Board Converting News, July 19, 2021

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

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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