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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years June 28, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 26

Workplace Violence: How To Reduce The Risk Of Tragedy BY PHILLIP M. PERRY It’s a nightmare scenario that haunts every business owner: A troubled individual’s simmering anger boils over into an act of workplace vio- lence. Too often the results are human injury, traumatized employees, and a damaged business reputation. The recent increase in mass shootings at commercial enterpris- es across the nation only highlights the need for effective preventive

Green Bay Packaging Cuts Ribbon At New Paper Mill Green Bay Packaging recently held a ceremo- nial ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new $500 million paper mill in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the first new mill to be built in the state of Wiscon- sin in more than 35 years. “To say it’s just a paper machine is an over- simplification of what’s been built here,” said Will Kress, CEO and Chairman of Green Bay Packaging. “We basically built a brand new paper mill from the ground up.” The company broke ground on the mill in August 2018 and is expecting a 50 percent re- duction in greenhouse gas emissions per ton of paper produced. Wisconsin Economic Development Cor- poration Secretary Missy Hughes was among the state and local leaders to speak at the ceremony. “It is incredibly important what’s happening here today, and the investment Green Bay Packaging has made in the state and recognizing the enduring part of that in- vesting will help our future, will help our future students and help people thrive here in Wis- consin,” Hughes said. More than three-million-man hours went into the construction of the mill.

measures. “A violent event leading to injuries and loss of life can be devastating to a business,” says Wayne Maxey, Executive Consultant for Workplace Guardians, a consulting firm in San Diego ( workplace- ). “Some organizations never recover because of the impact on their surviving employees and on their brand.” Not to be overlooked, as well, is the financial cost when injured members of the public bring costly lawsuits. “While theories of negli- gence vary by state, very often employers can be sued for negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent retention of employees,” says attorney Kathleen Bonczyk, founder of the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, Orlando, Florida ( workplaceviolenceprevention- ). The resulting financial damages can be crippling for organizations lacking costly legal talent. “Small businesses are at higher risk of finan- cial devastation because they possess limited resources to implement comprehensive preventive approaches,” says Felix P. Nater, President of Nater Associates, a security consulting firm operating out of New CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


WHAT’S INSIDE 10 PPC Introduces Inaugural 14 Elections Underway To Fill Positions On TAPPI CPC 18 Vanguard Packaging Names Wulf Vice President Of Sales 40 Four Steps To Get More Eyes On Your Digital Content J. Edward Woods Scholar 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.

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.

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GBP Cuts Ribbon (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

“Over 89,000 tons of concrete have been poured, more than 34 miles of pipe were installed, and 12,000 tons of steel were erected,” said Green Bay Packaging Vice President Matt Szymanski. “This was a major, major under- taking for us. We did a great job, and a lot of folks did a lot of work and made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen.”

Kress said the company needed to build the mill to stay competitive and while they could have built elsewhere, he said it was important to remain in Green Bay. “They chose Green Bay because they believe in this community, they believe in their employees and they want- ed to expand here and invest here,” said Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. “And in doing so they created 200 new jobs and preserved 1,100 more here in Northeast Wisconsin.”


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FRIESE GmbH, SHARP International Create New JV In North America FRIESE GmbH and SHARP International have announced the formation of FRIESE North America, LLC, which will be based in Virginia with Randy Banks and Christian Rodri- guez handling day-to-day operations. “This is the first step in laying the groundwork for a regrind facility in the U.S. to service our growing base of North American customers” said Sven Siepmann, CEO of FRIESE GmbH. “From the first time I met the FRIESE family we have been discussing a manufacturing facility in North America and I could not be more pleased to be a part of this critical next step in our growth strategy,” added Randy Banks. AF&PA Releases May 2021 Packaging Papers Monthly Report According to AF&PA, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in May increased five percent com- pared to May 2020. They were up two percent when com- pared to the same five months of 2020. The operating rate was 87.6 percent, up 7.3 points from May 2020 and up 5.6 points year-to-date. Mill inventories at the end of May decreased 2,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 short tons compared to May 2020.

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



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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NAM: Retail Sales Up 18 Percent Due To Stimulus, Rebounding Economy Retail sales fell 1.3 percent in May, pulled lower by sharply reduced sales at motor vehicles and parts dealers, among other segments, according to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufac- turers (NAM). Yet, it is important to put the current data into perspective. Retail spending has soared 18.0 percent since February 2020, buoyed by stimulus benefits and a rebounding economy. In addition, retail sales should con- tinue to grow strongly over the coming months as the U.S. economy continues to reopen and as supply chain disrup- tions in the marketplace stabilize. Manufacturing production rose 0.9 percent in May, bouncing back after edging down 0.1 percent in April. More importantly, output in the manufacturing sector is off just 0.5 percent from pre-pandemic levels, and manufacturing capacity utilization increased from 74.9 percent in April to 75.6 percent in May, the best rate since December 2019. Manufacturing activity in the New York and Philadel- phia Federal Reserve Bank districts expanded solidly once again in June, even with some easing. In the Empire State Manufacturing Survey, delivery times narrowed to the slowest on record, and in both regions, input and final product prices continue to accelerate sharply.

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PPC Introduces Inaugural J. Edward Woods Scholar Award The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) recently an- nounced the launch of its inaugural J. Edward Woods Scholar Award. The award will be given annually to pas- sionate and enthusiastic rising stars who work in the fold- ing carton industry. Named after the late J. Edward Woods, who served as Chief Executive Officer of Gulf States Paper Corporation, the award honors Woods’ commitment to engaging fu- ture generations of paperboard packaging professionals through training and outreach. Award winners will receive a scholarship to attend PPC’s bi-annual Folding Carton Boot Camp, the association’s signature training event that focuses on all aspects of the paperboard packaging in- dustry.

“My family and I are de- lighted to honor my father’s legacy by naming a Woods Scholar and empowering in- dustry growth and next-gen- eration learning through PPC’s Folding Carton Boot Camp,” said Doug Woods, Ed’s son and fellow paper- board industry veteran of Dixie Pulp & Paper. “It would take a person countless

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years of experience to be exposed to all of the topics cov- ered in Folding Carton Boot Camp. Regardless of one’s background, everyone in the industry can benefit from this all-encompassing program.” Woods received a Bachelor of Science degree in mar- keting from the University of Colorado in 1956. Shortly af-

ter, he began his career in the packaging industry when he joined the sales team at Weyerhaeuser Company. Nearly a decade later, Woods joined Gulf States Paper Cor- poration. There he held numerous leader- ship positions before being named presi- dent and chief executive officer in 1995. “Ed Woods was a generous and enthusi- astic supporter of PPC and the paperboard packaging industry as a whole,” said PPC President, Ben Markens. “He served as PPC’s Board Chair and received our asso- ciation’s Robert T. Gair Award for lifetime achievement. He truly cared about the in- dustry and was invested in our advance- ment and growth. I am pleased that his ded- ication and commitment will live on through this award.” PPC is accepting nominations through August 15, 2021. All member companies may nominate one employee for the award and scholarship. Nominators will answer a short series of questions regarding their candidate’s engaged approach to learning, where they see this person growing in the industry, and examples of times the candi- date showcased passion, commitment, and dedication in the paperboard packaging in- dustry. The award recipient will be named J. Ed- ward Woods Scholar of the Year, receive a scholarship to attend Folding Carton Boot Camp, and be honored at PPC’s Fall Con- ference, October 27-29, 2021, in Savannah, Georgia. Visit arship/ for additional information about the award. Visit to learn more about the Paperboard Packaging Council.

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Greif Announces CEO, Board Of Director Transition Plan

ed Caraustar Industries; and advanced our sustainability strategy. In summary, Pete has led with humility, authentic- ity and care for the well-being of our colleagues, our cus- tomers and our planet. “It has been my distinct honor to serve our global Greif team, and I am extremely proud of what we have accom- plished together,” said Watson. “Looking ahead, I am very excited about the company’s future. Ole’s passion for team building, strong emphasis on operational execution and customer service, as well as extensive manufacturing and industrial packaging experience, make him the ideal leader to take Greif forward. I am excited to work closely

Delaware, Ohio based Greif, Inc. announced that Pete Watson will retire as its President and CEO, effective Feb- ruary 1, 2022. This announcement concludes a thoughtful and comprehensive, multi-year succession planning pro- cess. The Board of Directors has elected Ole Rosgaard to succeed Watson as President and CEO effective February 1, 2022. Rosgaard will serve as COO of the company until that time. Greif also announced that Michael Gasser, who has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1994, will not stand for re-election to the Board at the company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders. At that time, Pete Watson will become Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Bruce Edwards will become the lead direc- tor for the Board of Directors. “Pete exemplifies servant leadership and embodies the values of The Greif Way,” said Gasser. “He has driven a laser focus on customer service excellence, powered by a team-first approach, throughout the enterprise. Under his leadership, Greif successfully completed an in-depth transformation initiative enhancing the company’s per- formance; delivered organic growth through strategic in- vestments in the Global Industrial Packaging and Paper Packaging businesses; successfully acquired and integrat-

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Elections Underway To Fill Three Positions On TAPPI Corrugated Packaging Council Elections are underway to fill three positions on the TAPPI Corrugat- ed Packaging Council (CPC), the governing body of TAPPI’s Corrugated Packaging Division that develops strategic plans and products. The current CPC includes appointed members from International Pa- per, Menasha Packaging, WestRock, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Pratt Industries, Arvco Container, Advance Packaging and Greif. The elected positions include members from SUN Automation Group, The Haire Group and BW Papersystems. The Chairs of the Corrugated Division Technical Committees, the YP Division Liaison to Corrugated and the Supplier Advisory Committee Chair complete the council. Each position is for a three-year term. Election results will be an- nounced prior to the 2021 TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo event, August 8-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Current TAPPI members are asked to vote online at https://www.sur- for three of the following candidates: Dave Burgess is Director of Sales for JB Machinery. A TAPPI member

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Joe Slattery, Midwest Region Sales Manag- er, for Fosber, is a 23-year veteran of the corru- gated packaging industry. He has held a wide range of positions within the industry, including field service technician, installation project man- ager and sales. Slattery joined TAPPI in 2012 and is active on the Chicago TAPPI Local Sec- tion Board.

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the corrugator, including machine operator, corrugator supervisor and his current role. He has worked on three

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“Vanguard is excited to have Jennifer join the team to lend her experiences to strong business growth” said Chris Stoler, CEO. PCMC Fusion C Now Able To Run Gelflex-EB Ink At Faster Speeds Green Bay, Wisconsin based Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has announced that its Fusion C is now capable of running Gelflex-EB CI flexo printing inks at 400 meters per minute. With packaging printers requesting higher-speed presses with greater efficiency. Gelflex-EB CI flexo inks and Energy Sciences Inc.’s (ESI) EZCure Electron Beam (EB) are now able to meet customers’ demands on PCMC’s Fusion C, which is part of a series of flexographic printers that significantly reduce energy requirements by utilizing low-power consumption components. “Offering our customers the ability to print Gelflex-EB CI flexo inks is important,” said Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s Printing, Coating and Laminating Sales Director. “As the market continues to evaluate more sustainable and recy- clable packaging structures, customers are also consider- ing alternative ink systems, which will allow them to re- duce their volatile organic compounds. By moving away from solvent-based ink systems, printers can remove sol- vents at the source. Water-based inks and EB curable inks both fill this need.”

Kansas City, Missouri based Vanguard Packaging, a de- signer and manufacturer of value-added point-of-pur- chase displays, retail ready packaging, industrial packag- ing products and related assembly, logistics and fulfillment

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by one employee to another: • “I’m going to beat you up after work.” • “Employees who kill their supervisors have the right idea.” • “I’m afraid I’m going to lose control, and I have guns.” All such statements are serious matters. “You need to take action right away in response to any workplace threat,” says John M. White, President of Protection Man- agement, a consulting firm in Canton, Ohio ( protection- ). “If you ignore it, other employees will believe that making threats is okay. Then, eventually, someone may well carry out their threat.” All employees must realize that if they say it, it’s as bad as if they did it. Grey Areas Some employee actions fall into the category of dis- ruptive activity rather than workplace violence. Maybe Barbara tosses a pile of papers on the floor and begins to scream about how lousy the company is. The correct response to such an event is to counsel Barbara, come to a better understanding of the cause of her anger, and enlist her aid in improving the workplace environment. If Barbara were to knock a laptop off the desk in anger, on the other hand, she might be disciplined for destruction of company property. Still other actions fall into a grey zone between harm- less and harmful. What should you do, for example, when humor contains a violent element? Suppose Sam tells

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Every employer must take steps to prepare for an un- expected act of workplace violence. Experts say that an effective policy starts with understanding the various man- ifestations of violence—including less extreme behaviors that too often grow into something worse. “Most employers think of violence in terms of physical assault or homicide,” says Nater. “However, it can also take the form of threatening behavior, verbal abuse, intimida- tion, and harassment.” Threatening behavior, says Nater, can mean the shak- ing of fists, confrontation with or threatening of a victim with objects, and blocking another person’s movement. Even non-physical actions can qualify: “Violence can take the form of words, gestures, intimidation and bullying, and inappropriate conduct such as swearing, insults and con- descending language.” Many such acts, he says, can rise to the level of harassment, activity which attempts to “de- mean, embarrass, humiliate, annoy, or cause alarm.” Any viable threat to cause bodily harm is an act of vi- olence—and constitutes a crime under most state laws. Here are some examples in the form of statements made



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Andy in a joking tone of voice, “I’m going to knock your block off after work.” In such cases, experts advise taking the individual aside and counseling that you realized they were joking, but that such behavior is still not acceptable. More troubling are statements for which a humorous in- tent is unclear. Sam’s assertion in the previous paragraph, if uttered without sufficient humorous tone, might or might not be a serious threat. “Sometimes it can be hard to tell,” says White. “It all depends on tone of voice, the environ- ment, and the body language. But the investigation pro- cess should try to come to a conclusion.” In such cases White suggests starting to watch the employee’s behavior more closely. Does Sam have atten- dance problems? Is he violating other organizational polic- es? Has he health or financial problems? “Try to observe the employee without being too invasive.” A final category of event is the statement that is obvi- ously not a joke, but is so veiled as to call into question its

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