Board Converting News, December 14, 2020

DS Smith Expands (CONT’D FROM PAGE 30)


McCracken saw this commitment first-hand while visiting a plant in Europe. “The singlewall felt like doublewall. It was such a strong board and I’m anxious to roll that out here,” he says. From a larger-scale global perspective, the compa- ny has set nine long-term sustainability goals, including achieving an 11 percent reduction in carbon emissions in five years and sourcing 100 percent of its fibers respon- sibly. Currently, 98 percent of its packaging is reusable and/or recyclable and the goal is to reach 100 percent by

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2025. “The focus on sustainability by DS Smith is just in- credible. A lot of people talk about it. Of course everyone has good sustainable forest practices. DS Smith has made a commitment to sustainability and it shows in everything we do,” he says. McCracken says Lebanon will eventually incorporate DS Smith’s circular business model for collecting and pro- cessing recycled fiber. In March the company opened its first U.S. recycling facility in Reading, Pa. “It’s a closed loop manufacturing model where we have a recycling center that is on the same site as the paper mill and box plant, all about five minutes from each other. We plan to build more recycling centers and follow that same path,” he says. A Different World The Lebanon facility started up just a few months prior to the onset of COVID-19. This has not created any con- siderable challenges, McCracken says. “We have very de- tailed plans for prevention, how to respond if there is an issue and well documented and well implemented guide- lines. All of our plants are deemed essential businesses so we continue to manufacture throughout this pandemic. In some cases the mix has changed. We started manufactur- ing a whole lot of hand sanitizer boxes. “We’re doing well,” he continues. “COVID has changed the way we do business so it is a challenge, especially for salespeople who are used to knocking on doors and go- ing to see customers. We’ve had to get better acquainted with our technology for teleconferences. It has changed the way we do things, but I don’t know that that’s a big hindrance. It’s different.”


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