Board Converting News, September 14, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years September 14, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 37

Ox Box Discovers A ‘Facemate’ To Squelch Spread Of COVID-19 BY LEN PRAZYCH A recent Google search of the term “COVID-19” resulted in more than 16 billion, yes, billion results in a mere 1.18 seconds. And like the death toll that continues to rise by thousands each week, the numbers will continue to rise unless a vaccine is developed or we humans learn to make “social distancing” and mask wearing a way of life in this “new normal.” Like everyone else in every industry on earth trying to prevent

Graphic Packaging Invests $180M In LA Consolidation Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging has invested $180 million to consolidate two plants and three offsite warehouses into one of the most productive and largest folding carton operations in the world. The 1.2 million square-foot facility, located in Monroe, Louisiana, is highly automated and uses the latest automation and advanced ma- terial handling technologies, including AGVs and roll handling systems. The automation has allowed the company to improve safety and reduce their carbon footprint. “Automation is important for us from a safety standpoint, because it eliminates the need for the repetitive motion type jobs in the facility,” said Joe Yost, Executive Vice Presi- dent. “One of the biggest parts of our culture is having a strong focus on safety here.” The company reports that they will convert more than 1.4 billion beverage cartons annual- ly. The paperboard is made at the West Mon- roe mill, located seven miles from the factory. Between the plant and warehouse consolida- tion and the proximity to the mill, the company will eliminate millions of miles of freight and CO2 emissions every year.

the spread of a disease that was still largely a mystery in early Febru- ary, corrugated and folding carton converters scrambled to learn what to do and more importantly, what not to do. Business survival and hu- man lives depended on it. It was just a matter of time, however, before it struck one of our own. “Yes, we had a COVID incident on our shop floor in early May,” ad- mitted Guy Ockerlund of Addison, Illinois based Ox Box, a 37-employee independent converter just outside of Chicago. “We thought we were doing everything we could to keep everyone healthy. We talked to our employees. We split shifts to avoid crossing paths. We told our people not to come to work if they were sick. We wore masks. We cleaned and sanitized regularly. I really thought we were doing a lot, but all it took was for one person to show up for work who wasn’t feeling well and didn’t tell anyone. It brought us to a standstill and shut us down.” It was actually a fellow Ox Box employee who went to his supervisor and said he was concerned about the co-worker who was not looking Guy Ockerlund, owner and President of Addison, Illinois based Ox Box, shared his experience of how his company dealt with a case of COVID-19.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Baysek Machines Sells Die Cutter To Customer Via Zoom 12 ISOWA Celebrates 100 Years, With Rebrand, New Logo 6 ICPF Advises Recruitment Of 2021 Graduates, Interns Now 4 Domtar Enters Linerboard Market


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 indi- cated 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 $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$820.00-850.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $865.00-875.00 $838.00-858.00

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





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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Semi-Chem Medium

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“Our mill in Monroe and now this low-cost converting facility that we’ve built, gives us an amazing supply chain to take care of our global beverage customers at scale, really end to end,” said Mike Doss, President and CEO. “You can buy the equipment and lay out your factory in the proper way, but at the end of the day, its really all about the people and the amazing job this team has done at our facilities here.”

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Baysek Machines Sells Die Cutter To Turkish Customer Via Zoom Demo When the clock ticked down to close 2019 and welcomed the New Year, who could have predicted 2020 would play out to be one of the most unpredictable years in world his- tory? So, what do you do when things don’t go as planned? You call an audible to adjust and succeed. Like other companies in the industry and the world, Baysek had plans for 2020. SuperCorrExpo 2020 was where the company planned to unveil a new digital post printer for corrugated and industrial boxes. They were also gearing up to take a third C-170 die cutter to Munich, Ger- many, CCE International March of 2021. (To date, CCE has not been cancelled so it remains a “wait and see”). Upon world travel restrictions this spring and summer, and the Wisconsin state “Safer at Home” act, Baysek Machines im-

mediately went to “virtual headquarters visits and C-170 die cutter demonstrations” via Zoom to keep businesses Nelsonville, Wisconsin based Baysek Machines virtually wel- comed Turkoglu Kagit Karton in Istanbul, Turkey.

interested in and in need of corrugated converting equipment on schedule. The packaging industry wasn’t stopping, espe- cially with online ordering and shipping of everything from food to household items and medical supplies on the rise. Since March, Baysek has hosted major integrated and smaller independent com- panies from all around the world via the internet. Here is just one of the successful stories in the words of Baysek agent Nihat Kiray: “Turkoglu Kagit Karton in Istanbul, Turkey, wanted to see the Baysek C-170 die cutter in operation in the USA or in Europe. In December of 2019, President of Baysek, Mark Helbach organized a visit at a welcom- ing Baysek customer’s plant in Germany to see the machine in production. Our airline tickets and hotel reservations were made to visit just after INTERPACK, May 2020. In March, we learned the Covid-19 pandem- ic had spread all over the world. All exhi- bitions and visits to foreign countries had been stopped. My customer would have placed the machine order just after the visit in Germany, so it was a very unfortu- nate situation for everyone. Customers do not place machine orders without seeing a machine in operation, so we organized a Zoom demonstration together from our three office locations: two in Turkey, and one at Baysek headquarters in Nelsonville, Wisconsin.” Turkoglu, a manufacturer of bakery cir- cles, cake board, separator, solid board for different industries and other products, is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Kiray con- sulted with Turkoglu prior to their virtual



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NAM: Manufacturers Adding Workers, But Still Below Pre-COVID-19 Pace According to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) man- ufacturers added 29,000 workers in August, slowing but extending the 41,000 gain in employment in July. Despite increases over the past four months, the labor market remains well below its pre-COVID-19 pace, with manu- facturing employment down 720,000 since February. As such, sizable labor market challenges continue despite recent progress. The current outlook is for manufacturing employment to bounce back to roughly 12,350,000 workers by year’s end, up from 12,132,000 in August but down from the prepandemic pace of 12,852,000 in February. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy added 1,371,000 work- ers in August, with the unemployment rate dropping for the fourth straight month to 8.4 percent. Initial unemployment claims declined from 1,011,000 for the week ending Aug. 22 to 881,000 for the week ending Aug. 29. Overall, initial claims have decelerated since peaking at 6,867,000 for the week ending March 28, averaging 1,031,600 over the past five weeks. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index- expanded in August at the fastest pace since November CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.784 33.734


7.905 8.032


Industry Total

Year-to Date

July 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

231.403 227.669


7.765 7.744


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7993 2.7517


18.9354 18.7289


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jul. Jun.

2.0214 2.0865


3.2 3.3


Shipping Days




2020 2019

22 21

149 147

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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2018, with the sector continuing to recover from sharp declines from COVID-19 disruptions in the spring. New orders grew at the best rate since January 2004, even as hiring declined for the 13th straight month. On a regional level, the Dallas Federal Reserve re- ported that manufacturing activity continued to stabilize, expanding for the first time since February, with respon- dents optimistic about the next six months. New orders for manufactured goods increased 6.4 percent in July, or 2.1 percent with transportation equip- ment excluded. Over the past 12 months, factory orders have fallen 4.9 percent, but encouragingly, core capital goods—a proxy for capital spending in the economy— have declined just 0.2 percent year-over-year after re- cent rebounds. Shipments rose 4.6 percent in July. The U.S. trade deficit rose to the highest level since July 2008, with the goods trade deficit soaring to a new record. Growth in goods imports outpaced the gains in goods exports. The data continue to reflect the drop- off in trade activity year to date, with U.S.-manufactured goods exports down 17.3 percent through the first seven months of 2020 relative to the same period in 2019. Private manufacturing construction spending edged up 0.2 percent in July, but on a year-over-year basis, pri- vate construction spending among manufacturers has decreased 9.9 percent since July 2019.

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ISOWA Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Adventure, Rebrand, New Logo BY HIDEYUKI ISOWA

Thanks to your continuous and warm support, ISOWA is celebrating 100th year anniversary in 2020. I would like to extend my most sincere thanks

and share some of our company’s history. Since our founding, we have always strived to express our corporate identity, openly declaring who we are, what we are and what we want to be to the world. Today this is called “branding.” To establish the brand, consistency is essen- tial in good products, services, our corporate phi- losophy and action policy. Furthermore, it should be obvious for all customers, sub-contractors and

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employees through characters, words, visuals and designs. With ISOWA’s traditions of diligence, faithfulness and persistent devel- opment, which were inherited from our seniors, our corporate philosophy and action policies -- our brand -- have been understood and shared with the ISOWA people. As more of them brought these ideals into action, a better and more fertile corporate culture has been cultivated. The most important factors for a brand, of course, are good products and good services. Regardless of how admirable a corporate philosophy or culture we have, we cannot be a great brand if our products and ser- vices don’t reach the highest level. We are confident that we have been keeping our consistency in our corporate philosophy, action policies, statements and sending messages internally and externally. This is one of the great factors of our success during ISOWA’s corporate culture revolu- tion. I believe this has been reflected in the evolution of our brand and our logo, which we have changed to clebrate our 100th anniversary. The history of ISOWA’s logo began a century ago with the founding of

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Minoda Iron Works. Ancestors of the ISOWA fam- ily were shipbuilders on Shima peninsula, where they have a legend that gods on a log were cast up on the shore at Shima and since then, ship- building has been prosperous there. Considering the family name of Isowa is derived from “ship/ wheel of seashore,” it might be fate that our first logo was that of a treasure ship.


After World War II in 1946, the company name was changed to ISOWA Industry. At that time the logo was a treasure ship with “IS mark” designed like a $ mark by Mr. Eichi Isowa, the second generation of the compa- ny, while he was under medical treatment for tuberculosis. The “IS mark”

remained until our 70th anni- versary, when the company name was changed from Iso- wa Industry to ISOWA Corpo- ration. We also changed the

corporate color to purplish blue from sky blue. The height of the logo was shortened a little, widened along the base, and the traditional “IS mark” was removed. At our 80th anniversary, we started our “corporate culture revolution.” Things started from one simple action policy: “Speed and Dialogue.” Thereafter, “Take the Initiative,” “Extend a Hand,” and “Brighten the Atmo- sphere” were added to the action policy.



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At our 90th anniversary, we set our concepts: “Bring results from corporate culture revolution in the midst of day-to-day operations” and “I Machine: human friendly and Kikai friendly.” In the development of machines with

these concepts, we built a strong reputation among our customers. The word spread this resulted in attention from new customers who were not interested in our products before. Now we are celebrating our 100th anniversary with a new logo that expresses our future direction visually. The metallic silver at the center shows our root in the Iron in- dustry, and our tradition and pride as a standing 100-year- old machine manufacturer of corrugators and finishing equipment. The blue at the bottom is what we call “ISOWA blue,” which expresses our corporate philosophy: “Creat- ing a company with the best corporate culture in the world that makes us and our families happy.” Originally, philoso- phy is not visually perceptible, but as it has been spread into all ISOWA employees, it shows its shape by their ac- tions, little by little. The blue graduation at the bottom re- flects this idea. The last color is red. Our philosophy is not providing new value or benefits to our customers if we let it just be a philosophical idea. To deliver our philosophy, huge energy is necessary and indispensable. We can never gain that energy by external enforcement. Red is newly introduced as an accent to express ISOWA people’s, who declared to bring our machines and our services to a premium level, with the main purpose of preventive maintenance and to “bring results from the corporate culture revolution in the midst of day-to-day operations.” Today our action policy is “Quickness and Interaction:” 1) Take the Initiative: Accepting challenges is the high- est of virtues. 2) Extend a hand: Nurturing mutual trust and communi- cation among people. 3) Brighten the atmosphere: Creating a frank and open working environment. Let’s continue to take one more step forward together and onward to another 100 years! Hideyuki Isowa is President of ISOWA Corporation in Aichi, Japan.


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ICPF Advises Industry To Recruit 2021 Graduates And Summer Interns Now The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) continually works to attract the best and the bright- est students for available jobs and internships within the industry. Every year, over 750 packaging engineering, sales & marketing, graphic design, packaging design, business, supply chain management, chemical engi- neering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and related students and upcoming graduates demon- strate interest in corrugated packaging careers by joining ICPF’s Corrugated Packaging Career Network, posting their resumes and applying for openings through ICPF’s Career Portal, and participating in ICPF’s educational pro- grams and interactive broadcasts. On average, over 120 student interns and new gradu-

ates are hired annually through ICPF resources by ICPF’s official corporate partners. If you are an ICPF Corporate Partner or considering becoming a partner, you can gain a competitive edge by recruiting early. September and early October is the best period to begin posting 2021 summer internships / co-ops and openings for upcoming 2021 graduates on ICPF’s career portal. It’s easy and fast. Contact info@ for information on posting openings and ac- cessing ICPF’s resume bank for upcoming graduates and students. For those seeking applicants for immediate en- try level openings, there are some upcoming December 2020 graduates available, as well. Here is a cross section of student interns and upcom- ing graduates who currently are available through ICPF’s career portal. Elizabeth A. is a Clemson University Packaging Sci- ence major with an emphasis on Food and Health Care Packaging and is graduating in December


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Dinner and ICPF’s Teleconfer- ence on the Business of Corru- gated Packaging & Displays this past February. “My corrugated packaging internship and career interests are in sales or design. I am currently looking for an in- ternship/ co-op beginning in Jan- uary of 2021.” gineering. I will be able to begin full time employment in August 2021.” Wesley S. is a Clemson Uni- versity Graphic Communications major and a Packaging Science minor. He is graduating in De- cember 2020 and has complet- ed two internships at WestRock

software/hardware design, and graphic design. “I am interested in packaging systems engineering and the IT systems areas, and am especially looking for opportunities that can pro- mote my skills in solving perti- nent automation/control system problems to provide extensive solutions for the corrugated packaging industry. I will be available for full time employment in June 2021.” Ryan N. is a Clemson Packaging Science major gradu- ating in December 2020. He is an Air Force veteran who has placed an emphasis in studying packaging materials. Sofia J.

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Sarah W. is a Michigan State University Chemical En- gineering major and is graduating in May 2021. She’s had a six month internship at BASF. “My areas of interests in corrugated packaging are in design, production, and en-

“My career goal is to excel in the field of research & development, creating new packaging that ex- ceeds customer requirements and promotes a sustainable fu- ture.” Nicholas G. is a Clemson Uni- versity Packaging Science major with a concentration in design

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industry, and promotes corrugated packaging & display career opportunities for packaging engineering, graph- ic design, structural design, business, marketing & sales, supply chain management, mechanical & chemical engi- neering, industrial engineering & design, tech and relat- ed graduates. Visit . ARC International Receives Award For Excellent Air Quality Efforts ARC International has been recognized for maintaining ex- cellent air quality standards at its facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the 2020 Air Quality ACE Award. Presented by Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ), the citation recognizes the company’s ongoing efforts to eliminate pollution and improve local air quality. The ACE (Air Quality Excellence) designation is award- ed to firms that have worked in compliance with the test- ing, reporting, and inspection requirements of MACQ over the preceding twelve months. This also includes an ab- sence of any notices of violation or nuisance dust or odor complaints recorded against the facility. “We are honored to be recognized with this award,” said ARC CEO Micheal Foran. “I am equally proud of the people who have taken this extra effort to maintain a safe and clean environment for our fellow staff members, the community, and the planet.”

different printing processes and the science behind inks and substrates. As a Packaging Science minor, I learned

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Domtar Enters Linerboard Market BY GREG KISHBAUGH Fort Mill, South Carolina, plans to enter the linerboard mar- ket with the conversion of an uncoated freesheet printing and writing paper machine line in Kingsport, Tennessee. The converted line will make 600,000 tons per year of re- cycled-content linerboard and medium.

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The company recently released its second quarter fi- nancial report. Domtar reported net earnings of $19 million for the second quarter of 2020 compared to net earnings of $5 million for the first quarter of 2020 and net earnings of $18 million for the second quarter of 2019. Sales for the second quarter of 2020 were $1.0 billion. “We have been proactive in reducing risk and safe- guarding our ability to weather the current crisis,” said John D. Williams, President and CEO. “Despite the signif- icant challenges we faced in Pulp and Paper markets, we have been able to manage costs while initiating cash and cost conservation initiatives across the network.” When compared to the first quarter of 2020, manufac- tured paper shipments were down 32 percent, and pulp shipments increased 10 percent. The shipment-to-produc- tion ratio for paper was 105 percent in the second and the first quarters of 2020. Paper inventories decreased by 22,000 tons, and pulp inventories decreased by 2,000 metric tons when compared to the first quarter of 2020. The Kingsport, Tennessee, move is part a cost-savings program the company is implementing, targeting $200 million in annual run-rate cost savings to be realized by the end of 2021. The cost-saving initiatives include capaci- ty reduction and asset closures, mill-level cost savings and rightsizing support functions. The leaner organizational structure is also expected to improve communication flow and cross-functional collaboration, leveraging more effi- cient business processes. In line with the program, Domtar will permanently close the uncoated freesheet manufacturing at the Kingsport, Tennessee, and Port Huron, Michigan, mills; the remain- ing paper machine at the Ashdown, Arkansas, mill; and the converting center in Ridgefields, Tennessee. These actions will reduce the company’s annual uncoated freesheet pa- per capacity by approximately 721,000 short tons and will CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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Domtar has chosen Voith to provide a complete recycled stock preparation system for the recently announced con- version of the Kingsport Mill in Kingsport, Tennessee. The system includes Voith’s BlueLine products including water, sludge and reject handling systems, which will reportedly maximize both efficiency and quality. AICC Webinar To Help Improve Press Efficiency, Graphics AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, with the support of AICC Education Investor JB Machinery, is offer- ing Infra-Red Dryers for Improved Productivity, Improved Press Efficiency, and Better Graphics, a new webinar, Tuesday, September 29, at 2:00 pm EST. Registration for Infra-Red Dryers for Improved Produc- tivity, Improved Press Efficiency, and Better Graphics is $100 for members. This webinar is part of the All Access Pass. Pass holders can use their promo code to register at no additional cost. AICC members lower training costs and streamline payments with the All Access Pass. For one payment of $1,695, participating companies are given a code that all employees can use to register for every webinar sched- uled from September 2020-August 2021. Learn more at . Register for the Infra-Red Dryers webinar at .

result in a workforce reduction of approximately 780 em- ployees. The Kingsport and Ashdown paper machines, which have been idled since April 2020, will not recom- mence operations. Port Huron and Ridgefields mills are expected to shut down by the end of the 1Q of 2021. Producing Recycled Linerboard Once in full operation, the Kingsport mill will produce and market approximately 600,000 tons annually of high-quality recycled linerboard and medium. The conver- sion is expected to be completed by the 1Q of 2023. Domtar estimates the conversion cost to be between $300 and $350 million. Once fully operational, the mill is expected to be a very low-cost, first quartile recycled liner- board mill in North America. The converted mill is expect- ed to directly employ approximately 160 employees. The company will complete the conversion of the Ash- down mill to 100 percent softwood and fluff pulp, which will require $15 to $20 million of capital investments and will take 12 to 14 months to implement. The mill will pro- duce additional market hardwood pulp until it converts the fiberline to softwood pulp. The conversion of the fiberline to 100 percent softwood is also necessary for an eventual expansion into container- board. Following the fiberline conversion, Ashdown will be a market pulp mill with annual capacity of 775,000 tons of fluff and softwood pulp.

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Young Shin Adds To Product Line With SuperFeed Prefeeders Phillip Mack, Vice President of Young Shin USA, a whol- ly-owned subsidiary of South Korean-based Young Shin Industries, has announced the latest addition to the com- pany’s diecutter product line: the new fully-automatic Su- perFeed series of prefeeders. Designed to seamlessly integrate with its Young Shin Zenith 210, 185 and 150 and Meridian 170 diecutter models, the SuperFeed is also com- patible with most standard flatbed diecutters and digital printers. The SuperFeed can process up to 7,000 sheets per hour and requires minimum production floor space yet expedites the automatic one-by-one staging and feeding of sheets. The production gains resulting from the Young Shin Su- perFeed are immediately realized both in turnaround time and in reduced labor costs. The SuperFeed integrates an automatic sheet turning system for laminated boards that are inverted or that require that all sheets be inverted. Also incorporated in the unit is an automatic pallet or base sheet discharging system. The SuperFeed’s programming and electronics allows the user to save the specifications of the jobs, thereby eliminating costly set-up redundancy for repeat customer assignments. “Our firm continues to provide new solutions for the global market to integrate advanced productivity enhance- ments thereby resulting in higher profitability,” said Richard Lee, Managing Director of Young Shin Industries. “As the Young Shin diecutter brand has become synonymous with precision engineering, unparalleled reliability and a com- petitive price point, we have incorporated those traits into the new SuperFeed while offering flexible installation with most standard flatbed diecutters and the growing number of digital printers within our clients’ production facilities.” Mack adds, “The performance of our customers in their roles as ‘essential businesses’ over the past six months of the pandemic has emphasized the need for rapid turn- around and superior outcomes. The SuperFeed contrib- utes additional strength in meeting those goals by increas- ing productivity and profitability and reducing labor costs throughout these challenging times. The Young Shin Su- perFeed is available for delivery within 60 days to custom- ers within the North American market.” For more information, contact Phillip Mack, at (847) 598-3611 or or visit www. .


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BHS Awards Second Annual Scholarships For 2020-2021

Please join BHS in congratulating these students. We wish them all much success in the upcoming school year. If you are interested in scholarship information for next year, send an e-mail to to receive eligibility requirements and an application form.

BCN(US)202006(出血5mm).pdf 1 2020/6/10 上午 09:40:14 The application process required the student share their academic achievements, volunteer and work activi- ties and future educational plans. In addition, each winner wrote an essay related to the corrugated industry: • Noelle Shroyer is the daughter of Kevin Shroyer of Packaging Corporation of America, a BHS customer • Kelsey Reynolds is the daughter of William Reynolds, Production Manager in the BHS Knoxville Roll facility • Paige Stewart is the daughter of Jody Stewart of Greif-CorrChoice, a BHS customer • Alyssa McQuaide is the daughter of Mike McQuaide, Sustaining Engineer at BHS • Leonard Gipson is the grandson of Richard Pyott, Se- nior Technical Sales Engineer at BHS Baltimore, Mayland based BHS Corrugated North Ameri- ca, Inc. has awarded its second annual scholarships for the 2020/2021 school year. BHS awarded four $5,000 schol- arships and one $10,000 scholarship in June of 2020. To be eligible for a BHS scholarship, the student need- ed to be the child or grandchild of either a BHS employee, Chicago Electric employee, or the employee of one BHS’s customers. While all of our recipients for this year are stu- dents attending 4-year institutions or beyond, technical and trade schools also qualify.

AICC To Offer New Webinar: Standards in Chamber Design

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, with the support of AICC Education Investor Absolute, is offering New Standards in Chamber Design and Development of the Ink Circuit, a new webinar, Tuesday, September 22, at 2:00 pm EST. This webinar will help attendees improve the company’s efficiency while reducing costs. Registration for New Standards in Chamber Design and Development of the Ink Circuit is $100 for members. This webinar is part of the All Access Pass. Pass holders can use their promo code to register at no additional cost. AICC members lower training costs and streamline payments with the All Access Pass. For one payment of $1,695, participating companies are given a code that all employees can use to register for every webinar sched- uled from September 2020-August 2021. Learn more at .Register for New Standards in Chamber Design and Development of the Ink Circuit at .










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