April 27, 2020 Board Converting News

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years April 27, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 17

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.

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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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