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Improve Company Performance In Four Ways That Build Trust BY YORAM SOLOMON Building trust in your organization greatly benefits the employees, the culture, and the organization’s performance, which are all tightly relat- ed. Building trust is undoubtedly important for a company, and increas- ing the level of trust could have a transformative effect. Building trust would be easy only if two conditions are met. First, that trust would be absolute. In other words, that there is an absolute, universal set of behaviors that, if followed, would build trust for every-
The Royal Group Acquires Progress Container & Display Cicero, Illinois based The Royal Group (TRG) has announced the acquisition of Winder, Georgia based Progress Container & Display, a provider of corrugated packaging for in- dustrial, retail, e-commerce, and point-of-pur- chase display customers. “This is a fantastic opportunity for TRG to expand our capabilities and solutions for our customers” said Bob McIlvaine, CEO. “Prog- ress Container is a well-respected name in our industry and their commitment to high graphics solutions and state-of-the-art equip- ment further enhances our mission statement to provide value added solutions to the most demanding customers.” Progress Container marks the 17th man- ufacturing facility and 37th TRG location na- tionwide. The acquisition supports TRG’s strategic focus centered around growth, inno- vation, and people. “We’re thrilled to welcome Progress Container to the TRG family,” said John Schwarz, General Partner at Schwarz Partners. “Their talented employees and im- pressive capabilities align perfectly with our company.” This will be the second TRG location in
one. Second, that all it took to change behavior would be to know what behavior you wanted to change and what new behavior you would like to adopt instead. Unfortunately, neither condition is true. Trust is neither absolute nor universal. While some behaviors (such as telling the truth) are universal, others are not. In fact, the same behavior that would cause one person to trust you could cause another person to distrust you—for example, risk-takers trust other risk-takers, but those who avoid risk will not trust risk-takers because they believe they are irresponsible and reckless. Furthermore, it is not enough to know what behavior you want to change Knowledge is not enough. Behaviors are very hard to change. One study found that even if you know your goal, your probability of achieving it is only 10 percent. Even if you committed, set a timeline, and made a plan to achieve that goal, your probability is still limited to 50 percent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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Georgia, including Dalton Box, and provides expanded coverage and capabilities to customers in the southeast. “We’re really excited to join The Royal Group,” said Jim Johnson, Jr., President of Progress Container & Display. “Coming into another family business who share the same values, culture, and integrity in business is very important to our family and builds upon the legacy that my father started 51 years ago.” Johnson will serve as General Manager and remain with the company in a leadership position. Shorr Packaging Appoints Michael Crowley CIO . Aurora, Illinois based Shorr Packaging has announced the appointment of Michael Crowley as Chief Information Offi- cer (CIO), effective immediately. Crowley is responsible for the packaging organization’s information technology op- erations and reports directly to Shorr President and CEO Rob Onorato. “As we continue to expand our product and solution of- ferings to meet the ever-growing needs of our customers – and in turn our customers’ customers – we are very ex- cited Michael has joined Shorr’s leadership team as CIO,” said Onorato.
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and how he went from just trying to ‘Get Through ‘Til Sat- urday’ to going all in and creating a diverse packaging company. “Jerry wears his heart on his sleeve and that comes through strongly in this episode. I feel so privileged to sit in on these sessions,” said Mike D’Angelo, President of AICC. Subscribe to Breaking Down Boxes on all major pod- cast platforms or visit www.AICCbox.org/boxes .
WestRock Breaks Ground On $97M Expansion In LA .
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Donora, Pennsylvania based Apex International, a global leader of an- ilox rolls, sleeves, glue sets, and metering solutions, held a celebratory groundbreaking to mark the commencement of construction on their new Pennsylvania manufacturing facility.
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• Creating a S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable but not too easy, relevant and impactful, and time- bound) plan that will allow you to form new behaviors that would negate the current ones. The plan should consider the process of forming new habits. • Execute until the new habit becomes automatic and doesn’t require thinking and effort anymore. Sound easy? Well, it’s not. There are too many places where you can make mistakes. You may identify a rela- tionship that is not critical, or the dependency of the other person in you is not important enough. You may identify the wrong behavior to work on and spend time and effort trying to fix a behavior that is not holding you back from being more trusted in that relationship while not working on the behavior that does. Your plan might be too easy, too hard, not impactful enough, or otherwise easy to drop before forming new habits. Finally, according to that study, even if you do everything right, you still only have a 50 percent probability of success. How can you increase your odds? The rest of this article will describe four approaches to building employee trustworthiness. Self-Study You could learn by reading books, taking online cours- es, or otherwise individually. Pros : • You can do it at a convenient place and time. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
You must first identify specific, critical relationships and specific behaviors that you must change in them. Those could be different in different relationships. Then, you must form new habits that will change your behaviors and build your trustworthiness, and thus the trust other people have in you. Even then, it takes time and many repetitions of the new behavior before it becomes natural. It won’t happen overnight. Sound complicated? It’s achievable but requires a dif- ferent approach than what you have heard about trust. If you want your efforts to be effective, that is. The process of increasing your trustworthiness has the following steps: • Identifying a critical relationship in which another em- ployee (could be a coworker, a boss, or someone who reports to you) depends on you. If they don’t trust you, they will not rely on you. • Identifying your specific behavior that holds you back from being trusted by that person. Remember that trust is relative. That behavior might not cause someone else to distrust you, but it does cause the other person in this critical relationship not to trust you. The reason for focusing on bad behavior is because people re- spond much stronger (and negatively) to bad behavior than they do (positively) to positive behavior. Research proved that many times.
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• You have an opportunity to interact with others and learn from their challenges. • You can also ask the facilitator to review your plan. • Peer pressure can provide motivation. Cons : • You are still prone to making mistakes in identifying the right relationship and the behavior holding you back from being more trusted. • You still lack an accountability partner, threatening the retention of what you learned. External Coach You could either hire an external coach or have the company hire one to take you through the process. Pros : • A coach is more experienced with the process and hu- man nature. • A coach could be your accountability partner through- out the execution phase and increase your probability of forming a new habit from 50 percent to 95 percent. Cons : • The coach may not be familiar with the company’s people, dynamics, and culture. • You may not trust the coach due to being external to the company and knowing them for a very short time. • They can be costly, especially if coaching multiple people in the company. Internal HR Professional The ultimate solution might be right under your nose—your HR professional. Pros : • They are already trained and experienced
• You can do it at your own pace. • It is typically the cheapest alternative on a per-person basis. Cons: • Lacking deep knowledge and experience, you are more likely to make mistakes, such as identifying the wrong relationship or the wrong behavior to focus on. • Your retention will be the lowest, and so will the proba- bility of forming new habits, given that nobody is hold- ing you accountable. Workshops You could attend an open enrollment or company-spon- sored workshops to help create the right plan. Pros : • Workshops typically address multiple employees in the company in parallel.
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MHIA To Showcase Prefeeder For EVOL At Corrugated Week 2022 The Corrugating Machinery Division of Hunt Valley, Mary- land based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America has an- nounced its new and much-anticipated Mitsubishi Pre- feeder for EVOL at Corrugated Week 2022 (Booth #201) on September 19-21 in San Antonio, Texas. The announcement coincides with an important mile- stone as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) re- cently sold its 200th EVOL in North America. “In close collaboration with our customers, we are con- stantly investing and innovating to best serve their needs for productivity, accuracy, and profitability,” said Shoji Isoai, President, MHIA Corrugating Machinery Division. “The Mit- subishi Prefeeder is the latest technological breakthrough that comes with the ‘vote-of-confidence’ represented by the landmark 200th EVOL sold in North America.” The new Mitsubishi Prefeeder ensures faster through- put and the front-of-line reliability required to keep the MHIA’s premium line of EVOL box-making equipment func- tioning with maximum efficiency. In productive use across multiple facilities in the EU, the Mitsubishi Prefeeder is now available for customers in North America. The Mitsubishi Prefeeder is currently available for the EVOL 84 and EVOL 100 – either 350bpm or 400bpm – or for any equipment that is a top printer. It can run a con- tinuous shingle of either singlewall or doublewall sheets with a minimum sheet of 8.7-inches by 27.2-inches and a maximum sheet of 37-inches by 100-inches and features a lifting device that reverses the sheet stack. “Our research indicates that 50 percent of equipment downtime is caused by auxiliary equipment, with the pre- feeder accounting for 38 percent of that number,” said Isoai. “The new Mitsubishi Prefeeder will dramatically re- duce downtime and maximize the productive of EVOL.” EVOL customers are giving the company high marks across the board. “It’s quite simple – from the MHIA Sales Team, to the Vice President and all the way through to the tech guys – I have never in my life on the converting side had such a good experience throughout,” said Richard Goldberg, VP of Operations, President Container. According to Brian Healy, General Manager, Carolina Container, “The EVOL is a great selling tool for us. Every- one wants to see it and it’s so impressive and it produces such a precise and clean box; it’s the highlight of the tour.” “Listen, we could have bought any machine we wanted but there wasn’t any real conversation about it – it was EVOL all the way,” said Adam Tominsky, General Manager, Rand-Whitney. In addition to the Mitsubishi Prefeeder, the company will also be highlighting the following: • Introduced in 2021, the MC-100 is a state-of-the-art Flexo Folder Gluer that features ease of operation CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
Board Converting NEWS INTERNET DIRECTORY
Advantzware provides a flexible and comprehensive system to address the business management needs of the independent box business, as well as the ERP re- quirements of full scale packaging plants and integrat- ed companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inventory and accounting, this scalable sys- tem supports packaging plants that produce corrugat- ed boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase displays, assembled partitions, paperboard products, foam fab- rication, as well as distribution of packaging supplies. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION www.accfilter.com Air Conveying Corporation is a recognized leader in the in- dustry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than simply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your proposed system. Our equipment is found in Printing, Folding Carton and Corrugated plants throughout the coun- try and the world. Let us build you the best Trim Removal System you ever had. Contact us today. 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 shipping, proactive roll stock and inventory management. APEX INTERNATIONAL www.apexinternational.com AMTECH SOFTWARE www.amtechsoftware.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.
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and enhanced quality-control for plant personnel. In- troduced in Japan in 2020, the MC-100 produces less downtime through easy technician access via elevated platforms. Its innovative stop and start wheel feeder provides non-continuous feeding, ensuring optimized alignment and quality control. Top production rate is 300 BPM. • Work Instructions represent the latest evolution of the company’s EVOL AR Remote Assistance Augmented Reality Program. With some customers reporting an impressive 50 percent reduction in downtime, EVOL AR allows North America-based plant managers, tech- nicians, and engineers to quickly and efficiently share and resolve issues in real-time from their facilities. The company’s sales, service, and technical team members will be on-site at booth #201 to field customer questions, discuss current collaboration opportunities, and share their latest insights. “Our customers have high demands and we strive to meet and exceed them with in- vestments in technology, customer service, rapid delivery of replacement parts, and in-person and on-line technical support,” said Hiroyuki Kikumoto, Senior Vice President, Sales, MHIA Corrugating Machinery Division. Visit www.mhicorrugating.com for more information.
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ARC International is a world leader in the manufacturing of roller products for flexography. The latest nano-technology laser engraving in our NC and NV manufacturing facilities ensures superior quality and consistency in anilox rollers.
AES (ADVANCED EQUIPMENT SALES) www.aesales.net
AES is a leading full-service provider of integrated convey- ance systems specializing in scrap, trim, and dust. AES en- gineers custom scrap systems and works as a partner in process improvement to help businesses achieve greater profitability, productivity, and sustainability. Products include balers, shredders/hoggers, core shredders, filters, fans, and specialized dust control and collection systems. AES is the ex- clusive distributor for the AirShark Rotary Material Separator. For a wide variety of new and used equipment on to- day’s market, visit our website at www.acm-corp.com. 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. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for quality as- surance in the production of boxes with flexo folder gluers. AMERICAN CORRUGATED MACHINE www.acm-corp.com 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, and carton scrap.
DS Smith Appoints Tornes New Managing Director
Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith announced that it has named Keith Tornes as Managing Director, Paper, Forest-
ry and Recycling for North America. Tornes, who has nearly 30 years of experience in operations and plant management in several senior global leadership roles, will be responsible for the U.S. operations that produce linerboard and corrugating medium to support the company’s integrated
corrugated packaging business. Based in Riceboro, Georgia, he will oversee paper pro- duction at DS Smith’s mills, as well as the North American recycling and forestry operations with a focus on growing DS Smith’s paper production and ensuring the delivery of high quality, high performing papers to meet changing de- mands in packaging and other industry sectors. “DS Smith is recognized for its ambitious sustainability goals and meets rising demand for innovative paper-based products to replace plastic,” Tornes said. “I’m excited to combine my industry experience with DS Smith’s packag- ing solutions, which serve as a solid foundation to contin- ue to grow the business in North America.” Tornes joins DS Smith from Sonoco, a global packaging company where he most recently served as segment man- ufacturing manager for protective solutions.
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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.
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Serving the corrugated box industry since 1991, Chicago- based Corrugator Belt Service LLC maintains corru- gator belts for peak board quality and performance.
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