Board Converting News, May 10, 2021

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Miami Valley Packaging Survives Tornado, Diversifies And Excels BY JACKIE SCHULTZ On Memorial Day in 2019 multiple tornados hit Ohio’s Miami Valley re- gion, killing two people and causing an estimated $1 billion in damage. One of the tornadoes, an EF4, came perilously close to Miami Valley Packaging Solutions’ (MVPS) 100,000-square-foot facility. While it didn’t demolish the building it did cause more than $5 million in damage. In-

SupplyOne Acquires A&M Tape & Packaging

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania based Sup- plyOne, Inc., one of the largest independent suppliers of corrugated and other value-add- ed packaging products, equipment, and ser- vices in the U.S., announced that it has ac- quired Florida A&M Tape & Packaging, Inc., dba A&M Tape & Packaging, a privately-held distributor of corrugated, packaging and ship- ping products. The company is headquar- tered in Sunrise, Florida. Founded in 1977, A&M Tape & Packaging serves manufacturing, food service, health- care, and e-commerce and technology indus- tries in southern Florida. Known digitally as mrboxonline, the company distributes stock and custom corrugated boxes, packaging and shipping supplies, custom printed tape and labels, janitorial products, and a specialty line of wine and beer shippers and coolers. In addition to on-site digital printing capabilities that support its customers’ custom-designed corrugated packaging needs, the company also manufactures its own Lucky Dog brand customized tapes and labels. “Becoming part of the SupplyOne organi- zation represents an exciting next step in our

From left, Don Chmiel, Jamie Williams and Kenny Phegley, owners of MVPS.

credibly, the only piece of equipment that was destroyed was a custom engineered and hand built folder gluer designed to run large corrugat- ed sleeves. The C-flute sleeves or envelopes hold glass panels that are manufactured by a long-time customer that does a significant amount of business with MVPS, with the potential to do even more. Losing the gluer to the tornado was a major blow. With the urgency of finding a replacement, Kenny Phegley, VP of Manufacturing, contacted Bernie Czerwinski, Salesman at American In- ternational Machinery (AIM), the exclusive North American distributor of Signature folder gluers. Czerwinski rushed to the plant with a flashlight and a laptop ready to discuss options, the end result of which was to build a one-of-a-kind Signature Albatross specialty gluer. “They came up with a machine that would do all of the things that we needed it to and then some,” says Jamie Williams, MVPS President. “It’s a specialty gluer that also does straight line, four corner, and six corner trays and has the unique capability of running these sleeves.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


WHAT’S INSIDE Graphic Packaging To Acquire Americraft Carton For $280M SuperCorrExpo To Take Place Live And In Person In Orlando PPC’s TICCIT Launches 2021 Youth Scholarship Program

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1 Consumers Underestimate Circular Economy: Survey

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 $955.00-960.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $1000.00-1010.00 $973.00-982.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$890.00-940.00 $905.00-925.00 $905.00-925.00 $905.00-925.00 $925.00-945.00 $908.00-928.00

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.

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SupplyOne Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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company’s evolution as a provider of complete packaging solutions,” said David Perlman, President of A&M Tape & Packaging. “As a SupplyOne company, we will have ac- cess to an even broader range of capabilities and services that will help us bring new sources of value to our custom- ers and additional growth opportunities to our outstanding employees.” A&M Tape & Packaging’s knowledgeable and custom- er-focused team will continue to serve its customers un- der the leadership of David Perlman, President, and Amy Perlman, Executive Vice President. The acquisition of A&M Tape & Packaging was SupplyOne’s fourth such invest- ment in Florida since 2012, when it purchased Melco, Inc., in Clearwater. The acquisition of GTI, Inc. and Riverside Packaging, Inc., both in Miami, followed in 2019 and 2020. The acquisition of A&M Tape & Packaging enhances SupplyOne’s service capabilities in Central Florida. Togeth- er, they support SupplyOne’s business model of providing its customers with customer service and custom corrugat- ed packaging supplies, packaging equipment, and supply chain services from a single point of contact. “David and Amy Perlman have fostered a culture of in- novation and customer focus,” said William T. Leith, Found- er and CEO of SupplyOne. “We are delighted to welcome A&M’s valued customers and exceptional employees to the SupplyOne family.”

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Graphic Packaging International To Acquire Americraft For $280M Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging International (GPI) last week announced that it has acquired Prairie Vil- lage, Kansas based Americraft Carton. As part of the deal, Graphic Packaging will acquire Americraft Carton’s seven converting facilities and a team of employees for $280M. Americraft Carton offers all styles of paperboard folding cartons, including seal end, tuck top, reverse tuck, straight tuck, four and six beer trays, sleeves, simplex trays and end caps. The company’s folding cartons can also be inte- grated with special features such as windows, UV printing and coatings, embossing and foil stamping. Americraft Carton also offers a range of other paper- board products such as display cards, clamshell insert cards, sleeves and bands, blister cards and security tags.

The proposed deal is expected to add around $200m in sales and $30 million in adjusted EBITDA, in addition to significant chances for paperboard integration. GPI has also stated that synergies may contribute an additional $10 million of adjusted EBITDA within four months of clos- ing. The comapny reported a net income of $54 million for the Q1 of 2021, compared to a net loss of $13 million for the same period last year. GPI has also announced that its net sales have increased by three percent to $1.64 billion in the Q1 of 2021, compared to $1.59 billion in Q1 2020. “Consumer preferences for sustainable packaging are driving global demand for fibre-based packaging solu- tions,” said GPI President and CEO Michael Doss. “We are meeting this demand by introducing new innovative products and supporting our customers as we answer the calls from today’s consumer. During the first quarter, we continued to deliver on our ambitious growth strategy, in- creasing net organic sales by two percent.”

Old Newsprint Mill In WA To Reopen As OCC Facility According to a report in the local media outlet, The Miner, pending approval from bankrupcty courts, the former Ponderay Newsprint Mill in Usk, Washington, will be reopened as a corrugated production facili- ty, according to court filings from Chapter 7 Trustee John D. Munding. Allrise Capital had the winning bid, in the amount of $18,100,000. “I am informed that Allrise will be restart- ing paper mill operations, with an aim to re- purpose selected portions of the paper mill into an Old, Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) paper production facility. In summary, an OCC facility would produce cardboard ma- terials used in packaging, manufacturing, e-commerce, shipping, and other indus- tries,” Munding wrote in the filing. “Allrise also has a strong interest in building and managing high-tech data centers for cloud computing operations. Allrise is committed to employing personnel to operate the pa- per mill facility as soon as possible.” Three entities submitted qualifying bids: PPL Acquisition Group, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Allrise. All three participated in the auction process and bidding proce- dure, which commenced via email on Mon- day, April 19, and continued through Friday, April 23. The live auction was held Friday via Zoom and in person. The bidding took an hour and a half and there were approxi- mately 60 rounds. Allrise made the last bid of the day at $18.1 million.


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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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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire working width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2020

For the first time since 2016, the corrugated industry will have a major trade show at which to safely gather together in Orlando, Florida, at SuperCorrExpo (SCE). Organized by TAPPI and AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, SCE is one of the best ways to see cutting-edge equip- ment and technology innovations in action under one roof. “After more than a year of limited to no travel, stay-at- home orders, and other pandemic-related restrictions, the corrugated industry is ready to meet safely and conduct important business,” said TAPPI President and CEO, Lar- ry Montague. “There is pent-up demand for equipment, products and solutions.” AICC President, Mike D’Angelo added, “With an exhibit floor featuring working machinery, technical innovations, relationship-building events and production information, all appropriately socially distanced, this event will be the place where ideas are exchanged and deals are closed.” SCE is being held at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in technical sessions on the latest industry de- velopments pre- and post-COVID, as well as several corru- gated courses. There are three dynamic keynote presen- tations scheduled, with another in development. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.916 31.332


8.729 7.833


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

406.776 393.483


8.071 7.838


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7727 2.5660


33.0739 32.3005


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

1.8921 1.7912


2.7 2.5


Shipping Days




2020 2019

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Independent Carton Group Welcomes American Carton

In 2009 Trent Tucker was hired as American Carton’s General Manager coming in with a long history in the print- ing and packaging world. The company has made great strides in the last four years receiving certifications in ISO 9001, Safe Quality Food (SQF), G7, GMI (Graphic Measures International), and SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative) and receiving many outstanding customer audits. Over the past decade sales have grown significantly and have continued to grow through the pandemic. “We specialize on bringing what the big guys do for their big brand customers to our small brand customers, extreme value but with a personal touch” says Tucker, “We have grown our business in the pharmaceutical and medical supplies sectors as well as consumer packaging by being the best full-service supplier we can be to our customers.” “We have heard for many years of the outstanding val- ue ICG members gain from being part of that group” says Harris. “One of the key benefits we are looking for is back- up production support and the peace of mind that brings our customers – that we will always be able to supply them with the products and services they are accustomed to getting from us.” Also important to American Carton is the best-practice sharing that the ICG brings to their members. “We are all vibrant family-owned businesses that have similar values and goals,” says Harris. “Being a member of the ICG is one more way we can continue to grow our business and give us the ability to give more people jobs.”

The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 19 independently owned and operated folding carton manu- facturers, has welcomed American Carton Company (ACC) of Mansfield, Texas, who was voted into the ICG during their virtual general meeting on November 12, 2020.

ACC was founded in 1992 by Joe Harris and a partner as part of Harris Packaging. Since 2006, the company has been run by Harris’ daughters Jana Harris and Jenise Har- ris Cox and is a certified women-owned business. From left, Jana Harris, President/CEO; Jenise Harris Cox, CFO; and Trent Tucker, General Manager.

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PPC TICCIT Launches 2021 Youth Scholarship Program

This spring, TICCIT (Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees) is inspiring students to create a more sustainable future while offering scholarships to bring much-needed school supplies into the classroom. A program from the Paperboard Packaging Council, TICCIT teaches first-through-fifth grade students about the importance of trees, paper packaging, recycling, and the environment. Adopted for the virtual world, 2021’s programming will feature video lessons from industry sponsors and an opportunity for students to submit their creative projects into a scholarship contest.

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The pack will stand out on the supermarket shelves with its novel silhouette, and its range of opening options will not only make interesting merchandising options pos- sible, enhancing the point of sale, but they will also elevate the consumer experience. According to Ana González, innovation and design manager at Graphic Packaging, “This is the first structure of its kind in the beverage market. We have worked close- ly with Estrella Damm’s team to ensure that the plastic replacement solution created is innovative and strength- ens the brand. The elevated shelf appeal of this solution is the culmination of a long and successful collaboration between Graphic Packaging and Estrella Damm.” Functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, the pack- aging wraps tightly around the cans, protecting them from damage as they move through the supply chain. In addi- tion to its bold yet practical design, it is made from recy- clable paperboard, which highlights Estrella Damm’s and Graphic Packaging’s efforts to develop eco-sustainable alternatives in packaging. Graphic Packaging has installed the first of two Quik- Flex machines to meet production and market needs. Ini- tially 6-, 12-, and 24-packs have been launched. Estrella Damm has existed since 1876, when August Küntzmann Damm founded his brewery in Barcelona, and is the flagship beer of S.A. Damm, a prominent brewery in the city. The brand is the oldest in Spain and the name Estrella means “star” in both Catalan and Spanish.

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Survey: Consumers Underestimate Power Of The Circular Economy As U.S. consumers become increasingly aware of the en- vironmental impacts of the products they use every day, there remains a wide gap between perception and real- ity when it comes to the sustainability of paper products. This is according to a new survey commissioned by Two Sides North America and conducted by global research firm Toluna. The survey, “Paper’s Place in a Post-Pandemic World,” sought to explore and better understand consum- er perceptions, behaviors and preferences related to the sustainability of paper products. “More and more consumers are factoring environmen- tal impacts into their purchasing decisions, but all too of- ten those decisions are based on pop culture myths and sensational, headline-driven journalism rather than fact,”

says Two Sides North America President Kathi Rowzie. “As attention turns to developing a more sustainable, circular economy, the paper and paper-based packaging industry has a great, fact-based environmental story to tell: Paper is one the few products that can already claim to have a truly circular life cycle.” The Size Of U.S. Forests Paper use is often blamed for forest loss, and 60 per- cent of those surveyed believe U.S. forests are shrinking. The fact: U.S. forest area grew by 18 million acres between 1990 and 2020, according to the U.N. Food and Agricul- ture Organization’s 2020 Global Forest Resources As- sessment. That’s an area equivalent to 1,200 NFL football fields every day. Contrary to the popular belief that man- ufacturing and using paper destroys forests, the demand for sustainably sourced paper and paper-based packag- ing creates a powerful financial incentive for landowners not only to manage and harvest their land responsibly, but

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umented causes of forest loss. Percentage Of Paper Recycled

Paper recycling in the United States is a hands down environmental success story. But according to the survey, only 11 percent of consumers believe the U.S. recycling rate exceeds 60 percent and nearly a quarter be- lieve it’s less that 20 percent. The fact: More than two-thirds of all paper and paper-based packaging in the U.S. is recycled, and more than 90 percent of corrugated cardboard boxes is recycled, according to the Ameri- can Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA). In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that paper is the most recycled material in the country, compared to plastics at 8.4 percent, glass at 26.6 percent and metals at 33.3 percent. Environmentally Friendly Communication As the pandemic forced meetings, events and day-to-day business to online commu- nication and consumers increasingly relied on the internet for news and information, 67 percent of those surveyed believe that elec- tronic communication is more environmental- ly friendly than paper-based communication. While consumers enjoy the convenience and the ability to work from home that electronic communication affords, they overlook the en- vironmental impact of digital communication. The facts: The EPA reports that the pulp and paper industry accounts for only 1.2 per- cent of U.S. industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and only 0.5 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions – which shouldn’t be sur- prising since two-thirds of the energy used

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to power U.S. paper industry operations is generated us- ing renewable, carbon neutral biomass. In contrast, the energy consumption required for digital technologies is increasing nine percent each year, and the share of digi- tal technology in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could rise to eight percent by 2025 according to The Shift Project, a carbon transition think tank. And compared to paper’s recycling success story, the United States generates approximately seven million met- ric tons of e-waste annually, but only 15 percent of that waste is recycled, according to the 2020 Global E-waste Monitor. “The life cycle of paper products is circular by nature,” Rowzie explains. “The raw material used to make it is per- petually regrown, the energy used to manufacture it is generated using mostly carbon-neutral biofuel, and the circle is completed as used paper is recycled into new products at a higher rate than any other material. Even so, our survey shows that misconceptions about the sustain- ability of paper products are commonplace. It’s just these types of misconceptions that Two Sides was created to correct. We believe consumers have the right to make pur- chasing choices based on data and hard facts, free from pop mythology and misinformation.” Visit for more facts about the sustainability of paper and paper-based packaging.

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Registration Opens For PACK EXPO, Healthcare Expo 2021 In Las Vegas Registration has opened for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2021, scheduled for Sepem- ber 27-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, to welcome the industry back together at the only comprehensive packaging and processing event in the world this year. “We continuously monitor the industry, and exhibitors and attendees alike are eager to return to conducting business and experiencing new machinery, materials, technologies and solutions in-person,” says Jim Pittas, President and CEO of show producer, PMMI, The Associa- tion for Packaging and Processing Technologies. “There is no substitute for seeing technology up close, manipulating materials and containers, experiencing controls systems, speaking to vendors and getting answers on the spot.”

Spaced across four large convention center halls, PACK EXPO Las Vegas offers countless opportunities for ideas from 40-plus vertical markets to cross-pollinate. Healthcare Packaging EXPO provides the broadest range of equipment and technology solutions for life sciences, showcasing targeted solutions for pharmaceutical, medi- cal device, nutraceuticals and biologics. “Our industry’s essential role over the past year shed light on new technological needs, and these improve- ments and advancements in equipment and technology will continue to evolve,” says Laura Thompson, Vice Pres- ident, trade shows, PMMI. “Walking the aisles, connecting with colleagues and meeting new people will allow attend- ees the opportunity to discover solutions they didn’t even know they needed.” Free educational sessions located throughout the ex- hibit halls will provide chances to grow, learn and accom- plish professional goals with suppliers showcasing break-

through technologies, best practices and case studies at the Innovation Stages. The Forum, an interactive stage encouraging open dis- cussions with industry experts, the Reusable Packaging Stage, hosted by the Reusable Packaging Association, and the new PACK to the Future Stage are also must-visit show floor destinations to learn about the latest trends and discuss the future of the industry. The Cold Pressure Council Annual Con- ference (Sept. 28-29) will also take place in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, offering educa- tion on the latest in High Pressure Processing (HPP) technologies. All registrants of the CPC conference receive complimentary registra- tion to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2021 will also fea- ture the return of the Processing Zone with solutions from food processing/systems, food safety, engineering, design and construction services and more. Attendees can once again start their search for front-of-the-line process- ing solutions while continuing to solve their packaging challenges all under one conve- nient roof. A processing-specific Innovation Stage will also feature sessions targeting the processing sector. Additional pavilions contain targeted solu- tions. The Package Printing Pavilion will shine a spotlight on digital printing and converting technologies and labeling, coding and mark- ing solutions. The Containers and Materials Pavilion showcases the innovative packages and solutions that are proven to capture the eyes of consumers, including the Showcase of Packaging Innovations, the best and brightest CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

Once recycled, corrugated box fibers are used 7-10 times to make new boxes and other paper products. And, more corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material. Corrugated attracts eco-conscious customers who prefer to choose sustainably packaged products. Environmentally Responsible. Recyclable. Compostable. Extraordinary.

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of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), OMAC-The Organization for Machine Automation and Control, Flexible Packaging Association. Registration, which includes access to both PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, is $30 until September 3, after which the price increases to $130. Visit and for more. Sappi North America Releases 2020 Sustainability Report Boston, Massachusetts based Sappi North America, Inc. has released its 2020 Sustainability Report, illustrating Sappi’s continued commitment to sustainable develop- ment. The report highlights the ways that Sappi remained innovative and prosperous during the COVID-19 pandem- ic; its commitment to employee safety and collaborations for sustainability initiatives; and ambitious plans to meet its strategic business goals for 2025. “In 2020, we continued to build on our sustainability commitments and created a foundation of new strategies to tackle our global business goals which will guide us into 2025,” said Mike Haws, President and CEO, Sappi North America. “We are confident in our capacity to grow as a business while contributing toward building a circular, sus- tainable economy.” Visit to see and download the report.

ideas in product packaging that have advanced the indus- try in the past year. The Confectionary Pavilion will house industry-specific solutions for candy and snack food con- noisseurs while serving as the home of the Candy Bar Lounge for networking and industry advice with Lounge sponsors from the National Confectioners Association. The PACK to the Future interactive experience de- buts at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, showcasing the industry’s past, present and future. PACK to the Future will display carefully curated items and machinery from some of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods and packaging companies. Industry ex- perts, futurists, business and financial leaders will speak daily on where the industry has been, where it is now and what the future holds for packaging and processing. Networking opportunities abound at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, including a Pack- aging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network break- fast with a keynote presentation and an Emerging Leaders Network event for young packaging and processing pro- fessionals on the rise. In addition to PMMI provided networking, 19 associa- tion partners have signed on to support and exhibit at Las Vegas, with many offering opportunities for their members to connect during the show, including CPA, the Associa- tion for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers, Institute

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carton,” says Kevin Koplin, AIM Managing Director. “You can turn it 180 degrees or 90 degrees. That’s unlike any- thing that has been done in the corrugated industry.” A full line of glue is applied on each panel of the sleeve prior to going through the turning module and then fold- ed to form a pocket. The gluer has 12 Baumer hhs cold

The machine is 10-feet wide and can easily handle the sleeves, which can be as big as 118 inches. It also can run any blanks off MVPS’ two 120-inch rotary diecutters. “That was the logic behind the size,” says Williams. “The yielding

Miami Valley Packaging Solutions offers a diversified product mix, from custom boxes to corrugated plastic.

blank off of the diecutters maximizes what we can feed through that machine.” A key feature is a turning module that can turn the sheets and re-orientate their direction to accommodate cross folding and gluing. “This is the first large format ma- chine that we’ve made with a turning module that turns the

glue heads. The turning module is used primarily for the sleeves. Williams anticipates that this business will grow with the installation of the Albatross. “Being able to pro- duce the sleeves quickly is paramount if we’re going to get the bigger volumes we’re expected to get,” he says.


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al Speed King gluer. The new gluer can handle a wider variety of jobs, including in-line diecuts, RSCs, FOLs, lock bottoms and the sleeves. There are even plans to run four-corner trays for local breweries. Board grades run on the machine have ranged from E-flute to B/C doublewall. It can run at speeds up to 1100-feet-per-minute.

Great Versatility After the tornado destroyed the original gluer, MVPS was hand gluing the sleeves. It would take 10 hours to hand glue 500 blanks. That same volume takes one hour

on the Signature Albatross. Its efficiency and productivity has greatly streamlined workflow through the plant. MVPS can now run large volumes and warehouse the inventory, eliminating the need to stage jobs and alleviating bottle- necks on the production floor. In-line box styles were produced on an Internation- The specialty gluer is 10-feet wide and can easily handle sheets as large as 118 inches.

“We’ve been able to do much deeper, longer boxes on the new gluer than we could have done on the Speed King,” says Williams. “It’s very versatile. We haven’t even touched on everything we can do with it.” Phegley says the Signature Albatross can also run very A turning module turns the sheets and re-orientates their di- rection to accommodate cross folding and gluing.


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larger volume of those in-line glued boxes,” says Williams. “What we would call a four-way bottom, we were semi-automatically feeding 2,000 to 5,000,” says Don Chmiel, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Now we’re running 20,000 to 40,000 across the new gluer.” The market is wide open for existing as well as new customers, even other box plants. “There’s a lot of people out there that can’t produce a box because they can’t glue it and we can do that,” says Williams, adding that he re- cently received an inquiry from another plant about gluing a 7x6x48-inch box that would normally have to be hand fed through a semi-automatic machine. “We could feed that on the Albatross. I feel like we’ll get some more of that type of business. We have the capacity.” The machine has been up and running since July. It was ready to ship from the manufacturing facility in Korea in early 2020, however the pandemic disrupted the delivery. Williams credits AIM with finding a way to get the gluer to

small boxes, as small as a 2x2x6-inch sheet, as well as longer volumes than the original hand-built machine, log- ging significant productivity gains. “We went from running 5,000 in a day to running 50,000 in a day. That’s how well it runs. I’ll even run 500 boxes on it if we have the time.” The average order size on the gluer is about 10,000 to 15,000, and setups take anywhere from an hour for lock bottoms to 20 minutes for straight line boxes. To handle the additional capacity, C&M Conveyor in- stalled automated intake, out feed and a load former on the Signature Albatross, and three new Signode bundlers were added. The gluer has opened the door to many new opportu- nities. “Our biggest customer who buys a ton of in-lined glued product grew to the point where his products fit in really well with that machine. We’re able to handle a much

MVPS. “The guys that built the machine and disassembled it in Korea were supposed to be the ones to come here and re-assemble it. That didn’t happen. Kevin’s team did a great job be- ing versatile and getting this thing done in a completely different manner than planned.” MVPS’ Journey Investing in the Signature Albatross is just one chapter in the history of MVPS’s journey to become a premier and diverse sheet plant. Williams, Chmiel and Phegley purchased the assets of B&L Packaging in 2009 and created Miami Valley Packaging Solutions.. They had been working for B&L for more than 20 years. In 2014, they moved the company to the cur- rent 100,000-square-foot facility. The sheet plant is vastly different today, with a more diversified product mix and mod- ern equipment. In 2009, during the national recession, the company expanded into corru- gated plastic. “That was a steady business and kept us busy and it has grown along with the rest of our business,” says Williams. “We’ve tripled in size in employees, capabilities and annual rev- enue since we bought the company and we’ll go beyond that this year.” They started with 12 employees. There are 36 today. “We are customer focused. A lot of people say that, but that’s part of what got us into plas- tics as well as designing this specialty enve- lope,” says Chmiel. “We’re very open to unique and new ideas for our customers. That’s a lot different from the B&L days. We’re willing to run anything, whether it be quantity, size or material. We focus on satisfying the customer to solve their packaging issues, as well as de- veloping unique designs and this gluer makes all the difference in the world.”


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