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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 40 years May 13, 2024 VOL. 40, NO. 20

Pay-For-Performance Helps Attract, Retain Top Employees BY PHILLIP M. PERRY Skilled workers are hard to find — and keep. Little wonder employ- ers are taking a fresh look at so-called “pay-for-performance” (P4P) arrangements that link part of employee compensation to workplace achievement. Such programs attract “A players” with the promise of big rewards for results that boost the bottom line. “Pay for performance programs are powerful motivators,” said Mae Lon Ding, president of Personnel Systems Associates. “They guide em- ployees by highlighting what is really important in their job positions. And they demonstrate that working at the peak of an individual’s abili- ties will be worth the effort.”

FBA Annual Meeting In Key Largo Navigates Change The Fibre Box Association (FBA) welcomed more than 100 attendees at the 2024 Annual Meeting last week at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. The theme for this year’s meeting, “Navigating Change,” recognized the current dynamics impacting the corrugat- ed industry and explored regulatory changes including Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), the effects of automation, electric ve- hicles and even this year’s US presidential election. Included in the lineup of speakers was Christian Fischer, President & CEO of Geor- gia-Pacific, who delivered a compelling key- note presentation on the State of the Corru- gated Industry. Fischer is this year’s recipient of PaperAge’s Executive Papermaker of the Year award, and a former chairman and mem- ber of the FBA’s Board of Directors. Jason Stein of Flat Six Media presented the End Use Segment Series: Automotive, and Scott Rasmussen, Co-Founder of ESPN & Rasmussen Reports, shared his analysis of the upcoming 2024 national election. Ras- mussen is recognized as one of the world’s leading public opinion pollsters. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


Incentive pay has important advantages over seniority-based salary hikes and year-end bonus plans. “Under traditional compensation pro- grams, employees realize that if they are good enough to survive they will earn the same pay as the company’s best performers,” said Steven P. Lentini, Corporate Leadership and Sales Coach. That realization, he said, encourages mediocrity and dampens the morale of a company’s top talent who end up jumping ship for the com- petition. In contrast, the measurable nature of P4P programs helps build an achievement-based work culture, while ensuring that management and staff are on the same page when it comes to goals, expectations, and outcomes. They can even improve a company’s system of employ- ee review. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x Clearwater Paper Acquires GPI Paperboard Plant In GA 10 FBA/AICC Awards Corrugated Plants For Safety Achievement 14 Accurate Box Co. Celebrates 80th Anniversary Milestone 18 RRD & Sons Marks 160th Anniversary


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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.

Other highlights included an update from FBA Presi- dent & CEO Bob McIlvaine, FBA’s Rachel Kenyon, who spoke on the Corrugated Industry Promotion Program, and Terry Webber of the AF&PA, who focused on EPR, Regulations and Recycling.

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107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

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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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Mitchel-Lincoln Installs BX Motion Box Maker By Kolbus America Kolbus America announced the recent installation of their newest innovation — the BX Motion, at Mitchel-Lincoln’s Cavendish facility in Montreal, Quebec. The BX Motion will add new capabilities and options for the customers of Mitchel-Lincoln. The all-in-one, ultimate short-run, quick- set corrugated box making system, was seen for the first time at the CCE show in Munich in early 2023.


Designed from the ground up, it offers build quality and reliability. The BX Motion is flexible, taking stock sheets and cutting, creasing, slotting, digitally printing, and finally gluing the boxes, in one seamless process. The modular design of the BX Motion Pro enables each machine to be precisely configured to individual custom- er’s requirements, even down to the sequence of process- es. They can produce customized single, double, or triple wall boxes with selectable tool configurations, adapted to their specific production needs. Key Features of the BX Motion include: • Selectable tool configurations allowing users to choose from various tool configurations to ensure optimal per- formance and flexibility • Extensive box style options with more than 50 FEFCO box styles, enabling businesses to create diverse pack- aging solutions to meet customer demands • Digital printing capability supporting high-quality branding and customization on corrugated boxes • Quick setup time of under 60 seconds • Automatic loading and stacking • Inline glue strip application to simplify the gluing pro- cess, using a HSS glue head to further reduce finishing processes and material handling. • Multi-Out Production: The ability to produce up to three boxes in the width of the machine maximizes produc- tion efficiency for small and medium size boxes. “The BX Motion sets a new benchmark in short run, on-demand box making,” said Jeff Dietz, President at Kol- bus America. “Its modular design, coupled with the ability to customize tool configurations, makes it a truly adapt- able solution for businesses seeking efficient and flexible box manufacturing.”

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Clearwater Paper Acquires GPI Paperboard Plant

Premier Packaging Names Flansburg As Senior Manager Of Client Services West Henrietta, New York based Premier Packaging Cor- poration welcomes Ken Flansburg, Senior Manager of Cli- ent Services, to its team. Ken is a seasoned professional with over two decades

Spokane, Washington based Clearwater Paper Corpora- tion announced the completion of its strategic acquisition of the Augusta, Georgia bleached paperboard manufac- turing facility from Graphic Packaging International.

of experience in the packaging indus- try. Currently serving as the Senior Manager of Client Services at Premier Packaging Corporation, he brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to his role. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a keen ability to foster strong client relationships and

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deliver exceptional service. Ken’s journey in the packaging industry began over 20 years ago, where he quickly established himself as a ded- icated and results-driven professional. His commitment to understanding clients’ needs and providing tailored solutions has earned him a reputation for excellence in the field. In his role at Premier Packaging, Ken oversees a team dedicated to ensuring client satisfac- tion and exceeding expectations. His strategic approach and hands-on management style have been instrumen- tal in driving growth and success for both clients and the company alike.

“I am pleased that we have finalized the acquisition of Graphic Packaging’s Augusta, Georgia, paperboard man- ufacturing facility,” said Arsen Kitch, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Augusta mill is a great fit with our strategy and improves our position as a premier, indepen- dent paperboard supplier to North American converters. I look forward to welcoming the Augusta team to Clear- water Paper as we work together to build a more scaled paperboard business to service our customers.”



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AICC Hosting Webinar On Digital Printing On Corrugated Packaging AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, an- nounced an upcoming webinar shedding light on the en- vironmental implications of digital printing on corrugated packaging. Digital Printing on Corrugated Packaging and its Impact on Carbon Emissions is scheduled for June 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The adoption of digital printing technologies presents a sustainable option for marking and decorating corrugat- ed packaging and displays. Created with the support of AICC Education Investor EFI, this webinar will delve into the findings of a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) developed by EFI in collaboration with Clean Agen- cy. The LCA calculates the Global Warming Potential (kg CO2e) for digital printing on corrugated and compares it to other printing technologies. Key Discussion Areas Include: • Understanding the environmental impact of digital printing on corrugated packaging • Exploring the approach taken to quantify carbon emis- sions and assess sustainability • Strategies to quantify Scope 3 emissions and enhance sustainability practices • Understanding the broader implications for brands and retailers served.

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

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


Shipping Days




2023 2022

19 19

250 251

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FBA, AICC To Recognize Corrugated Plants For Safety Achievements The Fibre Box Association (FBA) and AICC, The Indepen- dent Packaging Association, will recognize 447 corrugat- ed industry plants for safety achievements in 2023. Safety Awards are given based on data compiled for the recently released 2023 Corrugated Container Industry Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Participants appreciate the ability to recognize their plants’ dedication to safety. “This is very meaningful to our teams,” one award winner wrote. For the calendar year 2023, the associations will pres- ent 186 Perfect Plant Awards to plants achieving zero incidents. An additional 261 facilities will receive Safety Excellence Awards for achieving no lost workdays due to

job-related injury or illness. The report provides detailed data for more than 173 million hours worked at 741 partici- pating plants. It also includes trend information presented in graphs for recordable cases, restricted duty cases, and days away from work. Award winners are presented as a percentage of to- tal plant participation and the Safety Award Winners page serves as a great summary of achievement including a count of winners by category, number of Perfect Plant Awards, number of Safety Excellence Awards, total awards given, and the percentage of plants awarded. Participation in the report was voluntary and open to all corrugator or sheet plant facilities manufacturing corrugat- ed products. Participants can view the full report on either of the as- sociation’s websites, or www.aiccbox. org . For more information about the Safety Awards Pro-

gram or the 2023 Corrugated Container Industry Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, please contact Ste- fanie Dozois at AI Xperience To Feature Session On AI Personas AICC, The Independent Packaging As- sociation, announced the addition of a groundbreaking session, “Building Your Own Custom Personas and Agents” to the AI Xperience lineup. The event is taking place this week through May 16 in Chica- go, Illinois. “Our goal with the AI Xperience confer- ence is to showcase tangible ways AI can empower manufacturers to elevate their operations and drive business growth,” said Taryn Pyle, AICC Director of Educa- tion & Leadership Development. “With the addition of the ‘Building Your Own Custom Personas and Agents’ session, attendees will unlock the potential to create AI-driven personas tailored to their specific opera- tional needs for a minimal cost, maximizing productivity and efficiency.” The newly added session promises at- tendees an immersive learning experience with a focus on key learning objectives. Participants will gain insights into de- veloping fundamental AI personas de- signed to streamline various operational tasks within manufacturing environments. They will also learn how to tailor AI per- sonas to suit specific functions within a plant or office and explore the potential for expanding AI integration to address more complex operational requirements.


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Package Crafters Fulfills Multi-Year Pledge For Packaging Education The Foundation for Packaging Education announced its heartfelt appreciation to Package Crafters for its commit- ment to advancing education and training within the pack- aging industry. Package Crafters, under the leadership of Gary Brewer, President, has fulfilled its multi-year pledge to the Foundation a year ahead of schedule. “Being intimately involved with the Foundation from its inception, I know its purpose and goal of training and edu- cating those who do much of the heavy lifting in our indus- try could not be more important,” Brewer said. “With the prosperity our companies have been afforded, I feel that completing our pledge early is simply the right thing to do. The faster the Foundation crosses the finish line of its $3 million fundraising goal, the more quickly it can go to work on strengthening the knowledge of our fellow employees and allowing the industry to continue to thrive.” This milestone underscores Package Crafters’ commit- ment to the Foundation’s mission of enhancing education and training resources for the packaging workforce. “Gary and his Package Crafters team have always been out front in all they do, so it’s no surprise that Package Crafters would lead in fulfilling its Foundation for Packag- ing Education pledge ahead of schedule,” said Mike D’An- gelo, President of AICC.

With the support of organizations like Package Craft- ers, a Gold-level donor, the Foundation continues to ex- pand its reach and amplify educational opportunities for corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box manufacturers. The Foundation looks forward to its next fundraising event on July 16-18 in Napa, California. The premier net- working event will offer attendees an opportunity to en- gage in enriching activities. Attendees will enjoy an exquisite dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, providing a scenic backdrop for net- working and collaboration, and golf at the Silverado South Course, offering participants a chance to unwind amidst breathtaking landscapes. Additionally, participants can immerse themselves in culinary delights with a hands-on cooking experience at the Culinary Institute of America. The event also includes Napa Valley winery tours and tastings, offering a journey through some of the region’s most renowned vineyards. Stops will include Chateau Montelena and Beringer Vine- yards, where attendees can indulge in wine tastings and savor a delectable lunch. The Foundation invites industry professionals to partic- ipate in this exclusive event. Proceeds from the event will support the Foundation’s ongoing initiatives to advance education and training within the packaging industry. For more information about the Foundation for Packag- ing Education event and the Foundation’s transformative initiatives, visit .


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Accurate Box Company Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Paterson, New Jersey based Accurate Box Company is proudly celebrat- ing its 80th anniversary, commemorating eight decades of success and innovation in the packaging industry. Since its inception in 1944, Accurate Box has grown from a small, fam- ily-owned business to a leading provider of high-quality, litho-laminated packaging to companies across North America. “Reaching this milestone of 80 years is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone at Accurate Box,” said Lisa Hirsh, President and CEO of Accurate Box Company.

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“There were times we were not sure we would survive as an inde- pendent company. We are incredibly proud of our journey, from a small family business to an industry leader known for quality and customer-fo- cused values. We are also grateful for the continued support of our cus- tomers and partners who have helped us grow over the years.” From Humble Beginnings To An Industry Leader Accurate Box Company has a rich, fourth-generation family history. Lisa’s grandfather, Henry Hirsh, started the business in 1944 with little money and some used equipment. Lisa’s father, Charlie, had to drop out of college to help his father as he was struggling to make ends meet. Charlie struggled for many years before he began to grow the business in the 1960s and ‘70s. His discovery and development of litho-laminated corrugated changed the future of the company. Accurate Box was one of the first in the United States to adopt litho-lamination, a process that combines high-quality graphics with corrugated materials to create visually appeal- ing and durable packaging. Throughout the decades, the company has continuously invested in modernizing its facility and equipment to re- main at the forefront of the packaging industry and will continue to do so Now in its fourth generation of leadership, Accurate Box has continu- ously strived for excellence, focusing on its core values, customer satis- faction, and cutting-edge technology. These values guide every aspect of the company’s operations, from employee relations to environmental CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 as the next generation takes over. Looking Forward to a Bright Future From left, Mark Schlossman, VP of Sales and Marketing & 3rd Generation; Samara Ronkowitz, Director of Sales and Marketing & 4th Generation; Lisa Hirsh, CEO and President & 3rd Generation; and Charlie Hirsh, Chairman of the Board & 2nd Generation.

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stewardship. This commitment to sustainability is evident in its state-of-the-art 400,000 sq. ft. facility in New Jersey, where advanced technology comes together to produce 100 percent recyclable packaging printed with eco-friend- ly inks. These principles have led to a track record of ex- ceptional service, earning Accurate Box a reputation as a trusted partner in the packaging world. As it celebrates its 80th anniversary, Accurate Box is looking forward to a bright future. The company is excit- ed to continue its legacy of servicing quality packaging to customers for many years to come. “Eighty years is a long time to remain a family business, and we are immensely proud as we look forward to contin- ued growth and success into the fourth generation,” says Hirsh. Monadnock Paper Mills Welcomes Chloe Jones As Director Of Marketing Bennington, New Hampshire based Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the US, announced the appointment of Chloe Jones as the new Director of Marketing and Communications. Chloe brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a nearly

three-decades-long background in marketing to her new role. In addi- tion to a successful 17-year tenure as the founder of a thriving company, Chloe’s expertise spans healthcare, banking, manufacturing, non-profits, and higher education, deepening her understanding of marketing dynamics

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across various industries. Over the course of her career, she has delivered strategic marketing and design solu- tions to organizations like Neenah Paper, Pfizer, UMass, and nationwide YMCA chapters. “We are thrilled to welcome Chloe to the Monadnock family,” says Richard Verney, Chairman and Chief Execu- tive Officer for Monadnock Paper Mills. “Her unique vision and diverse background complement Monadnock’s vision for the future, and we look forward to seeing how she will take the Monadnock brand to the next level.” Leveraging her background in marketing and commu- nications, Chloe brings a fresh perspective to the Monad- nock team. She will play a pivotal role in crafting thoughtful campaigns, ensuring Monadnock’s brand and sustainabil- ity initiatives in the market, and fostering connections with our valued stakeholders. “I began my marketing career nearly 30 years ago in the paper industry, so this opportunity feels like a full-circle moment for me,” shares Chloe. “I’m inspired by what Mo- nadnock stands for as a company, and I’m excited to use my experience to help drive strategic marketing efforts for the business.”


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R.R. Donnelley & Sons Marks 160th Anniversary

solutions with the mission of transforming customer touch- points into meaningful moments of impact for its clients. RRD brings concepts to life with its expertise, execu- tion, and scale — all designed to enhance quality and ele- vate engagement across the full customer journey. “Throughout more than a century and a half, RRD has never stopped evolving its capabilities, knowledge, and focus to solve tomorrow’s business challenges,” said John Pecaric, Chief Operating Officer at RRD. “Prominent figures in RRD’s history believed that excel- lence meant meeting the challenges of change. This mind- set serves us well now and long into the future.”

Chicago, Illinois based R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD), a global provider of marketing, packaging, print, and supply chain solutions, announced the celebration of its 160th anniversary this year, commemorating a legacy of innovation and excellence. “It is an honor to celebrate RRD’s 160th anniversary and to reflect on our rich history while recognizing who RRD

is and what we stand for today,” said Tom Quinlan, President and Chief Ex- ecutive Officer at RRD. “Our tagline for the celebration is ‘Innovation & Excellence Since 1864.’ Innovation is the change — it’s what has kept RRD growing and evolving for well over a century. And excel-

RRD is marking the milestone anni- versary with upcoming celebrations, an introduction of refreshed corpo- rate values, and a web page detailing the company’s expansive history and evolution.

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“A values-based organization that focuses on innovation and excellence stands the test of time,” said Al duPont, Chief Commercial Officer at RRD. “For 160 years, RRD has proven its ability to progress through many diverse evolutions, advancing and trans- forming to stay competitive and provide clients with the services and solutions that impact their success.” For more information about RRD and the celebration, visit . John Pecaric

lence is the constant — it’s what is woven through the fi- bers of our organization and the way our people approach everything we do.” RRD was founded by Richard Robert Donnelley in 1864. What started as a local print operation in Chicago has since expanded across 27 countries, serving 18,000 clients — including 92 percent of the Fortune 100. Today, RRD has cemented its reputation as a leading provider of marketing, packaging, print, and supply chain

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Manufacturing At 49.2 Percent, Corrugated Box, Sheet Prices Up Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in April after one month of expansion following 16 consec- utive months of contraction, say the nation's supply execu- tives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The Manufacturing PMI registered 49.2 percent in April, down 1.1 percentage points from the 50.3 percent recorded in March. The overall economy continued in ex- pansion for the 48th month after one month of contraction in April 2020. (A Manufacturing PMI above 42.5 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy.) The New Orders Index moved back into contraction territory after one month of expansion, registering 49.1 percent, 2.3 percentage points lower than the 51.4 percent recorded in March. “The Supplier Deliveries Index figure of 48.9 percent is 1 percentage point lower than the 49.9 percent record- ed in March. (Supplier Deliveries is the only ISM Report On Business index that is inversed; a reading of above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries, which is typical as the economy improves and customer demand increases.) The Inventories Index registered 48.2 percent, the same read-

ing as in March. Fiore continues, “The U.S. manufacturing sector dropped back into contraction after growing in March, the first time since September 2022 that the sector reported expansion. Although demand improvement slowed, out- put remains positive and inputs stayed accommodative. “More importantly, the share of sector GDP register- ing a composite PMI calculation at or below 45 percent — a good barometer of overall manufacturing weakness — was 4 percent in April, higher than the 1 percent figure in March, but an indication of better health than the 27 percent recorded in January. “The nine manufacturing industries reporting growth in April — in order — are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Primary Metals; Tex- tile Mills; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Petroleum & Coal Products; Transportation Equipment; Chemical Products; and Plastics & Rubber Products. “The seven industries reporting contraction in April — in the following order — are: Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Machinery; Furniture & Related Products; Wood Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Fabricated Metal Products; and Paper Products. “Commodities up in price include aluminum, copper, corrugated boxes, corrugated sheets, crude oil, diesel, gasoline, high-density polyethylene, plastic resins, poly- propylene, precious metals, solvents, steel, titanium diox- ide, and zinc.”

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DPP Announces Launch Of New Digital Print Facility

• Easy File Submission to streamline workflows with us- er-friendly systems • Inventory Reduction to minimize storage needs with just-in-time production capabilities • Litho-like Quality to match the high-quality output of li- thography • On-time Deliveries to ensure timely completion and de- livery of projects The facility’s operations will be based on the princi- ples of Industry 4.0, integrating digital technologies into all areas of production. This approach allows for a seam- less flow from order intake to raw material sourcing and final product output, creating a streamlined, efficient, and adaptable production environment. Essentially, this will be a manufacturing ecosystem allowing the printer machine and ERP computer to operate seamlessly without human interaction. The leadership and vision behind Digital Print Part- ners are grounded in deep industry expertise. DPP is a women-led business that specializes in catering to a wide range of needs, from sustainable packaging and point-of- purchase displays to custom signage. Karin Mander, DPP’s General Manager, is a seasoned professional with decades of experience in corrugat- ed packaging and display markets across the Midwest. Mander’s extensive background, which includes leader- ship roles at Strive Group, Menasha, Ideal Box, and Hood CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

Digital Print Partners (DPP) announced the launch of a new digital printing facility in Bolingbrook, Illinois set to open in the summer of 2024. The facility, one of the first of its kind in North America, is set to revolutionize the packaging, point-of-purchase displays, and signage industries with its fully automated, large-format digital printing capabilities. In an industry where speed, efficiency, and quality are paramount, Digital Print Partners is introducing a revolu- tionary model through its new facility. The centerpiece of this innovation is the Barberan Jetmaster 2.0 Single-Pass Digital Printer, known for its ability to print on large sur- faces up to 72.4 inches by 196 inches. This printer not only enhances production capacity but also ensures litho- graphic-like print quality, a key demand in today’s market where visual appeal and branding are crucial. Other features include: • 600 DPI for crisp and clear images • Prints as Small as 3pt Font Size for detailed graphics and fine text • Reverse Out five point Font Size to enhance readability on complex designs • Pantone Color Validation to guarantee color accuracy across productions • Cost-efficiencies through optimized print process


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AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION is a recognized leader in the industry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than simply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your proposed system. Our equipment is found in Printing, Folding Carton and Corrugated plants throughout the country and the world.

Container, positions her perfectly to steer DPP toward be- coming a market leader. The owners supporting Mander are a team of industry veterans all bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in digital printing technologies and business management. The new facility is more than just a testament to tech- nological advancement; it represents a significant shift in how digital printing is perceived and utilized in the indus- try. Digital printing offers numerous advantages over tradi- tional methods like flexography and lithography, including faster turnaround times, lower production costs, and re- duced waste, making it a more sustainable choice. With the capability to handle variable printing projects, DPP can efficiently manage high SKU product lines and personalized marketing campaigns, which are increasing- ly important in a consumer market that values customiza- tion and rapid responsiveness. The facility benefits from proximity to major distribution channels and a skilled work- force, enhancing its operational efficiencies and service reach. As DPP looks to the future, the focus is on lever- aging advanced digital technologies to meet the growing demands of the packaging and display industries. With digital printing set to dominate the landscape of printing technology due to its numerous advantages, DPP is strategically positioned to not only meet the current mar- ket needs but also adapt to future trends and innovations. The launch of this facility marks a significant milestone in the evolution of digital printing, promising a new era of production quality, efficiency, and sustainability. As com- panies continue to seek out more innovative and cost-ef- fective solutions for their printing needs, DPP is ready to lead the charge, transforming challenges into opportuni- ties with its state-of-the-art digital printing capabilities. MHI Announces Launch Of Third Generation Belted Single Facer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has confirmed the launch of its third generation belted single facer, the 60N, which is rated at 450 m/ min. MHI developed its first Pressure belt machine over 30 years ago. Since then, MHI never returned to roll pressure machines, always prioritizing high quality of the board produced and reliability of the machine. Features include a higher automatically adjusted belt tension and automatic nip belt alignment device; automat- ic sheet wrap control; fully automatic flute cassette change system; LCD monitor with improved diagnostics and main- tenance information; and an automatic glue dam control system option requiring less glue consumption that pre- vents glue from sticking on the corrugating rolls.

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Pay-For-Performance (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

Avoid Pitfalls As attractive as they are, P4P programs can be tricky to design well. Poorly implemented ones fail to reward good performers adequately, leading to costly morale issues. The biggest cause of failure is a lack of sufficient atten- tion to the critical task of carefully selecting performance goals, while presenting them in the moderating context of larger company values. “I think the biggest reason that performance-based compensation programs don't work is that the managers have not identified the possibility of unintended conse- quences,” said Chad Prinkey, Founder and CEO of Well Built Construction Consulting. “It’s great that people be- come focused on unlocking additional performance-based compensation. But what happens when they pursue the bonus at all costs, throwing other business priorities aside?” Prinkey gives an example: “It can be dangerous to have project managers and superintendents earn additional compensation solely on profitability. They have way more responsibilities than that, including quality and safety.” Too much emphasis on the bottom line, in other words, can backfire in the form of rising accidents, shoddy customer service, and defective goods. And how about the costly ramifications of salespeople who push too hard? “Employees too attached to outcomes can fall into the trap of pushing too aggressively for reve-

“A P4P program can really help companies weed out underperformers, reward the top players and identify those in the middle of the pack,” said Catherine Rymsha, Visiting Lecturer, Management at University of Massachu- setts Lowell.

Finally, compensation-based pay holds a special attrac- tion to the fastest-growing segment of the prospect pool: Gen Zers. “People in their 20s have very clear expecta- tions about how they want to control their careers,” said Daniel P. Moynihan, Managing Director at Pearl Meyer. “Giving them a modicum of compensation control does just that.”


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