Board Converting News, July 8, 2024

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 40 years July 8, 2024 VOL. 40, NO. 28

Designing An Employee Benefits Package To Retain ‘A Players’ BY PHILLIP M. PERRY Employers are retooling their benefits to meet the needs of a new work- force. The goal is to attract, motivate and retain top quality employees. “It used to be that health insurance and a retirement savings plan were all a company needed,” said Lauren Winans, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant at Next Level Benefits. “Times have changed. Today’s younger employees want benefits that help them achieve work-life balance and prepare for the future.” What’s driving the change? Two important forces are the ubiquity of two-income families and the need for intergenerational care. These have led to an increase in the prevalence of childcare subsidies, care- giver support, and flexible time off.

WestRock Signs Build-To-Suit Lease For New Facility In WI Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin based Dermody Properties, a diversified private equity in- vestment management company focused on the national logistics real estate sector, an- nounced that WestRock has signed a build- to-suit lease at LogistiCenter at Pleasant Prai- rie. WestRock is establishing a Great Lakes regional corrugated operations hub and will require more than 580,000 square feet within Wisconsin’s newest rail-served logistics park. “We are pleased that WestRock is entrust- ing Dermody Properties to build its advanced manufacturing facility in southeast Wiscon- sin,” said Neal Driscoll, Midwest Region Part- ner at Dermody Properties. “We could not have scripted a better partner to kick off the park, and we look forward to working close- ly with WestRock and the Village of Pleasant Prairie to complete what we believe will be a best-in-class project.” The Village of Pleasant Prairie sits at the southern doorstep of Wisconsin and has wit- nessed considerable expansion in the past decade as local companies have grown. Busi- nesses have been attracted to the state’s friendly business climate, availability of labor CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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“The biggest trend I have seen recently is toward offering paid pa- rental leave,” said Mark Stratton Berry, Senior Human Resource Spe- cialist at Insperity. Mental health coverage is also on the upswing, as younger people express a heightened sensitivity to the importance of psychological well-being. Employers, for their part, are starting to realize that stressed workers find it difficult to be fully engaged and are likely to have high absenteeism records. Offering just the right benefits mix can enhance performance throughout the workplace, raising profitability. “Providing benefits helps keep your employees well, physically and mentally,” said Julie CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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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 $955.00-960.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $ 970.00-980.00 $1000.00-1010.00 $973.00-983.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$ 890 .00-9 4 0.00 $9 0 5.00-9 2 5.00 $9 0 5.00-9 2 5.00 $9 0 5.00-9 2 5.00 $9 2 5.00-9 4 5.00 $9 0 8.00-9 2 8.00

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.

More box makers, brokers and end users are relying on the containerboard pricing in Board Converting News to negotiate their contracts than ever before. See the current prices every week right here on Page 3. The Price is Right!

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$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

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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.

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WestRock Signs (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

and high quality of living. LogistiCenter at Pleasant Prairie — Wisconsin’s only rail-served, build-to-suit logistics park — is part of Dermody Properties’ growing portfolio in the thriving Midwest market. WestRock announced in January 2024 that it would be- gin building a new corrugated box plant in Pleasant Prai- rie to meet growing demand from customers in the Great Lakes region. “WestRock’s new corrugated converting facility in Pleasant Prairie will use state-of-the-art automation and enhanced capabilities to improve product quality and cus- tomer satisfaction,” said David B. Sewell, Chief Executive Officer of WestRock.


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“Efficient manufacturing operations generate less waste and reduce energy consumption, contributing to sustainability and further solidifying WestRock’s position as the supplier of choice.” The logistics park was previously home to a power plant and sits adjacent to substations that can deliver power ca- pacity and provide freshwater service from Lake Michigan. “Dermody Properties is committed to creating state- of-the-art logistics spaces for our customers, and we are proud to be collaborating with WestRock to fulfill that promise through this build-to-suit project,” said Elizabeth Kauchak, Chief Operating Officer for Dermody Properties. The new facility is a planned three-building logistics center that will total 2,384,765 square feet of building space with flexibility to accommodate build-to-suits from 250,000 square feet to 1.8 million square feet. This logis- tics facility offers Wisconsin’s newest and only rail-served BTS site with unmatched power capabilities. Leasing op- portunities are available. “WestRock’s reputation for innovation and sustainabili- ty makes it a perfect fit for Wisconsin,” said Missy Hughes, Secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Develop- ment Corporation. “We are pleased they are joining our thriving paper, packaging, and forest products sector, and we are excited by their move to Pleasant Prairie.” Dermody Properties, along with WestRock, broke ground on the LogistiCenter in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin on June 27.

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TAPPI Announces House Of Blues Rock Star Event At SuperCorrExpo TAPPI announced the House of Blues Rock Star Experi- ence — an exclusive opportunity to expand your network of peers, experts, industry leaders and influencers in a dy- namic and electrifying atmosphere during the TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo trade show September 8-12 in Orlando, Florida. The event promises live music, custom cocktails, and supercharged networking. The premiere event, set for the evening of Septem-

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2023



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

29.711 30.124


7.819 7.927


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2023



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

380.555 400.520


7.611 7.979


Industry Total

ber 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., offers a unique platform to build new relationships and leave a lasting im- pression on key deci- sion-makers. Bring family, friends and colleagues to this rock and roll extrava-

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2023 2022

2.4080 2.4260


30.9333 32.5461


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.1892 2.1071


3.5 3.5


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Apex Int’l Invests In Schepers Laser Engraving Technology

Hapert, The Netherlands Apex International announced at drupa 2024 the acquisition of the new Schepers Digi- las5000, expanding the company’s capabilities to supply its customers with embossing rollers that deliver high quality standards across a wide range of end products. “The business for embossing is growing exponentially,” said Ruud Van Cuijk, CEO of Apex. “With this investment in the latest laser technology, we are able to drive our pene- tration in those new markets and meet the evolving needs of our customers around the world.” With a maximum roller diameter of 600mm, the new ma- chine is capable of engraving rollers that emboss material up to 3.4m in length.

Apex also continues to utilize its larger laser systems, capable of engraving up to 7 meters, ensuring comprehen- sive coverage for all customer needs. “It can also engrave material from copper to steel, en- suring we can meet any customer’s particular needs,” Van Cuijk said. “Embossing delivers a totally uniform pattern and with the incredible throughput speed afforded by such a large diameter roller it delivers huge efficiency gains to our customers.” Apex recently expanded its Hapert facility to accommo- date the new Schepers Digilas5000 and support the grow- ing demands in embossing and rotary screen production. “When choosing a partner for this venture we found Schepers to be a company that, like Apex, distinguishes it- self with its high-quality products. While it’s often difficult to find the optimum balance between speed, quality, and cost, it was heartening to find eye-level partners like Schepers who share our values and believe in delivering a high-qual- ity product with integrity and authenticity,” said Van Cuijk. Schepers CEO Carlo Schepers said he was thrilled to be working with Apex on the project. “The deal we have agreed here is a partnership,” he said. “We have the same goals and the same approach to business as Apex, and we see our future in anilox so this is a perfect example of how we can all benefit from working together.” From left, Ruud van Cuijk, CEO of Apex International, and Carlo Schepers, CEO of Schepers GmbH & Co.


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PPC Celebrates Success Of TICCIT Program

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), announced the success of its TICCIT (Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees) program, thanks to the dedication and commitment of its member companies across the country. The TICCIT program, which educates schoolchildren about the envi- ronmental benefits of recycling and trees, has reached new heights this year with unprecedented participation and impact. Created in 2010 by PPC, the TICCIT program is held at schools nationwide around Earth Day. After classroom learning sessions, students pot tree saplings into paper- board cartons filled with soil to take home and plant with their families.

Once planted, the paper cartons will naturally biode- grade, completing the “trees into cartons, cartons into trees” lifecycle. Over the last 14 years, the program has planted over 120,000 saplings. PPC members facilitated TICCIT programs to students in their local communities throughout the US this spring, inspiring stu- dents to create a more sustainable future.

TICCIT continues to thrive with the sup- port of PPC members nationwide, who en- gage with schools and local communities to plant trees and spread awareness about recycling. This year’s program has seen a record number of trees planted, and countless students have gained valuable insights into the lifecycle of trees and the sustainability of paperboard packaging. Eleven companies from across the United States participated in the program with Accord Carton, American Carton Company, Baumer hhs, Diamond Pack- aging, Graphic Packaging International, Malnove, Manchester Industries, Matik,Inc, Metsä Board, Pusterla US, Sappi, and WestRock. These companies collectively planted nearly 8,000 saplings. Over 7,000 students were involved in planting trees, showcasing the extensive reach and im- pact of the program. “The success of the TICCIT program is a testament to the dedication and commit- ment of our members,” said Emily Leon- czyk, Executive Director and Vice Presi- dent of the Paperboard Packaging Council. “Their support and active involvement have enabled us to educate thousands of young minds about the importance of sus- tainability and the critical role that paper- board packaging plays in protecting our environment. The collective impact of their work underscores the power of communi- ty and collaboration in driving positive en- vironmental change.” Teachers and administrators can gather all the resources needed for their school or youth organization at to participate in the program.


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AICC Northeast Summit Set For August 7-8 In Atlantic City

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, an- nounced open registration for the Northeast Summit set for August 7-8 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The preliminary agenda includes a presentation from Mike Butler, Senior Director of Sales & Fiber Sourcing at Domtar, a 401k dis- cussion, the Great Print Debate Panel followed by lunch at Ballamor Golf Club, a golf tournament, and awards/dinner.

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Dispelling The Myths Of Digital Corrugated Printing BY BEN GINESI

In recent years, the corrugated industry has experienced a surge in demand for short and medium runs of high impact packaging, driven by growth in sectors such as the thriving craft beer market, where new product development generates a virtually constant stream of box de- sign variations. As converters explore the prospect of investing in digital

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printing equipment to keep up with demand and drive business growth, there are often miscon- ceptions about the economics and practicalities of running a digital printing process for corrugat- ed packaging – viewed through the lens of the conventional technologies converters are familiar with today Myth #1: Digital Is More Complex Than Tradi- tional Printing Methods Why does that myth exist? This primarily



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comes from the beliefs held by converters who have experience and confidence working with traditional printing methods and processes. Flexographic printing (flexo) works well for high-volume, uncomplicated prints across a range of substrates. While lithographic printing (litho) has predominantly been used for high-quality prints with complex details. The fact that converters have printed in the same way in the corrugated industry for decades and are well versed in the process has led to the belief that the transition to digital will be difficult and burdensome – as may be expected when stepping away from the familiar and embracing a completely different process; but this is not necessarily the case. In theory, the digital printing process is simpler and shorter than both flexo and litho: you take the digital artwork, send it to the machine, and the machine prints it – which, if everything is set up correctly, is both far easier and more efficient than a traditional process with printing plates that require time-consuming mechanical setup. But just as with any oth- er piece of equipment, you need the right processes and people – ful- ly-trained people – to operate it. Myth #2: Digital Printing Consumables Are Too Expensive It is true that ink for digital presses can be more expensive than con- sumables for flexo or litho print, and many converters are in the mindset that the cost of ink per litre should be below a certain threshold for them to run a viable process. However, the cost of ink per litre can be a mis- leading indicator of the total running cost of digital printing equipment. Ink that may seem expensive at first glance often proves better val- ue at the bottom line, as better coverage of the substrate reduces ink consumption, lowering the cost per square metre of print. The need for primer as a consumable also feeds into the running cost, and inks that do not require pre-coating may deliver considerable savings. Once digital press users realise this, they can move from short and medium runs to longer runs, which increases the use of the press, and further enhances return on investment. Myth #3: Digital Presses Have A Large Footprint And Require A Spe- cialised Space Corrugate converters researching digital printing presses are often concerned about the size of the equipment and wonder if they have the space and resources to be able to create an environment in which CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Dispelling The Myths (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

have when recruiting for a flexo press operator. An operator with decades of experience in running a flexo or litho printing press, with all the mechanical set-up that is required, will likely need time and specific training to adapt to the digital process – as would be expected from someone who has spent years doing things in a cer- tain way. The general ease of using a digital press, how- ever, will soon make controlling, setting up, and optimizing the digital printing process via a touchscreen interface second nature. Given the predominance of digital devices in everyday life, even someone without prior experience in the printing industry might have an easy time adapting to operating a digital press. Myth #5: The ROI For Any Digital Printing Process Is The Same While the general benefits of digital printing versus tra- ditional printing methods are well known and apply to any digital printing process, the same cannot be said for the return on investment (ROI). Converters should pay partic- ular attention to the total cost of ownership, as running costs can vary greatly across equipment available in the market. There’s a connection between how effectively the digital and mechanical elements of a press work togeth- er that translates across to the ROI. And, ultimately, that’s what a lot of people don’t realise. It’s not a one size fits all approach across brands and digital press models. Ben Ginesi is the European Sales Manager at Digital Cor- rugated Packaging at Domino.

to run a corrugated printing press. Some digital corrugat- ed presses have a larger footprint than their flexograph- ic counterparts and building a cleanroom to create the controlled environment needed to accommodate a digital press can take up a lot of additional space and investment. However, there are corrugated digital inkjet presses on the market that use fast-drying inks that only require compact drying modules, greatly reducing the overall foot- print. In addition, some presses also feature internal en- vironmental controls for temperature and dust extraction, eliminating the need for a cleanroom – which means you can effectively place the press alongside the traditional presses in your facility. Myth #4: Finding A Digital Press Operator Is Difficult In recent years, the skills and knowledge gap in the print industry – widening as experienced professionals are retiring – has often been named as one of the key challenges for converters. Viewed from this perspective, recruiting a press operator may seem daunting. However, once converters realize a digital press op- erator requires a completely different set of skills than a traditional printing professional, finding the right person becomes a lot easier. The fact that no technical know-how specific to the printing industry is required to run a digi- tal press means that converters benefit from access to a much wider pool of potential candidates than they would

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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Hawk Converting To Curtail Resale Of Sheeted Paper Materials Lewisburg, Tennessee based Hawk Converting announced it will be exiting the resale of sheeted materials to realign with its core business of supplying its internal offset print- ing clients. As the forest products market is experiencing a significant transformation, mills are incorporating new ma- chines and some suppliers are shifting their product lines towards packaging materials, CCO Robert Heithaus said. “Your unwavering support has been instrumental in our growth over the past decade. We appreciate your encour- agement and relationships that have laid a strong founda- tion for our next step in this shared printed paper journey,” he said. “We are committed to assisting customers with program inventory during this transition.” For more details, email or call (601) 434-0026.

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Suzano Terminates Talks To Buy International Paper

BrazIilian pulpmaker Suzano has announced that it has ter- minated talks to buy International Paper after the company did not engage with the highest price it was willing to pay, according to multiple media reports.


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ICPF Partners With SFI To Increase Awareness Of Corrugated Careers The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) announced a new partnership with Project Learning Tree (PLT), an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), to increase youth awareness of corrugated packag- ing industry careers. The partnership aims to increase awareness, access, and education about the rewarding green careers in the corrugated packaging industry through the development of educational resources and experiences for educators and guidance counselors working with middle school and high school youth. This comprehensive approach aims to elevate the pro- file of the industry earlier, as students participate in career exploration, planning and development. “The collaboration targets key initiatives for the founda- tion to increase industry exposure and initiate outreach at the high school and middle school level, and it’s a natural fit,” said ICPF President Caitlin Salaverria. “PLT has over 40 years of experience providing high-quality education resources and training for educa- tors, career counselors and families, and ICPF is excited to leverage their expertise and network to ensure more youth are exposed to the many opportunities and benefits that exist from choosing a career in corrugated.”

“We applaud ICPF’s leadership and welcome this op- portunity to partner with the goal of supporting a diverse and resilient workforce in the corrugated packaging indus- try. We look forward to working together to ensure young people learn about packaging sustainability and the diver- sity of green jobs available to them,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI.

As the demand for sustainable, renewable packaging continues to rise, so do the career opportunities within the corrugated packaging industry. ICPF is committed to empowering individuals to find re- warding jobs and lifelong careers in this sustainable and vital industry. Look for more information and resources from the partnership to be announced as they become available.

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Stich, Vice President of Content at the International Foun- dation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). “And that means they will be more productive.” Turnover, too, can be reduced when people are happy with their employer’s perks. “Managers need to under- stand the importance of benefits when it comes to em- ployee retention,” said Stich. “Replacing a top performer who leaves for greener pastures can take a real hit to the bottom line. The many costs begin with the need to post the job, and then proceed on with interviewing, onboard- ing, and training. And while the worker’s position remains vacant, other team members have to step in and do the necessary work, resulting in lower productivity.”


Advantzware provides a comprehensive system to address the business management needs of the independent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale pack- aging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inventory and account- ing, this scalable system supports companies that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase dis- plays, assembled partitions, and paperboard products. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION Air Conveying Corporation is a leader in the industry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than sim- ply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your pro- posed system. Our equipment is found in printing, folding carton and corrugated plants throughout the world. We've been designing, manufacturing and engineering pneumatic conveying systems since 1984. We partner with our customers to ensure they operate efficiently and guar- antee our systems meet or exceed their specifications. ASDI specializes in full pull-through systems trim separators, and NFPA compliant systems with full electronic controls. AMTECH SOFTWARE AIR SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC. Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and com- prehensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated scheduling software, and engineered automation technol- ogy. For over 30 years, Amtech has kept our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with customer digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and shipping, proactive roll stock and inventory management. APEX INTERNATIONAL World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.

Treading Carefully Good intentions are one thing. Selecting the right pro- viders is another. That’s particularly the case with mental health coverage. “Many employers believe they are offer- ing psychological support benefits through their insurance carriers,” said Winans. “But the fact is that there are often insufficient counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psy- chiatrists to help all of the people in need.” Today’s Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) often in- clude mental health services, typically providing lists of nearby doctors, therapists and psychologists but leaving the employees to track down appropriate providers. That task can be nerve-wracking in itself, adding to employee stress. And the scarcity of available professionals means obtaining help can take a long time. In response, noted Winans, many companies are utilizing new technologies in the form of free counseling apps, and memberships in private services that provide help with meditation or with connecting to counselors at convenient times. Employers may also sign up third-party intermediaries to proactively match employees with appropriate provid- ers, saving considerable time and energy. These services often work with whatever insurance company the employ- ee has and will even find free or low-cost services for peo- ple with no insurance. They may also follow-up to ensure


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that employees connect with therapists who are helpful and appropriate. Unique Needs Every workforce is different. What employees want at one company may differ from what they want at another. “The benefits environment is not one-size-fits-all,” said Su- zanne Haslam, Senior Vice President at Woodruff Sawyer. “Employers should inventory their demographics and cus- tomize their benefits plans appropriately.” Haslam gives some examples: Younger Individuals: Consider family-forming coverage such as support for fertility, adoption, and surrogacy. Once these individuals have families, expand services to include lactation consulting, return to work support, and childcare services.


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AES is a leading full-service provider of integrated convey- ance systems specializing in scrap, trim, and dust. AES en- gineers custom scrap systems and works as a partner in process improvement to help businesses achieve greater profitability, productivity, and sustainability. Products include balers, shredders/hoggers, core shredders, filters, fans, and specialized dust control and collection systems. AES is the ex- clusive distributor for the AirShark Rotary Material Separator. For a wide variety of new and used equipment on to- day’s market, visit our website at BAUMER HHS CORPORATION hhs is a global leader in advanced gluing, camera verifica- tion and quality assurance systems for the packaging indus- try. Zero-defect quality and elevated production speeds are key parameters in the manufacturing of corrugated boxes. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for quality as- surance in the production of boxes with flexo folder gluers. AMERICAN CORRUGATED MACHINE BLOWER APPLICATION COMPANY (BLOAPCO) BloApCo has served the corrugated industry since 1933 with a variety of scrap handling solutions, including Hori- zontal Floor Shredders, Trim Cutters, and Material Handling Fans and Conveying Systems. BloApCo Shredders allow for continuous shredding and pneumatic removal of sheet waste stacks of all sizes, roll slab, cores, and carton scrap.

College Graduates: Potential benefits include debt consolidation services and financial wellness and home buying support. Middle Aged People: Do they need assistance in plan- ning for their child’s education? Is someone in a sandwich generation caring for both kids and parents? Would elder care services be appropriate? Older People: Women may be looking for menopause support services. Individuals approaching retirement may appreciate financial wellness and Medicare planning sup- port services. If demographics can affect the makeup of a benefits package, the fact remains that employers must satisfy some baseline requirements. “Comprehensive and afford- able health insurance coverage, retirement saving plans, and paid time off are considered basic requirements,” said Alicia Scott-Wears, Director of Total Rewards Content Strategy at consulting firm WorldatWork. Taking Surveys The variety of possible benefits is extensive, and as- sembling the right package can incur serious costs. Em- ployers can get the most bang for their buck by carefully selecting benefits that pull their weight. And that means going to end users for input. Surveys, conducted every year or two, can help. Em-


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ployees should be approached with a statement such as this: “Are the company’s offerings meeting your needs? If not, we want to hear about it so we can make our bene- fits program more meaningful. That will make it worth your while to work here, and also make it worth our while from a dollars and cents perspective. As an employer, we don't want to spend money on benefits you’re not going to use.” Once survey results are in, take action. “Be sure to ac- knowledge employee input,” said Berry. “Let people know the survey findings in terms of what the company needs and what steps you will take as a result. Be transparent. Employees need to feel that they have a voice, that they have been heard and acknowledged.”


Corrugated Replacements, Inc. is a production powerhouse that manufactures high quality machine parts and replace- ment parts for the corrugated and paperboard converting industries. CRI can redesign, engineer, and manufacture any part while providing a rapid turn-around rate, keeping machines running at their peak performance and limiting down time.

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Makers of single and dual-width Timesaver® Anvil Covers, the premier urethane anvil cover for corrugated die cutting. Timesaver® covers feature construction of solid steel back- ing and solid steel locking components to ensure a precise fit every time. C.U.E., Inc. also offers Dura-Latch and Cor- Lock anvil covers, and urethane Lead Edge Feed Wheels.


The EMBA group supports a complete line of corrugated converting machinery for the worldwide market. EMBA’s Quick Set technology enables the highest productivity across a broad range of converting equipment, from mini to super jumbo. EMBA also includes the McKinley jumbo line of flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters as well as ser- vice, rebuilds and upgrades for both EMBA and McKinley.

While surveys are the most effective channel to ferret out employee needs, companies can also solicit feedback from small work groups that dialog about benefits. Too, some sleuthing can fill in the gaps. “It’s important to find out what your competitors are offering,” said Berry. “That ties into recruiting and retention, as you want to make sure you’ve got what it takes to keep your best people from jumping ship.” Finally, employers can fine-tune company offerings by monitoring utilization. Providers can report on which ben- efits are being accessed and how often. “You might think that one benefit is the best one ever, and then discover that maybe only 10 percent of your employees signed up for it,” said Stich. “You might conclude there’s a more ef- fective way to spend your money.” Keeping It Real Designing an ideal benefits package is one thing. Funding it is another. Health coverage is expensive, and the dollars required to support physical wellness can ham- per ambitions to extend coverage elsewhere. “It’s hard to balance the need for benefits against limited resources,” said Winans. “The cost of healthcare goes up every year, and tends to eat up the rest of the benefits budget. That makes it harder to offer a competitive retirement plan con- tribution rate, or a supplemental mental health program, or


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even give people more time off.” When there are budget limitations, Haslam suggests employers look at the programs already in place for un- derutilized perks. “For example, many medical carriers of- fer expended mental health solutions, or programs for tar- get conditions such as weight loss or diabetes,” she said. “And make sure that employees understand everything of- fered in your current programs. Engage in communication all year long, not just at renewal time. And use different methods of communication. These can include written no- tices, videos and audios. Everyone learns differently.” One possible tool for reducing the benefits bill: so- called “voluntary benefits.” In these arrangements, em- ployees can select from a menu of benefits that their em- ployer does not normally offer. While the employee pays 100 percent of the bill, the premiums are reduced because the employer has arranged for a group policy. Among the benefits commonly found in the voluntary mix are insur- ance for life, supplemental disability, and auto and home. “Voluntary benefits allow employees to pick and choose what's important to them,” said Stich. “The person who may not care about accidental death and dismemberment insurance, for example, may want pet insurance.” While voluntary benefits can play a role in the employ- er mix, the fact remains that benefits are expensive and not likely to get any cheaper. Many times, said Winans, the best the employer can do is identify the most egregious gaps, track down the most impactful programs, and bud- get for the greatest payback. “Designing an effective ben- efits package is like playing a game of chess,” said Winans. “Employers need to think strategically about how to invest dollars in the right vehicles.”


Haire Group is the premier provider of new machinery for the corrugated industry. From the Apstar line of flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters, the Encore line of flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters, and the Engico flexo folder glu- er, Haire is able to pair clients with the best machinery solu- tions for the best value to meet their needs. Haire Group’s service department helps its customers maximize uptime and profitability through superior 24/7 service and support, a pre-install training center, and over a million dollars’ worth of spare parts at their offices just outside of Chicago. Haire Group has been the industry’s #1 pre-owned machinery bro- ker and plant equipment appraiser since 1976. HarperLove is the leading provider of specialty adhesives, performance additives, and wet-strength resins to corru- gated packaging manufacturers. With the largest and most experienced field service and technical support team posi- tioned throughout the U.S. and Latin America, HarperLove has a long-standing reputation for providing outstanding service and delivering demonstrable performance improve- ments. HarperLove’s renowned services include not only innovative product development and custom product for- mulation, but also machine and process assessments, ad- hesive formula adjustments, machine tuning, detailed ser- vice reporting, and more. HARPERLOVE Kernic Systems has been a leading global provider of re- cycling equipment solutions since 1978. For over 40 years, Kernic Systems has provided balers, air conveying and dust collection systems, shredders, industrial vacuums, and re- cycling equipment to a wide range of markets. Today, Ker- nic Systems serves customers with an expanded offering of standard products and custom-engineered systems through three primary business divisions: Recycling Solu- tions, Dust Collection and Air Pollution Control, and Material Handling. Kiwiplan provides state-of-the-art software solutions to cor- rugated, folding carton, plastics and flexible packaging fa- cilities around the globe. Kiwiplan’s Total Solution delivers comprehensive, seamless real-time flow of information from sales order management to dynamic total plant scheduling and inventory control through shipping. With deep manu- facturing and distribution expertise, Kiwiplan knows the specific problems customers face and provides the spe- cialized software they need to adapt, compete, and win in today's rapidly changing world. KERNIC SYSTEMS KIWIPLAN

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