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Drug Use In The Workplace: Spotting Impaired Employees BY PHILLIP M. PERRY The employee’s request had a certain degree of logic. He had just re- ceived a prescription for medical marijuana from a naturopathic physi- cian. Could he get permission to smoke the substance on the job? The employee argued that Colorado—the state where the business was located—had recently legalized marijuana. “We had quite a talk

Domtar To Open Repurposed Plant In TN By End Of 2022 The Domtar paper mill in Kingsport, Tennes- see shut down production of writing paper in April 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic cut budgets by $200 million and over 300 peo- ple were laid off. According to multiple media reports, the mill was idled and was originally supposed to reopen after three months. Then came the announcement that the paper mill would cease to produce uncoated freesheet, but would make recycled linerboard and me- dium instead. Ahead of schedule, Domtar’s Kingsport plant manager Troy Wilson said approximate- ly 170 employees are currently in training to be able to safely produce containerboard. “Now they’re going through their onboard- ing, their safety training, and they’re learning to run the new operation,” Wilson said. “As far as construction goes, now we’re starting to bring things out of the ground. We have a new warehouse, it’s almost complete. Parts and pieces arrive daily. Some of the process pieces are actually being put in place now.” He said 685,000 tons of recycled paper a year is to be converted into packaging instead of going to a landfill at the Kingsport mill. “It’s

about that,” recalls his supervisor. “He told me I should allow him to smoke the marijuana on the job just as I allowed other people to take their legal medications.” What did the employer decide? The answer appears at the end of this article, but for themoment our anecdote illustrates a larger problem: Businesses large and small must deal appropriately with the growing incidence of impaired employees. Alcohol. Marijuana. Amphetamines. Cocaine. Heroin. Codeine. Morphine. Workers under the influence of any such substance—legal or otherwise—threaten the bottom line. “Impaired workers are safety risks,” says Faye Caldwell, managing partner of Caldwell Everson PLLC, a Houston-based law firm special- izing in workplace drug testing ( “They pose a danger to themselves, to coworkers, to company property, and to the public.” Costly Habits For businesses, the downsides of worker impairment are many. “Employers responding to our surveys cite absenteeism as the number one negative result of substance misuse,” says Karen Pierce, Managing CONTINUED ON PAGE 12



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Cascades Plans To Target Isothermal Packaging Market 10 NEWW Upgrades Capabilities With Kolbus RD 115S Flexo RDC 2 Colbert Packaging Continues To Invest In Print Technology 4 Supplier Reports: Part 4

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

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114.69 129.32

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a $350 million project; we’re converting it from fine paper writing grades to brown board packaging,” Wilson said. Going from over 300 employees to just over 150, Dom- tar is changing not only in look but production as well. “How we do work has changed as well; on-site, we’re go- ing to adopt a true flow to work team concept environment here,” Wilson added. The hourly workforce was brought back to Domtar in three waves starting Nov. 29, 2021, the second wave be- gan training on January 4, and the final wave returned Jan- uary 31. The waves followed the construction schedule. “This will be new equipment to them, so we’re teach- ing the operators how to run it,” Wilson explained. “With the new process, we’ve actually become a smaller mill be- cause a lot of the production areas that we had in place when we were making writing paper are gone now. So, we’ll be a 100 percent recycled facility that will make grade liner and medium and packaging grades here.” He explained that the chemistry necessary to produce the paper Damtar used to make is no longer viable or nec- essary at the Kingsport mill because of the new production system. Wilson said the plant is set to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2022. “Construction pieces will continue to flow through the summer as systems become available for checkout and commissioning.”

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NAM: Manufacturing, Retail Spending Jump In January

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

Retail sales jumped 3.8 percent in January, rebounding from the 2.5 percent decline seen in December, accord- ing to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). This result suggests that Americans again opened their pocketbooks more willingly at the start of the new year after pulling back at year’s end. Retail spending soared 13.0 percent over the past 12 months, consistent with the opening of the econ- omy and with consumers who have been flush with cash. Manufacturing production rose 0.2 percent in January, rebounding slightly after edging down 0.1 percent in De- cember. Speaking to the softness of the latest data, man- ufacturers have been challenged by supply chain bottle- necks, workforce shortages, rising production costs and, more recently, the spread of the omicron variant. Nonetheless, manufacturing capacity utilization inched up from 77.2 percent in December to 77.3 percent in Jan- uary, matching the rate seen in November, which was the strongest reading since December 2018. Overall, man- ufacturing production has risen 2.5 percent year-over- year, with 2.0 percent growth relative to February 2020’s pre-pandemic pace. Meanwhile, total industrial production increased 1.4 percent in January, rising to the highest level since December 2018.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.195 34.916


8.549 8.729


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

416.338 406.776


8.294 8.071


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7372 2.7727


33.8477 33.0739


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.256 2.203


3.3 3.3


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20 20

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NEWW Upgrades Print Capabilities With Kolbus RD 115S Flexo RDC Gardner, Massachusetts based New England Wooden Ware Packaging and Displays (NEWW) announced that it has purchased a new five-color Kolbus RD 115S Flexo Ro- tary Die Cutter to upgrade its current printing capabilities. The German-built, fully servo Kolbus RD115S will replace NEWW’s existing 2008 115-inch six-color Hycorr Rotary Die Cutter. The RD 115S is the newest innovation from Kolbus, featuring advanced technology including image stretch/ shrink functionality, plate skewing for fine adjustments without opening the machine, a feed unit with repeatable sheet separation with servo driven feed wheels and lift grid, and a rigid cast iron frame die cutter module. “Con- venient features like the pneumatic plate locking mecha- nism and the individual servo drives on the plate cylinder, impression roll, and sheet transport make the RD 115S stand out,” said Ryan Clark, Sales Manager, Kolbus Amer- ica. “The automatic register adjustment while running is a game changer.” “After looking into several machines, we’re pleased with our purchase of the Kolbus RD 115S,” said Steve Mac- Donald, Plant Manager at NEWW. “We felt that Kolbus was the best option not only for our current customer base but for our future growth as a company. The RD 115S will allow

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Drug Use In the Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Director of Working Partners, a consulting firm based in Canal Winchester, Ohio ( ). “The number two and three responses, in or- der of severity, are decreased productivity and workforce shortages.” Pil- ferage may also increase, and workplace morale may decline when clean employees must shoulder tasks neglected by their impaired coworkers. Accidents caused by impaired workers, though, pose perhaps the greatest risk. Anyone under the influence of a drug or alcohol can be a dangerous person and can potentially damage themselves or others. Some 47 percent of workplace accidents that result in serious injury and

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40 percent of those that end in death have alcohol and other drugs in- volved, according to Quest Diagnostics, the national drug testing compa- ny that tracks such matters ( ). Accidents, in turn, can cause spikes in workers’ compensation premiums. Finally, customers or visitors injured by impaired workers may sue for damages. Courts often assume the employer is at fault when someone is hurt at a commercial enterprise. “It’s critically important for any busi- ness to protect employees and the public,” says Joe Reilly, President of his own drug testing consulting firm in Melbourne, FL. ( www.joereilly. com ). “At smaller companies especially, one accident can be devastating.” And those smaller businesses which forego drug testing can be favored haunts for abusers avoiding the pre-hire tests typical of larger enterprises. The problem escalates at high-turnover organizations relying on part time, temporary and seasonal workers. Growing Impairment If data from national testing activity is any indication, employers will face a growing incidence of such risks. The portion of U.S. employees test- ing positive for marijuana, amphetamine and heroin, for example, recent- ly reached a 10-year high, according to a report from Quest Diagnostics. Some 5.5 percent of employees now fail urine drug tests. So what’s driving all this? The largest reason is a culture of impairment that shows no signs of tapering off any time soon. More states are legal- izing marijuana for recreational and medical use, a trend that has helped normalize the drug. Some believe that greater tolerance of marijuana has helped raise the social acceptance of other illicit substances. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14



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Another major contributing factor has been the trend toward abuse of pain pills. The opioid epidemic has be- come a significant issue for employers who face the con- fusing task of responding appropriately to the abuse of prescription drugs employees have obtained legitimately or illicitly. Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an important effect on substance misuse. “We know that there was about a 29 percent increase in overdose deaths during the pandemic last year,” says Pierce. “We’re also seeing a lot more suicides, substance misuse, and mental health issues. Some 40 percent of adults reported struggling with a mental health or a substance misuse issue, according to the CDC. I’m not even sure we’ve seen all that we’re going to see as far as the impact of the pandemic.” Reducing The Problem Employers are not powerless to address the issue. “We believe that a drug free workplace program is the best way to prevent substance misuse,” says Pierce. “Such a pro- gram consists of five essential elements: a legally sound, state-specific policy; a program of annual employee ed- ucation; supervisor training on substance misuse issues; testing in whatever flavor the employer thinks appropriate; and finally, a plan (such as an Employee Assistance Pro- gram) to help people who may have a problem or may be on the verge of a problem.” Drug Use In the Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 12)

A successful program starts with a written policy pro- hibiting the use of illicit drugs on the job or on the way to work. “Employees need to know the consequences of a policy violation,” says Reilly. “They should be informed of the harmful effects of drug use, how it can affect their work, their coworkers, and the overall business.” Testing is a vital tool for protecting a company. “Most of the employers we work with do preemployment or new hire tests,” says Pierce. The former provides results before the person starts work; the latter sometime after. “Most employers are also doing what we call reactive testing— both reasonable suspicion and post-accident. Those who want to be more proactive can add random testing, which can deter substance misuse.” The more safety sensitive the work, the more likely a company will consider random testing. Prior to starting a drug testing program, the employer should consult legal authority to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, many of which directly ad- dress the topic. Random testing, in particular, often comes under varying scrutiny. “Some states allow random testing only of people in safety sensitive positions,” says Pierce. “Ohio, on the other hand, has an incentive program that provides rebates on workers’ compensation premiums for companies that have a drug free workplace, with the highest discounts reserved for those organizations doing random testing.”


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ployers will not receive positive test reports for use of a prescribed drug. In such cases the medical officer con- firms the existence of the prescription and reports the test as negative with no details included.

This can pose a problem. What if an em- ployee is exhibiting erratic behavior as a re- sult of legal prescription drug use? While in such cases an employer may have actionable performance issues, there may also be a legal requirement to accommodate the drug user with changes to job duties. Here, again, an at- torney must confirm compliance with federal, state and local laws. At the very least, a workplace policy should require employees to report any negative side effects of prescription drugs. “Many pre- scribed drugs have warnings about operating machinery or driving vehicles,” says Reilly. “People on prescribed medications should provide statements from their physicians as to whether or not the medicine will affect their job performance.” Supervisors should moni- tor and respond to any resulting performance concerns, he says. “If it turns out an employee using prescribed drugs cannot do an assigned job, consider accommodating the disability by reassigning duties, or granting medical leave.” Supervisor Training “Of all the tools available to the employer, the most effective is supervisor training,” says Caldwell. Employers should help supervisors learn how to recognize signs and symptoms that an employee might be under the influ- ence. They should also know what actions to take when symptoms are seen, such as a reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol test. “If the observed behavior is a safety issue, su- pervisors must not be afraid to intervene and remove the employee from the duty causing the danger,” says Caldwell. “Then they must investigate by talking with the individual and performing a drug test if appropriate.”


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While supervisors typically know how to spot employee behavior that might indicate substance misuse, it is less common for them to feel comfortable responding. “Some- times supervisors are not trained properly or they lack the nerve to take action,” says Pierce. “They may lack motiva- tion for many reasons. Maybe they’re users themselves, or at one time they were peers of the individual whom they are now supervising. Or maybe they don’t know what to do: They just don’t have the necessary skills.” The solution is to have supervisors sign off on the com- pany policy and seek higher level assistance when re- quired. Evidence shows that may companies have more work to do in this area. “In one of our recent surveys, half of the organizations did not have procedures in place for what to do when they had a reasonable suspicion of sub- stance misuse,” says Pierce. “And another survey revealed that less than a quarter of employers do the requisite an- nual supervisor training.” When it comes to workplace drug policies, one size does not fit all. Broad brush drug testing requirements, for example, may not be suitable for all categories of work- Drug Use In the Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 16)

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So Your State Has Legalized Marijuana. . . Has your state legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use? Or is it expected to do so? You may be won- dering how the conflict between federal and state law will affect your ability to test your employees for marijuana and prohibit its use. Here’s some insights into an evolving sit- uation. “It is still legal to test for marijuana in every jurisdiction,” says Nancy N. Delogu, shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest law firm defending employers in labor disputes ( ). “And it is still legal to decline to hire or employ workers who use marijuana for recreational purposes.” One caveat, says Delogu: If you don’t want to know if your employees are using marijuana, don’t test for it. “Knowing that someone uses marijuana and failing to take steps to ensure that he or she doesn’t work while impaired could lead to liability if the employee does something that harms a third person.” As for medical use of marijuana, know your state law. “In a few states that ask employers to accommodate med- ical marijuana use, terminating the worker following a pos- itive test without evidence of impairment could be risky,” says Delogu. “In New York, for example, if marijuana is be- ing used for medicinal reasons the employer might have Drug Use In the Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 18)



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Colbert Packaging Continues To Invest In Print Technology

to determine whether it could accommodate that worker in some way so as to permit effective work.” (Although, to date, no court has held that an employer must accommo- date such use while federal law differs). Finally, says Delogu, it is “absolutely and everywhere” allowable to terminate any employee who brings the mar- ijuana substance into the workplace. The insights above are provisional, so consult with your attorney about your own state and local legislation. “It’s important to know the current law in your jurisdiction and to watch for updates,” says Delogu. “This area of the law is very dynamic and changing all the time.” Phillip M. Perry is an award-winning business journalist whose byline has appeared over 3,000 times in the na- tion’s business press. Contact him at . Drug Use In the Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 20)

Kenosha, Wisconsin based Colbert Packaging Corpora- tion reports that recent investments in printing technology and equipment are evidence of working a strategic plan to satisfy secondary packaging needs of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare manufacturers in North America. At a time when many firms have scaled back invest- ments due to economic uncertainty, Colbert Packaging has demonstrated industry leadership by its continued investment in printing technology and equipment for sus- tainable paperboard packaging. For example, the new outsert folder and tabber tack- le complex pharmaceutical inserts/outserts with patented folding procedures. The folder produces RTA (right-turn- angle) cross-folded outserts. The tabber complements

Colbert’s secondary packaging capabilities, bringing more specialty packaging functions under one roof, an added benefit for compli- ance with stringent customer audit require- ments. The recent addition of a vision inspection system in the Elkhart, Indiana location means all Colbert Packaging operations are 100% vision inspection capable, enabling defect detection without disrupting the production run—an important distinction for pharma and consumer brand managers. Other ancillary support equipment added in recent months includes GenieCut inline windowing equipment, which gives customers the added benefit of product visibility within the folding carton. The GenieCut technology is unique in that it eliminates glue pots, allows for custom application of adhesive, and ap- plies a film window to the carton inline on the folder-gluer. For protection against product counterfeit- ing and improved efficiency, Colbert has add- ed the ability to serialize folding cartons with customer-specific sequential data. “This is particularly valuable to our pharma- ceutical and healthcare customers,” says Col- bert Packaging President John Lackner. “The growing concern and demand for serialization played into our strategic plans for growth, and there will be more news to come about our continued investment in printing equipment designed to increase capacity and offer our customers even more internal capabilities. “As a leader in the secondary packaging in- dustry, these capital investments demonstrate a significant commitment to our customers, employees and suppliers. We are well-posi- tioned to work together into the future.”


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Truck. Loads. More.

Corrugated printing has gone from basic to beautiful in 10 years. With the explosion of packaging demands and shorter print runs, speed has become the #1 capacity driver.

One of our customers tells us automated complete plate cleaning in < 4 minutes adds 25% capacity in a working week with FlexoCleanerBrush™

He calls it ‘Truckloads More Capacity’. You can do your own math.


AMERICAN BALER COMPANY Bellevue, Ohio: Mike Schwinn reports, “New for 2022 from American Baler are faster balers. With more produc-

Our competition often uses a larger cylinder to make the same bale weight as the American Baler. American also has the only tier in the industry that pulls the wire from the other side of the baler to the twister/cut- ter assembly. All other manufactures try to push the wire across to a separate twister/cutter system. American’s sys- tem is all in one and pulls the wire across – 100 percent of the time. “The easy to operate with 10-inch touch screen makes managing the bale process simple. Together with the strongest dealer network specializing in balers – Ameri- can Baler Company is your best bet.” Call (419) 366-1549, ADVANCED EQUIPMENT SALES Souderton, Pennsylvania: Jeff Dietterich reports, “Like many of our customers in the box and carton industry, 2021 was a banner year for business at AES, as well as a challenge to continually adapt to rapidly changing cir- cumstances from Covid and other external forces. The ‘box boom’ of 21’ shows no sign of slowing down in 2022, and we are busier than ever installing new scrap collection and baling systems and equipment to help our custom-

tive die cutters and wider shredders, we have increased our horsepower on a few models. The typical corru- gated plant operating a 40x30 feed opening and twin thirty horsepower has a capacity of about 14,200 cubic feet per hour (cf/h), such as our most popular model, the model PAC4029-

Mike Schwinn

8T30. By adding the Twin 50, we increase about 20 per- cent, such as the model 5029NN-10T50. We have also added wider baler options with a 50x42 hopper, model 5042WN-10T50, up to 20,000 cf/h (40 percent increase). The model 7242WN-10T50 features a capacity of 23,000 cf/h, an increase of 62 percent. “These new models add to our already successful bal- er lineup. Corrugating customers tell us they want heavy dense bale – not only for fewer trips loading and unloading trucks, but less wire cost, safer stacking bales and elimi- nation of that trail of falloff material from the baler to the trailer! American Baler has the best single cylinder tension system (copied by many) that assures the heaviest bales.


Do you need printed sheets? We have your answer.. Introducing Heartland’s ColorCorr. This is “flexo-printing in the round”. On our corrugator we can print up to 109” wide. The advantage is that we can print the equivalent of ½ roll at a time and not be required to keep several rolls of very expensive preprinted paper on the floor. Much less waste and risk. In continual print mode, we use either laser-engraved rubber rolls or solid rubber rolls to print a “flood coat” or a repeating pattern. If we are printing a repeating pattern, we can run a two-color design on the paper. Customers have found that running sheets we print can allow them to run a lighter-grade due to reduced caliper loss, and in some cases eliminate one or more machine passes.

For more information contact: Charlie Freeman | 816-500-8889 | Tim Kramer | 816-841-8317 |


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Supplier Reports, Part 4 (CONT’D FROM PAGE 24)

we’ve had many customers qualify for rebates or credits from their power generation company because of the re- duced demand on the grid. “Everyone is experiencing longer lead times for equip- ment and supplies, and recycling equipment is no excep- tion. With ‘just in time deliveries’ a thing of the past, we encourage our customers to plan well in advance for up- grading their baler, hogger, or other capital equipment, and to consider buying spares at the time of order. We’re seeing the used equipment market tighten as well. We have always stressed preventive maintenance as the best line of defense for scrap systems and in turn, the man- ufacturing process. On this subject, service departments are busier than ever. When time is of the essence, our AES Vtech program ( ) brings a technician to your site virtually to diagnose problems and guide your maintenance staff with repairs on your schedule, including after-hours and weekends. It’s like telemedicine for your baler! Our customers have found this to be a nice comple- ment to our in-person field service. “We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website this February, complete with new branding and more customer-centered content. The site is designed to offer users an interactive, mobile-friendly experience that makes it easy to navigate AES’s many products and services. AES places a high value on helping customers achieve greater profitability, productivity, and sustainabil- CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

ers meet the demand for their products. We’ve worked hard to engineer solutions that not only efficiently manage

scrap and trim, but also help address today’s hot-button issues, including labor shortages, rising energy costs, and longer lead times for equipment and materials. “Scrap collection system automa- tions that deliver labor savings can provide meaningful relief for staffing

shortages while bringing efficiencies to the production floor. AES has made labor savings and efficiency a priori- ty in our system designs, developing products and imple- mentation strategies to help our customers do just that. “Demand remains high for our AirShark rotary material separator, and we continue to find new ways to apply this technology to both traditional and non-traditional uses in packaging, paper converting and other industries. We’ve helped many customers achieve peak efficiency in their scrap system by pairing the AirShark with a Fresh Air In- take System. This combination delivers cost saving up- front as well as year over year, much of this attributed to the elimination of costly dust collectors and their associat- ed permitting, combustible dust issues and ongoing main- tenance expenses. As a side benefit, this type of system eliminates negative pressure problems in the plant, and Jeff Dietterich

Convey with Confidence ™ AES is a leading provider of integrated turnkey systems for scrap collection, baling, and dust control, with custom-built solutions designed to meet the unique challenges of your industry.







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