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Great Little Box Company Celebrates 40th Anniversary This year, Great Little Box Company/Ideon Packaging (GLBC) is cele- brating its 40th anniversary, and the Canadian box and label manu- acturer is not so “little” any more. Today, almost 500 people call GLBC their employer. These profes- sionals work across two divisions: Retail Packaging (including labels and folding cartons) and Corrugated & Industrial Packaging (includ-
Akers Packaging Acquires Packaging Logic, Inc. Middletown, Ohio based Akers Packaging Service Group (APSG) has announced the ac- quisition of Packaging Logic, Inc. of LaPorte, Indiana. The transaction continues the expan- sion strategy of Akers Packaging across the Midwest United States. Founded in 1994 by Richard Parrette and Dennis Bardon, Packaging Logic, Inc. is a growing converting plant operating out of a 228,000-square-foot facility. The company has a reputation in the market for excellent quality and service to its many longstanding customers. “Packaging Logic’s core philosophies of ‘operate with a sense of urgency’ and ‘do what we say’ perfectly align with the Akers companies,” said APSG Chief Executive Offi- cer Bill Akers. “It is laser-focused on the cus- tomer with a goal of finding packaging solu- tions. We are excited to welcome them to the family.” Akers Packaging Service Group, founded in 1963, operates fourteen facilities in five states and employs more than 500, including a sales team of approximately 60, throughout the midwest United States. Visit www.akers-pkg.com for more info.
ing corrugated boxes, displays, protective packaging, and shipping supplies). In addition to its 250,000-square-foot facility in Richmond, British Columbia, the company has distribution locations in Kelowna, Victoria, and Abbotsford, British Columbia, and in Everett, Washington. And GLBC has a continent-spanning reputation. Its widely admired people-first culture earns the company consistent recognition as one of Canada’s best managed companies and top employers. But despite the growth, the name still fits. And that’s because it captures an attitude that the GLBC team never intends to drop. Just ask Christine Tindall, VP of Human Resources and daughter of founder Robert (Bob) Meggy. “Did you ever read The Little Engine That Could? I feel that’s what our company culture is all about. When we started out, there were big- ger, faster, stronger engines, but we tried harder and cared more. My mom (Margaret Meggy) would say, ‘You have to give your dad credit. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 From left, Great Little Box Company founders Robert and Margaret Meggy with their daughter Christine Tindall, VP of Human Resources, and son-in- law Brad Tindall, President.
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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.
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Welch Packaging Expands With Purchase Of Fosber Corrugator
Elkhart, Indiana, based Welch Packaging, a multi-site family-owned business concentrated in the Midwest, has announced the expansion of corrugator operations with a newly acquired 98-inch Fosber Corrugator. The expan- sion will be housed at 4200 Industrial Blvd., in Indianapo- lis. Welch Packaging also has a converting plant located a few miles north of the new corrugator facility and expects to add at least 50 new jobs resulting from the expansion. The new Fosber corrugator will expand Welch Packag- ing’s current production of corrugated products, which will then be used to create corrugated packaging for custom- ers. The 98-inch corrugator will also enhance capabilities to produce specialty scoring profiles and additional coat- ings for Welch’s custom packaging solutions. With opera- tions located in six Midwestern states, this expansion rein- forces Welch’s commitment to growth. ”Welch Packaging has always focused on corrugated packaging solutions for our customers,” said Scott Welch, President and founder of Welch Packaging. “This new op- eration will enable us to improve the customer experience while continuing to make a difference for our associates and the communities in which we live.” Welch Packaging serves markets across 16 locations and two distribution centers with nearly 1,300 associates.
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Nelsonville, Wisconsin based Baysek Machines Inc. has in- troduced its new Model C-190 die cutter. The “big brother” of the Baysek’s flagship model C-170 die cutter, the C-190 die cutter has been successfully field tested for three years. The Nick-Free multiple-out one operator die cutter offers the same great features as the predictable and prof- itable C-170 with an 8-inch by 55-inch (203mm x 1400mm) or 440-square-inches (11176mm2) increase in sheet size capacity, maintaining the same speed of 1800 sheets per hour, and the same relatively small floor footprint in com- parison to many traditional die cutters. Renowned for reducing manual labor while increasing quality and production, the single operator “flat-die rota- ry anvil die cutter” has been a popular choice around the
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ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow Again In April, But At Slower Rate Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in April, with the overall economy achieving a 23rd consecu- tive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued last week by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Manage- ment (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The April Manufacturing PMI registered 55.4 percent, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points from the March read- ing of 57.1 percent. This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 23rd month in a row after a con- traction in April and May 2020. This is the lowest reading since July 2020 (53.9 percent). The New Orders Index registered 53.5 percent, down 0.3 percentage point com- pared to the March reading of 53.8 percent. “The Production Index reading of 53.6 percent is a 0.9 percentage point decrease compared to March’s figure of 54.5 percent. The Prices Index registered 84.6 percent, down 2.5 percentage points compared to the March figure of 87.1 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 56 percent, 4 percentage points lower than the March reading of 60 percent. The Employment Index figure of 50.9 percent is 5.4 percentage points lower than the 56.3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 44
Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month March 2022
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
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Nashville Box Begins Production In New Sheet Plant In Lebanon, TN Nashville Box announced that it has officially begun manufacturing at its Lebanon, Tennessee, facility. Since announcing plans for the new operation in late 2021, the company has installed manufacturing and convert- ing equipment and scaled production capacities at its 100,000- square-foot facility. The announcement comes as Nashville Box commis- sions both its 92-inch by 190-inch converting line and its 37-inch by 98-inch converting line. These corrugated box production lines allow Nashville Box to supply customers with high-volume boxes ranging from the largest jumbo sizes to more standard shipping-sized boxes. “Our team has done a remark- able job of achieving a safe startup in an exceptionally short period of time, allowing us to start producing quickly, meeting both current cus- tomer needs and allowing Nashville Box to serve growing market de- mand,” said Scott Lawrence, CEO of Nashville Box. “It is an exciting time to be establishing manufacturing roots in Tennessee.” Led by COO, Derrick Wilson, the Nashville Box opera- tions team is focused on serving customers, product qual- Scott Lawrence
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As job recruiters rush back to campuses and career fairs nationwide, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Insti- tute’s Creators Wanted Tour Live continued to help manufacturers stand out in the competitive labor market this week in Freeport, Texas. The three-day tour stop, presented by Creators Wanted Legacy Sponsor Dow, drew more than 800 students to Brazosport Independent School District’s (ISD) new Career and Technical Education Center.
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as operations. “They’re in the top 10 percent of income earners. This is the place to be if you want a nice lifestyle.” Calling all women : Women shouldn’t hesitate to jump into manufacturing, panelists advised. Manufacturing “is a male-dominated industry, yes,” said Dow Texas Operations Apprentice Leader for the United States Natalia Muniz Ri- vera. “However, we’re changing that. Don’t be shy. Get yourself up. This diversity is what makes the future better.” Meanwhile, the teacher- and student-endorsed immer- sive experience continued to win accolades. One student said, “They made this a fun and interactive event so that people can get interested and into manufacturing.” Students repeatedly confirmed that the experience changed their perceptions and increased their interest in manufacturing careers. Activities galore : It wasn’t just Dow that brought the A-team and A-game to excite students. • Chart Industries and Turner Industries brought team members to answer student questions and help them explore manufacturing in their own backyards. • Brazosport College helped students chart the next steps in their career processes. • FactoryFix was on hand to provide pathways to career coaching and job opportunities. What young people are saying : In surveys and testi- monials, one point came across clearly to prospective
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ate real value for them and for our fellow team members. I look forward to leading the Alliance team as we focus not on finding customers for our products, but rather develop- ing innovative solutions for our customers.” In 2015, Alliance was acquired by Barry-Wehmiller, the 137-year-old, $3 billion-plus global capital equipment and engineering solutions firm led by CEO Bob Chapman and President Kyle Chapman. “Marius is an extremely talent- ed and experienced executive poised to lead Alliance to even greater levels of success,” said Kyle Chapman. “With his strategic vision, operating skills and leadership experi- ence, Alliance will continue to evolve into a global leader known for its exceptional people, innovative products and service, and ability to offer enduring value in the market- place.” A native of Romania, Batrin earned a Master of Science in Engineering from Polytechnic University of Timișoara and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Man-
“Marius has been a key member of the Alliance Lead- ership Team for more than a decade and his experience as VP of Engineering uniquely qualifies him to take on the role of President,” said Duchesne. “He has a compelling
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business-to-consumer (B2B or B2C) do not take into ac- count this new shift in consumer beliefs or wishes. Pros- pects and customers want a deeper focus on building the relationship, having a brand reflect today’s current val- ues and providing the type of support and alignment that makes the interaction feel more like an investment in a relationship. Instead of looking at organizations as one end of a transaction, companies that wish to grow in the current paradigm must look at the who in the interaction. The fo- cus must now move to people-to-people or people-to-per- son (P2P). How To Translate Digital Engagement Into P2P Digital engagement and communication are set up to be much more humanistic than many organizations allow. The focus on connection and community is readily avail- able for organizations. By allowing the people behind the brand to emerge out of the shadows, companies can move beyond the products and services they sell and provide engagement with the people who create those products and services. Several recommendations can be quickly applied by any organization to move past B2B and B2C and move into a P2P interaction. Here are three ways to help move in that direction.
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Many Voices, One Brand There was a time where one person was sharing con- tent on behalf of the organization. Smart organizations, however, have moved to sharing several different voices and points of view in their digital communications. Not only does this allow different viewpoints from a brand perspec- tive, it also keeps content fresh, as many voices make the brand what it is today. Providing different styles of content engages more than one type of prospect, which sets up potential growth. Focus On The Individual In Every Interaction It should be obvious that the individual consumer should be a focus. But what about when businesses mar- ket to other businesses? There are individuals that each business brings to the table for the engagement, and each one is important in bringing a different viewpoint. When
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It has been said that consumers are now holding all the cards in the business interaction and have no plans to give them back. When organizations look at who is in control of the communication, the power lies with the con- sumer, not with the company. Organizations need to understand this fundamental shift in power to the person receiving marketing and communication. This will help move commu- nication to a person-to-person level and allow the consumer to drive the engagement, which is what the consumer not only wants but de- mands in today’s digital paradigm. Taking the opportunity to bring in humanity into any organization’s digital communications can bring accelerated digital growth and en- gagement. This may feel like a risk to some or- ganizations. However, the new paradigm has shifted this from novelty to necessity. By switching the focus from B2B or B2C to P2P, digital communication can be realigned to meet the current demands of audiences. With this ever-changing shift in consumer be- havior, thinking about how one person com- municates with another has become a corner- stone in digital engagement. This is no longer a passing trend but a new way of being, and the organization who embraces this way of being will reap the rewards. Lisa Apolinski, CMC, is an international speak- er, digital strategist, author and founder of 3 Dog Write. She works with companies to de- velop and share their message using digital assets. For information on her agency’s digital services visit www.3DogWrite.com.
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He beat everyone on management.’ I didn’t understand what she meant when I was 10 years old, but I get it now,” she says. It was 1982 when Bob Meggy launched Great Little Box Company. “I was working for a packaging company, and I figured, ‘I could do better’, so when another small packaging company went into receivership, I bought it. We had one salesperson, one guy who could operate the ma- chines, and me,” he recalls. 1982 was the year of ET the Extraterrestrial, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the start of the Falkland Islands War. It was also a time when surging interest rates were shut- tering businesses left, right, and center. “When we were launching, interest rates were over 20 percent for at least seven months,” says Margaret, who used to do the books while the kids played nearby. “I re-
GLBC’s first employee ‘box photo,’ circa 1983.
member one of our competitors saying that it was as if someone had turned the economy’s taps off. It was such a tough time to get something going.”
For Bob, doing better than the guy before him meant weathering a nasty recession while managing people in a particular way. “We started building the culture from day one. It’s about treating people fairly and as equals.” It’s one thing to be treated like an equal. But it’s another thing to be treated like a friend, with genuine curiosity and warmth. According to Margaret, “Bob always drew people in; that was just his personality. He would have Pres- ident’s meetings when he’d meet with every person in the company, eight people at a time. That was especially helpful for the many em- ployees who had immigrated from other coun- tries and felt shy about putting up their hand at a meeting. In Bob’s office, they felt free to speak up.” Tyler Martinuk has worked for GLBC for 36 years as a die cutting machine operator. It’s not hard for him to put his finger on why he never looked for a different job somewhere else. He recalls, “When I started working here, I had gone through a few jobs already. I chose to stay here because they treated me so well, the comfort level was high, and it was excit- ing to be part of a company that was always growing.” Indeed, GLBC was always growing. The years between 1984 to 1998 were the compa- ny’s first period of expansion. During this time, GLBC made its first move to a larger facility, and opened its Victoria, BC, Kelowna, BC, and Everett, WA, branches. Packaging Specialist Christine Bilodeau started working as a packaging specialist for the team in 1994, so she experienced this phase. She says, “When I started out, we were
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handed pagers. Different times. It’s been a wild ride! In the early days, we were a small group, so you’d see the whole company often. Obviously, it’s harder to get every- one together now. But overall, throughout all this growth, the company has held true to its roots. Putting employees first. Including them. Letting them know about everything that’s going on, and where we’re headed.” During this period, Bob and his leadership team were cracking the code of what building a great (little) company entails. Christine (Tindall) puts it succinctly: “There were two things that were always really important to my dad: culture and growth.” Bob suspected that these two goals were, in fact, two sides of the same coin. “If you treat people right, they treat each other right,” says Christine. “They treat vendors right. They treat customers right. That’s how growth happens.” So, when Bob got advice to cut management costs and simply push sales harder, he didn’t listen. Instead, he continued fostering genuine warmth in whatever way he could. And he also discovered the power of transparency and open communication. “The best thing I ever did was start running open books in the nineties,” he says. “I’d teach every employee how to read a financial statement. Every month, we’d review the books together. When you’re profit-sharing, it means people can see when they’ve made a few extra hundred Great Little Box Company (CONT’D FROM PAGE 24)
bucks in a month and that’s exciting. Everyone feels and acts like an owner.” Open communication was also key to the innovation that was gradually making GLBC a packaging company of note. At monthly meetings that included the entire compa- ny, creative ideas circulated freely.
GLBC headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada.
Brad Tindall, Bob’s son-in-law and GLBC’s President since 2015, said: “If you put five people in a room and tell them to come up with innovative ideas, that’s a tall order. But if you have hundreds of people who are always en- couraged to think creatively and share their ideas, then as a manager you just have to become a good listener.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
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to pandemic conditions. In a context of social distancing, how could GLBC maintain its culture of connection? “Before COVID, we would all take trips together – the whole company – to Las Vegas or Mexico,” says Bob. “I remember hundreds of people dancing together on the beach in Mexico. During COVID, Christine had a creative idea for how to replace the idea of the trip by having em- ployees purchase something that would bring them joy to- day. We had a great year, so every employee got a bonus of $1,200. But you had to spend it on something you really wanted, something personal. Lots of people bought bicy- cles and camping gear.” With the worst of the pandemic over, those opportu- nities for connection are on the rise. Brad and Christine both look forward to facilitating those connections—this time with a 500-person-strong team—and feel gratitude for what was never lost. “We’re grateful for the fact that people tell us today that their favorite part of the job is their co-workers, and it’s the same answer people gave 20 years ago, when the com- pany was so much smaller,” says Brad. “The fact that the essence of the company is still intact even after all of this growth is collectively our greatest achievement so far.” Tyler, after 36 years with GLBC, echoes Brad’s grati- tude: “The best thing about work is the people. It’s always been that way. We started out as one big happy family and it’s just expanded over the years.” Visit www.glbc.com for more about the company.
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