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Premier Packaging Ups Capacity With New Machinery Investment BY LEN PRAZYCH Premier Packaging began in 1994 in Louisville, Kentucky, as a single sheet plant. Increasing demand from the Indianapolis/Chicago region led the company to open its new facility in Indianapolis in 2016. From an order-quantity standpoint, the Indianapolis plant is far from the av- erage sheet plant--its average order quantity is around 5,500 pieces,
New Indy Acquires Shoreline Container
Ontario, California based New-Indy Contain- erboard, a joint-venture that was formed in 2012 by the Kraft Group and Schwarz Part- ners, LP, announced that it has acquired Shoreline Container in Michigan New-Indy will optimize Shoreline’s two manufacturing facilities, both of which are located in Michigan: the Holland facility pro- duces corrugated packaging products, and the Zeeland facility distributes protective and specialty packaging materials. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a written statement, New-Indy said, “The addition of Shoreline Container is a great fit strategically to our existing operations and provides further integration for our mill sys- tem. We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition will provide and the services we will be able to implement through the combined companies.” New-Indy operates three recycled paper mills, one kraft pulp and paper mill, and 14 packaging facilities throughout the United States. The company name is derived from being the newest independent manufacturer and supplier of recycled containerboard in the corrugated box industry.
where most sheet plants are averaging orders of around 1,000 or 1,500 pieces. In the 2018 peak season between October to December, the com- pany was producing boxes using a 50-inch Serenco, which was run- ning seven days a week, 24 hours per day in Indianapolis. The staff was running shifts around the clock: two 10-hour shifts during the week and two 12-hour shifts on the weekends. In order to reduce labor costs and the amount of overtime, and to meet the growing volume demand, Premier Packaging was in need of a machine that could produce very big truckload quantities for high ca- pacity customers. Concurrently, they also required a machine capable of quick changeovers, as they field orders as small as 100 pieces that meet the needs of local mom-and-pop businesses as well. “We produce pretty much everything, from a full die-cut all the way up to inside/outside print boxes, regular slotted carton (RSC) boxes, full overlap (FOL) boxes, and beyond,” says Bryan Fitch, General Manager Premier Packaging invested in a 3-color Latitude Flexo Folder Gluer PP1230 to meet growing volume demand from high-capacity customers.
6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x An Update On The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) 12 Industrial Production Shrinks As 22 Million File Unemployment 21 Jamestown Container Ramps Up Production Of PPE, Boxes 30 FTA Announces Excellence In Flexo Award Winners
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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 indi- cated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.
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Greif To Raise Prices On URB, CRB In May
Delaware, Ohio based Greif, Inc. announced that it is im- plementing a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB), effective with shipments beginning May 18, 2020. The company also announced a $50 per ton price increase for all grades of coated recycled paperboard (CRB), effective with ship- ments beginning May 13, 2020. The increases are in re- sponse to cost pressures in labor, recycled fiber, transpor- tation, and chemicals used in production
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Q: If my business employs over 500 employees, can I qualify for a PPP loan? A: While companies with 500 or fewer employees are qualified for the PPP loans, those who have over 500 em- ployees are not automatically disqualified. Companies that fall within an employee or revenue threshold set by the SBA for their industry are also considered small business- es and qualify to apply for PPP loans. Additionally, companies that meet the SBA’s “alterna- tive size standard” based on their tangible net worth (not more than $15,000,000) and net income (not more than $5,000,000), qualify as small businesses and therefore are eligible for PPP loans. Also, the most recent guidance states that a business can be eligible, “if the business has 500 or fewer employees whose principal place of resi- dence is in the United States.” Businesses that employ more than 500 employees, therefore, should carefully ex- amine if there is another basis to qualify for the PPP loans.
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are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with counsel con- cerning any legal advice you may need. Businesses are rushing to take advantage of the assistance provid- ed by the CARES Act. While many have already submitted applications
for PPP loans, others are wondering if they are eligible for the loan. SBA’s most recent guidance contains insight into the loan program and clarifies a few important questions. Joel Greenwald
Q: If my business qualifies for a loan, when will I receive it? A: The SBA has stated that a lender must make the first disbursement of the loan to the borrower no later than ten (10) calendar days after it approves the loan. Given the volume of the applications being received, we will need to see if lenders can comply with the SBA’s mandate. Q: What goes into payroll costs? How do I account for independent contractors? A: Payroll costs under the PPP are used both to determine the total loan amount, as well as the amount of the loan that may ultimately be forgiven. Thus, determining amounts a company spends on payroll and other covered costs are vital for PPP appli- cants. Payroll costs include the gross mon- etary compensation paid to each employee (up to a max of $100,000), plus payments made by an employer for retirement funds, health insurance premiums, as well as state and local taxes paid by the company on em- ployee compensation. Payroll costs, how- ever, do not include payments to indepen- dent contractors. Independent contractors can apply for PPP loans themselves, and a business thus cannot include payments to them in its payroll costs. Q: When does the eight-week period begin for purposes of determining the amount forgiven on my loan? A: As a reminder, the potential amount of the total loan eligible to be forgiven is equal to the amount spent on covered costs during
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Indoor air is confined and recycled with no place to escape, risking infections when airborne droplets are in- haled or settle on a surface and enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses typically spread through airborne microorganisms ranging from 20-400 nanome- ter-sized droplets. According to a New England Journal of Medicine arti- cle, infectious viruses can remain in the air for up to three hours. Fortunately, these micro-droplets can be removed from the air with a high-efficiency air filter. The Dust Wizard was designed to help box and carton plants avoid the significant safety risks and health prob- lems caused by dust. This highly efficient dust-collection system enables companies to comply with OSHA and NFPA air-quality mandates. The compact system is ideal for capturing airborne dust in and around the converting equipment and the bal- er room where direct source capture is not feasible. Be- cause converting and die-cutting equipment, balers and shredders are not airtight, the dust from this machinery becomes airborne. Ohio Blow Pipe is a recognized industry leader in engi- neering, manufacturing and installing scrap removal, dust collection, air conveying and recycling systems primarily for the corrugated paper, folding box and food and bever- age can manufacturing industries. Visit www.obpairsystems.com or send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information.
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Jamestown Container Ramps Up Production Of PPE, Corrugated Boxes Cleveland, Ohio based Jamestown Container is ramp- ing-up capabilities across its facilities to serve essential customers and the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Locally, Jamestown Container is providing indispens- able packing materials for businesses such as Jamestown
as the University of Rochester and St. Joseph’s Hospi- tal in Cheektowaga, NY, a facility now dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 related patients. The company has also donated boxes to food banks and service pro- viders throughout Western New York and Ohio. “If value is measured by the company you keep, Jamestown Container is doing very well,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Devel- opment and Chief Administrative Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. “James- town Container has been around for many years, and the effort it is making to address the pandemic demon- strates why it is so successful.” Current customers include Rochester Midland, one of the few companies authorized by the Federal Avia- tion Authority (FAA) to produce airplane sanitizer; Port Erie Plastics in Harborcreek, PA, which is temporarily making flooring for portable hospitals; and Constella- tion Brands in Victor, NY, which is not only converting some of its operations to making hand sanitizer, but has pledged $2.5 million to organizations such as the Bartenders Guild to help fight the long-term economic ramifications of business closings. “Jamestown Container is a very important link in the supply chain,” said County Executive PJ Wendel. “Without it and companies like them, our response to the pandemic would be severely hampered. I commend Jamestown Container for everything it is doing.”
Plastics and Five & 20 Spirits to get critical new products like face shields and hand sanitizer into the hands of users. Within 24 hours of receiving a request, James- town Container’s Falconer (NY) facility designed, pro- duced, and delivered box- es that will be used to ship Jamestown Plastics’ new True Hero face shields. As a custom corrugated packaging manufacturer and
distributor of packaging supplies, including personal pro- tective equipment (PPE), Jamestown Container has provid- ed more than 30,000 pairs of essential nitrile disposable exam gloves and 2,750 lab coats to medical centers such
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GapChek™, the latest corrugated vision system from Valco Melton’s ClearVision division, moves the measurement point to the bundle so that the lead and trail gaps are measured on finished boxes. GapChek displays live measurements of each gap and per-bundle averages with statistical process control charts on-screen Users can look at per-job and per-box gap data and analyze historical trends for certain box designs or customers.
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MacDermid Graphic Solutions Appoints Wills Senior VP & GM
Atlanta, Georgia based MacDermid Graphics Solutions, a subsidiary of Element Solutions Inc, announced the ap-
pointment of Brad Wills as Senior Vice President and General Manag- er, effective April 13, 2020. Based out of Atlanta, Wills is re- sponsible for the global Graphics Solutions business and charged with leading the organization to contin- ued success. He joins MacDermid
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after a 26-year career at Schawk, SGK, and Matthews companies, where he served in numerous regional and global business and operational leadership roles. During this time, Wills also spent 15 years living and working in Asia, building and integrating a diverse and high-perform- ing world-class organization. He has also spent a great deal of time in the UK, Europe, and Latin America markets, leading the development and operational activities and opportunities. Wills earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communications from Illinois State University. “I am very excited to be joining such a dynamic and diverse company as well as having the extreme privilege of leading the very talented global MacDermid team,” said Wills.
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of Premier Packaging’s Indianapolis facility. “When we’re not in our peak season, we need to be able to change order to order so we can stay cost-competitive in the cor- rugated industry.” An Investment In LMC “We needed to invest in machinery in order to grow and keep our operating expenses down, and after install- ing our new Latitude Machinery Corporation (LMC) invest- ment, the difference was immediate,” says Fitch. The Indianapolis facility was outfitted with a 3-color Lat- itude Flexo Folder Gluer PP1230. The increase in output since the changeover has been noticeable for the man- agement of the facility and for the bottom line of the orga-
Advantzware provides a flexible and comprehensive sys- tem to address the business management needs of the in- dependent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale packaging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inven- tory and accounting, this scalable system supports packag- ing plants that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase displays, assembled partitions, paper- board products, foam fabrication, as well as distribution of packaging supplies. Advantzware has been in operation for over 25 years and continually enhances our system to ad- dress the needs of the industry. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION www.accfi lter.com Air Conveying Corporation has been designing, manufac- turing, and installing state of the art trim removal systems for the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Printing industries for more than 49 years. Contact us today.
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL www.albint.com
Albany International has a corrugator belt for every appli- cation. Our reputation for durable performance is the trade- mark of the most dependable belts in service today.
nization. Premier Packaging is able to run 37 to 38 million square-feet per month, while simultaneously decreasing the shifts they had been running. In the peak season of October through December of 2019, following the instal- lation of the new LMC machine, the Indianapolis facility produced 25 percent more footage of corrugated while staffing only two weekday shifts. “The Latitude machine has definitely helped our bot- tom line and has opened up capacity for us,” says Fitch. “In the past, a lot of items might have caused us to raise our inventory levels through peak season. But because of the
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For a wide variety of new and used equipment on today’s market, visit our website. You can e-mail us directly from the site for all your corrugated needs.
AMTECH SOFTWARE www.amtechsoftware.com
Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and compre- hensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated sched- uling software, and engineered automation technology. For over 30 years, Amtech has remained at the backbone of successful businesses from the independent box makers to the largest integrateds. We keep our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with options such as custom- er digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and ship- ping, proactive roll stock and inventory management, and so much more in an integrated, single vendor environment. APEX INTERNATIONAL www.apex-groupofcompanies.com World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.
speeds of the machine, the capacity it has and the quick turnaround time on setups, we are now able to get a lot more done in the same amount of time.”
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A famous author once said: “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” It is the same with investments: What seemed to be good value at the beginning will often be considerably more expensive in the long run. How is it possible to get high performance for low cost? It isn’t. The effort needed to be the best will always be high. However, in the long term, the best quality will always give the best results. Anyone who compares all the facts for the life cycle of an investment will very quickly realise this. And will be happy that this truth is proven in the return on in- vestment.
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The ecommerce industry is growing at 15 percent per year in North America--Amazon alone has more than 250,000 staffers in 110 facilities in North America alone. Premier Packaging’s investment in the Latitude machine
ARC INTERNATIONAL www.ARCInternational .com
ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nano-technology laser engraving in our Charlotte and Las Vegas manufac- turing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.
BAUMER HHS CORPORATION www.baumerhhs.com
hhs is a global leader in advanced gluing, camera verifica- tion and quality assurance systems for the packaging indus- try. Zero-defect quality and elevated production speeds are key parameters in the manufacturing of corrugated boxes; hhs systems ensure efficiency and precision across the board. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for au- tomated quality assurance in the production of corrugated boxes with flexo folder gluers. BLOWER APPLICATION COMPANY (BLOAPCO) www.BloApCo.com BloApCo has served the corrugated industry since 1933 with a variety of scrap handling solutions, including Hori- zontal Floor Shredders, Trim Cutters, and Material Handling Fans and Conveying Systems. BloApCo Shredders allow for continuous shredding and pneumatic removal of sheet waste stacks of all sizes, roll slab, cores, carton scrap and much more.
helped them to meet the current needs of the e-commerce market while planning for future growth in this rapidly ex- panding vertical. Support From SUN Automation The installation of the new Latitude machine began in late August of 2019 with the goal of an October 1 start date. Because of the output demands of peak season for Premier Packaging, they needed to start off with a full understanding of the machinery so that they could run at maximum capacity and not compromise margin and output. Premier Packaging staff training with the SUN Au- tomation Group and Latitude experts began early in the process, with the goal of maximum efficiency and profit- ability. Starting October 1, the machine was able to operate at top speed. This was a major factor in their record-setting three-month window during peak season in 2019. Earlier in 2019, SUN Automation became the exclusive representative in North America and Central America for LMC., providing machinery, parts and support. LMC is a world-class manufacturer of corrugated converting equip- ment, specializing in flexo folder gluers and rotary diecut- ters. Known for its reliability, Latitude equipment is a global success with machine sizes ranging from mini to jumbo. The Taiwan-based company has partnered with SUN Auto- mation to offer new and existing North and Central Ameri- can customers like Premier Packaging the trusted service, support of a North-American based industry leader. The intuitive Latitude machines are easy for the staff of Premier Packaging to use when setting up orders. And with the technology available with modern machines from Latitude, technicians are able to remotely access the ma- chines to help troubleshoot in real time without always having to send a technician to the facility or explain solu- tions remotely. The ability to manufacture inside/outside print boxes has al- lowed Premier Packaging to meet the needs of the massive e-commerce market.
CIMEX CORP. www.cimexcorp.com
Cimex writes affordable yet powerful CAD/CAM software for the packaging and diemaking industries. We also offer numerous samplemakers, etc., to fit all needs and budgets.
CORRUGATED MACHINERY SPECIALISTS www.cmsretrofits.com
Leading manufacturer and installer of quality retrofits, up- grades and replacement parts for S&S and Prime Flexo Folder Gluers. Specialists in reconditioning of S&S Flexo Folder Gluers, including ink, air and electrical systems.
CORRUGATED REPLACEMENTS, INC. www.corrugatedparts.com
Corrugated Replacements, Inc. is a production powerhouse that manufactures high quality machine parts and replace- ment parts for the corrugated and paperboard converting industries. CRI can redesign, engineer, and manufacture any part while providing a rapid turn-around rate, keeping machines running at their peak performance and limiting down time.
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