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Acme Corrugated Box Begins Post-Pandemic Expansion In PA BY LEN PRAZYCH As the world continues to recover from the pandemic, there is still a sense of uncertainty as the nation’s manufacturers begin to fully re- open their doors to embrace a “new normalcy.” What isn’t in question, however, is the unprecedented and explosive demand for corrugated boxes in a questionably “post-pandemic” world. Ask any independent
Volk Packaging To Establish New Division In Sanford, ME Derek Volk, owner and CEO of Biddeford, Maine based Volk Packaging Corporation, has announced his company’s plans to es- tablish a new division – Volk Pack – and set up shop later this spring in nearby Sanford, Maine, about 18 miles away. “We are really pleased with the facility lo- cation and the extensive preparatory work completed on the building by developer 43 North,” said Volk. “We are hoping to provide some Sanford area folks with good stable work. The support we received from Peter DelGreco at Maine & Company and JimNimon at the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council (SREGC) was appreciated and helped make our decision easier.” Volk’s expansion plans in Sanford include Volk Pack handling business-to-business, and business-to-consumer fulfillment, repackag-
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box maker and the answer is the same: “Backlogs like we’ve never seen before.” “Busier than we’ve ever been.” “Can’t get enough sheets fast enough to fill customer orders.” “Had to add a second shift.” Or in the case of especially successful independents, Acme Corrugat- ed Box Co. among them, “Need to invest $35 million and build a new 80,000-square-foot expansion.” “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to our overall growth and enhanced sophistication of the company,” said Acme’s President, Bob Cohen. “It will allow us to increase manufacturing capacity, further embrace innovation of new products and flute profiles, and give us a greater ability to serve our customers.” With the thawing of the northeast soil and the pandemic apparently under control, the company recently broke ground on an addition to its existing 250,000-square-foot facility in Hatboro, a 1.5-square-mile town 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Acme was founded in 1918 by Bob Cohen’s father, Edward J. Cohen. In the sto- ry of the independent spirit worth retelling and remembering, Edward packed his horse-drawn wagon with scrap paper and traveled through CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 An architectural rendering of Acme Corrugated Box’s 80,000-square-foot expansion of its facility in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
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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.
ing and prepackaging assembly, including for medical supplies. Volk Pack anticipates having around 20 people on site in Sanford immediately, and could hire as many as 20 additional workers in the next year. Interested appli- cants can apply through the company website at volkbox- es.com. Volk says that much of the space will be used as a warehouse for Volk Packaging, but there is also potential to use some of the new building for manufacturing over- flow, as the company will lease about 90 percent of the existing square footage. Volk Packaging, a third-generation family business founded in 1967, was celebrated in a recent Portland Press Herald article as the winner of the Biddeford-Saco Cham- ber’s 2020 Large Business of the Year. The story noted that “Volk was recognized for their consistent investment in their employee’s health and safety, and their passionate ongoing support for our nation’s military, highlighted by their Heroes Wall installation adjacent to their facility. They continuously invest in their people and the community as a core component of their company culture.” “City officials have worked with 43 North developers over many months to modernize an underutilized indus- trial site,” SREGC’s Jim Nimon. “We’re really proud of the work we accomplished together, and we’re especially de- lighted to welcome Volk Packaging to our community.”
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Cascades To Establish Vaccination Hub In Kingsey Falls, Quebec Responding to the government’s call to businesses, Kingsey Falls, Quebec based Cascades is announcing that it will set up a COVID-19 vaccination hub in Kingsey Falls this coming May. This site will support the actions of the health and social services network in the Mauricie – Centre-du-Quebec region. It will provide supervised vac- cinations, in the order of priority established by the public health authorities, of Cascades employees, their families, and the general population. “The decision to contribute to the vaccination effort was made without hesitation,” said Mario Plourde, Pres- ident and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades. “This ini- tiative is the natural extension of all the measures put in place at Cascades to fight against COVID-19. It is also an expression of our desire to help the entire community during these difficult times.” “Cascades is well known for a long time in our region for its community involvement. So it’s no surprise to see the company getting involved and lending a hand in the COVID-19 vaccination drive. We are grateful for its par- ticipation in this government initiative to accelerate the vaccination of the population” said Gilles Hudon, Asso- ciate CEO of Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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services sociaux de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ). Cascades has its own health expertise centre which serves all of its operations in North America. Drawing on its experience with influenza vaccination in recent years, the company has the expertise to ensure the implementa- tion of this vaccination clinic, in compliance with the rec- ommendations of the CIUSSS MCQ. In cooperation with other companies and organizations in the region, some resources necessary to ensure the project’s success will also be utilized, especially those in logistics and communi- cations. Cascades will also recruit dozens of volunteers to ensure the operation runs smoothly. Cascades will also work in partnership with other com- pany-based vaccination sites to support our Quebec em- ployees in their vaccination process.
next guy and I don’t begrudge anyone mak- ing a buck, but constantly raising prices on the remaining independent box makers and not passing all of the increase on to your big loyal customers ultimately benefits the “rich getting richer.” This isn’t market-based capitalism anymore. In the long run, it’s a grotesque insult of misunderstanding of government antitrust power. The poet Wal- ter Scott summed it up best: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we prac- tice to deceive.” If you’re sitting on unlimited funds or have a large credit line, be bold. Now can be the time to pick up more market share at a bar- gain. But a word of caution: Integration is of- ten a losing proposition because the bigger you become, the more misplaced priorities and ever-changing is the costly technology required to compete. Integration eventually creates other problems: shareholder ROI, job competencies and the threat of large European or Chinese competitors entering the US market. Due to more demand and a strain on supply, an integrated’s indepen- dent customers are now afraid to talk pub- licly for fear of less receiving less container- board. Why the disruption? • E-commerce growth: paper mills control the digital market by setting their own commodities with low prices and dedi- cated capacity at the expense of small customer orders. • Mills buy employee loyalty with higher wages and buy customer loyalty with lower prices. Yet, there is little value. • High M&A offerings, sometimes as high as 10x EBIDTA. Making the deal is just a
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warm up…the real job is making it work. Synergies from increased scale is often an illusion. • Organic growth remains challenging to achieve for a dozen reasons. Bring on the entrepreneur. • Mill stocks are high so their unissued low-priced stock can be sold for more M&A plants without incurring debt. Its success depends on management effectiveness. • Private equity sharks and investment bankers are al- ways available to fuel deal-making. So, weigh alterna- tives, then put dollar signs on decisions. • High capital intensity and growing markets means cy- clicality is largely supply driven. Now the elasticity of supply (rate of quantity and price) comes into play. Consolidation strategies have changed from cost and product driven motivation to market and customer orien- tation. This rationalizes paper mills to buy independent containerboard converters instead of exporting at lower prices about 15 percent of their mill capacity. Thus, in the last few years in Southern California, no more than seven sizable independents remain. This places a domino effect on the sales of sheet feeders and convert- ers with corrugators Now there are fewer roll stock buy- ers, more integrated networks of traders and fewer AICC members to represent the brick and mortar “little guy.” One major cause and effect of consolidation is re- vealed from antitrust class action lawsuits of the past al-
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premise on relationship building and personal interac- tions. These relationships could take years to grow and come to fruition. This program gives people a safe place to learn, ask questions and build their network, while grow- ing professionally,” said Cassi Malone, Emerging Leaders Junior Delegate.
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This series is hosted free of charge for all ELs. Next quarter’s C-suite webinar will focus on sales and market- ing and is scheduled for May 20th at 3:00pm EST. With a sales focus in this webinar, the discussion will be centered around recreating a sales strategy when a client base has been significantly disrupted. Spring Meeting Training The AICC Spring Meeting has traditionally been a gath- ering place of familiar EL faces and this year will be no different. The delegates are excited for the first in-person EL event this year and look forward to the training that will be offered during the Spring Meeting, that will be held in Amelia Island, Florida. This year’s Spring Meeting training will be led by pro- gram sponsor, Scott Ellis, in advance of publishing his new book, “Uncluttered Life.” The workshop will provide activ-
ities to help ELs identify individual goals and aspirations that are important to them, in order to help them create During one of their networking meetings, ELs participated in an axe-throwing event.
a three-year plan of professional and per- sonal goals. The workshop will also provide resources to continue the work of reducing the clutter of activities, personal history and distractions from work and home. This train- ing will be offered virtually for those that are unable to attend the in-person event. Regional Ambassadors Along with planning networking events and trainings, the ELs have launched a new initiative to reach out to prospective ELs within the AICC association and grow mem- bership. The Regional Ambassadors are current ELs who have volunteered to recruit new members and plan regional events as Covid restrictions are lifted. They will be identifying prospective ELs and reaching out to AICC member companies to spread the word and share the benefits of partici- pating in the program. “We’ve had several ELs who were get- ting a lot out of the program and wanted to find a way to get involved. From those conversations, the Regional Ambassador positions were created. We see this as an excellent opportunity to help our ELs net- work with industry professionals in their geographical region and to grow the pro- gram by seeking out more of the industry’s motivated young professionals,” said Cassi. Freshman Delegate Position As the program has evolved, so has the structure of the leadership. In October, Lau- ren Frisch of Wasatch Container, was elect- ed as Freshman Delegate of the Emerging Leaders. The Freshman Delegate position was created to give the incoming delegate enough time to familiarize themselves with
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their role on the AICC Board of Directors, understand the current vision and initiatives, and learn from the Junior and Senior Delegates so they feel prepared to carry out the overall AICC Emerging Leaders’ mission. Each year a new freshman delegate will be elected and the former person in that role will move into the Junior Delegate position. The Senior Delegate role will serve as a position of guidance and leadership for the other two delegates and will “grad- uate” from the program after their term is complete. “We congratulate Lauren on this accomplishment and are excited to have her in this new role as freshman dele- gate,” says Cassi. Lauren is the Account Executive at Wasatch Container, a Salt Lake City custom packaging company, and is the daughter of Jerry Frisch, owner of Wasatch Container and a longstanding member of AICC. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue to grow the Emerging Leaders program. My goal is to install confi- dence and a strong passion for the packaging industry in our upcoming leaders,” says Lauren. Continuous Improvement From conception of the EL program, it’s continued to evolve and improve. The EL Delegates and committee members have re-evaluated the program as a whole, in an effort to take the already successful program and add more value to it.
“We looked at the benefits to the ELs, their compa- Wasatch Container, Bay Cities, Carlisle Container and South- ern Carton Company created and mailed ELs “happy hour kits.”
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“FSC offers consumers a way to protect the world’s forests, even as they use forest products every day,” said Chris McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer of FSC US. “The new OneSimpleAction.org creates a powerful and conve- nient way for consumers – and the companies supplying the products they use – to make a big difference.” Consumers can shop hundreds of products from popu- lar brands and retailers, such as Charmin, House of Marley, HP, REI, Scott and Target. Products represent all the major forest products categories – Construction, Furniture, Pack- aging, Printing, Textiles and Clothing, and Tissue and Hy- giene Paper – as well as a range of additional categories, such as Footwear. The products include those curated for the Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly program, in which FSC is the only forest-based certification recognized. The site also provides information about how consum- er purchases of FSC-certified products can protect forests, including a video featuring Allen Morgan, a family forest owner in Arkansas who says FSC provides consumers with the assurance, “that my little corner of the Earth, I’m taking care of it.” OneSimpleAction.org also serves as a lens through which consumers can discover brands’ sustainability prog- ress and commitments. Whether the company is a retail- er, manufacturer or user (e.g., for product packaging), the new site offers the opportunity to favor brands that are leading on sustainability. OneSimpleAction.org was made possible by its founding sponsor, HP, Inc.
nies and the association, along with getting feedback and ideas from all of the stakeholders, and have made some changes that we hope will set this program up for many years of success,” said Brettschneider. “Last year was a challenge for everyone but we used that time to create and plan new programs and opportunities for ELs to re- connect in-person or virtually.” “The virtual options will really push the goal of recruit- ing and engaging more young professionals that can’t at- tend large, national in-person meetings due to time, mon- ey, or other commitments,” said Cassi. “We have created a landscape that can appeal to all young professionals with- in our industry, as we are creating content and networking opportunities virtually, regionally, and nationally.”
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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) launched a new interactive portal to make it easier for U.S. consumers to buy products sourced from responsibly managed forests, in line with strong and growing consumer demand for sus- tainability. The new portal, OneSimpleAction.org , gives consumers a simple way to do their part to help protect forests and biodiversity.
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Changing Lanes To Move Forward BY RYAN CHAPPELL
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Editor’s Note: This is the final article written by Ryan for Board Converting News prior to his passing last month. We all remember the first car we drove. Comparing that to the car, truck or SUV we drive now is a nostalgic walk
back in time. We may say, “I can’t be- lieve I drove that.” No seat belts or air bags. Some had a stick shift and not very reliable. Many of them had “260 air conditioning.” Some of you know what I’m mean, but for the younger crowd, it was 2 windows down and 60 miles an hour.
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Today’s cars are safer, more reliable and easier to drive than ever before. Most are quiet inside and very comfort- able. For many of us, they are a second office. Nice heated or cooled seats, radio/audio systems to hear hundreds of radio stations and podcasts. This is much more than the old AM/FM band offered. Our phones sync with our cars, and allow us to drive and talk, hands free. Perhaps we can be too comfortable. I’ve driven a truck before and I like its usefulness around the farm. Around where I live in Louisiana, trucks are everywhere. Some are truly used as work trucks. Many more are just because it is a “cool” thing to drive. Some guys have jacked up the truck with mud tires, and there is no way it will ever get off the road. There are a few younger truck drivers who will only learn from experience that just because you have a 4-wheel drive truck with mud tires, you can drive anywhere, no matter the road conditions. That’s simply not the case. This lesson is best taught late at night, when cold and dark, a quarter mile from hard pavement and they have to walk out, having fallen down twice, so they are completely cov- ered in cold wet mud. If learned in the summer time here in Louisiana, you will be joined in your journey by mos- quitos, and other kinds of biting, stinging and hanging on insects. And there is usually a snake or two. This is the voice of experience talking. The statement “Watch this. here hold my beer” usually precedes either of these events. Currently, I drive a Toyota Land Cruiser. I really like the older models from 40 plus years ago. But mine is more recent. It is solid. I justified the purchase by saying I have worked 40 years and fought cancer for 15, so now I am going to do something for me. It has a lot of features, but one I want to discuss is the automatic cruise control. You simply set the speed and it will hold that speed on the open road. As you’re coming up on a slower driver, the cruise control senses the car ahead and reduces speed to match the slower speed.
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Do you see the same analogy in your business? You won’t have the quick drop in speed in your plant as in the car example. But over a couple of weeks, what if you have dropped your average speed by a percent or two? We are still on the road and will get to our destination. This will show up in the length of time it takes to go from point A to point B. Or in MSF generated per hour, or in boxes made. Nothing I’ve written here is new or revolutionary. But sometimes we let our cars adjust to the slower speed and we become complacent. Just as we can do in our person- al lives. Have we let our manufacturing operations do the same? Are you moving at 75 MPH or 70MPH? The solution is to pay attention to even subtle changes in speed and sound and “listen” to what the machine tells you. In a car, you change lanes when safe and with no ob- struction in front, it will accelerate. The same is true in your operation. You may need to change lanes and increase speed safely. Ryan Chappell invested his skills over the last 35 plus years in various positions in the packaging industry, both domestically and internationally. He served on the Board of Directors of AICC. He also served on the Board of Di- rectors of Pilots for Patients, a non-profit organization, which helps people who are ill reach their medical ap- pointments. He has been published in local newspapers, Board Converting News, Box Score and The Journal of Accountancy. This is his final article for BCN.
We are still moving towards our destination. We are still learning, by listening to a podcast on how to sell and mo- tivate people, or learning more about history. But perhaps we don’t notice the speed reduction until many cars start to pass us. This is also true in life. Sometimes we are speeding along and then we have a very small decrease in intensity. New Year’s resolutions are a good example. Think about those that you made and how much you tried to stick with them in early January. Where are you with them in Febru- ary or March? Like the automatic speed control, we start off with good intentions and then slowly over a period of time, we slow down. We miss one day of exercise because it is too cold or hot outside to walk. There are many examples which you may be thinking about now. A lot of these happen slowly, and therefore, we don’t really notice. But we’re moving slower. Can you really feel the dif- ference in speed from 75 to 70 MPH? Perhaps the slow- down is only a few feet per minute. Most cars today have a digital speedometer. Just as most machines have a digital readout on speed. You look down and see 74. Is it worth your time and effort to increase back to 75? Let’s talk in feet per second. At 75 MPH, a car covers 110 feet per second. At 70 MPH the car covers 102 feet per second.
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us that we have a duty to meet the future with confidence and forbearance. And I believe that when we complete our expansion, our facility will be the envy of other converters.” The approximately 30 percent in- crease in the facility’s footprint will allow for a 50 percent increase in manufac- turing capacity. The new construction will house a new high-speed Fosber 110-inch doublewall corrugator line, which will replace a Fosber 98-inch corrugator. Once the new corrugator is operational, the 98-incher will be decommissioned, disassembled and moved. In its place will be added a WIP system distinct to the U.S. and designed to allow the total automation of sheet transfer to converting machine centers. Bob Cohen
Philadelphia’s dusty streets in search of customers. He found plenty, and soon added reclaimed corrugated box- es to satisfy the diverse needs of the bustling city. Just two decades later, Edward had incorporated and moved his operation indoors in Center City Philadelphia. The end of WWII brought increased prosperity, and as the economy grew, so did the company. Seven decades later, in 2021, it’s still “business as usu- al,” and the company is still growing, still prospering, with Bob Cohen, 73, owning the company and the third genera- tion firmly entrenched: Erik, 46, is Acme’s top salesperson; Jeremy, 43, is the company’s Vice President of Operations; and Alex, 28, who joined the company a year-and-a-half ago, is one of Acme’s front line supervisors, all of whom will be writing the next chapters of the “classic tale of an independent box maker’s hard work, family commitment, and achievement of the American Dream.” Overall Optimism “The expansion plans were actually in place before the pandemic hit, but in July of last year we paused – along with the rest of the industry – to re-evaluate our commit- ment and we determined that there was still the need to expand,” says Jeremy. Adds Bob, “As a sign of our overall optimism, we contin- ued with our plans fully aware that there will be uncertain- ty coming out of a pandemic. Still, the signs we saw told
The 110-inch corrugator will allow Acme to produce its current flute offer- ings of C, B, D, E and BC, BD and ED double wall flutes, with the possibility of some additional offerings. “We will also continue to perform a lot more detailed testing,” says Jeremy.
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