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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years November 1, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 44

The Aging Workforce: Four Ways Manufacturers Can Prepare

Rondo-Pak Launches Major Solar Energy Project In NJ Camden, New Jersy based Rondo-Pak an- nounced that it has chosen Dynamic Energy LLC, a leading independent renewable en- ergy company, to deliver solar power to its Camden, New Jersey operations. Rondo-Pak, which produces folding car- tons and printed components for the pharma- ceutical, medical device and consumer indus- tries, will invest over $4 million in the major solar project. Once installed, the project will provide 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year – equal to over 1.7 million pounds of coal burned annually. The rooftop solar array and carports will cover the entire facility and over 90 percent of the parking lots. Over 25 years, the system will generate approximately 52.6 million kilo- watt-hours of electricity and is expected to provide at least 60 percent of the electricity needs at the facility. Dynamic Energy will pro- vide engineering, procurement and construc- tion services for the project. Construction commenced in October, 2021. “This solar energy project is exciting for Rondo-Pak as it represents a major milestone in our continuous pursuit to reduce our car-


For quite some time now, manufacturers have been carefully watching and planning for workforce changes as baby boomers and other older employees decide to retire.

According to a study by The Manufacturing Institute, the vast major- ity (78 percent) of companies indicated that they were “very or some- what” concerned about the impending aging workforce exodus. More concerning, however, is the concurrent brain drain that accompanies those retirements. For those companies who aren’t yet ready to deal with this pressing issue (or maybe are in the process of addressing it), the following numbers, courtesy of the Panopto Workplace Knowledge and Productivity Report, paint a dire picture: • As of 2017, nearly 25% of the manufacturing workforce was 55 or older. • By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. • In 2018, the median age of a manufacturing worker was 44.1, com- pared to 42 for the total labor force. • Lack of knowledge transfer is estimated to cost large businesses $47 million per year due to time waste, missed opportunities, frus- tration and delayed projects. Based on industry research, articles, best practice claims and case studies, the four themes found below have emerged on how the manu- facturing industry can effectively address this issue. These themes are CONTINUED ON PAGE 26



5 AICC To Offer Several New Sales Webinars 8 2022 TAPPI-PIMA Student Summit To Feature Trade Fair 10 ‘Chasing Arrows’ Symbol No Longer Just Symbolic 14 Six Mindsets To Help Your Team And Company ‘Reboot’

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Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

Rondo-Pak Launches (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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.

bon footprint and make positive contributions to the en- vironment,” said Tim Moreton, Chief Executive Officer of Rondo-Pak. “Working hand-in-hand with Dynamic Energy, we expect to maximize our electricity savings. Our driving force in this initiative is to do our part in creating a more sustainable future for our community.”

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

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

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

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

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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Rondo-Pak Launches (CONT’D FROM PAGE 3)

dards and ASHRAE requirements. All recent equipment investments are made with sustainability being a primary factor in the equipment selection. Additionally, Rondo-Pak is a FSC Certified Supplier, uses vegetable-based inks and has aggressive recycling and water usage reduction pro- grams in place. “Dynamic Energy is grateful to partner with Rondo-Pak to reduce its carbon footprint and cut its operating ex- pense with solar,” said Tim Carr, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Dynamic Energy. “Rondo-Pak’s efforts to transition its energy resources to renewables shows true dedication towards its goal of environmental- ly-conscious business operations in New Jersey.”

AICC To Offer Several New Sales Webinars

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is launch- ing several new sales webinars to give members the in- formation they need to continue to build their sales and understand their customers. Help your sales professionals succeed by teaching them how to “Create Impactful Value Statements for Every Sales Opportunity.” This webinar on Wednesday, Novem- ber 3, will explain how to create a value statement from a sales standpoint, develop “sources of value” for their of- ferings in words the customer understands, and a simple approach to develop a situational value statement through the eyes of the customer. Hours each day are spent staring at a screen. Sales professionals can use this to their advantage by learning to “Maximize Your Professional Persona Using LinkedIn” on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Attendees will learn to develop an effective LinkedIn profile and create a winning follow-up cadence with customers. On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, find the answer to “Do You Have the Right Sales Structure for the Future?” One of the keys to driving profitable growth is having the right people in the right roles with the right training. When teams have their associates in the right roles, they perform and create value for the organization. Over 60 percent of once face-to-face salespeople are struggling to sell in the new virtual hybrid model. 50 per- cent of most salespeople have never received sales skills training. How do we have commercial conversations with our customers and prospects that ultimately deliver the revenue we need? Find out in “Commercial Conversations that Lead to Revenue” on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Continuous prospecting is key for companies to grow. The pandemic provided new challenges and opportunities to prospecting you need to adapt to. “Professional Pros- pecting” on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, will give attendees the best practices for sales professionals today. Visit to register.


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AF&PA Appoints Steiner New VP Of Government Affairs

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

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recent- ly confirmed Eric Steiner as its Vice President of Govern- ment Affairs. In his new role, Steiner will help lead the pa- per and wood products industry’s legislative agenda and drive advocacy efforts before Congress, the Administra- tion, and key state governments. Steiner will join AF&PA on November 1, 2021. “We are excited to have Eric bring his notable expe- rience to our outstanding government affairs team,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “His previous work experience in the U.S. Senate, USDA, a trade asso- ciation, and two publicly traded companies will be key to communicating our industry’s essential role in manufactur- ing renewable and recyclable paper and packaging prod- ucts while contributing to a more sustainable future.” “I am pleased to join AF&PA’s talented government af- fairs team, as well as an industry that deeply values safe- ty, sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Steiner. “AF&PA members are committed to advancing in- dustry policies through fact-based information and sound science. That combined with members’ remarkable track record in paper recycling make for a powerful success sto- ry. I look forward to advocating for a strong and sustain- able paper and wood products industry.”



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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‘Chasing Arrows’ Symbol No Longer Just Symbolic BY MARY DRAIN

student from the University of Southern California, Gary Ander- son, submitted the winning entry that CCA modified and intro- duced to the world – the familiar “chasing arrows” symbol. It seems fitting that the sym- bol started with a corrugated

Many states in the U.S. are now working to increase the transparency of recycling labels and symbols. The aim is

to get to the root of industries us- ing symbols, such as the chasing arrows, with little-to-no correlation to what is actually being recycled. The chasing arrows symbol has been around since 1970 when a corrugated company called Container Corporation of Amer- ica (CCA – a distant ancestor of

packaging company. Our industry’s long-standing com- mitment to recovery efforts has led to an extraordinary success story in the recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC). Today, corrugated is the most recycled packaging material on the planet with a U.S. recovery rate hovering near 90 percent for the last decade. The problem though is not those who use the symbol on products and packaging that are verifiably recycled, but those who use the symbol in spite of the FTC’s Green Guides instructions for “recyclable” claims. This behavior

Mary Drain

WestRock) sponsored a contest to design a symbol to promote their products made from recycled materials. A

deceives consumers into thinking that their product/package will be recycled at a level greater than or equal to 60 percent. A 2019 study from the Consumer Brand Association shows that most U.S. consum- ers presume that all items marked with the three arrow symbol are recyclable when that is not the case at all. While most plastic products have a recycling symbol, actually less than 10 percent is currently and has historically been recycled annually. The re- mainder goes to landfill or is burned. On October 5th, California’s Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 343 (SB 343) prohibiting the use of the chasing arrows symbol on non-recyclable products and packaging. Under the new law, a product or packaging that displays the chasing arrows symbol or any other symbol or statement, that indicates it is recyclable, is deceptive or misleading unless the product is “recy- clable” in accordance with California-spe- cific regulations and is of a material type and form that routinely becomes feedstock used in the production of new products or packaging. Similar proposals have been introduced by legislators in other states as well. Here are recent articles and videos: • cle/california-prohibits-use-chasing-ar- rows-non-recyclable-items • cycling-symbol-false-advertising-califor- nia-oregon-new-york/ • https://thehi l l .com/pol icy/equi l ibri- um-sustainability/574191-house-dem- ocrat-offers-bi l l-to-create-tax-on-sin- gle-use?rl=1

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‘Chasing Arrows’ (CONT’D FROM PAGE 10)

These proposals are all steps in the right direction. They are evidence that the growing focus on reducing plastic pollution and recycling accountability should and will be taken seriously. Our industry has been focused on recycling accountability for decades - it’s about time some of the others got started. Mary Drain is the Director of Technical Services at Fibre Box Association (FBA). Reach her at ICCA To Hold Webinar On Global Industry Operational Issues Members of Fibre Box Association (FBA) are automatically members of the International Corrugated Case Associa- tion (ICCA). Members can join ICCA for a free webinar on Wednesday, November 17, at 13:00 Universal Time (UTC), when global operational issues impacting the corrugated industry will be addressed: • Cybersecurity: preparedness for today’s cyber threats • Artificial Intelligence: improving manufacturing perfor- mance with AI • Global Shipping in Crisis: what’s causing it, impact on supply chains, and implications for corrugated For more information and to register for the event, visit .

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Six Mindsets To Help Your Team And Company ‘Reboot’ BY JASON V. BARGER

Did you know that 7.6 million people quit their jobs in the months of April and May of 2021? Reports of loneliness at work are as high as ever. Di-

vorce rates are up 34 percent from last year. To say people have been a little stressed would be an understatement. Let’s dig a little deeper into what the research is also telling us. nine out of every 10 employees say they want to work for a more meaningful culture. People want to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves, they want to feel appreciated, valued and cared for. In the midst of so much angst, division and uncertainty in the world that seems out of our control,

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people need to be reminded about what is within our control Teams and companies need a reboot. Most teams and companies are still figuring out how to help support their people and engage with them remotely, in hybrid settings, and in-person gatherings. With all that people have been navi-gating, differ- ing modes of communication, the expansion of remote workers, global health, issues of racism, social injustice and equity, political and eco- nomic uncertainty, they are also expected to maximize the experience, product or service that you are delivering to the marketplace. Here are six mindsets to reboot your team: 1. Clarity —Is your Mission clear? Is your Vision clear? Are your Values for how your team is com-mitted to travel clear? Is your Strategy for the next priorities clear? Take this time as an opportunity to reboot and make sure all are aligned with clarity. The outcome is that everything on the path forward becomes clearer. Your team may not have all the answers, but they’ll have energy and clear direction on how to take the next step. 2. Inclusivity — Leaders in the world play an enormous role in widening the circle so that more diverse backgrounds, ideas, perspectives, and experiences have a seat at the table. Teams and organizations will lead the way forward in society by modeling how to have civil, respectful dia- logue and educate people on the strengths of diversity, equity and inclu- sion. When our teams are welcoming, it breathes life and energy into all. . 3. Agility — Possibility + Adaptability is the name of the game in a chang- ing world. Leaders have to practice an occasional reboot that allows their mind to find new ways of doing things and the courage to adapt to opportunities that emerge. If leaders return to the “this is the way we’ve always done it” mindset then they will sit back and watch their people leave the room. 4. Grit — Resolve + Toughness is critical to help people navigate their way through obstacles, challenges, negativity, finger pointing, and divi- sion. Leaders help their people reboot to stay focused on the present moment and the actions that are needed in order to take the next step. Toughness isn’t about being physically stronger than others, it is about being able to be vulnerable with your people and still have the resolve to find solutions, together.

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Six Mindsets (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

onboard, do performance evaluations, develop emerging leaders, and recognize excellence. The best leaders in- vest in their teams, together. If you’re experiencing a lack of energy, passion or hope for the road ahead, it may be the air you’re breathing. It may be time for a reboot. Jason V. Barger is the globally-celebrated author of Thermostat Cultures, ReMember and Step Back from the Baggage Claim as well as the host of The Thermostat podcast. Learn more at FTA Accepting Entries For Annual Industry Awards Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 installment of FTA’s three industry-wide award competitions that rec- ognize the best in flexography for achievements in printing excellence, technical innovation and sustainability efforts. • The FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards • The FTA Technical Innovation Award • The FTA Sustainability Excellence Award A panel special to each award and comprised of in- dustry professionals judges entries according to specific criteria. Winners will be announced at an Awards Banquet during FORUM & INFOFLEX 2022, held March 13-16, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Learn more about each award and enter at .

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FBA Welcomes Kammerer As New Manager Of Technical Services Fibre Box Association (FBA) announced that it will wel- come a new Manager of Technical Services on November 1, 2021. Chase Kammerer will join Mary Alice Drain, Direc- tor of Technical Services. Kammerer will manage the FBA standing technical committees (Technical, Environmental, and Health & Safety) by administering agendas, minutes, and other meeting concerns. He’ll also work with the com- mittees to ensure that the technical publications in our FBA store are current. Beginning late last year, FBA committees meet virtually every six to eight weeks instead of twice a year in person. The boosted schedule has increased each of the commit- tee’s capability to stay better connected and advanced their project slate. The committees have been tackling more of their goals and it will be beneficial to have another technical staff member to facilitate additional work. The Technical Committee has already completed two research projects in 2019 and 2020 on environmental fac- tors and box design. A 2021 project funded by the ICPF on score profiles and their effect on BCT, has just begun. In addition, ICPF has approved a 2022 project related to pal- let overhang. The research projects have also sparked re- newed interest from university research labs on additional corrugated packaging research ideas.

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Baumer hhs Launches Hot Melt System For E-Commerce Packaging Dayton, Ohio based Baumer hhs has announced the launch of its new hot melt system for e-commerce packag- ing. Designed to meet the growing demand for high-quality delivery boxes with pressure-sensitive adhesive closures, the turnkey system includes an energy-efficient melter, application head, controller, product guide, and durable mount with precision settings. Baumer hhs is a leader in detecting and dispensing cold and hot melt adhesives used to produce folding car- tons, corrugated packaging, post press graphic arts, and carton and case erecting and sealing. “Our new system enables e-commerce packaging pro- ducers to apply pressure-sensitive adhesives on corrugat- ed and cardboard with consistent uniformity and quality, resulting in better sealed boxes that ship reliably,“ said Rick Pallante, President of Baumer hhs USA and Canada. The new hot melt system helps users improve efficien- cy, productivity, and flexibility. A high melt rate of ≥ 100 kg/h with pressure-sensitive adhesives increases efficien- cy. A special application head, coupled with a new volu- metric flow controller, results in consistent performance at maximum production speeds. The system offers flexible configuration with various nozzles for the application head, and adaptable masks

for different application patterns depending on the type of packaging. The application head processes a variety of adhesives with a range of high viscosities, giving users flexibility in pressure-sensitive adhesives.

A silicone strip applicator, supplied by Baumer hhs through its partner ENPRO, is integrated into the system and can be used to control it. The new system also can be integrated with all Baumer hhs common controllers. Visit for more information or contact The application head of the Baumer hhs hot melt system pro- cesses a variety of adhesives with a range of high viscosities.

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PPEC Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Waste Reduction Week In Canada BY RACHEL KAGAN The Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Coun- cil (PPEC) is pleased to have celebrated the 20th anniver- sary of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Waste Reduction Week is an

and a rise in e-commerce – the national recycling rate for corrugated boxes is estimated by PPEC to be at least 85 percent, while Ontario has a 98 percent recovery rate for corrugated cardboard. Keeping these materials in the recycling stream allows PPEC member mills to primarily use recycled fibres in their products. Recycled content is a key component of the Ca- nadian paper-based packaging industry’s circular econ- omy, keeping raw materials flowing for longer, reducing waste, and allowing them to be remade into new paper packaging products by PPEC member mills. PPEC’s 2020 Recycled Content Survey of Canadian mills found that the average recycled content of domes- tic Canadian shipments of the three major paper packag- ing grades – containerboard (to make corrugated boxes), boxboard (to make boxboard cartons), and kraft paper (to make paper bags) – is collectively 81.7 percent, up from 73.5 percent in 2018, and up from up from 47 percent back in 1990 when PPEC first began collecting this data. And consumers play a critical role in the paper-based packaging industry’s circular economy through their im- portant act of recycling. The majority of Canadians (94%) have access to recycling programs – and not only do they have access – they actively and regularly recycle their pa- per-based packaging, allowing those recycled fibres to make their way back to the mill to be remade into new paper packaging products again and again. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

important program focused on the principles of circular econo- my, resource efficiency, and waste reduction; principles that PPEC and its members strongly support and apply to their daily operations

Rachel Kagan

in the production of recyclable paper-based packaging. Paper is a renewable resource and a highly sustainable material that can be recycled and remade into new pa- per-based packaging products. In general, paper can be recycled up to seven times, while corrugated box fibres can be used up to ten times to make new shipping boxes and other paper-based packaging products. Canada recycles almost 70 percent of its paper and cardboard, making it among the top paper recycling coun- tries. And looking at corrugated boxes in particular – which have seen an increase in demand due to the pandemic

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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Unbox new opportunities

Make the move to digital – and unbox your business with the power of just-in-time jobs, fast-cycle proofs and prototypes, and customized campaigns. With the EFI TM Nozomi C18000 Plus digital press for corrugated packaging and POS, you can offer endless creative opportunities with VDP, white ink, and more. And personalize runs from one to infinity at higher margins and with lower costs – all in a single pass. Let’s build your brilliant future. Together. Visit to learn how corrugated converters and packaging printers are opening up new opportunities.

PPEC Celebrates (CONT’D FROM PAGE 22)

And while most paper-based packaging made in Can- ada is made with recycled content, the paper fibres it was originally made from came from a tree. That’s why resource protection and sustainable forest management is critical to the operations of PPEC members and the Canadian paper-based packaging industry. All PPEC-member mills have independent, third-party certification that verifies that their paper fibre sources – recycled fibre, wood chips, and sawmill residues – are responsibly sourced. And while less than half of one per cent of Canadian commercial for- ests are harvested for paper-based packaging, every hect- are that is harvested must be successfully regenerated; in 2018, at least 427 million seedlings were planted across Canada. When you add it up, the Canadian paper-based packaging industry hardly uses any freshly cut trees to make paper packaging, and the little that is harvested, 0.2 percent in 2018, is successfully regenerated. When we use paper-based packaging, we all play a part in the circular economy of the paper-based packag- ing industry. Learn more the environmental sustainability of paper-based packaging by visiting PPEC’s website and follow us on social media on Twitter and LinkedIn. And to learn more about Waste Reduction Week visit https://wr- . Rachel Kagan is Executive Director of the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council.

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The Aging Workforce (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

to be filled, and then working to create a plan for the en- tire team or production chain. When older workers leave, it can set off a ripple effect as team member’s transition or new members are brought in. Early communication can ensure that the entire team is prepared, thoughts and con- cerns have been addressed, and any training or mentoring has been completed before the retirement takes place. Knowledge Transfer Succession planning and knowledge transfer are not activities reserved for top leadership. Think about the organizational information top trade professionals have about process, the quirks of the machines or lines they work on, and how to work best within and across teams. According to a survey of 1,500 baby boomers by Express Employment Professionals, few employers are asking for their knowledge before they leave. • 57 percent of baby boomers said they had shared less than half of the knowledge needed to perform their job responsibilities with those who will assume them after they retire. • 21 percent said they shared none of their knowledge. • Only 18 percent felt they had shared all of their knowl- edge. So how can organizations collect that valuable knowl- edge before it walks away? Begin by understanding that knowledge transfer is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Individuals learn and communicate in three basic ways:

fully developed in The Manufacturing Institute’s’ report on Aging in the Manufacturing Workforce and focus on early awareness, having a plan for transferring knowledge at all levels of the organization, retaining older workers when possible, maximizing their productivity and boosting their recruitment efforts. Awareness Awareness is more than just looking around and real- izing the industry’s workforce is growing older. While that certainly is the case, now is not the time to ignore the is- sue or look the other way. Communication is an essential piece of addressing an aging workforce. Creating the right environment for talking about future plans, goals and as- pirations, at any age, is key. Incorporating discussion of the future with all employees can keep organizations from being surprised by a sudden retirement. It is also a great way to discuss employee development, to see if employ- ees are engaged with their work, or if they are looking for a new challenge. Open communication can also allow older workers to communicate if working conditions have become physically stressful and, if so, for the employer to offer other alternatives. Communication should create a culture where all workers, including older workers, feel supported, valued and engaged. Awareness also includes assessing future workforce change in order to understand what positions will need


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