Board Converting News, July 4, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years July 4, 2022 VOL. 38, NO. 27

Zumbiel Packaging Continues Its Legendary Performance BY LEN PRAZYCH Some stories about independent, multi-generational companies in the folding carton industry are “the stuff of legend.” Hebron, Kentucky based Zumbiel Packaging is one of the few companies at the top of that short list.

Welch Packaging To Expand With New Fosber Corrugator Elkhart, Indiana based Welch Packaging, an independent, multi-site, family-owned busi- ness that has grown to become one of the largest converters in the Midwest, reported the expansion of its Indianapolis operations with a new 98-inch Fosber corrugator. The corrugator will operate at a facility a few miles south of Welch’s existing sheet plant. The company expects to add at least 50 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The new corrugator will expand Welch Packaging’s current production of corrugated products and enhance its abilities to produce specialty scoring profiles and additional coat- ings for Welch’s custom packaging solutions. Founded in 1985 with four employees, Welch Packaging now has operations in six Midwestern states. This latest expansion rein- forces Welch’s commitment to growth. ”Welch Packaging has always focused on corrugated packaging solutions for our customers,” said Scott Welch, President and founder of Welch Packaging. “This new oper- ation will enable us to improve the customer experience while continuing to ‘Make a Differ- ence’ for our associates and the communities in which we live.”

According to one member of the company’s fourth-generation, Tom Zumbiel III, 56, “Legend has it” that the earliest iteration of Zumbiel Packaging was founded in 1843 by a gentleman named C.W. Jordan. Zumbiel’s great grandfather, Charles Zumbiel, was Jordan’s plant su- perintendent. When Jordan died in 1876, Zumbiel purchased the plant and the business from Jordan’s widow. Jordan’s work was in “dry goods,” and he needed boxes to put those items in. When Zumbiel took over, customers continued asking for boxes for their goods but specifically, they were asking for hat boxes. Since it was the 1870s and virtually every man and woman wore a hat, Zumbiel delivered what his customers wanted. In addition to its new owner Charles, the 1876 version of Zumbiel Packaging had five employees who worked in a small warehouse be- tween 2nd and 3rd Streets in downtown Cincinnati. When the Ohio Riv- er flooded in 1937, the company moved “up the hill” to higher ground in nearby Norwood, a Cincinnati enclave. Nearly 150 years and four generations later, Zumbiel Packaging still stands, only now it’s on “high CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 Tom Zumbiel III is a fourth-generation family member of Hebron, Kentucky based Zumbiel Packaging, one of the largest producers of multi-pack bever- age cartons in the United States.


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

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, and Board Converting News are accepting submissions for the 2022 Innovator of the Year Competition. This year’s category is open to AICC General Members (box makers) to showcase innovations developed since September 2017. The Innovator of the Year Competition is a video based competition. Winners will be selected by member vote at the AICC/TAPPI 2022 Corrugated Week Conference in San Antonio, Texas, during the general session on Tues- day, September 20, 2022. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, during the general session. The Innovator of the Year Competition provides an outlet for AICC’s boxmaker members to showcase their innovations that increase plant productivity, improve plant efficiency, enhance the workforce’s skill, safety and/or well-being or serves as the solution to a specific produc- tion or management problem. Previous winners include: Bay Cities in 2017, President Container Group in 2013, and Jellco Container Inc. in 2009. Competition entry brochure and entry form is available at . Questions can be direct- ed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meet- ings, at or (703) 836-2422.

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Heat Waves Increase Chances Of Occupational Heat Exposure BY CHASE KAMMERER

Heat-related illnesses range from rashes and fatigue to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Your workers may expe- rience muscle spasms, heat cramps, or confusion, so train- ing them on prevention and monitoring signs of heat-relat- ed illness is essential. On April 13, 2022, OSHA unveiled a National Empha- sis Program (NEP) of outreach, inspection, and enforce- ment for indoor and outdoor heat-related hazards. The NEP expands on the agency’s ongoing heat-related illness prevention initiative. It is intended to encourage early in- terventions by employers to prevent illnesses and deaths among workers during high heat conditions. An OSHA fact sheet on protecting workers from the ef- fects of heat has excellent information on measures you can take to prevent worker illnesses and death caused by heat stress. One of the best places to start is by creat- ing or reviewing your heat illness prevention plan. For a successful strategy, it is essential to consider the following elements: • Who will take on daily oversight?

Dangerously hot conditions threaten residents in cities across the United States. Summer is beginning with a heat wave. The temperature outlook for July offers no hope for

the end of above-average heat. That makes occupational heat exposure a good topic for this month’s Tech Box. Hot weather puts many workers at increased risk of heat-related ill- nesses and injuries. Under Occu- pational Health and Safety Admin- istration (OSHA) law, employers are

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responsible for providing workplaces free of safety haz- ards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.

• How will you ensure first aid is adequate? • How will team members and managers be trained? • What will you do to reduce heat stress? • How will heat stress be measured? • How will you determine heat stress haz- ards? Training is also a meaningful way to pro- tect team members from heat-related illness- es. Here are a few things to include when creating a training program: • Provide information on the different types of heat-related illnesses, including how to recognize common signs and symptoms. • Provide procedures for contacting emer- gency medical services. • Include work practices to help team mem- bers develop acclimatization to higher than average temperatures. • Highlight job-related and personal risk factors for heat-related illness. • Have fluid replacement guidelines. An excellent resource for heat-related monitoring is a Heat Safety Tool smartphone app for outdoor workers developed by OSHA and the National Institute of Occupa- tional Safety and Health (NIOSH). Using the app, employers can plan outdoor work ac- tivities based on the temperature and heat index during different times of the day. Physiologic monitoring measures a work- er’s ability to tolerate heat. Some signs of heat distress are:

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Heat Waves (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month March 2022

Providing ways and opportunities for employees to track these changes can be preventive, especially for those with pre-existing risk factors like diabetes, heart dis- ease, obesity, and high blood pressure. These conditions can make employees more susceptible to heat-related ill- nesses. Be aware of workers doing maintenance or construc- tion - even light construction - at your facilities. And watch for parts of the workplace that may gain or hold more heat than others. Make sure you have enough fans on hand for all parts of your plant. Providing cold water in coolers, popsicles, or other frozen treats is a good way of helping your team beat the heat. If possible, provide cool areas while on breaks and possibly more time to relax. Open communication and a good plan to deal with the heat will help protect your team. Having a plan and putting the right people in charge of oversight will give your team healthier outcomes during hot summer days. If you need more help identifying ways to protect your workers from heat-related stressors, you can contact OSHA and set up an onsite consultation. Chase Kammerer is the Technical Services Manager at FBA. If you have technical questions about the corrugated industry, reach him at



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

37.675 37.992


8.190 8.259


Industry Total

Year-to Date

March 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

102.648 102.938


8.019 8.170


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2022 2021

3.1027 3.0967


8.4866 8.4625


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Mar. Feb.

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23 23

64 63

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Advantive Acquires Advantzware, Kiwiplan

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July 4, 2022

A.G. Stacker Hosts National Flag Day Ceremony

Weyers Cave, Virginia based A.G. Stacker, custom manufacturer of cor- rugated material handling equipment and technology, in partnership with the Fort Harrison Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), hosted a National Flag Day Ceremony on June 14, 2022, in Weyers Cave.

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The annual holiday celebrates the symbolism and history of the Amer- ican flag on June 14th, the anniversary of the flag’s inception in 1777. The 2022 Flag Day ceremony was organized to retire worn and barren flags, dedicate the new flag/flag pole installed at A.G. and honor local veterans and leaders on a historical day of reverence. The Fort Harrison Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan society promoting patriotism and preserving and teaching American history, was integral in the organization of the event. A.G. Stacker owners Helen and Clarence Allen celebrate Flag Day with Randy Atkins and Matt Philippi of the Fort Harrison SAR.

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Special guests included Senator Mark Obenshain; Augusta County Board Supervisor, Gerald Garber; Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court, Steve Landes; Emily Carneal of Congressmen Ben Cline’s Office; and Rockingham County Clerk of Circuit Court, Chaz Haywood. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 The Virginia Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Color Guard stood in rever- ence after the new flag was hoisted at A.G. Stacker.


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The Flag Day Ceremony began with the Pack 1 Scouts from the Virginia Headwaters Council successfully retiring over 250 flags with dignity and respect. The Presentation of Colors was conducted by the Virginia Society SAR Color Guard, dressed in full Patriot militia uniform and musket.




A Prayer of Dedication was spoken for the retired flags, along with a moment of silence and the playing of Taps in honor and remembrance of our fallen heroes. Randy Atkins, Wes Dove and David Carpenter of the Fort Harrison SAR lead the event with the Pledge of Al- Pack 1 Scouts of the Virginia Headwaters Council successfully retired 250 American flags.


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A.G. Stacker Hosts (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

legiance, SAR Pledge and Guest Recognitions. Captain Ros Poplar, decorated US Navy veteran gave a moving keynote speech titled, Flag Day As Seen By A Veteran, covering the history of the American flag and the trials its defenders have faced for generations. “To put it in perspective, each one of the fifty stars that adorns our flag represents the death of roughly 27,000 American Soldiers, Sailor, Airmen, and Marines that paid for the freedom we enjoy today,” noted Captain Poplar, as tears formed in many attendees’ eyes. He continued with remembrance for the veterans he knew personally that died in combat through his military career or lost their lives during the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Capt. Poplar concluded, “Flag Day for many veterans is a solemn day because every time we see the field of blue and its fifty stars, we can see the faces of our lost

comrades who gave their life for this great nation. That is why every time a veteran sees an American Flag, do not be surprised if there is a tear shed for a former comrade – we will never forget!” Captain Ros Poplar, retired U.S. Navy Veteran, spoke on ‘Flag Day As Seen By A Veteran.’


Following the keynote, Penny Cummiskey of the Massanutten Daughters of the Ameri- can Revolution recited the American’s Creed before A.G. Stacker veteran employees hoist- ed the American flag up their newly installed 50-foot flagpole. Pete Johnson of James Madison University sung the National An- them as many attendees stepped out of the tent to salute the star-spangled banner. With over 100 veterans, community leaders, scouts and citizens in attendance, “the rain couldn’t dampen Flag Day in Weyers Cave!” remarked Virginia Senator, Mark D. Obenshain. The event concluded with a boxed lunch and Horn’s homemade ice cream. After the ceremony, A.G. Stacker conducted tours of their facility demonstrating various machining and cobot technologies alongside new digital twin solutions. “We are proud to be an American manu- facturer and it was an honor to host this event alongside our local Sons of the American Rev- olution,” said Joe Wunder, President of A.G. Stacker. “A special thank you to Randy Atkins, Wes Dove, Captain Ros Poplar, Kirk Sheap, David Carpenter and Matthew Phillippi of the Fort Harrison SAR for their assistance in orga- nizing this event. We also want to thank the Scouts from the VA Headwaters Council for doing an excellent job retiring our communi- ty’s flags. A final thank you to the local and national leaders in attendance for their time and support.” To learn more about the Fort Harrison Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, vis- it . For more info on A.G. Stacker, visit .

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Zumbiel Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

ground” across the Ohio River in Hebron, Kentucky, where it has risen to become one of the largest independent sup- pliers of multi-pack beverage cartons in the entire United States. It counts many major CPG companies as very satis- fied clients for decades. Responding to customers’ 20th century demands, Zumbiel Packaging began manufacturing folding cartons and set up boxes (rigid boxes), shirt boxes and confection- ery boxes and boxes for the automotive industry. The com- pany was never in the corrugated business. In the mid-1960s, Tom Zumbiel’s grandfather, Robert Zumbiel and his brother, Charles, received a call from In- ternational Paper (IP) saying they needed beverage basket carriers. A lot of them. This evolved into 12-packs and from there the business took off. Zumbiel Packaging opened a second facility in the late 1960s and set up its beverage

business, devoted solely to the manufacturing of 12-packs, 24-packs, and basket carriers. This facility was eventually Many nationally branded CPG companies have been custom- ers of Zumbiel Packaging for decades.

consolidated into the Hebron facility in 2012, creating the 500,000-square-foot super-plant where about 350 employees enjoy careers. Employees Make The Difference “Customer service is so incredibly import- ant around here and everyone in the industry knows it is very difficult to get a new customer and it’s very, very difficult to keep a customer,” says Zumbiel. “But our story is not all about finding the next market and growing again. The Zumbiel story is really about the people who work here. Our people have been em- ployees for an average of 18 years – several of them have been here between 30 and 40 years – and I think this says it all.” One of those employees is Mark Barton, VP of Manufacturing, who’s been with Zumb- iel Packaging for more than 30 years and ac- cording to Tom Zumbiel, “is the guy who takes care of all of it,” referring to the company’s massive production facility in Hebron. Former-

ly manager of Zumbiel’s sheet-fed plant in Nor- wood, Barton has been overseeing the instal- lation of machinery in Hebron since 2004 and deftly managed the lo- gistical challenges of the

Mark Barton

company’s plant consolidations in 2012. “Once we get our foot in the door with a customer and they see what we can do, we’ll usually get additional work,” says Barton. “We’re aware there’s a market price and ser- vice only goes so far, but our core competen- cy is really understanding what the customer needs then figuring out what we have to do to satisfy that need.”



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innovation. And after three decades, he still relishes the opportunity to visit a customer in person to discuss new ways to do a project. For example, Zumbiel met with a customer that had never been in folding cartons before. The customer had been using plastic rings on their beverage packages. In 31 days, Zumbiel’s design team created 81 different struc- tures, which often involved bringing samples up to the customer in the morning, discussing modifications, driving back to Zumbiel Packaging to make the requested chang- es, then driving back up to the customer’s plant the fol- lowing morning with the next version of the design. The customer enjoyed folding carton success. Zumbiel Packaging’s geography has its advantages. Cincinnati, Ohio, is within a 10-hour drive to 60 percent of its customers and Zumbiel ships as far south as Miami and as far west as Seattle. It also ships into Canada. “We’re well positioned geographically to have a large footprint. On the beverage side, it’s easy to ship coast-to-coast be- cause there are so few of us doing it in a big way. On the food side, we’re more regional. Shipping overnight, how- ever, is our ‘sweet spot,’ but that not just us, it’s everyone [Zumbiel’s competitors].” Enter Koenig & Bauer. Again. Staying competitive means the need for machinery that can deliver the speed, quality, and capacity to satisfy a thirsty nation. Last year, Zumbiel Packaging installed a CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

Adds Zumbiel, “Ultimately, we like to say that the last thing we sell is a box. We sell solutions. We’re as good at structural design as anyone in the world. It’s very, very important to this business. And we have the fastest sample turnaround in the industry.”

Zumbiel, who has been in the family business for more than 30 years, says he has no official title but Marketing Director will suffice. His role indeed encompasses mar- keting, but it also includes the areas of sustainability and Zumbiel Packaging’s Cerutti Zerand die cutter is a reliable workhorse. BW Papersystems acquired North American based Cerutti Corp’s Zerand division in 2017.

Do you need printed sheets? We have your answer.. Introducing Heartland’s ColorCorr. This is “flexo-printing in the round”. On our corrugator we can print up to 109” wide. The advantage is that we can print the equivalent of ½ roll at a time and not be required to keep several rolls of very expensive preprinted paper on the floor. Much less waste and risk. In continual print mode, we use either laser-engraved rubber rolls or solid rubber rolls to print a “flood coat” or a repeating pattern. If we are printing a repeating pattern, we can run a two-color design on the paper. Customers have found that running sheets we print can allow them to run a lighter-grade due to reduced caliper loss, and in some cases eliminate one or more machine passes.

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new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 7-color large-format press, which can produce up to 18,000 sheets per hour, a perfect fit for the long runs Zumbiel churns out for its customers. “You’ve got a camera, automatic plate changers, fast make readies, and about a dozen other things that make the Rapida 145 exactly the machine we count on for the mass quantities we produce,” says Zumbiel. Adds Barton, “This is the fourth machine we’ve pur- chased from Koenig & Bauer, going back to the Planeta we bought in the 1980s, so we’re very familiar with the com- pany. But technology has improved greatly since then and we wanted to look at competing large-format machines, so we traveled to Germany and in ten days visited three manufacturers at their factories. “We had a long list of technical questions for Koenig & Bauer’s people and even rented a meeting room at a near- by hotel so we would have time to discuss everything on our agenda. We started in the early afternoon and planned


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to finish by dinner. We still weren’t done, so we brought in food and ended up staying until 10 p.m.,” says Barton. “Koenig & Bauer’s people answered every technical ques- tion we had. “All three manufacturers make good presses, but at the end of day, we decided to go with Koenig & Bauer and haven’t looked back. We at Zumbiel did the site prep work then Koenig & Bauer crews came in and did the install and got the machine up and running on time. It was the best start up I’ve been around, as far as machinery goes,” says Barton, who also notes that since the machine’s start-up, Zumbiel Packaging has not needed to experience a ser- vice call. In fact, the company “religiously” performs PMs on every piece of equipment in the plant, which includes two litho presses, two flexo presses, a digital press, four die cutters, and 13 folder gluers. The machinery runs 24/7 on four 12-hour shifts per week. The majority of the board coming into Zumbiel’s Hebron plant runs on multiple presses: one is a wide web flexo press dedicated to 12-packs, the other presses change CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 Zumbiel Packaging’s Koenig & Bauer 7-color large-format press can produce up to 18,000 sheets per hour.


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structures and dies depending on the product being run. “We really exist by making carriers for cans because cans are doing well,” says Zumbiel. “And they’re recyclable.” The competition for its Zumbiel’s products include in- tegrateds with a presence in the Cincinnati region, but no other independent can compare to Zumbiel’s sheer vol- ume and capacity, which has only grown larger since the Koenig & Bauer came on line. The Paperboard Solution “The truth is, plastics are our biggest competitor,” says Zumbiel, citing the fact that plastics have been showing up as far away as the Fiji islands and Indonesia, only reinforc- ing the idea that a more ecologically sustainable solution is needed to help solve the Earth’s crisis. In fact, he con- tinually speaks with organizations about their sustainabili- ty goals and how Zumbiel’s innovations can help achieve them, specifically, by helping them get out of plastics and into paperboard. “When you talk to a company about get- ting out of Styrofoam and getting them into something re-


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cyclable, you begin to see big opportunities, especially in the carry-out/take out market. And there’s always a market for convenience and personalization. It’s a windfall for us and for anyone else who makes something that’s recycla- ble and sustainable.” Not surprisingly, Zumbiel Packaging did “very well” during the pandemic, when people ordered a lot of restau- rant take-out and ate a lot of frozen foods. But this is not to say the company doesn’t have its challenges. The Employment Situation Like most other companies in the corrugated and fold- ing carton industries, Zumbiel Packaging has faced recruit- ing difficulties, most notably, hiring employees at entry-lev- el positions. “It’s a challenge getting younger people to sign on,” says Barton. “We’re in a more ‘challenged’ part of the country because we have Amazon and its $2 bil- lion expansion happening near CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a mere five minutes from Zumbiel Packaging’s plant) pulling people away from us. Leveraging the Rapida’s fast makereadies, Press Operator Roger Ayala ensures another high-speed run.


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To our benefit though, once we have an employee, they stay with us, and our more senior people are not ‘turn- ing over’ like they are at some other companies. Our older employees are also great at passing on their ‘tribal knowl- edge’ to the younger ones.” “It’s all about how you treat people,” says Zumbiel. “That includes employees as well as customers. We want


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to be the place our employees want to work and the place we want cus- tomers to buy boxes from. But we’re not finished yet. There are ‘a whole lot of things’ on our capital agenda right now and we’re working on in- novations that will compel custom- ers to abandon plastic in favor of

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paperboard. There’s still a lot of business to be had.” The future of Zumbiel Packaging is destined to be noth- ing less than legendary. Registration Opens For FTA’s Fall Conference 2022 Registration for FTA’s Fall Conference 2022 is now open. Being held in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky, the three-day conference will explore the latest in flexographic technology, hearing from experts through- out the industry. The conference takes place October 11- 13, with expanded networking opportunities including the return of INFOFLEX at Fall Conference. The heart of the three-day technical conference is a groundbreaking print project comparing TVI, ICC (color management), SCTV and a cutting-edge methodology known as The Optimal Method. Presenters will share what they learned from the project and each attendee will re- ceive print samples to examine and follow along. The con- ference kicks off with a comprehensive industry forecast from Smithers. And on the final day, an informative pair of ask the experts-type sessions will answer both prepress and pressroom questions. INFOFLEX at Fall Conference returns following an ex- tremely successful expansion in 2021. The exhibition at- tracted more exhibitors and a 50 percent growth in print- er/converter attendees. INFOFLEX at Fall Conference will once again have expanded show hours, full-size exhibitor booths and an enlarged show floor, catering to the de- mand for more opportunities to network and see the latest developments in flexography. To register for this year’s Fall Conference or to learn more about the agenda, please visit fallconference.flex- . Reserve your INFOFLEX at Fall Conference booth now by contacting Jay Kaible at jkaible@flexog- For hotel bookings please visit FTA’s Marriott Room Block.


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