Board Converting News, March 21, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years March 21, 2022 VOL. 38. NO. 12

Employee Poaching: Avoiding Litigation, Loss Of Trade Secrets BY PHILLIP M. PERRY A California sales executive who jumped ship for a competing employ- er took along a folder of customer lists and marketing plans. Those items proved valuable resources for the conduct of his new duties—so valuable that his previous employer sued for violation of confidentiality

AICC Members Complete 10,000 Free Online Courses AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, began offering free online education to member companies in April 2017. As of Febru- ary 2022, employees of AICC member com- panies have completed over 10,000 courses. These courses represent 1,250 better trained employees, $1.6M saved in training costs, and over four years of cumulative training time. “This significant milestone clearly demon- strates what an important pillar AICC’s Pack- aging School is to both current and future members of AICC,” said Gary Brewer, Presi- dent, Package Crafters, Inc., and AICC Educa- tion Committee Chair. Over 100 courses are currently online with more expected to be released this year. There are courses available that are relevant for ev- ery department, with material both for those newer to the industry and seasoned profes- sionals. AICC has also translated over 20 on- line courses into Spanish. Several more will be available in the coming months. “I’m excited to hear about the 10,000 on- line courses completed!” said Jana Harris, CEO, Harris Packaging Corp. “The online catalogue covers so many aspects of our in-

and nondisclosure agreements, and illegal use of trade secrets. The results were costly cash settlements against the executive as well as the new employer who had encouraged use of stolen material. If that story sounds familiar, it’s no accident. Similar cases occur regularly around the country. When a star employee moves from one business to another, the resulting conflicts are often resolved in court. “This area of law is growing quickly,” says Ben Mathis, an Atlanta attorney and managing partner of the nationwide law firm of Freeman Mathis & Gary ( ). “There are two competing interests at stake. The first is that of employers who have a right to protect their information from having people walk off and take it all with them. The second is that of the individual’s right to compete against his earlier employer.” Resolving those competing interests can hit profits hard. “Court remedies usually involve financial damages for harm that had been done to the original employer,” says Theodore J. St. Antoine, Degan Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Ar- bor. “There may also be an injunction prohibiting the losing party from continuing an illegal practice. If the losing party ignores the injunction CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


WHAT’S INSIDE 5 NAM: Manufacturing Job Opens Above Pre-Pandemic Levels 10 BCN To Host Free Webinar On Machine Learning 14 Cumberland Container Adds Capacity With Apstar HG2 1228 22 TAPPI Names Recipients Of Magnabosco Award

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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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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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AICC Members Complete (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

dustry. It is a great resource for our onboarding education as well as broadening our team’s knowledge across the board. The fact that our employees can start a lesson, stop it when they get busy and come back to it has been ex- tremely helpful during these busy times.” To help AICC members make the most of the courses available AICC has also created a Training Tracking Tool, a resource available which makes easy tracking of training accessible to all AICC members. Many companies see the need for ongoing training but are not ready to invest in a database or Learning Management System of their own. The tool was updated in February 2022 to generate addi- tional reports on individual or group progress even when employees change departments internally. Members can download the Excel Tracking Tool and put it to use. “Educating over 10,000 individual AICC members is significant and should be celebrated, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg,” said AICC President, Mike D’Angelo. “We track numbers closely and member engagement with AICC’s Packaging School grows each year. The benefit to the industry is real,” One of the most recent courses added is Machine Primer. This resource introduces a wide variety of equip- ment used in today’s packaging industry. AICC members can click on various pieces of machinery in a virtual plant, read a description of it, see a diagram then watch a video of the machinery in action. This course is a great resource to those new to the industry. Several of the current and upcoming courses are through the support of AICC Education investors, Fosber, BCM Inks, SUN Automation Group, Pamarco, JB Machin- ery, Printron, Absolute, Kruger, EFI, HP, Stafford Corrugat- ed Products, and Bobst, who offer their time and exper- tise along with a financial commitment to create an online course with AICC. Visit for more. NAM: Manufacturing Job Openings Well Above Pre-Pandemic Levels According to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers, there were 855,000 manufacturing job openings in January and the number of job postings continues to be well above pre-pandemic levels. Over the past 10 months, job open- ings in the sector have averaged 873,000, including the record 943,000 in July. Consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in February, continu- ing to increase. Food and energy prices increased 1.0 per- cent and 3.5 percent in February, respectively, with gaso- line costs up 6.6 percent. Excluding food and energy, core consumer prices increased 0.5 percent in February, sug- gesting broad growth in costs beyond food and energy.



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

The consumer price index has risen 7.9 percent over the past 12 months, the fastest year-over-year pace since January 1982. At the same time, core inflation (which ex- cludes food and energy) increased 6.4 percent year-over- year in February, the biggest increase since August 1982. Overall, price pressures for consumers remain elevat- ed—a trend that will continue over the coming months. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, prices are likely to increase more, particularly for food and commodities. The Index of Consumer Sentiment declined to the low- est reading since October 2011, according to preliminary data from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reu- ters. Confidence was lower “due to falling inflation-adjust- ed incomes, recently accelerated by rising fuel prices as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” In addition, total quits in the manufacturing sector rose from 322,000 in December to 331,000 in January, a new record. That translated into 2.6 percent of the manufac- turing workforce and continues a trend of very significant “churn” in the labor market, exacerbating the workforce difficulties that companies are experiencing. The U.S. trade deficit rose to $89.69 billion in January, another record high, with the goods trade deficit jumping to $108.86 billion, also an all-time high. Goods exports, on the other hand, decreased to $155.89 billion but remained not far from October’s record pace ($159.02 billion).



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.195 34.916


8.549 8.729


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

416.338 406.776


8.294 8.071


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7372 2.7727


33.8477 33.0739


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.256 2.203


3.3 3.3


Shipping Days




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Board Converting News will host a free webinar on March 28, 2022, at 10:00 EST on “How Machine Learning Will Change the Corrugated Industry.” Moderating a panel of experts, BCN’s Editor in Chief Len Prazych will help attendees learn about the corrugated facility of the future and specifically, where data is harvest- ed and analyzed, increasing output and profit margins by orders of mag- nitude, and even predicting and preventing breakdowns before they happen. “In the nearly 150 years since corrugated box manu- facturing machines came into existence, output, efficiency, Len Prazych

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low box plants to gain a fast and long-term competitive advantage over companies that delay adoption.” Panelists who will share their information and knowledge on this compelling topic in- clude Matt Miller, Director of Technology at Helios; Justin Gagne, Senior Data Scientist at Very; and Dennis Wood, Director of Man- ufacturing at Premier Packaging. Each pan- elist brings a different perspective to the topic, which will be dissected via a series of questions during the 45-minute pro- gram. A live 15-minute Q&A session follows the pre-recorded webinar. Matthew Miller is a technology director with expertise in bringing products, pro- cesses and technology to life. An expert at aligning technology solutions with custom- er needs, he has successfully led teams to build products that have led to commercial growth and increased productivity. As a Senior Data Scientist, Justin Gagne builds reliable production-ready machine learning services. His career is centered around continual de- velopment, begin- Matt Miller

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Bay Cities’ extensive experience in design and manufac- turing enables it to address challenges in production early on. The company brings a creative, retail-focused mindset with the tools and experience to increase its customers chances of success in retail. Bay Cities implements sustainability practices and procedures. From concept to completion, Bay Cities is a brand partner with a strong understanding of major re- tailers, shopper marketing, and supply chains, while also being an advocate for the environment. Customers can expect in-depth market research, key messaging creation, concept boards, and expanded 3D modeling, as well as the use of eco-friendly materials and conscious distribu- tion that benefits both the client and the environment. “Our Creative Services offerings provide an agen- cy-style creative experience. Through strategic research and consultation, we create designs to grow our custom- ers’ brands and stand out in the retail landscape,” said Ryan Crook, Senior Marketing Designer, who is leading the Creative Services initiatives. Bay Cities understands the importance of sustainabil- ity. We pride ourselves on working with environmental- ly-friendly products and to create the best solutions for ourselves and our partners. The company has an internal green program, which focuses on being proactively envi- ronmental in all that we do while helping us reduce oper- ating costs. It encourages our employees to be more envi- ronmentally conscious and more efficient, too.

Pico Rivera, California based Bay Cities, one of North America’s most innovative packaging and design compa- nies, has announced the expansion of its in-house design offerings with a full-service creative program to handle the creative needs of a brand looking to strategically design displays and packaging.

For more than 60 years, Bay Cities has been a leading creative packaging and display partner to brand marketers, retailers, and e-commerce companies. Backed by its team of in-house experts, this new offering provides strategic creative direction for point-of-sale displays and packaging.

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TAPPI has announced that Micki Meggison and Michael von Grumbkow have been named winners of the distin- guished Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Award, which recognizes remarkable leadership and ser- vice to one or more TAPPI Local Sections. Recipients are individuals whose exceptional service has resulted in sig- nificant and measurable benefits to TAPPI Local Sections through a single activity or through longtime efforts. Meggison is a Process Improvement Black Belt with Sappi North America in Westbrook, Maine, the mill she has worked at her entire career. She has held a variety of engi- neering and operations positions including: technical en- gineer, first line supervisor, process control and E&I engi- neer, pulping asset manager, coating operations manager, manufacturing operations manager, and technical director. She served on Sappi’s Sustainability Council from 2010 to 2022, collaborating with colleagues to develop and ex- ecute strategic goals and objectives. Meggison was the first Engineer-in-Residence at the University of Southern Maine and served on the university’s Engineering Adviso- ry Board from 2012-2021. Meggison became involved with the TAPPI/PIMA Stu- dent Chapter as a freshman at University of Maine and served as chapter Vice President in her senior year. She

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and continues to do the prohibited activity, the result may be additional fines for contempt of court, or even jail time in extreme cases.” Restrictive Covenants The moral of all this is clear: Businesses must take steps to ensure they do not lose valuable information when em- ployees leave for competing firms. At the same time, em- ployers need to protect themselves from costly lawsuits when poaching top performers from competitors. Protecting business interests has become more im- portant with recent changes in the work environment. The employment relationship is less stable than in the past, high level talent is in demand and recruiting is aggressive. Intellectual property—easily carried between companies— is more valuable than ever before. Customer information, pricing data, business plans, and proprietary marketing strategies are all at risk. Businesses looking to negotiate this rocky terrain have a valuable tool at their command: restrictive covenants.

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These written agreements can keep departing employees from competing against former employers, soliciting the same customers or employees, or using a former employ- er’s sensitive information for their own ends. “Most employers have confidential, proprietary, or sen- sitive information,” says Joon Hwang, Shareholder in the Tysons Corner, Va., office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation’s largest law firm defending employers in labor and employment disputes ( ). “Or they may have cer- tain employees with desirable skills, experience, training, or intimate knowledge considered integral and invaluable to their businesses. Restrictive covenants, drafted proper- ly, can be a powerful tool for protecting all of this valuable information.” There are two sides to the trade secret coin. Incoming personnel must also be quizzed about any restrictive cov- enants signed at their former employer. And they must be prohibited from bringing along customer lists, marketing plans, financial records, confidential information, or any- thing else that might be determined to be the former em- ployer’s property.

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Non-Competes The most powerful restrictive covenant prohibits the employee from accepting employment at a competitor. Called “covenants not to compete,” or “non-competes,” these agreements specify a period of time for the prohibi- tion and a geographic area where the prohibition applies. They usually also prohibit the individual from serving as an independent contractor for, or having any ownership interest in, a competitive organization. “I generally do counsel my clients to have non-com- petes, certainly with their higher-level employees,” says Jeffrey A. Dretler, a partner at Rubin and Rudman, Boston ( ). “I think it’s a very important and effec- tive tool for protecting company confidential information and relationships in which they have invested.” So far so good. But employers need to be wary of a not-so-secret vulnerability of these covenants: The possi- bility they will be deemed invalid by a court of law. That’s because such covenants raise concerns about limiting the capacity of employees to earn their livelihoods. Employers can help improve the enforceability of their non-competes by ensuring the terms balance the con- cerns of the employer with the reasonable interests of the employees. “The wider the covenant goes geographically, and the longer the term of the restriction, the less likely the CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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protections that were thought secure. “Another reason to avoid overreach is because it may reduce the employ- er’s credibility with the court when seeking to enforce the non-competes that really matter,” adds Dretler. And he adds one more potential pitfall of unreasonable non-com- petes: Some valuable prospective employees may decide not to join a company out of fear they will be bound by a too-onerous non-compete when the time comes to leave. Non-Solicits As the above comments suggest, non-competes can backfire when they fail to hold up to a court challenge. Very often that means an employee who has jumped ship is free to conduct business without any restrictions. And that can leave the former employer in a bad competitive position. There is a solution to this problem, and it comes in the form of another restrictive covenant. Often referred to as “non-solicits,” these covenants are designed to keep an employee who moves to a new business from soliciting a former employer’s customers for a set period of time. “An agreement not to solicit customers is often easier to defend than a covenant not to compete,” says Joseph Y. Ahmad, a founding partner in the Houston law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing ( azalaw. com ). “That’s because it is narrower in scope, allowing the employee to work for a competitor.” Courts like the fact that these agreements preserve the ability of the individ-

court will uphold it as reasonable,” cautions St. Antoine. An example of a very reasonable covenant would be one that calls for a one-year moratorium on working for a compet- itor, within the radius of one mile of the original employer. State Laws Achieving the right balance is a tricky proposition, not only because each employer-employee relationship pos- es unique circumstances but also because no federal law provides a common nationwide playing field. Everything depends on state law, and that can differ substantially. “Fifty states have fifty permutations of what employers can lawfully restrict with written agreements,” says Mathis. “Many states allow restrictions for reasonable periods from six months to two years. Some states are more em- ployee friendly than others. In California, employers gen- erally cannot have any kind of restrictions.” The challenge is becoming greater because in many states the law is trending toward greater worker protec- tions. “The world is changing very rapidly,” says Dretler. “States are trending toward limiting non-competes. Many federal, state, and local initiatives, legislation, and news commentaries are asking whether there should be limits put on them. Are they anti-competitive? What’s really pro- tectable? There’s a lot of litigation about these issues.” Employers, then, need to avoid over-reach that can backfire when an unfavorable court decision removes the


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