Board Converting News, February 15, 2021

Advantage Corrugated & Packaging Invests In Third Kolbus Machine With more than a decade in business, Advantage Corru- gated & Packaging, a Hopkins, Minnesota manufacturer and distributor of boxes, is continuing its expansion and growth with a third machine from Kolbus America in three years—an AutoBox AB 300. The firm, which caters to cus- tomers who need cost effective, short and medium run manufacturing for their specially-sized corrugated ship- ping containers, industrial packaging, and point-of-sale, signed the contract in December 2020 and will install its newest investment in early February 2021. Advantage has assembled a diversified base of cus- tomers within the state from the manufacturing industry, to printers, and corrugated brokers. “We offer a wide ar- ray of capabilities and solutions to our customers who require cardboard corrugated packaging,” says Dave Po- boisk, President of Advantage Corrugated. “Our team of employees manufactures everything from small boxes to extra-large boxes many of which do not fit the capabilities of our competition. The new Kolbus machine has the abil- ity to run as large a corrugated sheet as our raw material manufacturer can produce.” The new Kolbus AutoBox AB 300 machine provides Advantage with the flexibility and versatility to produce more than 100 different box styles from one panel folders

to extra large containers. It is the only machine on the mar- ket that can set itself in less than one minute from one job to the next. Operators appreciate its user-friendliness due to its capability of automatically changing box styles and sizes with a touch screen. No tooling is necessary; Advan- tage operators just input the job that they want to run and the AutoBox sets itself in seconds. “Due to the wide variety of box jobs that come to us, we rely on the Kolbus AutoBox to enable us to turn a special- ized job from layout to conversion in a very timely manner,” says Poboisk. Advantage purchased its newest AutoBox machine in December 2020 after having installed the Boxer and Pro-Gluer in 2017. While the firm has seen an upward tra- jectory since it opened its doors in 2009, the current pan- demic and the growth of e-commerce has certainly boost- ed box production due to the need of manufacturers to utilize corrugated boxes to send products. “We didn’t look at any other manufacturers,” says Po- boisk. “Kolbus America has been a wonderful partner. Everyone on its staff—from the sales, technicians, order- ing, and training---are good people. When we need some- thing, they jump. When we have a question, the support staff quickly answers it. Kolbus is a very ethical, receptive operation that has been one of the important reasons that our business keeps growing. Special thanks go out to our customers, employees, vendors, and sales people. With- out them, this purchase could not have been made.”

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February 15, 2021

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