Board Converting News, July 27, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years July 27, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 30

Overcoming Location In Hiring To Find The Right Candidate BY ROY OBERG For 35 years I’ve made a career out of taking the tough searches that companies were struggling with and finding the right person for them. What I do is not complicated. It’s incredibly simple, but that doesn’t

FBA: Shipments Jump In June

Industry shipments of corrugated products in- creased 7.8 percent, from 331.91 bsf in June of of 2019 to 34.39 bsf in June of 2020, the Fibre Box Association (FBA) reported. The increase is partially due to the fact there were two more shipping days in June of 2020. Average week shipments, however, decreased 2.0 percent, from 7.979 bsf in 2019 to 7.816 bsf in 2020. Shipments of corrugated products are up 0.6 percent year-to-date. Containerboard consumption increased 7.0 percent, from 2.6371 million tons in June of 2019, to 2.8208 million tons in June of 2020. Consumption is up 1.0 percent year-to-date over 2019, from 15.9772 million tons to 16.1361 million tons. Containerboard inventory at corrugator plants decreased 10.2 percent, from 2.3246 million tons in May to 2.0865 million tons in June 2020. Weeks of supply grew from 3.6 in May to 3.3 in June, or 13.2 percent. “Containerboard inventories at mills and box plants dropped by 237,000 tons in June, the largest monthly decline in 24 years,” not- ed Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes news- letter. “This brought inventories into close

mean it’s easy. It requires someone to dig through the muck to find the hidden gems in the industry. And it all has to line up: it has to be a can- didate with the right skills and expe- rience, at the right time, in the right location. Why Can’t I Fill This Role?

If the role has stayed vacant for a long time, there’s always a reason. You can blame the economy, the candidates, or the recruiter, but the reality is that until you are honest about the challenges, you will not find the right candidate. So let’s run a series, taking a look at some of the biggest challenges to finding the right person, starting with: Location Challenges A lot of corrugated facilities are located in very small towns. Some are in the middle of bustling cities. A common challenge when trying to fill a role is that people can be very choosy about where they want to live. In a small town, you might miss some modern conveniences. Specialty stores for relatively obscure hobbies probably don’t exist and you might lose the community of people with those similar hobbies. If a candidate’s kid plays a sport, they may not have access to the same level of teams or trainers in a small town. If you, or anyone in your fam- ily, has a chronic medical condition, the support might not exist locally. The reality is that small town life is not for everyone. On the other hand, some people prefer the quiet of a small town. One can typically have land for their family to grow up and run around on, as opposed to cramped quarters in a city, not to mention less ag- gravating traffic. Maybe they just want to be able to breathe fresh air and see the stars at night! Not always, but I’ve found people living in small towns tend to take time to ask you how your day is and take a genuine interest. You can build a more tight-knit community in a smaller town than a faceless city. And a small town might give a new hire more convenient and im- Roy Oberg


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 NAM: Manufacturing Rebounds For The Second Straight Month 10 AICC Becomes First Association Partner Of Brunton’s ConneXion 14 Checkoff Campaign Reaches Record High Engagement 20 Peachtree Packaging Named ‘Top 50 P.O.P Provider’ In NA



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C u r r e n t O p e r a t o r E x p e r i e n c e

S T E P 1

M a c h i n e t y p e G o a l s / E x p e c t a t i o n s

I s s u e s


P l a n 2 d a y s w i t h i n y o u r s c h e d u l e

S T E P 2

1 d a y c l a s s r o o m a n d 1 d a y a t m a c h i n e


1 - B o x S e t u p C a l i b r a t i o n T o o l i n g

S T E P 3


T r o u b l e s h o o t i n g

FBA: Shipments Jump (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

alignment with year-ago stocks and also in line with the five-year monthly trailing average level. Storat also noted that production of consumer non-du- rable goods increased by 3.6 percent from May to June, while the food production subsector grew by 4.2 percent, as manufacturing plants and stores reopened after shut- downs due to COVID-19. AF&PA Releases June 2020 Containerboard Report The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has re- leased its June 2020 Containerboard Monthly report. To- tal Containerboard production in June increased one per- cent compared to June 2019. It was up five percent when compared to the same six months of 2019. Also: • June 2020 production of containerboard for export in- creased five percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 34 percent year-to-date. • The containerboard operating rate was 90.1 percent, up 1.8 points from June 2019 and up 3.9 points year- to-date. • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of June decreased 4,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 48,000 short tons compared to June 2019.

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

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CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. 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. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.

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NAM: Manufacturing Rebounds For The Second Straight Month

According to Chad Moutray, Chief Economist at the Na- tional Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufactur- ing production rebounded for the second straight month, rising by 3.8 percent and 7.2 percent in May and June, respectively. “In June, all 19 major manufacturing sectors had in- creases in production, as the industry attempts to recover from steep declines since February,” said Moutray. “Yet, it will take a while for output to get back to prerecession levels. On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing has de- clined 11.2 percent, with durable and nondurable goods output down 14.3 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.” Manufacturing capacity utilization registered 60.0 per- cent in April, the lowest rate in the data’s history, which dates to January 1948, and it increased to 62.3 percent in May and 66.9 percent in June. It registered 75.2 percent in February. Regionally, manufacturers in the New York and Phil- adelphia Federal Reserve Bank districts both reported expanding activity in July, with rebounding new orders and employment. With the motor vehicle sector continuing to come back online, Michigan created the most net new manu- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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NAM: Manufacturing Rebounds (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month June 2020

facturing jobs in June. Other states with notable employ- ment growth for the month included Ohio, Kentucky, Cal- ifornia, Illinois and Indiana. Even with better data in May and June, however, there continue to be sizable declines in manufacturing employment due to COVID-19. Consumer spending at retailers rose 7.5 percent in June, extending the robust 18.2 percent gain in May. This suggests that Americans have continued to return to stores to make purchases after stay-at-home orders sent sales plummeting. With that said, the July data will be closely watched, as further expansion of the COVID-19 vi- rus has led to renewed restrictions and closures in some areas of the country, which could lead to reduced de- mand and increased hesitance for many consumers. Along those lines, consumer confidence dipped in July as Americans “reassess the likely economic impact from the coronavirus on their personal finances and on the overall economy.” Consumer prices jumped 0.6 percent in June, led by higher prices for energy and food. Excluding food and energy, consumer prices increased 0.2 percent for the month. Overall, even with higher consumer costs in June, the data continue to reflect deflationary effects due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a global recession. Core inflation has risen 1.2 percent since June 2019, the same rate as in May and remaining the lowest since March 2011.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.392 31.916


7.816 7.979


Industry Total

Year-to Date

June 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

196.619 193.934


7.741 7.696


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.8208 2.6371


16.1361 15.9772


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.0865 2.3246


3.3 3.8


Shipping Days




2020 2019

22 20

127 126

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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AICC Becomes First Association Partner Of Brunton’s ConneXion Following the announcement from Brunton Business Pub- lications Ltd regarding the launch of ConneXion, AICC, The Independent Packaging Association — has become the first Association Partner. ConneXion is a new online community information channel, launched by the owners of The Packaging Por- tal ( ) and publisher of mag- azines including International Paper Board Industry and Corrugated Today . The new platform goes live on Monday, November 2. 2020. In the launch phase, the community will gather in a virtual expo and webinar environment, before transitioning to a web-based information channel. The community will be fed information within a web-browser experience as well as an app that can be downloaded to a smartphone. “As content providers to the global corrugated indus- try, it is important that we find ways of keeping convert- ers around the world ‘connected’ with their suppliers,” explains Daniel Brunton, CEO of Brunton Business Publi- cations Ltd. “Due to the postponement of industry events in 2020 and early 2021, there is a very real need to keep people connected, engaged and informed. Harnessing the latest technology, ConneXion brings converters and suppliers closer together at a time where we struggle

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Procurement Advisors Names Medof COO

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Checkoff Campaign Reaches Record High Engagement

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Fujifilm Promotes Rich Rindo To VP, U.S. Sales, Commercial Print Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Di- vision, has announced the promotion and expanded role of Rich Rindo to Vice President, U.S. sales, Commercial Print Strategy and Business Develop- ment. With oversight of Graphic Systems, Rindo will collaborate across many functional groups within the business including Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Finance, to enhance analog and digital print/graphic offerings for all print service pro- vider customers and prospects. “It’s an exciting time at Fujifilm as we continue to strengthen our leadership team, advance our strategies and make progress in expanding our offerings to our cus- tomers,” said Todd Zimmerman, Division President of Fuji- film North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Rich has already played a significant role in growing our business, and with his depth of sales, marketing, and op- erations experience, combined with his strong leadership skills, we are confident that he will continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers.” Rindo most recently served as vice president of com- mercial print strategy and business development at FUJI- FILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Divi- sion. During his 40-year career, he has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility within sales, market- ing and operations at various companies including East- man Kodak. In this new role, Rindo will report directly to Todd Zimmerman, President of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “Within the industry, Fujifilm is unrivaled in its ability to create a robust lineup of products. I am excited and humbled to take on this new role,” said Rindo. “I look for- ward to working with a team of passionate people who are providing reliable and convenient solutions among graphics professionals worldwide.” The Royal Group Adds Badgley As New General Manager The Royal Group (TRG) has announced that it has added Mark Badgley to its team as the new General Manager of our TRG Mid Atlantic facility. Badgley is a passionate lead- er with a diverse background in the industry. Spanning his 30-year career, he has earned a consistent and proven track record in the multiple high-level positions he’s held throughout the years. A New Jersey native and proud Ma- rine, Badgley is very familiar with Pennsylvania, where he previously served as Executive Vice President at Supply One from 2003-2016. Rich Rindo

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Lawrenceville, Georgia based Peachtree Packaging & Display has been named a “Top 50 P.O.P. Compa- ny” in North America for 2020 by CREATIVE Magazine. Peachtree was selected from packaging and display com- panies across the United States based on its innovative packaging and display solutions. As a winner, Peachtree Packaging is featured in CREATIVE Magazine’s “Top 50” list in its June/July edition.


This year marks the 24th annual compilation of CRE- ATIVE ’s Top P.O.P. (point-of-purchase) companies in North America. Sales for the Top 10 P.O.P. companies in this sur- vey topped $2.1 billion. The winners will be displayed on CREATIVE ’s website for a year. Along with inclusion in the list, CREATIVE also show- cased Peachtree Packaging’s new in-store corrugated dividers. Peachtree began manufacturing the dividers in March to promote social distancing in response to the new coronavirus. Reaching eye-level height and light enough to move easily, the dividers provide key visual cues for social distancing and can display critical mes- sages for safe shopping, plus brand messaging. “ CREATIVE Magazine is one of the premier trade pub- lications for the point-of-purchase and retail display in- dustries and we are honored to be recognized in their top 50 list,” said Chad Wagner, President and CEO of Peachtree Packaging. “As the display industry has piv- oted in response to COVID-19, we appreciate the editors highlighting the important and innovative work the indus- try is doing to help businesses keep their employees and customers safe so they can get back to business.” Peachtree Packaging & Display employs more than 150 workers and occupies 250,000 square feet of man- ufacturing space at two facilities in Lawrenceville, Geor- gia. Peachtree produces around one million square-feet of product daily, a volume that equates to 31 NFL football fields of corrugated product turnover. Peachtree Packaging is also a champion of green business efforts. Its products are made from 70 to 100 percent recycled materials, and it recycles 100,000 square feet of scrap and trimmings daily.

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mediate access to land for things like hunting, fishing, or ATV-ing. In a big city, you deal with noise. All the time. There’s traffic that turns five miles round-trip into a 30-40-minute battle both ways. In a city, it can be hard to find open, green space to enjoy some peace and quiet without mak- ing plans to do so. Big cities also typically mean a higher crime rates. In addition, everyone is always in a hurry, and people can be ruder as they try to get to their important thing. And don’t get me started on the cost of living. On the other hand, the higher diversity typically found in a bigger city means you can find a community around any topic, cuisine or religion. Whatever your thing is, you can find it in a big city. Plus, I’m told that if I can figure out how, I can order from Amazon and have it at my door in two hours! Conve- nience and variety of choice is a huge plus for cities, not to mention the access to medical facilities for just about any ailment or emergency. After you’ve gotten past the city/small town angle, one must consider where that location is. Some people HATE cold and will deal with summers over 100 degrees for months at a time to avoid dealing with snow or jackets. Likewise, some people HATE heat and humidity, and will deal with frigid, snowy winters for pleasant, milder sum- mers. Some people won’t live in states like California, Ore- gon, and Washington because they can’t stand the poli- tics, and some will avoid the south for the same reason. And don’t get me started on cost of living. Solutions Ultimately, the solution is not a complicated one: I al- ways start a search by targeting people that currently live in similar situations. If I’m helping a facility in Dallas and have exhausted local talent, I focus on people that live in Houston, Kansas City or St. Louis, for instance. Once you have an interested party, it’s not just about the job and compensation, you have to make sure the per- son and their family will be comfortable in their new area. I get calls all the time from people that have worked some- where six months, but their spouse can’t take the location anymore, and they have to get out. So, if you’re the client, first take a look at what the draws and drawbacks of your location might be. When you find a candidate in the right place, for the right price, with the right background and skills, make your pitch and sell your company and the area! But make sure you talk about the potential concerns as well so that they don’t come back to bite you or the candidate later. I also encourage clients to make sure the candidate has enough time to check out the local area on their own while interviewing, and I will generally push for an over-



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night stay. This allows the candidate to get a good grasp of what a place they might soon call home is like. If it’s not right, you want to know that before you pay them to move across the country. And it bears repeating: be open and honest about the area during the interview. The best advice I can give is to make your pitch about how great a place it is to live, but also pull back the curtain and reveal the less desirable aspects, as well. By doing so can you make sure you’ve found the right long-term fit. Located in Dallas, Texas, Oberg and Associates, LLC has been a dominant recruiting resource for the North American paper and corrugated packaging industry for nearly 25 years.


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Graphic Packaging Reports Q2 Results

Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging Holding Com- pany has recently reported Net Income for second quar- ter 2020 of $52.1 million, or $0.19 per share, based upon 280.5 million weighted average diluted shares. This com- pares to second quarter 2019 Net Income of $63.8 million, or $0.22 per share, based upon 295.7 million weighted average diluted shares. “We delivered excellent performance in the second quarter as the company adapted to changing demand patterns resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said President and CEO Michael Doss. “Sales improved four percent year over year driven by acquisitions and net organic sales growth of 1.5 percent, which was partially offset by a decline in open market paperboard sales. The recession resistant nature of our business was quite ap- parent during the quarter and I am proud of the work our employees accomplished in successfully serving custom- ers and ensuring continuity of supply globally.” Unicorr Packaging Holds Food Drive Unicorr Packaging Group held its first Uni-CARES food drive of 2020 on June 27th. Unicorr partnered with TEEG, a non-profit human service organization that provides assistance and support to families in the communities of Northeast Connecticut. Unicorr and TEEG volunteers set up a food and donation drop-off site at Unicorr’s Thomp- son facility, following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The company pledged to match $1 for every pound of food or cash donation collected. On a hot Sat- urday with rain in the forecast, a spirited group of volun- teers collected over 2,200 pounds of food for TEEG’s food security program. Unicorr Packaging Group matched the donations and rounded up its donation to TEEG to $2,500.


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