that will at some point need to be returned to the Far East. Both international and domestic freight sectors will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 34


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impacted by the constant changing circumstances sur- rounding the Coronavirus. We are already seeing a signifi- cant drop in spot rates from Los Angeles and Long Beach due to these low freight flows from China. This will be a domino effect and other freight sectors will experience the same reductions. The freight rate picture could change on an almost dai- ly basis however we are certain the trend in freight rates will continue downward across the board. So, this may be an excellent time to restructure pricing with both interna- tional and domestic freight carriers. The laws of supply

OHIO BLOW PIPE/ADVANCED AIRSYSTEMS For 85 years the Ohio Blow Pipe company and its whol- ly owned subsidiary, Advanced Airsystems, have provided the corrugated and folding carton industries with systems and products to process scrap. We engineer, fabricate, in- stall, service, provide system audits, and offer a wide range of scrap systems, dust collection systems and products to include cyclones, under roof AIR-SCREEN™ systems, pit belt systems, CLEANAIR dust collectors, Mist-Clone™ dust control systems for vacuum feeds, material handling fans, ductwork, switch valves, airveyors, balers, shredders and OM Partners makes paper makers and packaging compa- nies more profitable and more efficient by optimizing their operations. By utilizing mathematical solvers and advanced technology, corrugated producers remark that their corru- gators and converting equipment run faster with less waste and higher on time delivery achievement within weeks after implementation. The OMP System consists of a comprehen- sive and fully integrated set of modules for order promising, forecasting, capacity planning, stock management, corru- gator optimization, production scheduling, transport plan- ning and automatic data collection. dust briquetters. OM PARTNERS

and demand continually play a major role in freight rate structures. When you add in a global business disruption like the Coronavirus outbreak, it only exacerbates the sit- uation. Taking advantage of any opportunity to reduce cor- porate shipping expenses has a profound impact on cor- porate bottom lines. As an example, a company with a 10 percent margin of profit that reduces shipping expenses by $5 million will add $50,000,000 to the company’s bot- tom line without selling a single additional product. And, the ability to reduce shipping expenses will go a long way in offsetting the additional costs companies will be experi- encing by shifting suppliers, should that become an option for businesses. So while the Coronavirus outbreak will create major challenges to businesses all over the world, it could also present an opportunity for companies to improve their shipping expenses. While that may not be enough to ab- sorb the additional costs companies will endure by chang- ing suppliers, it could go a long way towards leveling out the playing field. Tony Nuzio is Founder & CEO of ICC Logistics Services, Inc. Since the company’s founding in 1975, he and his team have been helping companies reduce shipping costs and optimize the spectrum of logistics spending. Tony is also the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Logistics Strategies, a popular monthly opt-in newsletter that reaches thousands around the world. Contact Tony at tnuzio@icclogistics. com, call (516) 822-1183 or visit


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