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ICPF Continues To Contribute To The Future Of Packaging Despite the challenges the past year presented, the International Cor- rugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) continued to be a critical con- tributor to the influx in the “next generation” of young, educated and qualified employees needed to sustain the future of the corrugated and folding carton design and packaging industry.

SC Officials Tell New-Indy To Revise Plan On Odor Issue According to local media reports, South Car- olina health officials are telling the owners of New-Indy’s Catawba paper mill to fix their plan to address lingering odor issues because the company’s initial actions did not meet the necessary requirements. According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), New-Indy submitted its Corrective Action Plan (CAP) on June 15. Despite this, health officials have in- structed New Indy to revise the plan to ensure it meets the requirements of the order. Once it is finalized, it will be posted to the DHEC web page. “DHEC understands the impact this issue has had in York, Lancaster, and surrounding counties and is committed to continue work- ing with New Indy to reduce offsite impacts,” said a statement from DHEC. The corrective action plan requires New- Indy to come up with a schedule for actions that will help address and correct the odor and any operational issues contributing to it. It also requires the company to evaluate its wastewater treatment plant. Lawsuits have been accumulating against

For the past 10-plus years, 100-150 students and new graduates have been hired annually through ICPF by the industry’s design and packaging manufacturers. Some of ICPF’s recruiting resources include its Careers in Corrugated Packaging social network, which regularly includes up to 1,200 students who have registered with an interest in entering the industry; its career portal, where member firms can post internships and entry level openings; the resume bank that currently has over 300 active resumes; ICPF student/executive dialogue din- ners; and ICPF’s national teleconferences on the business of corrugat- ed packaging & displays careers, which is annually attended by more than 500 students on as many as 20 campuses nationwide. Additionally, students across the country are regularly engaged with ICPF student representatives on each partner campus, ICPF’s mentor program, ICPF’s student advisory board, ICPF campus presentations by corrugated industry representatives and plant tours. These programs were maintained virtually during the pandemic. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Twelve of the 150+ new hires to the industry in the past year via ICPF.


WHAT’S INSIDE American Baler Modifies 2-Ram Baler Lineup To Purchase Carbon Offsets Colbert Packaging’s ‘One Clean Carton’ Tests Safe For Pharma

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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

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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New-Indy and the smell is still affecting multiple counties. Lawyers who recently fired a third class-action lawsuit against New-Indy hosted a town hall to answer questions about the ongoing odor. They were joined by health, engi- neering and environmental experts. DHEC says New Indy is responsible for a rotten egg odor that can be smelled 30 miles away. One lawsuit calls for a judge to shut down the New Indy mill until the company can stop the odor. NAM: Manufacturers’ Optimism Rises To Highest Level In Three Years In the second quarter NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Sur- vey, 90.1 percent of respondents felt either somewhat or very positive about their company outlook, rising for the fourth straight quarter and the best reading in nearly three years. Respondents are predicting the highest levels of production, sales and job growth in Outlook Survey histo- ry. Three-quarters of manufacturers expect revenues will be back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021. Also, the IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI ex- panded at a record pace, buoyed by stronger growth in output, future output and employment despite severe sup- ply chain challenges. Raw material costs and output prices soared once again at all-time-high rates.

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American Baler Modifies 2-Ram Baler Lineup

Bellevue, Ohio based American Baler has reported that the it has made some recent improvements to its 2-Ram balers. The W721 and W828 2-Ram balers now come with a power unit and manifold block designed with off the shelf Parker Din Cartridge valves on the manifold and standard directional control valves. All the pumps have their own pressure control kit for all three stages of pump. “Warranty claims were higher than desired with our manifold blocks and our engineering risk evaluation mod- el led us to these cartridge valves,” said Jim Wolfe, VP En- gineering & Customer Service. “The new design is easier to build with less errors.” Sales Manager Mike Schwinn, addeds, “This change was implemented in our larger W828 series two years ago

and the results have been superb, so improving the W721 was a logical next step.” The W721 2-Ram series is American Balers’ most pop-

ular model. While it is a wide body baler, it is priced closer to many narrow body ma- chines. The great price point fits many MRF applications, as well as paper, plastic, and non-ferrous metals plants. Established in 1945, American Baler Com- pany is one of the oldest baler manufactur- ers in the world. It manufactures a complete line of balers, including manual-tie and au- to-tie single ram horizontal balers and two ram auto-tie balers for both low-volume and high-production applications. All its balers are designed to keep energy costs and bal- ing wire consumption to a minimum. American Baler is a leader in its design and engineering of balers for the corrugat- ed industry. From the early designs of its box plant balers in the early 1950s thru the 70s and 80s with its 10,000, 12,000 and 13,000 series to our current PAC and 29N designs,

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40 ft of paper travel from preheater to hot plates 3 seconds of heat, glue and bonding 1 chance to get it right! the ZONE

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Our sectoral preheating plates provide direct heat by means of a double steam circuit, allowing for efficient heating in hard-to-access locations, as well as to act as a steam shower to open the paper’s fibre, making it receptive to absorbing the heat and the glue.

This translates into increased speed and improved quality of the cardboard sheet finish.

The system’s main advantages are as follows:

• 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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3. Steam Plate 4. Contact Roll 5. Glue Machine Direct Drive Touch Productivity Issue—Glue Unit Many glue units run with a rider roll or a guiding bar system. The rider roll with paper gap allows a precise glue application, but requires frequent Contact Roll


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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




Roller Shoe


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

Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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Bobst Names Katie Graham Regional Marcom Manager

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

Roseland, New Jersey based Bobst North America has an- nounced the appointment of Katie Graham as its new Re-



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

37.992 34.784


8.259 7.906


Industry Total

gional Marketing and Communi- cations Manager. Graham brings a passion for the printing and pack- aging trade with a talent for effi- ciently constructing advertising and marketing methods that pro- duce leads to B2B environments. Her experience includes 11 years as Pamarco’s Marketing

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

Katie Graham

2021 2020

3.0967 2.8627


8.4625 8.1907


and Communications Manager and more recently, two years with the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) in an advertising and marketing administration role with responsibility for creating, implementing and managing all elements of digital and occasion advertising. “With a powerful advertising and marketing background and years of expertise in our trade, Katie is talented, skilled and very conversant in our market,” said Jessica Ciccarelli, General Manager for Bobst North America. “We’re trying to leverage her abilities to proceed, elevating conscious- ness of Bobst merchandise and helping providers with printers and converters, and serving to us proceed our management within the trade.”

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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Diamond Packaging To Purchase Carbon Offsets To Reduce Footprint Rochester, New York based Diamond Packaging has an- nounced a multi-year commitment to purchase carbon off- sets through Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to reduce its carbon footprint. Diamond’s support of high-quality carbon offset projects will help foster reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, support activities that reduce local air pollution, spur growth in new green technologies, and al- low emission reduction goals to be met at lower cost. With the purchase, Diamond is taking a significant step on the path to carbon neutral by offsetting its Scope 1 emis- sions. Its Scope 2 emissions are already offset through its long-term commitment to wind energy. Scope 1 emissions are “direct emissions” from sources that are controlled or owned by an organization (e.g., emis- sions associated with fuel combustion in boilers, furnaces, and vehicles). Scope 2 emissions are “indirect” emissions associated with the purchase of electricity, steam, heat, or cooling. They are two of three scopes in determining an organization’s total greenhouse gas inventory. Diamond’s continued commitment to reduce car- bon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change is addressed with science-based targets when measuring its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. The com- pany has established both absolute and intensity targets

against a baseline, and these are being achieved through operational factors, including more efficient production, sophisticated HVAC controls, and energy saving methods. As a result of this initiative, Diamond facilities are now carbon neutral (covering Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions), with ongoing progress towards evaluating Scope 3 emis- sions, which include “indirect emissions” both upstream and downstream of the organization’s activities. Diamond’s carbon offset purchase is a natural evolu- tion of its industry-leading greenbox sustainability initiative to research, design, and implement packaging solutions that are innovative and more sustainable. The core of the initiative – designs, materials, and meth- ods – represents a comprehensive approach to packag- ing that minimizes environmental impact throughout the supply chain. Through creative design, careful material selection, and best practices at the plant level, Diamond is able to minimize waste, reduce shipping costs, and in- crease efficiencies – all of which support a sustainable use of resources and cultivate a positive emotional connection to the brand. Today, Diamond’s packaging is designed utilizing recy- clable or recycled paperboards (many FSC-certified), and manufactured using 100 percent clean, renewable wind energy, in a Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) and Carbon Neu- tral (Scope 1 and Scope 2) facility. For more information on Diamond Packaging’s carbon offset inititaives, visit .

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Colbert Packaging’s One Clean Carton Tests ‘Safe’ For Pharma, Food-Safe Packaging One Clean Carton®, from Kenosha, Wisconsin based Colbert Packaging Corporation once again passed a series of laboratory tests to confirm its suitability for pharmaceutical and food-safe secondary packaging. New

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All components of One Clean Car- ton, including inks, coatings and adhe- sives, are water-based, ensuring they meet environmental and safety agency standards to be considered clean and safe for indirect contact with the prod- ucts they contain. In order to make the Clean Carton claim, Colbert Packaging surpassed minimum standards by sub- mitting to comprehensive analytical testing to obtain documented proof that One Clean Carton meets these requirements. “Today’s Pharma and Consumer product managers are tasked with sourcing environmentally-friendly packaging,” says Lon Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re pleased to announce the test results showing One Clean Carton, made from paperboard consisting of 30% post consumer recycled fiber, has tested FDA compliant for food and pharmaceutical products. This good news supports customer sourcing cri- teria and our ongoing commitment to sustainability and stewardship.” Colbert’s One Clean Carton is derived from the following components: • Paper is the foundation for One Clean Carton. Two separate samples were tested. The first, Colbert’s standard SBS, uses Candesce® CIS, ensuring only virgin fiber with no mechanical pulp in a middle ply. The composition of this paper provides for superior performance on press, resulting in less waste and lower consumption of raw materials and ink, which supports sustainability and recyclability as an added benefit.The second set of samples utilized ReMagine™, a premium paperboard with 30 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. ReMagine has been shown to deliver superb print quality and on press performance for SBS fold- ing carton and print applications. Barak Bright, director of product man- agement at Clearwater Paper says, “I believe the inclusion of ReMag- ine in the Colbert One Clean Carton campaign is a pivotal moment in the evolution of SBS.” • The water-based inks comply with the Swiss Ordinance regarding food-safe inks and coatings. • The aqueous coatings originate in the United States and meet or ex- ceed U.S. federal and state guidelines. • Finally, Clean Carton water-based adhesives meet or exceed V.O.C. emission requirements. Demonstrating its commitment to environmentally-friendly paperboard packaging and corporate best practices, Colbert Packaging first submitted One Clean Carton samples for independent scientific testing in the fall of 2018, and continue periodic testing. For more details about One Clean Carton and the specific lab testing criteria involved, download a free white paper at clean-carton-white-paper/ .

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Extending Our Great Record Of Environmental Progress BY MARY DRAIN

tal stewardship. We have and continue to work hard to re- duce our supply chain impact on the environment. In fact, the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA), which is jointly sponsored by the Fibre Box Association (FBA), the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), AICC, The Independent Packaging Association and TAPPI, is cur- rently conducting its fourth Corrugated Industry Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based on 2020 data. The last LCA, which measures and documents the cra- dle-to-cradle environmental impact of corrugated packag- ing manufactured in 2014 was released in 2017. See below some of the progress we have made since the first LCA was released in 2010 based on 2006 data: The corrugated industry reduced its GHG emissions by 35 percent between 2006 and 2014. The reduction was driven by increased OCC recovery and use of energy generated from renewable, carbon-neutral biomass and decreased overall use of fossil fuels. Other notable im- provements between 2006 and 2014 include a 29 percent reduction in the effects of nutrient releases on receiving waters and soils; a 23 percent reduction in photo-chemical ozone creation; a 21 percent reduction in water use; and a 21 percent reduction in respiratory related effects. Look for the results of the fourth LCA coming in early 2022; results that will showcase our extended record of environmental progress. Mary Drain is Technical Director at Fiber Box Associa- tion. Reach her at

According to a recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “Today, more than 90 percent of CEOs state that

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Most global brands have already synergized business objectives and sustainability into their overall strategy, to reduce their carbon footprint. Fibre Box Association high- lights many of those efforts in the monthly Plastic Reduc- tion report we publish for our members. We feature the companies and government organizations around the world who have committed to the reduction of single-use plastics as part of their sustainability goals. The idea of sustainability is not new to the corrugated industry. For over a century the corrugated industry has built a business philosophy dedicated to responsibility, from worker safety to economic viability and environmen-


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All In On Increasing Residential Box Recovery BY RACHEL KENYON

This year instead of simply sharing, there was a panel discussion on forestry, waste and recycling with an intro- duction on over-arching industry priorities based on AF&- PA’s new Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 initiative. I enjoyed the discussion as messages about both for- estry and waste and recycling have been at the center of FBA’s “Boxes. The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Thing in the World.” promotions program since it began nearly five years ago. The corrugated industry has long known the need for both new and recycled fibers in our raw ma- terial stream. This balanced system requires a deep com- mitment to sustainable forestry management and to recy- cling. The corrugated industry first showed its commitment to recycling in 1970, when in conjunction with the first Earth Day, a corrugated company introduced the world to the now universal chasing arrows. The industry innovated again in 1993 when it introduced the Corrugated Recycles symbol that today still appears on the bottom of most corrugated boxes.

I recently participated in the Paper + Packaging Board’s (P+PB) Industry Communicators Event. Held annually, the event brought together communi- cators from a range of packaging associations like the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), Amer- ican Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and of course, Fibre Box Association (FBA). It was an op- portunity for communicators to get an update on what’s happen- ing at P+PB, and a chance to share what’s happening at their respective associations. Rachel Kenyon


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strapping heads with strap spacings as close as 9 inches and can be placed at spacings of 9, 9, 23.5, and 15-inches. Three straps can be applied within 18 inches in a single hit, and up to five straps can be spaced as wide as 56 inches. The benefit is a higher percentage of single hit units, en- abling the system to approach peak production levels for a wider range of unit variation and strapping requirements. The narrow SoniXs sealing head on the CTV-SoniXs is a reconfiguration of the current SoniXs unitizer head, which has been a vital component of the Mosca unitizer program for over a decade. Customers can expect all the performance and reliability of the current SoniXs unitzer head while accommodating the required strap patterns of small loads with a single platen hit. This ability is essential given the increase in e-commerce shipments and related small box demand. The resulting combination of higher unit throughput and less stable units requires more straps to maintain unit load integrity. The CTV-SoniXs maximizes the throughput of this changing product mix. The CTV-SoniXs includes all the popular features and options offered across the EAM-Mosca unitizer portfolio, including: • Mosca SoniXs ultrasonic sealing system for zero war- mup, emission-free, high strength sealing of a full range of PET and PP strapping, with a working life of many millions of cycles. • Single hit production of up to 220 units per hour. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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Eligibility for the scholarship requires stu- dents attending a PMMI Partner School with a technical focus to have a career plan in pack- aging and processing machinery manufactur- ing, as well as a record of past awards and recognition and industry involvement through internship and career development opportuni- ties and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. “PMMI is proud to continue awarding these scholarships to promote the value of tech- nical schools in closing the manufacturing skills gap,” says Kate Fiorianti, senior manag- er, workforce development, PMMI. “Technical schools offer affordability and flexibility with internships and apprenticeship opportunities while making cutting-edge technical training accessible.” Overall, the PMMI Foundation provides more than $200,000 in academic scholarships each year to students studying packaging, food processing, engineering and mechatron- ics at over 50 PMMI Education Partner pro- grams throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since the scholarship program’s establishment, the PMMI Foundation has given over $2 million to students pursuing careers in the packaging and processing industries. Fundraising events include the PMMI Foundation Golf Tournament and the Amazing Packaging Race. The winners of the 2021 Spring PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breed- en, Glenn Davis and Art Schaefer are Dennis Hange, Wake Tech Community College: Justin Kelley, Hennepin Technical College; Jon Kick- er, Alexandria Technical & Community College; Seth Rickey, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; and Jenna Thro, Dunwoody College of Technology. Visit for more information.


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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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As the height of the 2021 hiring season is coming to a close, it has been one of the most active hiring seasons for ICPF in recent memory. So far this year, an estimated 150 or more new graduates and student interns have been hired for production, operations, sales and design. The educational backgrounds of the students and new graduates have included business, packaging engineer- ing, chemical & process engineering, paper science, in- dustrial engineering, technology engineering, structural & graphic design, mechanical engineering, and related areas. In past years, there have been an average of seven qualified applicants for each position posted on ICPF’s career portal. This year that average has grown. Early this year, an ICPF corporate partner posted 24 openings across the country to which it received over 270 quali- fied applications! Most of the positions posted this year by other ICPF corporate partners have received a similar response. However, the number of applications for each opening on ICPF career portal can vary from state to state. Importantly, the success in hiring is directly related to HR and other managers promptly reaching out and engaging their applicants, and making timely hiring decisions. Each year, more students by far have been hired for production, operations and sales positions than for design

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jobs. For every new graduate and student intern hired through ICPF for design, five or six have been hired for production, five have been hired for sales, and four or five have been hired for operations. If you are an ICPF Corporate Partner, ICPF encourag- es you to begin posting student internships and career openings for 2022 graduates on the portal as early as next month: August, 2021. Here are 12 of the more than 150 of the recent hires made through ICPF this year. Michelle Clayton, Florida Packaging Science May ’21 and International Business (MIB) Dec. ‘21, Packaging Solu-

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tions & Sales Intern, WestRock Corporation: “I attended my first ICPF teleconference with a little knowledge I had from a few class- es at school. Now, two years and several ICPF events later, I am in- terning at one of the world’s most prominent corrugated packaging companies. The conversations I

Michelle Clayton

had with industry leaders at the Student Dialogue Dinner opened my eyes to all of the infinite possibilities in the cor- rugated industry. Each executive had so much wisdom to share and also invested in getting to know each student. The career portal created a perfect bridge for me to ap- ply to internships. I’m so grateful to ICPF’s community and helpful resources!” Haley Melvin, Clemson Packaging Science ‘20, Sales Representative Trainee, Hood Container Corporation:



“Shortly after ICPF reached out to me through its LinkedIn corrugat- ed careers system, I was able to network with industry profession- als and fellow students in ways that would not have been possi- ble without ICPF. Through ICPF’s mentor program I was able to gain more insight into the overall expe-

Haley Melvin

rience working within the industry, as well as enhanced confidence when interviewing for potential roles. I learned so much after attending the virtual Student Dialogue Din- ner, which also introduced me to executives, including my current boss, and other recent graduates impacted by pandemic hiring freezes. ICPF’s career portal made it pos- sible for me to apply to this career opportunity that I would not have known about otherwise. The fact that ICPF was able to make career searching practically effortless during the middle of a pandemic is beyond me!” Sam Savery-Orton, Cal Poly Industrial Technology and Packaging ‘21, Rotational GIFT Position, Packaging Cor- poration of America: “After being invited through ICPF’s career network to the ICPF’s virtual Student/Executive Di- alogue Dinner last fall, I was able to make numerous new connections in the corrugated industry. The career portal

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also allowed me to post my resume to receive the max- imum attention from employers, and I am very thankful for this incredible resource. I was nervous to search for employment during an international pandemic, but the ICPF career portal made the process of finding a career in corrugated as simple and efficient as possible. Now having served as an ICPF Student Representative at my university, I can confidently say that my decision to get involved with this foundation directly led to this special career opportunity.” Abby Saul, North Carolina State Paper Science & Chem- ical Engineering ‘23, Pulp Operations Intern at WestRock Corporation: “ICPF was and is su- per helpful in terms of allowing me to network and find jobs within the industry. ICPF’s career portal, LinkedIn Corrugated Career Net- work, and various other resources assisted and were integral in al- lowing me to secure an internship for the summer. I am truly thankful to ICPF and Richard Flaherty’s persistence in reaching out and ensuring that everything is well taken care of!“ Emily Emahiser, Bowling Green State Visual Commu- nication Technology ‘20, Packaging Design Engineer, Rex Carton Company: “I cannot say enough great things about Sam Savery-Orton Abby Saul

ICPF. Throughout my time as a Vi- sual Communication Technology major at Bowling Green State Uni- versity, we would take part in the annual ICPF Teleconference. This teleconference is where my inter- est in the corrugated industry was really formed. It gave me the op- portunity to learn about the indus-

Emily Emahiser

try from professionals, ask questions and network. While the Teleconference gave me tools and information, ICPF’s Career Portal is how I found my position at Rex Carton Company. The portal helped to streamline my process of making applications to reliable companies and positions aimed at what I wanted to do.” Wesley Smith, Clemson GC

Major and Packaging Science Minor ‘20, Management Trainee, WestRock Corporation: “After be- ing introduced to ICPF through its LinkedIn corrugated packaging career network and reading many great things about the foundation,

Wesley Smith

I decided to put my resume on the ICPF career portal. I was later presented with the opportunity to appear in an ICPF



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