Board Converting News, May 18, 2020

TAPPI’s #StrongerTogether Shines Spotlight On Corrugated Industry’s Spirit Of Goodwill There is no doubt that the COVID-19 Coronavirus has challenged all of us. It has changed the way we work and live. It is also serving as a re- minder that together, we can emerge from this crisis stronger and better. The TAPPI #StrongerTogether campaign amplifies some of the amazing

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stories of how the corrugated packaging industry has pulled together to help others in need – whether it be delivering critical aid and supplies to local and global communities or responding to increased demand for essential products crucial for daily life. TAPPI’s Web Content Manager Kristin Whitman has been cataloging the stories on together and would like to include your story, too. Send an email to her at, Here are a few of the stories we’ve heard so far: • SUN Automation Group in Glen Arm, Maryland donated 240 of its own inventory of N95 masks to The University of Maryland Medical System to support medical workers on the front lines. They donated boxed meals to its local EMS Long Green Volunteer Fire Department to say “thank you” to first responders, and also donated boxed meals to the entire Emergency Department of Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight. • Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) stepped up when severe storms and at least one tornado slammed through Central Tennes- see early in March, causing widespread damage. The areas of devas- tation included the cities of Nashville, Lebanon and Cookeville. • PCA’s local Hexacomb Sales Representative, A.J. Johnson, learned that volunteers at his local disaster recovery site needed boxes — both to collect donated items like water, food and clothing and for families trying to salvage personal items. Johnson turned to PCA’s sheet plant in nearby Gallatin for help. The plant’s Sales Manager, Walter Glenn, had the plant jump into action to produce boxes for the relief efforts. Glenn then packed up the boxes in his car and drove 90 minutes to Johnson’s house to deliver them. Johnson distributed the boxes to the volunteers at the recovery site, as well as to fami- lies who needed containers to collect any found items in the area. He also donated the tape needed to set up the boxes. According




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