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Customer Commentary: Price Is Not The Only Factor BY ANONYMOUS
Opus Packaging Acquires Arvco’s Assets In Indiana Opus Packaging – Indianapolis has an- nounced that it has entered into an agree- ment to acquire significantly all of the assets of Arvco Container Corporation’s Indianapolis location (Arvco Indianapolis) and has offered employment to all current Arvco Indianapolis employees, effective October 5, 2020. The acquisition demonstrates the Opus Packag- ing Group’s (Opus) commitment to the India- napolis market and strengthens its ability to enhance the performance of its customers. Arvco Container Corporation (Arvco) pur- chased the Arvco Indianapolis operation in 2006. Earlier this year, a key Arvco Indianap- olis customer moved their manufacturing re- quirements to Michigan. With their lease ex- piring at the end of the year and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arvco decided to find a company willing to purchase the oper- ation. Arvco’s President and CEO, Greg Arvani- gian, said, “After exploring several options, Arvco concluded that Opus provided the best fit for their employees and customers. Arvco and Opus have had a long-standing busi- ness relationship that spans two generations.
Editor’s Note: The following article was written by a customer of Ari- zona Corrugated Container, which has requested that the customer remain anonymous : We are a small manufacturer of special boxes for the fast-food in- dustry with multiple out-of-state locations. When our Phoenix, Arizo- na, production’s break-even caused cash-flow concerns, we decided to outsource, similar to Amazon, all manufacturing (but not sales and marketing) to the largest independent box maker in the state, Arizona Corrugated Container (ACC). ACC had a similar entrepreneurial culture, their own new corrugator and state-of-the-art machinery. Our strategy was an option to selling the company. At the request of this valued supplier, we have omitted our identity but not our business philosophy, which I am explaining here. As a small business, we have always encouraged entrepreneurial behavior. As an integral part of our culture, this attitude of independent thinking has served us well for many years. For a while, our spending operated under this philosophy. It was decentralized and conducted at the local level with little emphasis on combining our buying power. Buyers at each production site were responsible for purchasing our packaging requirements and received performance ratings based upon the perception of how well they managed price. They operated under the old mentality of getting three bids, taking the lowest bid and then going back and telling all bidders they had to do better. It was a game that we had to play. But who was the winner of this game? No one. As a result of these adversarial and strictly price-driven business practices, it was not un- common to often switch supply base in the interest of obtaining a bet- ter price point. This emphasis on price encouraged other behaviors: • Use of several suppliers per site to maintain that competitive spirit, and make sure no supplier felt too secure in owning the business. • Volume changes amongst suppliers would be used as purchasing power to reward thrifty bidders and punish those who didn’t sharp- en their pencils enough. On the other side, a small overall increase in sales price can offset a much larger reduction in volume. Are Good Suppliers As Important As Customers? One doesn’t have to be a business graduate to understand that such behaviors between seller and customer did not create efficien- cies in either production or logistics for the manufacturing facility. As a CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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WHAT’S INSIDE 6 Sonoco Announces Price Hike For Corrugated Medium Grades 12 Hood Container To Hire 100+ Employees In Owensboro, KY 14 AICC Announces Winners Of Student Design Competition 16 Domtar To Convert TN Mill To Produce Containerboard
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While Arvco regrets the need to withdraw from the India- napolis market, they are committed to assisting Opus in making this transition as smooth as possible for all of the parties involved.” “For Opus’ customers, this acquisition enhances our ability to serve their customer’s packaging needs by ex- panding their reach in the Midwest region and tapping into the expertise and expanded capabilities of the exist- ing facilities within the Opus Packaging Group,” said Opus Packaging Group co-owner Butch Stoner. “Opus has been providing innovative packaging solutions to its customers since 1984, and opened a brand new facility in Whites- town, Indiana, in 2019. With a vision of becoming a world class provider in packaging solutions while leading in the markets it serves, the acquisition of Arvco Indianapolis only puts us closer to achieving that goal.” Opus Packaging Group is comprised of five wholly owned entities: Opus Packaging – Indianapolis in Whites- town, IN; Opus Packaging – Grand Rapids in Caledonia, MI; Opus Packaging – Jackson in Jackson, MI; Opus Pack- aging – New Bremen in New Bremen, OH; and Opus Pack- aging – Wabash in Mt. Carmel, IL. “We are excited about this change and confident that the combination of the Opus Packaging and Arvco Indi- anapolis businesses will be beneficial to our valued em- ployees and customers,” said Stoner.
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Sonoco Announces Price Hike For Corrugated Medium Grades Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco announced last week that it is implementing a $50/ton increase on all domestic and export corrugating medium grades ship- ping from its Hartsville mill. The prices are effective with shipments on and after November 2, 2020. According to Tim Davis, Division Vice President and General Manager, Paper and Adhesives, U.S./Canada, Sonoco is responding to changes in market demand and order backlogs, in line with other North American containerboard producers. According to an industry analyst, the company’s focus on optimizing businesses through productivity improve- ment, standardization and cost controls will also aid its performance in the near term. In addition, the stable price of OCC is likely to offset the negative impacts of price/cost and improving operating margins. Sonoco expects its Consumer Packaging segment to gain from the demand from stay-at-home customers ow- ing to the pandemic. Approximately 80 percent of the segment’s sales flow in from food packaging, where the company is witnessing increased orders. Further, paper- board operations in North America are likely to be rela- tively steadier as elevated demand for the tissue and the towel market will help offset declines from some industrial converted-product businesses.
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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month August 2020
According to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI expanded in Septem- ber at the fastest pace in 25 months. In September, seven of the top 10 markets for U.S. man- ufactured goods had expanding manufacturing sectors, up from six in August and just one (China) in May. As such, these major trading partners have continued to improve after plummeting in April to levels that were either the worst since the Great Recession or at record lows. The World Trade Organization (WTO) predicts that global trade volumes could fall 9.2 percent in 2020, an improvement from the previous estimate of a 12.9 percent decrease this year. WTO predicts that global trade should rebound, rising by 7.2 percent in 2021. The U.S. trade deficit rose to the highest level since August 2006, with goods imports rising faster than the in- crease in goods exports. The goods trade deficit rose to a new record. At the same time, the service-sector trade surplus dropped to its lowest level since January 2012. In non-seasonally adjusted data, U.S. manufactured goods exports totaled $622.72 billion through the first eight months of 2020, dropping 17.31 percent from $753.07 billion for the same time frame in 2019.
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Domino Digital Printing Continues Its Support Of Corrugated Sector Gurnee, Illinois based Domino Digital Printing continues to grow its digital business by developing and supporting the corrugated sector. Matt Condon, recently promoted to Business Develop- ment Manager, Corrugated, has been with Domino for over 10 years, including roles as Project Manager, Product Manager, and most recently OEM Manager. He has an extensive 30-year back- ground focusing on electronic and digital printing throughout his ca- reer. Prior to Domino, he held po- sitions at Fujifilm Graphic Systems, London Litho, and Scitex America. He has expertise in software applications, digital printing, and traditional print. “I am very excited,” said Condon. “Domino enters this dynamic market segment with the new X630i digital aque- ous inkjet corrugated press, utilizing a print engine that has been developed from a proven, reliable inkjet plat- form. Couple that with a strong and stable global compa- ny that has over 40 years of innovation and continuous growth and provides local service and support to help its customers succeed and you have a winning combination.” Matt Condon
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Hood Container To Hire 100+ Employees In Owensboro, KY
“It’s a great opportunity for entry-level production and packing associates,” said Karen Wilhite, Regional Manager of Hire Dynamics, the company helping fill the positions. “It’s a really good family-feel environment and they get re- ally good reviews. It’s a great way to earn extra money, especially for the upcoming holidays.” Working hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, and overtime is optional. Wilhite said there’s plenty of potential for extra work. During peak season, workers can nearly double their pay with the various incentives offered. Wilhite also noted that employees are eligible for ben- efits from day one and a one-week vacation package after 1,900 hours. They can also earn unlimited referral bonuses of either $50 for entry-level positions or $100 for special- ty positions. She also said the advantages of working at Owensboro Hood Container go beyond the paycheck and benefits, though. “The team and management have a passion for the people that are there every day to get the product out and show that Owensboro is a great place to work,” she said. “It’s making everyone happy. It’s about the well-being of the employees. It’s about mentoring and offering steward- ship. It’s making sure those employees are so thought of at that level that they want to make a difference in their lives.” Those interested in applying can go to work4hd.com . “It’s a great way to get in at the ground level at a compa- ny that really wants really strong people moving forward,” Wilhite said. “This is a great place for work-life balance.”
After exponential growth under new ownership the last two years, Hood Container, which is operating as Pack- aging Unlimited after acquiring the company three years ago, is looking to hire more than 100 employees to fill roles ranging from forklift operators to supervisors, according to a report in The Ownesboro Times . Packaging Unlimited is considered a “mill-to-market” packaging company, which means they oversee the man- ufacturing process from the mill to the end user. Hood Container Corporation is the 8th largest paper- board company in the United States. Along with paper mills, Hood Container holds a network of corrugators, con- verters, packaging manufacturers, display producers and contract packaging facilities. The entire Owensboro Hood Container team has been instrumental in a culture change over the last two years. Two faces of the new leadership in Owensboro include Operations Manager Issac Ralph and Production Manager Danny Clouse. “We’ve grown so rapidly under Hood Container that we need more people here to work,” Ralph said, noting they’ve doubled their growth since 2018. The company is seeking forklift drivers, packaging associates, line work- ers, quality technicians, team leaders and supervisors.
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AICC Announces Winners Of Annual Student Design Competition, J. Troll Scholarship AICC, The Independent Packaging Association has announced the win- ners of the 2020 Annual Student Packaging Design Competition and the recipients for the 2020-2021 J. Richard Troll Scholarship. All of the winners in the student design competition receive a mon- etary award and plaque. The J. Troll scholarship recipients receive a plaque and a monetary scholarship is sent to their respective schools for the next calendar year.
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Due to the challenges that students were facing because of Covid-19, AICC modified the competition. This year, students did not need to send a physical entry. Students had to digitally create and design a “Golf Gift The design team from Dunwoody College of Technology won First Place for its 2020 Ryder Cup promotional “Golf Gift Package.”
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Domtar To Convert TN Mill To Produce Containerboard
Once the Kingsport Mill conversion is complete, which is expected in the first quarter of 2023, Domtar says it will be able to produce and market about 600,000 tons of high-quality recycled linerboard and corrugated medium annually on North America’s premier lightweight contain- erboard machine. That level of capacity will make King- sport the second-largest recycled containerboard mill in North America, according to Domtar. Producing recycled containerboard requires a good supply stream of recycled paper materials like boxes, chipboard, office paper and newsprint. Domtar believes finding that material won’t be a problem. “We can source it from 72 recovered-paper suppliers with 116 locations in a seven-state radius,” the company said in a release. “Thanks to a high-quality paper machine capable of pro- ducing about 4,500 feet per minute, the Kingsport Mill has the potential to become one of the lowest-cost recy- cled containerboard mills in the United States. Its central
For the past two years Fort Mill, South Carolina based Domtar has looked into repurposing key paper machines as the company adjusts its white paper production capaci- ty to match customer demand. This is why the company re- cently announced it will convert its Kingsport, Tennessee paper mill into its first containerboard facility. According to multiple media reports, Domtar views containerboard manufacturing as an exciting new market that directly aligns with its expertise and more than 100- year legacy of turning fiber into useful products. The com- pany believes containerboard is North America’s largest pulp and paper market, and it has good long-term growth prospects. It’s a 40-million-ton market today, and it’s grow- ing by about two percent (about 800,000 tons) every year.
location in the Southeastern United States means it’s also geographically positioned to be the go-to supplier for more than 60 independent box makers across the region, representing nearly four million tons of an- nual containerboard demand.” “Repurposing the Kingsport Mill pro- vides Domtar with an excellent strategic en- try point into a growing market with a very competitive, low-cost asset,” says Domtar President and CEO John Williams. “We view this as a strategic first step toward building a large value-adding business in the con- tainerboard market.” The conversion represents an exciting next step in the Kingsport Mill’s more than 100-year history in the region. “We’re proud of our long history in King- sport and strong partnership with the com- munity,” says Kingsport Mill Manager Marty Barfield. “The mill has an outstanding repu- tation for employing local talent and giving back. We’ve had many generations of fam- ilies working here, and we look forward to continuing that tradition for many years to come.” When Domtar idled the mill in April, the facility employed 304 workers. The convert- ed mill is expected to directly employ ap- proximately 160 workers. A payment-in-lieu- of-taxes (PILOT) agreement calls on Domtar to maintain a minimum of 140 full-time jobs. Domtar is one of the largest manufactur- ers of pulp in the world. Its network of 13 pulp and paper mills and 11 manufacturing and converting facilities gives it approxi- mately 2.7 million tons of papermaking ca- pacity and 1.5 million air-dried metric tons (ADMT) of market pulp capacity annually.
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At Klingher Nadler, Mitch Klingher heads up the firm’s tax and consulting de- partments. With over 30 years of diversi- fied public accounting experience, Kling- her specializes in paper conversion and packaging businesses and has developed industry-specific financial courses, in con- junction with AICC, for owners, controllers, and other managers. He has written nu- merous papers for trade publications and is a regular speaker at regional and nation- al meetings. He also facilitates a number of AICC CEO Groups. Registration for Financial Reporting and Analytics for Converters: Level 1 is $795 for members. For more information and to register, visit www.AICCbox.org/Calendar . Questions can be directed to Taryn Pyle, at email@example.com or (703) 836-2422. IP Declares Dividend Memphis, Tennessee based International Paper (IP) last week declared a quarterly dividend of $0.5125 per share for the peri- od from October 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, inclusive, on its common stock, par value $1.00. This dividend is payable on December 15, 2020, to holders of record at the close of business on November 16, 2020. The company also declared a reg- ular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share for the period from October 1, 2020, to De- cember 31, 2020, inclusive, on the cumula- tive $4.00 preferred stock of the company. This dividend is also payable on December 15, 2020, to holders of record at the close of business on November 16, 2020.
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Industry Supports PACK EXPO Connects Through Partner Program The PACK EXPO Partner Program and PMMI’s Showcase of Packaging Innovations showcase the powerful indus- try support of PACK EXPO Connects, taking place on No- vember 9-13, 2020. The Partner Program serves to connect over 20 lead- ing trade associations dedicated to advancing the industry with attendees and exhibitors, bringing significant resourc- es, insights and expertise to 2020’s most comprehensive virtual packaging event. “We’re grateful to our Partner Associations for their enthusiastic support of PACK EXPO Connects,” said Joe Angel, President, PMMI Media Group. “While we wait for in-person events to reopen, we look forward to connect- ing virtually with association members and their business partners during PACK EXPO Connects in November.” “CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Man- ufacturers, and PMMI have had a long and successful part- nership,” says Ron Puvak, Executive Director, CPA. “The PACK EXPO Partner Program has proven invaluable to us over the years. CPA members have benefited immensely from the exposure to new clients and markets provided by PACK EXPO events. We are very excited to participate in this first-ever PACK EXPO Connects virtual event.” PMMI’s Showcase of Packaging Innovations will share the best product packaging ideas advancing the industry in 2020. Get inspired by viewing the Showcase of Packag- ing Innovations featuring high-quality images that let you rotate the winning products and zoom in on details. “We are excited to see the innovations that inspire package designers with packaging that is functional, inno- vative and sustainable,” says Angel. This year’s Showcase of Packaging Innovations par- ticipants include: Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), Flexible Packaging As- sociation (FPA), Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), PMMI Media Group’s Profood World Sustainability Excellence in Man- ufacturing Awards, Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), Tube Council North America (TCNA), and World Packaging Organisation (WPO). PACK EXPO Connects delivers the power of PMMI Me- dia Group and the PACK EXPO brand to connect the pack- aging and processing industry during these challenging times. With over 650 solutions-providers featuring interac- tive virtual showrooms, attendees can foster connections via live chats, live product demos and a robust educational line-up. During Preview Week (Nov. 2-6), the week before PACK EXPO Connects (Nov. 9-13), attendees can browse and fi- nalize their planner, add product demos, educational ses- sions and all items of interest. For more information and free registration, visit www.packexpoconnects.com .
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