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Year In Review, Part 2: Back To Business With More Acquisitions BY LEN PRAZYCH As 2021 storms to a close amidst new waves of Covid-19 and its vari- ants, Delta and Omicron, there have been a flurry of new acquisitions taking place in the corrugated and folding carton industries. With the integrateds having fought it out to secure market share at the top of the “food chain,” larger independents are now duking it out in what seems

SupplyOne Acquires Romanow Container

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, based Sup- plyOne, Inc., one of the largest independent suppliers of corrugated and other value-add- ed packaging products, equipment, and ser- vices in the U.S., announced that it acquired Romanow Container, a privately-held manu- facturer of corrugated products and protec- tive packaging, and distributor of industrial packaging supplies headquartered in West- wood, Massachusetts. Romanow Container was founded in 1948 by Allan Romanow as a corrugated convert- ing operation. Since then, the company has invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and complemented its offering with custom polyethylene and polyurethane foam fabrication, wood crating and pallets, packag- ing supplies and services that include pack- aging design and testing, and inventory man- agement. Today, the company is a packaging manufacturer and distributor recognized for the value and exceptional service they deliver to its New England customer base. “We share a customer-focused philosophy with SupplyOne, and it is core to all we do,” said Ted Romanow, President of Romanow

like a “land grab” of profitable and attractive smaller idependents. In several cases, these larger independents are portfolio companies of private equity firms. One, for example, is SupplyOne, which again made the front page of BCN for the 4th time in the second half of 2021 alone. Also making news with acquisitions were Opus Packaging, Jamestown Container Cos. and Liberty Diversified International. JULY • SC Officials Tell New-Indy To Revise Plan On Odor Issue : South Carolina health officials are telling the owners of New-Indy’s Ca- tawba paper mill to fix their plan to address lingering odor issues because the company’s initial actions did not meet the necessary requirements. • American Baler Modifies 2-Ram Baler Lineup : Bellevue, Ohio based American Baler has reported that the it has made some re- cent improvements to its 2-Ram balers. • Diamond Packaging To Purchase Carbon Offsets To Reduce Footprint: Rochester, New York based Diamond Packaging has CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


WHAT’S INSIDE 5 Rohrer Corporation Acquires Jay Packaging Group In RI 8 AICC To Offer Members Plant Tours With Packaging Xperience 10 ISM: Economic Improvement To Continue In U.S. In 2022 14 Behavioral Science Research And Commitment To Recycling

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SupplyOne Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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 indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

Container, who with his brothers Dick and Dan Romanow are the second generation of leadership. “SupplyOne’s decentralized operating platform assures that our cus- tomers and our tremendous employees can rely on the continuity of a personally invested team who are actively involved in their success.” “The acquisition of Romanow Container is SupplyOne’s first in New England and positions us to help more busi- nesses in the northeast reduce their “Total Cost of Own- ership” on packaging through better control and manage- ment of their packaging requirements.” said Bill Leith, CEO and President of SupplyOne, Inc. “Romanow’s team has a relentless focus on meeting their customers’ needs with speed and excellence. We are delighted to welcome their employees and customers into the SupplyOne family.” SupplyOne is one of the largest independent supplier s of corrugated and other value-added packaging products, equipment and services in the U.S. It provides mid-sized manufacturers, food processors, medical and e-commerce companies industry-leading packaging programs, prod- ucts, and supply chain solutions from a single point of con- tact to unlock efficiency and direct cost savings. Since its founding in 1998, SupplyOne has become the acquirer of choice for privately held specialty corrugated packaging manufacturers. The company is a portfolio company of Wellspring Capital Management.

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Rohrer Corporation Acquires Jay Packaging Group In RI

Wadsworth, Ohio based Rohrer Corporation, a retail-pack- aging designer and manufacturer, last week announced that it closed on the acquisition of Jay Packaging Group, a premier specialty printing and thermoforming company. The addition of Jay Packaging Group to Rohrer strength- ens the combined capabilities of both companies in the areas of high-end printing and decorating, carded blister, thermoformed, and folded carton packaging. Jay Packaging Group is based in Warwick, Rhode Is- land. Since its founding in 1945, it has grown into one of the industry’s most creative package design, enhance- ment, and solutions companies in the Northeast for print- ing, folding cartons, and plastic components. Jay Packag- ing Group serves a variety of industries, including niche packaging for the beauty, luxe, home and health markets. “Jay Packaging Group is an innovative company with talented employees. It’s exciting to expand our opera- tions to the East Coast and invest in the people, plants and profitability of both businesses,” said Steve Wirrig, CEO of Rohrer Corporation. “Together, we can provide our customers with best of both worlds – unbeatable pack- aging solutions through Rohrer’s ezComboSM programs and custom printing and packaging options through Jay Packaging Group.” Richard Kelly, CEO and co-owner of Jay Packaging Group added, “I am proud of our team, and the business we have built over the years. I am confident the integration of Jay Packaging Group into Rohrer’s network will make both organizations stronger, and position us for further in- vestment, growth and job creation.” Mesirow acted as the financial advisor to Jay Packaging Group on the sale to Rohrer Corporation. Rohrer Corporation is a portfolio company of Wellspring Capital Management. Kampack To Relocate Headquarters, Expanding In Henry County, GA The Henry County Development Authority announced Fri- day that Kampack, a division of National Packaging Group, will relocate its company headquarters and expand its operations into Henry County with a new manufacturing facility in the King Mill Distribution Industrial Park. The new facility will create 120 new jobs and $35 million in invest- ment, according to HCDA officials. The new facility will help the company produce packaging products to supply customers in the Southeast. “We are excited to expand into Henry County with our new manufacturing facility to better serve our customers in the Southeast, while taking advantage of the area’s strong business growth to build our business. Henry County and



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Kampack Relocating (CONT’D FROM PAGE 5)

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021

Georgia provided the ideal location to achieve our growth goals for Kampack,” said Carl R. Tinsley, Sr, Executive Vice President of the National Packaging Group. Kampack is a woman and minority owned business that has manufactured corrugated packaging and provid- ed both design and engineering solutions in the Northeast for decades. The new facility will provide strategic capaci- ty when combined with the high graphic, digital print, and display manufacturing offered by their regional sister facil- ities, serving its customers in the Southeast. “We are excited to welcome Kampack’s headquarters and their first manufacturing facility in Georgia to Henry County. The outlook of bringing 120 new manufacturing jobs will help us continue our growth as an economic hub for our region,” said Henry County Board of Commission- ers Chair Carlotta Harrell. “As we continue to leverage our strategic location and e-commerce base, today’s announcement by Kampack to move its company headquarters and locate their new manufacturing facility in Henry County is another example of our expanding advanced manufacturing sector,” said Chairman of the Henry County Development Authority Pierre Clements. “We are looking forward to their growth and prosperity with us.” Kampack will begin operations in the new center in second quarter of 2022.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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AICC Offers Members Plant Tours With Packaging Xperience In March AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering members the opportunity participate in two plant tours during the Packaging Xperience, March 1-3, in Kansas City, Missouri. The first tour will be conducted at the Lawrence Paper Company (LPCO) in Lawrence, Kansas. Now in its 5th gen- eration of family ownership LPCO serves its customers with some of the most technically advanced machinery in the industry. With a sheet plant located in Fremont, Ne- braska, and one in Hutchinson, Kansas, LPCO combines a broad geographic reach through the Midwest with a sys- tem of equipment redundancy and surge capacity. The plant in Lawrence includes a 98-inch Fosber Cor- rugator, an Isowa Falcon FFG, an Engico Jumbo FFG, a Bobst Mastercut, a Bobst Expertfold, a HP Scitex 17000 digital, and many others. Though now in their 2nd gener- ation, LPCO’s were the first Falcon and Engico installed in North America. Combined with other printing and con- verting equipment, this breath of capabilities stands out as their competitive advantage in the market. LPCO has invested more than $30 million in their Lawrence facili- ty over the past decade to meet their growing customer needs and provide quality and efficiency throughout their production process.

The second plant tour will be conducted at Arrowhead Containers, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri, a satellite opera- tion of SMC Packaging Group (SMC), a full service provider of corrugated packaging, point of purchase displays, pro- tective shipping cartons, and ancillary packaging supplies. For nearly 50 years, SMC has been dedicated to respond- ing to their customers’ needs, offering solutions to your unique challenges, and providing exemplary customer service. Based in Springfield, Missouri, SMC has satellite op- erations in Kansas City, Missouri; Conway, Arkansas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Kansas City, Arrowhead Containers, a sheet plant, operates in 85,000-square-feet, with another 70,000-square-feet in an off-site warehouse. Arrowhead’s production leans toward a higher graphic mix and larger order quantities. In addition to the tours, AICC attendees will hear from national and local brands about what they need and look for in their packaging. The member early bird deadline for Xperience, with a registration of $995, is Wednesday, Jan- uary 12. To learn more about the conference and to regis- ter for this innovative event and enlightening plant tours, visit . Questions about training and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development,, or Chelsea May, Education and Train- ing Manager, or (703) 836-2422.

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ISM: Economic Improvement To Continue In U.S. In 2022

the second half (H2) of the year is projected to cool slightly in manufacturing and accelerate in services. These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of Institute for Supply Man- agement (ISM). The forecast was released by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M, Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Busi- ness Survey Committee, and by Anthony S. Nieves, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P, CFPM, Chair of the ISM Services Business Survey Committee. Manufacturing Summary Expectations for 2022 are positive, as 65 percent of survey respondents expect revenues to be greater in 2022 than in 2021. The panel of purchasing and supply executives expects a 6.5-percent net increase in overall revenues for 2022, compared to a 14.1-percent increase reported for 2021. Fifteen of the 18 manufacturing indus- tries expect revenue improvement in 2022 “Manufacturing’s purchasing and supply executives

Economic improvement in the United States will continue in 2022, say the nation’s purchasing and supply manage- ment executives in the December 2021 Semiannual Eco- nomic Forecast. This expansion will continue a growth trend that began in June 2020, as indicated in the monthly ISM Report On Business. Revenues are expected to increase in 15 of 18 manu- facturing industries and 17 of 18 services-sector indus- tries. Capital expenditures are expected to increase by 7.7 percent in the manufacturing sector (after a 12.1 per- cent increase in 2021) and increase by 10.3 percent in the services sector. The manufacturing employment base is expected to grow by 1 percent following an increase of 3.3 percent in 2021. Compared to the first half (H1), growth in

expect to see strong growth in 2022. They are optimistic about overall business pros- pects for the first half of 2022, with busi- ness continuing to expand through the second half, though at slightly lower rates,” says Fiore. “Manufacturing experienced 18 consecutive months of growth from June 2020 through November 2021, with the composite PMI registering above 60 in nine of the last 12 months of that time frame. Respondents expect raw materials pricing pressure to increase in 2022, as well as im- proved profit margins over H2 2021. Wages and employment will continue high rates of growth as hiring slows. Manufacturers also predict growth in both exports and imports in 2022.” Operating Rate In the manufacturing sector, respon- dents report operating at 88.7 percent of their normal capacity, up 0.4 percentage point from the 88.3 percent reported in May 2021. Purchasing and supply execu- tives predict that capital expenditures will increase by 7.7 percent in 2022 over 2021, compared to the 12.1 percent increase re- ported for 2021 over 2020. Manufacturers expect employment in the sector to grow by one percent in 2022 relative to December 2021 levels, while labor and benefit costs are expected to increase an average of 4.7 percent. Respondents also expect the U.S. dollar to weaken against six of the sev- en currencies of major trading partners in 2022; it is expected to strengthen relative to the Mexican peso. The panel predicts that prices paid for raw materials will increase 8.2 percent

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ISM: Improvements (CONT’D FROM PAGE 10)

during the first five months of the year, with an overall in- crease of 8.1 percent for 2022. This compares to a report- ed 14.5 percent increase in raw materials prices between the end of 2020 and November of 2021. Employment ISM’s Manufacturing Business Survey Committee mem- bers report that sector employment increased 3.3 percent in 2021 and forecast that employment will increase by one percent, on average, for the full year of 2022. Thirty-six percent of respondents expect employment to be, on av- erage, 10.3 percent higher in 2022, while 24 percent pre- dict employment to be lower by an average of 11.2 percent. The remaining 40 percent of respondents expect their em- ployment levels to be unchanged in 2022. Capital Expenditures Purchasing and supply executives report 2021 capital expenditures increased 12.1 percent on average when compared to 2020 levels. Expenditures for 2021 beat sur- vey respondents’ previous expectations, as they predicted an increase of 8.7 percent for 2021 in May 2021. The 42 percent of purchasers who reported increased capital ex- penditures in 2021 indicated an average increase of 37.8 percent, while the 12 percent who said their capital spend- ing was reduced reported an average decrease of 29.3 percent. Forty-six percent of respondents said their levels of spend were unchanged in 2021.

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Behavioral Science Research Explores Role Of Consumers’ Commitment To Recycling To better understand how to improve recycling, in particular how to get more consumers to recycle their food and beverage cartons, the Carton Council of North America recently commissioned a behavioral science study which identified factors that play into recycling decisions. The study revealed there are micro-behaviors most people need to go through after committing to recycle before it becomes a habit. While the study was specific to cartons, the micro-behaviors are relevant to all commonly recyclable materials and serve as a reminder that even after a

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Graphic Packaging Wins Five Awards At Worldstar Global Packaging 2022 Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging Internation- al is celebrating its accomplishments after winning five awards at the WorldStar Global Packaging Awards 2022. The awards, among the most prestigious in the packaging industry, celebrate the best and brightest innovations from around the world with entries judged by a panel of 36 in- ternationally esteemed judges. Alongside creative use of material, design and manu- facturing processes, the judging criteria emphasized so- cial and environmental responsibility, including sustain- able production and hygiene. Taking top honors for Graphic Packaging were: • BelleHarvest apple cartons that are 100 percent recy- clable and produced from sustainable, renewable pa- perboard. The design provides high impact branding, great produce visibility and enhanced protection with a comfortable carrying handle for user comfort. • Boardio (with Club Coffee, Loblaws) recyclable pa- per-based can for coffee that is delivered flat to point- of-filling. Containing more than 80 percent fiber from sustainably managed forests, Boardio can replace tin cans, plastic tubs, glass jars and plastic stand-up pouches. • Boardio (with Perfetti Van Melle, Mentos Pure Fresh Gum) recyclable paperboard bottle for confectionery. The easy-to-use Boardio technology provides an 86 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional plastic alternatives and is easily recycled in established paper waste streams. • Estrella Damm rounded corner beverage pack, engi- neered for sustainability, scalability and recyclability. The design eliminates the need for plastic shrink wrap while delivering impactful on-shelf appeal. • PaperSeal high performance barrier-lined paperboard alternative to MAP, VSP and top-seal plastic trays for the food industry. Developed with G. Mondini, experts in tray sealing technology, PaperSeal reduces plastic by up to 90 percent compared to traditional trays. “Our team is delighted to add another five awards to the list of accolades we’ve achieved this year,” said Ricar- do De Genova, SVP, Global Innovation and New Business at Graphic Packaging. “It’s a testament to the passion of our team that we are always aiming higher in supporting global brands with future-ready packaging design. To find that so many of our packaging solutions are worthy of top honors is satisfying, and the diversity of our solutions gives a glimpse into how versatile we are as a business. “The WorldStar awards are particularly resonant for us since winners are chosen by judging consensus that a pack is ‘superior in its category and market.’ We are proud to work with our customers on packaging projects that make a real difference to brands, consumers and the en- vironment alike.”

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erboard mill that would serve as a big buyer of recycled fiber in the western United States. • Bobst Unveils EXPERTFOLD Folder Gluer : Bobst has unveiled a new, multi-purpose version of its EXPERT- FOLD 110 folder-gluer, offering greater versatility and time-saving benefits to converters. • ARC Int’l Announces New Appointments : ARC Inter- national has announced that Brian Jacob, of Jacob Flexographic Services, has agreed to become ARC’s Northeast regional technical representative. • Graphic Packaging Acquires AR Packaging For $1.45B : Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging re- ported that it has signed a definitive agreement with CVC Capital Partners Fund to acquire AR Packaging for approximately $1.45 billion in cash. • Neenah Paper To Close WI Plant, 100 Impacted : The Neenah Paper plant in Appleton will close this fall, ac- cording to its Georgia based parent company, • ARC International Installs New Fibertronic Engraver: ARC International has invested in a 5.5 meter (18-foot) laser engraver, which features the latest technology available in today’s anilox roll markets. AUGUST • TricorBraun Acquires SGB Packaging Group : St. Louis, Missouri based TricorBraun announced that it has ac- quired Hackensack, NJ based SGB Packaging Group. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

announced a multi-year commitment to purchase car- bon offsets through Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to reduce its carbon footprint. • Colbert Packaging’s One Clean Carton Tests ‘Safe’ For Pharma, Food-Safe Packaging : One Clean Carton, from Colbert Packaging once again passed a series of laboratory tests to confirm its suitability for pharmaceu- tical and food-safe secondary packaging. • EAM-Mosca Introduces CTV-SoniXs Unitizer : Hazle Township, Pennsylvania based EAM-Mosca has intro- duced its new CTV-SoniXs® all-electric compression unitizer designed to allow high throughput when strap- ping units require closer strap spacing. • WestRock Commits To Emission Reductions: West- Rock has confirmed its commitment with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and will develop and publish a science-based target within 24 months. • ARC International, REPROFLEX3 Announce U.S. Partnership : ARC International and UK based REPRO- FLEX3, have announced a new technical partnership in the U.S. to deliver REPROFLEX3’s Vortex print technol- ogy to the Americas. • Utah Containerboard Mill Project Moving Forward : According to a report in Resource Recycling , Cross- roads Paper recently drew capital from an investment firm as it continues to develop a $320 million contain-

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chines C-170 Die Cutter, which will be installed after the 2021 SuperCorrExpo show in Orlando, Florida. • Pamarco Showcases New Facility In Batavia, Illinois : Pamarco has opened a new anilox manufacturing facil- ity in Batavia, Illinois, and despite working on the plant during the Covid-19 pandemic, managed to do so on time and under budget. • Greif Invests $10M In NC Expansion, To Add Engico FFG From Haire Group : Greif, Inc. announced that it is expanding its CorrChoice sheet feeder in Concord, North Carolina, to include a new Engico Jumbo Flexo Folder Gluer from Haire Group. • Helios Unveils Machine Learning Platform At SCE 2021 : Glen Arm Maryland based Helios, the new AI and Machine learning platform by SUN Automation Group tailored specifically to the corrugated converting indus- try, unveiled its solution in-person at SuperCorrExpo 2021 in Orlando, Florida. • Pratt Industries To Invest $18M In GA Expansion : Pratt Industries reported that it will invest more than $18 mil- lion to expand its corrugated converting plant in Alba- ny, Georgia. The project is expected to create 30 jobs. • Peak Rock Capital Acquires Amtech Software, New Futura Services : An affiliate of Austin, Texas based Peak Rock Capital, a middle-market private investment firm, announced that it has completed an acquisition of Port Washington, Pennsylvania based Amtech LLC and

• Kolbus America Names Rendon Marcom Manager : Kolbus America reported that it has appointed Rebecca Rendon as Marketing and Communications Manager. • Graphic Packaging Launches Line Of ‘Alternative’ Foodservice Packaging: Graphic Packaging has announced the release of OptiCycle, a new line of non-polyethylene (PE) coated, single-use foodservice packaging that provides an alternative to traditional PE and polylactic acid (PLA) coated products. • CompanyBox Completes Digital Expansion In NC : The Charlotte, North Carolina based corrugated pack- aging company reported an expansion in capacity with the investment in a second HP C500 press. • Pratt Industries To Build New $400M Recyled Mill in KY : Pratt Industries confirmed it will invest $400M in a new recycled paper mill in Henderson, Kentucky. This represents the largest single investment by the compa- ny in its history and will create more than 320 full-time jobs. • BHS Corrugated Awards 2021-2022 Scholarships : BHS North America has announced that it has award- ed its third annual scholarships to five students for the 2021-2022 school year. • Packaging-Atlanta To Invest In Second Baysek Die Cutter : Packaging-Atlanta Corp., based in Metro Atlan- ta, reported that it is investing in its second Baysek Ma-



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• Vanguard Wins Gold, Silver In Box Manufacturing Olympics At SCE : Kansas City, MO, based Vanguard Companies won two gold awards and one silver award in the first-ever 2021 Box Manufacturing Olympics. SEPTEMBER • Smurfit Kappa To Invest $22M To Expand : Smurfit Kappa announced it is investing $22M to expand its corrugated plant in Culiacan, North-WestMexico. • Opus Packaging Acquires Mall City Containers In MI : Grand Rapids, Michigan based Opus Packaging Group has announced that it has acquired Kalamazoo, Michi- gan based Mall City Containers, effective September 1. • Volk Packaging Named One Of Best Places To Work In Maine : Biddeford, Maine based Volk Packaging Cor- poration was recently named as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine. • A.G. Stacker Equipment Prepares For Complete Dig- ital Transformation : Weyers Cave, Virginia based A.G. Stacker unveiled expanded equipment lines and digital technology at SuperCorrExpo 2021. • Greene House Group To Represent TCY Machinery In Western U.S. : Greene House Group (GHG), a Western U.S. manufacturer’s representative, has announced its exclusive partnership with TCY Machinery Mfg. Co., Ltd. • Jamestown Container Cos. Acquires Cattaraugus : Falconer, New York based Jamestown Container Com-

New Futura Services LLC, providers of manufacturing ERP software and technology services for the packag- ing and other manufacturing industries. • Don McCaughey, Formerly Of Mark Trece, Dies At 85 : Donald “Otto” McCaughey Jr. of Bel Air, Maryland passed away on June 26, 2021, at his home. He was Vice Chairman of Mark Trece, Inc., which he founded with his partner Richard Godfrey in 1962. • EAM-Mosca Introduces MAX-Q Strapping System : Hazle Township, Pennsylvania based EAM-Mosca Cor- poration has introduced its newest strapping system, the Max-Q. • SupplyOne, Acquires Wilheit Packaging : SupplyOne, Inc. announced that it acquired Wilheit Packaging, LLC., a privately-held distributor of shipping, packaging and maintenance products headquartered in Georgia. • JB Machinery Wins BCN/CT/AICC Innovator Of The Year Award : Westport, Connecticut based JB Machin- ery won the Board Converting News/Corrugated To- day /AICC Innovator of the Year Award, which was pre- sented on at SuperCorrExpo 2021 in Orlando, Florida. • Haire Group’s Muller Inducted Into AICC/RISI Fast- markets Hall Of Fame : Douglas J. Muller of Merrillville, Indiana based Haire Group was inducted into the AICC/ RISI Fastmarkets Hall of Fame during SuperCorrExpo 2021.


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