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Rand-Whitney Adds Two New Machine Lines In Worcester, MA

Sonoco Provides Update On $115M SC Conversion Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco has provided a progress report on Project Hori- zon, its $115 million investment to transform its corrugated medium machine in Hartsville to a state-of-the-art uncoated recycled paper- board operation with annual production ca- pacity of 180,000 tons. “The conversion of our corrugated medi- um machine (#10 machine) to URB is expect- ed to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2022, and there are a number of significant construction projects underway that will modernize the infrastructure of the entire Hartsville Mill Complex and allow for more efficient and safe handling of raw mate- rials and finished goods,” said Tim Davis, Divi- sion VP and GM, Paper & Adhesives. A key element of Project Horizon is con- struction of a new stock prep system to pro- vide approximately 650 tons per day of recy- cled fiber to the rebuilt #10 machine and other Hartsville cylinder machines. The new stock prep system will allow for increased consump- tion of lower-cost mixed paper, along with Old Corrugated Containers (OCC), and should be operational in October 2021, Davis said.


Rand-Whitney, part of The Kraft Group, is on an upward trajectory of growth, both organically and through acquisitions. With New-Indy Con- tainerboard, its joint venture with Schwarz Partners, the company now

has five paper mills and over 20 sheet and full-line corrugated plants located across the country. These facilities are all making significant capital investments to keep up with robust customer demand. Nowhere is this strategy more evident than at Rand-Whitney’s legacy facility in Worcester, Mass. Nick Smith, President & CEO of Rand-Whitney, explains how the company’s investment strategy has changed over the years. “In the past our tendency was to look for pre- owned equipment, however about eight years ago we made the switch to investing in new equipment with the latest technology, which has given us a significant competitive advantage.” The Worcester plant has been operating since the 1960s. All of the equipment has been upgraded over the last decade, starting with a 50-inch MarquipWardUnited flexo folder-gluer in 2011 and culminating with a second MHI EVOL + Twin Box Slitter that replaced a 1972 S&S flexo late last fall. “These investments have allowed the facility to pivot from manufacturing graphics packaging to cost-effectively producing CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 From left, Rand-Whitney employees Adam Tominsky, General Manager, and Pedro Aponte, EVOL Operator with Nick Smith, President & CEO.


WHAT’S INSIDE Nosco Begins Production At New Packaging Center In WI

6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x

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Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

West Coast U.S. Average

SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80


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.

42# Kraft Liner 26#

Semi-Chem Medium

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Sonoco Provides (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

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To reduce paper finishing and warehouse complexity and cost, Sonoco is also building a new offline winding operation and 102,000-square-foot finished goods ware- house on the Hartsville complex. The new offline winding department will incorporate new state-of-the-art equip- ment and should create 16 new positions. As previously announced, Sonoco will be exiting the corrugated medium market by early 2022 and expects URB capacity through its U.S. and Canada mill network to remain neutral at approximately 1.2 million tons. Based on the progress of Project Horizon, the company now ex- pects to permanently shut down its Hartsville #1 and #9 URB cylinder machines, which will reduce annual capaci- ty by approximately 70,000 tons. The exact timing of the closures will depend on market conditions, as well as the start-up of the converted Hartsville #10 machine. The new Hartsville machine is being designed with the goal of being the lowest cost URB machine in the world, with the capability of producing a wide range of high-val- ue paper grades to service Sonoco’s industrial and con- sumer converted products businesses and external trade customers. Project Horizon is projected to drive $30 mil- lion in annual cost savings by 2023, ensure the long-term viability of the Hartsville paper mill complex and place its U.S. and Canada URB mill system into the top quartile of performance from a cost perspective, Davis said.

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Nosco Begins Production At New Packaging Innovation Center In WI Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin based Nosco, Inc., a subsidiary of Holden Industries, Inc., announced last week the be- ginning of carton and label production at its new 175,000- square-foot Packaging Innovation Center in Pleasant Prai- rie. The facility will provide redundant product capabilities that will expand Nosco’s efforts into a new era of printed packaging with continued focus on quality, innovation and growth for the healthcare industry. “We recently began production, printing pharmaceuti- cal folding cartons on our Bobst Expertfold 110,” said Craig Curran, Nosco President. “This week, we will start produc- ing labels using two new HP Indigo 6K Label machines. Moving forward, the Pleasant Prairie facility will be home to production for all label and carton orders placed hereaf-

ter that were historically produced at Nosco’s Gurnee and Waukegan facilities, respectively.” As previously announced in November of 2020, Nos- co’s Packaging Innovation Center and headquarters build- ing will consolidate much of the company’s northern Illi- nois workforce, which will allow for: • An enhanced customer and employee experience. • Supply chain efficiency and operational flow. • Additional training and development opportunities. • Facility optimization and automation. The new Packaging Innovation Center will be home to nearly 300 of Nosco’s 700+ employee owners. All other staff will operate out of Nosco’s existing facilities in Illinois, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. Below is a look at qual- ity, innovation and growth initiatives at the Nosco’s Pack- aging Innovation Center. • Quality: Nosco’s harmonized quality system will remain in place across all facilities, including Pleasant Prai-

rie. To assist with audits and tours, and provide a unique customer viewing ex- perience, Nosco’s Packaging Innovation Center will feature an observatory bridge overlooking all production activities. • Innovation: Nosco’s CAD and Solutions Engineering teams will continue to en- hance customer packaging with sustain- able material options, substrate and ink recommendations, structural design ex- pertise and more. To promote new prod- uct development and team collaboration, both teams will now work together with customers out of the facility’s fully-inte- grated Customer Innovation Hub, along- side their state-of-the-art MakerSpace. • Growth: Through the company’s in- creased facility space and long-term lease, Nosco is positioned to support ex- panded capacity and future growth goals. This growth potential will also allow Nos- co to create many new jobs in Kenosha County. The facility’s proximity to the Chi- cago and Milwaukee metro areas will be critical in recruiting top talent to expand the employee ownership team at Nosco. “Nosco continues to lead as a premier provider of printed packaging. Our decision to consolidate our workforce into this new world-class facility is a true testament to our people and our customers,” said Craig Cur- ran. “Through this critical expansion effort, we will continue our commitment to quality and service – supporting customer orders in a seamless and timely matter.” Audits of the new facility will begin in late July, and the full grand opening is slated for fall of 2021. Visit for more.


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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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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

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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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire w orking width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

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Utah Containerboard Mill Project Moving Forward

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

According to a report in Resource Recycling , Crossroads Paper recently drew capital from an investment firm as it continues to develop a $320 million containerboard mill that would serve as a big buyer of recycled fiber in the western United States. The mill, which was announced in July 2019 and is being led by brothers Ron and John Sasine, received funding from investment firm Peterson Partners last month. The investment company is based in Salt Lake City, where the mill is planned to be sited. Matthew Day of Peterson Partners said the firm be- lieves Crossroads will be “a critical piece of the recycling, packaging and e-commerce infrastructure of the West.” The Crossroads plans call for a 350,000-tons-per-year containerboard mill that uses 100 percent old corrugated containers (OCC) and mixed paper. When the project was first announced, the Sasines anticipated a budget of about $320 million for the mill. In a July 1 interview, the Sasines said Peterson’s previous investment history makes it a par- ticularly good fit for the Crossroads project. “They have such a great track record of backing excit- ing and interesting companies that reshape an industry,” said Ron Sasine. “Their investment in software-as-a-ser- vice companies has reshaped the way software is provid- ed and used.”



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

37.992 34.784


8.259 7.906


Industry Total

Year-to Date

March 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

102.939 99.108


8.170 7.743


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

3.0967 2.8627


8.4625 8.1907


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Mar. Feb.

1.9332 1.9337


2.9 3.0


Shipping Days




2021 2020

23 22

63 64

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McLean Packaging Recognized With Four FSEA Gold Leaf Awards

Pennsauken, New Jersey based McLean Packaging won four awards — two gold and two bronze — at FSEA’s recent Gold Leaf Awards Judging in 35 different categories, the FSEA sources an expert panel of judges to re-

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In a motion for a consent order filed July 12 in the United States District Court in Rock Hill, New-Indy Catawba LLC agreed to continue measures specified by the U.S. Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address concerns about odor in the vicinity of its mill. The filing is a procedur- al step to extend the EPA’s May 13, 2021 order regarding hydrogen sulfide emissions until October 31, 2021. The filing demonstrates New-Indy Catawba’s intention to accomplish its objective of cooperatively resolving any environmental concerns relating to its operations and its continuing commitment to work together with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Con- trol (DHEC), EPA and the community to address the issue expeditiously. Reflecting this commitment, since March, New-Indy has: • Improved the mill’s waste-water treatment systems, in- cluding activating aerators, restarting the steam strip- per, and installing a carbon filter – all aimed at reducing hydrogen sulfide emissions; • Installed monitors both on our property and in sur- rounding neighborhoods that continuously test air quality levels and collect meteorological information; • Created a web site where daily air quality reports de- rived from its data collection efforts, notices about op- erational changes and other information are posted for public view; and • Convened a Community Engagement Group made up of residents from areas around the mill, mill staff and technical experts to establish an open dialog about mill operations. “With these steps, New-Indy is able to operate within the expectations of DHEC, EPA and the community, and have enabled the community to observe our data each day,” the company said in its statement. “Data shows that air emissions of hydrogen sulfide have been well below specified levels. Planned additional measures will improve consistency in operations and response to variations in weather and other factors. “We will continue to cooperate with local, state, and federal authorities to address public concerns swiftly. Our organization is committed to the safety of its neighbors, its 420 employees and the hundreds of others in the sur- rounding area who provide goods and services to the mill; protecting the environment; promoting economic vitality; and providing charitable contributions to support local causes. New-Indy Catawba mill executives and employees live and work here, and we remain eager and determined to do right by our community.” A joint venture between The Kraft Group and Schwarz Partners LP was formed to establish New-Indy. The com- pany name is derived from being the Newest Independent manufacturer and supplier of recycled containerboard in the corrugated box industry.

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U.S. Senators Call For Cascades To Reach Labor Contract At NY Plant According to a report in The Buffalo News , New York’s two U.S. senators are calling for the owner of Cascades Con- tainerboard’s Niagara Falls, New York, manufacturing plant to reach agreement on a first labor contract, more than two years after workers there voted to join a union. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer wrote a joint letter to Mario Plourde, President and CEO of Que- bec based Cascades, saying “the contractual negotiations must be done in good faith in the effort to forge a fair con- tract and working conditions.” “The men and women of the (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union) and Cas- cades Containerboard management, as well as custom- ers, will only mutually benefit from a new labor agreement,

and we urge both sides to come to a fair and equitable agreement as soon as possible,” the senators wrote. Officials with the machinists union, which represents over 100 workers at the Cascades plant say they are frus- trated with the lack of progress toward a first-time deal. Workers voted in favor of joining the machinists union in April 2019. Ronald Warner, an official with Machinists District 65, said there has been “no progress in the negotiation de- liberation in months.” Warner accused the company of dragging out talks to reach a first-time deal, in hopes that workers will lose interest or the union will be decertified. Warner said he hopes political support from the two senators will help get things moving. The union and its supporters staged a rally outside the plant in late May to draw attention to the lack of a deal. He said the two sides met July 6, and are set to meet later this month and on two dates in August. “Since last March, the union continues

to propose between eight and 10 dates each month and Cascades continually only agrees to one or two dates per month,” he said. Hugo D’Amours, a Cascades spokesman, said the company is “committed to negotiation to come to an agreement as soon as possible.” But D’Amours said it “always takes more time to reach an agreement on a first labor contract than to update or to modify an existing one.” The plant has also had to get through the pandemic and has faced “operational issues,” he said. “This is not an excuse, but certainly, it probably slowed down discussion.” The state Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered Cascades Con- tainerboard to change how the site handles sludge, in response to odor complaints from residents, business owners and state and lo- cal officials. The DEC also ordered the plant’s operators to undertake a “full survey of its op- erations.” IP Declares Dividends Memphis, Tennessee based International Pa- per (IP) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.5125 per share for the period from July 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021, inclusive, on its common stock, par value $1.00. This dividend is payable on September 15, 2021, to holders of record at the close of business on August 16, 2021. IP also declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share for the period from July 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021, inclusive, on the cumulative $4.00 preferred stock of the company. This dividend is also payable on September 15, 2021, to holders of record at the close of business on August 16, 2021.


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WestRock Commits To Emission Reductions

Norcross, Georgia based WestRock has confirmed its com- mitment with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and will develop, validate, and publish a science-based target within 24 months. “Building on a proud legacy in sustainable forestry and fiber management, we believe in the promise of a sustain- able future, and we are committed to working with our cus- tomers, our supply chain and the communities where we work to get there together,” said David B. Sewell, Chief Executive Officer of WestRock. “That’s why we have prior- itized setting emissions reduction targets to help reduce this critical element impacting climate change.” This commitment builds on the progress WestRock has made as a sustainability leader within the packaging indus- try. As fiber-based packaging continues to grow in pop- ularity, WestRock has been taking active steps for – and with – its customers to work toward a more circular econ- omy. Pivotal to this progress is the company’s commitment to offering fiber-based alternatives to plastic packaging. WestRock’s progress is highlighted in its latest sustain- ability report prepared in accordance with Global Report- ing Initiative (GRI) Standards – the world’s leading sustain- ability reporting framework – and shows the company’s ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability.

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