Board Converting News, March 14, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years March 14, 2022 VOL. 38, NO. 11

AICC Xperience Panelists Share Customer Service Improvements BY LEN PRAZYCH AICC’s Packaging Xperience, which convened March 1-3 at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, delivered an abundance of business-relevant and compelling information to approximately 90 at- tendees by stellar subject matter experts. An event highlight, however, was a panel discussion that took place during the first General Session.

NAM: Manufacturing Orders Jump Again In January New orders for manufactured goods rose 1.4 percent to a record $544.2 billion in Jan- uary, according to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Excluding transpor- tation equipment, manufacturing orders rose 1.0 percent in January, also an all-time high. Overall, the manufacturing sector continued to expand strongly—despite supply chain, workforce and pricing pressures—with new orders soaring 13.6 percent year-over-year. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Man- agers’ Index rose from 57.6 in January to 58.6 in February, led by strength in new orders, which grew at the fastest pace in five months. Cost pressures continued to be highly ele- vated, but with the index for prices declining from 76.1 in January to 75.6 in February. Wait times for deliveries continued to be very long. Private manufacturing construction spend- ing jumped 8.5 percent to a record $92.86 billion in January, soaring 31.2 percent over the past 12 months. These data speak to the strength of the manufacturing sector and the need to increase capacity to meet very robust demand.

“Challenges with Today’s Current Issues and How to Maintain First- Class Service for Customers, New and Old” featured four AICC box maker members from across the country — Mark McNay, Sr. Vice Pres- ident/General Manager at SMC Packaging Group in Springfield, MO; Ed Nusslein, General Manager at McLean Packaging in Pennsauken, NJ; Jana Harris, CEO at Harris Packaging Corp. and American Carton Company in Haltom City, TX; and Chris Stoler, CEO of the Vanguard Companies in Kansas City, MO — who provided answers to the ques- tions asked by the panel’s moderator, AICC President Mike D’Angelo. The questions were submitted by members of AICC’s Education Committee, members of AICC’s staff and the panelists themselves. Due to the volume of information, the edited content is presented here: D’Angelo : The labor curve is inverted, the Great Resignation is un- derway, inflation is upon us, Covid keeps hanging on and business ac- tivity is at record levels. How have you maintained your focus on the customer and what are three things you are doing differently today than you did three years ago? CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 AICC President Mike D’Angelo, right, moderated a panel for four AICC box maker members. From left, Mark McNay of SMC Packaging Group, Ed Nus- slein of McLean Packaging, Jana Harris of Harris Packaging and American Carton Company, and Chris Stoler of the Vanguard Companies.


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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

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CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.


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NAM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Core Competency

Manufacturing activity strengthened in the Dallas Fed- eral Reserve Bank’s survey, with the composite index of general business conditions rising from 2.0 in January to 14.0 in February, the best reading since October. Sur- vey respondents predicted that wages over the next six months would increase at a record pace. Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in Febru- ary, with robust hiring in the sector despite sizable ongo- ing challenges. The manufacturing sector added 365,000 workers in calendar year 2021, the most since 1994. In the first two months of 2022, the sector hired 52,000 employ- ees, bringing the total number of employees to 12,607,000 in February 2022. With that said, there remained 178,000 fewer manufacturing employees relative to pre-pandemic levels. The average hourly earnings of production and non- supervisory workers in manufacturing rose to $24.54 in February, up 4.9 percent from one year ago and remaining very elevated. New orders for core capital goods—a proxy for capi- tal spending in the U.S. economy—rose 1.0 percent to a record $80.1 billion in January. Core capital goods orders increased a solid 10.7 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, factory shipments increased 1.2 percent to $536.9 billion in January, an all-time high.

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Baysek To Install First C-170 Die Cutter In Poland

Nelsonville, Wisconsin based Baysek Machines has con- firmed the sale of its first C-170 die cutter to Combinath, a corrugated board converter based in Torun, Poland. Founded in 1998, Combinath employees 65 people and produces a wide variety of packaging in multiple sectors, including food packaging and luxury packaging, which was one of the main reasons for choosing the C-170. The machine will feature an optional single-face corrugat- ed attachment that will allow Combinath to produce in- terior packaging for the cosmetics and luxury packaging industries. “We have always liked the Baysek die cutter and its versatility,” said Joanna Wyrwas, General Manager, Com- binath. “One big benefit of having this machine is the nick-

free, multiple-out die cuts which will improve both our pro- ductivity and expansion plans. After we saw the machine in a live production environment and saw the machine’s capabilities, we knew this was our next investment”. Combinath invested in a Baysek C-170 to produce interior packaging for customers in the cosmetics industry.

“The servo-driven C-170 is the perfect fit for Combinath and their business model,” added Robert Jess, UK & Europe Sales for Baysek. “We have included the optional sin- gle-face attachment to their machine which will give them additional flexibility to expand their product portfolio. The machine will also give Combinath the capability to handle higher volume packaging runs and increase capacity even further.” The C-170 will be installed Spring 2022. Coors Light To Exchange Plastic Rings For Paperboard Coors Light has announced that it’s ditching the plastic rings on its six-packs. In a recent blog post, the company said it plans to tran- sition away from the six-pack plastic rings by 2025. It plans to replace them by the end of 2022 with a cardboard wrap that is recycla- ble and sustainably sourced. “Our business, and Coors in particular, has a long history of using packaging inno- vation to protect our environment, and to- day we are building on that rich legacy,” said Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley. “Just as Coors led the way by pioneering the recycla- ble aluminum can, Coors Light will lead the way by moving out of single-use plastic rings in North America.” Molson Coors said all of its 30 brands will eventually use the same packaging. Coors said the cardboard packaging is already in use in the United Kingdom, where last year it eliminated single-use plastic from its major brands, such as Coors and Carling. Visit for more.


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NAM: Manufacturing (CONT’D FROM PAGE 4)

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

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 678,000 in February, and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent. The labor force participation rate inched up from 62.2 percent to 62.3, the best since March 2020, although it remained below the pre-pandemic pace (63.3 percent). The U.S. goods trade deficit jumped to a record $107.63 billion in January in preliminary data. In January, goods ex- ports decreased from $157.62 billion to $154.83 billion. At the same time, goods imports soared from $258.09 billion In his semiannual Congressional testimony last week, Federal Reserve Chair Pro Tempore Jerome H. Powell re- iterated that the Federal Open Market Committee would likely raise short-term interest rates by 25 basis points at its March 15–16 meeting, rolling back its highly accommo- dative stance over the course of the coming months. Russian Invasion Of Ukraine The Russian invasion in Ukraine poses challenges to the Federal Reserve’s plans, creating new uncertainties in the marketplace, exacerbating inflationary pressures and dampening global growth. Although much will depend on what happens over the coming days and weeks, commod- ity prices—especially for food and energy—have already jumped significantly. Visit for more information. to $262.46 billion, an all-time high. A Rise in Short-Term Interest Rates



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.195 34.916


8.549 8.729


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

416.338 406.776


8.294 8.071


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7372 2.7727


33.8477 33.0739


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.256 2.203


3.3 3.3


Shipping Days




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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Mem- phis, Tennessee based International Paper (IP) for com- mitting to reduce GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2030, aligned with the best available climate science, and to work with DOE to share successful solutions and decar- bonization strategies. As a partner in DOE’s Better Climate Challenge, International Paper is one of more than 80 or- ganizations across the U.S. economy that are stepping up to the Challenge and driving real-world action toward a low-carbon future. “We are committed to advancing a clean energy transi- tion and leading the growth of the circular economy,” said Sophie Beckham, Chief Sustainability Officer, International Paper. “Our partnership with DOE’s Better Climate Chal- lenge is just one example of how we are acting on our commitment to promote climate action beyond our own footprint and outside our four walls, to include people, communities and partner organizations with whom we can work together to create a low-carbon future.” Improving its operational footprint is a core tenant of International Paper’s Vision 2030 which includes robust targets that demonstrate a commitment to building a bet- ter future for people, the planet and the company. As International Paper undertakes this challenge, DOE will

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Beneco Packaging/ Earns Key Food Packaging Safety Certifications As consumers continue to purchase food products packaged to eat at home, paperboard packaging manufacturers such as Toronto, Ontario based Beneco Packaging/, which service the food market, need to remain in strict compliance with food safety requirements. This leading North American fast-run offset packaging specialist is proud to have earned its latest certification that meets internationally recognized

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Peter Hart Wins TAPPI’s Prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award TAPPI has announced that Peter Hart, Ph.D., Director-Re- search and Innovation, WestRock, has been named winner of the prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award.

A TAPPI Journal (TJ) Editorial Board Member for 20 years, he served one-term as TJ Assistant Editor and re- cently completed his second of two terms as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. He served on TAPPI’s Board of Directors. Hart earned his Bachelor of Science from the Universi- ty of Maine (UMaine) majoring in both Chemical Engineer- ing and Pulp and Paper Technology. While at UMaine, he spent two terms as a co-op for Boise Cascade in Rumford, Maine and a summer working for Container Corporation of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After obtaining an MS in Chemical Engineering from UMaine, Hart worked for the university and assisted with the relocation of a pilot paper machine and on other vari- ous projects. Hart then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to get a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Hart joined Westvaco (later MeadWestvaco, MWV, and now WestRock) as a Re-

Dr. Hart, a TAPPI Fellow, is one of the association’s most prolific au- thors, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical articles and edited and co-authored three textbooks for TAPPI PRESS. A member since 1981, he has been in the leader of both the South-

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search Chemical Engineer and worked on var- ious optimization, cost reduction, and cluster rule compliance projects. Hart then stepped into production roles in- cluding pulp mill superintendent, process en- gineering manager, and technical assistant to the mill manager. He returned to R&D in 2002 working on multiple mill improvement efforts collaborating with vendors, universities, out- side research consortia, and various govern- ment agencies. Over the course of his 29-year career at WestRock, Hart has held various research, production, and engineering positions of in- creasing responsibility. He worked in produc- tion at both the Wickliffe, Kentucky, and the Evadale, Texas, mills and spent five years liv- ing in Brazil half-time as part of a major mill expansion project that included a new paper machine and a serial #1 patented pulping line which he helped develop. The award will be presented at TAPPICon, April 30-May 4, 2022 in Charlotte, NC. John Neun Named Recipient Of TAPPI’s Joachim Award TAPPI has announced that John Neun, TAPPI Fellow, has been named winner of the prom- inent Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Ser- vice Award. Mr. Neun, formerly a staff engi- neer with Albany International, is a consulting engineer for John A. Neun, LLC. Neun holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s de- gree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensse- laer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He has worked in the paper industry since 1979, first


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John Neun Named (CONT’D FROM PAGE 16)

as a Research Engineer with Albany Felt Company, fol- lowed by a tenure at Kadant - AES, where he was a Prod- uct Manager and Design and Development Manager. His first boss at Albany Felt, Ed DeCrosta, was an officer of the TAPPI Engineering Division and introduced Neun to TAPPI. Neun served as an officer and ultimately chairman of the Water Removal Committee, the Papermaker’s Com- mittee, and the Paper and Board Division. He has written and presented many conference papers and has lectured in TAPPI courses for decades. He has played some role in every annual conference since 1990. Currently, Neun serves on the TAPPI Journal Editorial Board. Neun has received the Leadership and Service Awards from both the TAPPI Engineering Division and Paper and Board Division, as well as the TAPPI Engineering Division’s Technical Award. He holds six U.S. patents and has pub- lished many technical papers for TAPPI, the American So- ciety of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), SME, and the U.S. National Bureau of Standards. The Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals for voluntary leadership and support. Recipient’s have significantly and demonstrably advanced the mission and vision of TAPPI and in specific improvements made in the Association’s internal or external endeavors. The award will be officially presented at TAPPICon, April 30-May 4, 2022.

Fibre Box Association (FBA) has worked over the last few years to build a library of assets that promote the corru- gated packaging industry. We’ve designed images and infographics with corrugated packaging industry facts, created families of assets around particular industry top- ics (sustainability, manufacturing, recycling, etc.), designed print and digital files based on the Boxes are Extraordinary tagline, created industry videos and much more. While we have been sharing these in publications, on social media and through our websites, we think now is a great time to expand their reach. Through the new tool, members can access these FBA marketing materials in one central location for easy down- loading, printing and sharing. Users will be able to convert to different file formats (ex. from .jpg to .png or .pdf) upon export, crop assets to custom sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, print items for use in plants, and more. All as- sets are available for FBA member use. This is perfect for sales personnel and marketing em- ployees looking to reinforce the benefits of choosing cor- rugated packaging with ready-tailored information and graphics. Help us spread the good word about corrugated packaging – take advantage of our library and start shar- ing facts and files today. Visit .

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March 14, 2022

FBA Announces Speakers For 2022 Annual Meeting

In January, Fibre Box Association (FBA) announced the opening of registration for its in-person 2022 Annual Meet- ing at the Montage Laguna Beach, California, April 10 – 12, 2022. Held at one of FBA members’ favorite locations, the meeting promises to be a great opportunity to catch up on networking with industry colleagues and to hear from informative speakers on trending industry topics.

The line-up of speakers begins with a keynote presentation by Brian McPheely, Global CEO, Visy/Pratt In- dustries. This state of the corrugated industry address has always been a highlight of the FBA annual meet- ings, a chance to hear a CEO’s per- spective on the corrugated industry.

McPheely began his career in the packaging industry as a sales representative, and later held increasingly re- sponsible positions in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and general management with The Georgia Box Group, which was acquired by Pratt Industries in the mid 1990’s. He served as President of the Georgia Box Division from 1995-1999. He then joined Pratt’s parent company VISY in Australia as General Manager of Specialty Packaging until CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 Brian McPheely


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In addition to hearing from McPheely, attendees will hear from speakers on trends in environment, social and governance (ESG) space and the future of retail.

returning to the United States as Chief Operating Officer of Pratt Industries in 2004. McPheely has served as Chief Executive Officer of Pratt Industries, Inc. since 2009 with responsibility for all aspects of the North American op- erations including containerboard, corrugated products, product development, technology and recycling. In July 2014, McPheely was named Global CEO and is now responsible for VISY in Australia and Pratt Industries in the US. In addition to his responsibilities at Pratt Indus- tries, McPheely is currently Chair of the Paper Recycled Coalition, and is on the Board of the American Forest &Pa- per Association. Pratt Industries has shown dramatic growth in just two decades and has become the 5th largest corrugated pack- aging company in the USA and the world’s largest, private- ly-held producer of 100 percent recycled containerboard.

Suzanne Shelton is the President and CEO of the Shelton Group. Draw- ing on her extensive experience in energy, the environment and over 25 years in the marketing and adver- tising industry, Suzanne will provide strategic insights into sustainability for business. Her research into con-

Suzanne Shelton

sumer values, ESG and climate change demonstrate the importance of an authentic and transparent business re- sponse. She’ll use these insights to talk about how box manufacturers can tell their story in compelling ways that lead to business growth. Amanda Lai is Consulting Senior Manager and Food Re- tail Practice Lead at MacMillon Doolittle, a Chicago-based

retail consultancy, where she manages stra- tegic planning, retail concept development, consumer research, and real estate analysis for a diverse range of global retail clients. She will share her insights into the future of retail and how trends in the retail space will impact the use of corrugated packaging. FBA has also put together panel discus- sions on labor, recycling and how the industry tells its story across audience groups includ- ing consumers, customer/ retail decision-mak- ers, and Federal and state legislatures. Visit for more. PMMI Announces 2022 Hall Of Fame Commission Professionals from leading consumer product goods companies, retailers, suppliers and oth- er organizations aligned to the packaging and processing industry will select award winners for the Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. This award, instituted in 1971, is the top honor a packaging or processing pro- fessional can receive in his or her career. The Class of 2022 will be announced during PACK EXPO International 2022 at McCormick Place, Chicago, October 23-26, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Process- ing Technologies. Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame members are individuals who have dedicated themselves to the industry through expand- ing knowledge and volunteer leadership. Any member of the packaging or processing com- munity may submit a colleague for consider- ation. Nominations will open March 21, 2022, at .


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perform and we get to see how they react to the task of as- sembling a die cut box. We also get to see who may have

Harris : It’s definitely been a challenge to try to keep spirits up energy up among our employees. Despite this, the customer always has to be number one. Our team has

some leadership abilities. We are also looking to connect on a deeper level with our customers and suppli- ers so that they understand our sup- ply line challenges. Finally, we rec- ognized that it’s time for us to retool and not just equipment. We need to re-emphasize the importance of pro-

done a good job staying in front of our customers and keeping them ed- ucated as to what’s going on in our industry. What we’re doing different- ly is hiring more temporary workers, which was helpful when several our employees were out with Covid at the same time. We’re spending more

Mark McNay

cesses. We have a lot of new employees, maybe 150 in our Springfield location alone, so “tribal knowledge” is gone and it’s important to “get back to the basics.” Nusslein : We’re doing some of the same things that the other panelists have mentioned but in addition to the Great Resignation, we’re also dealing with the Great Retirement.

Jana Harris

on labor and everyone is getting pay raises. Also, we’re a little more open minded when it comes to our people working from home, which we also learned from Covid. On a related note, we were going to build a new office right across the street from the plant, but realized that we did not have to all be physically in the same place to get our jobs done. So we’ve decided to build our new office at a location about five miles from headquarters. McNay : To manage the surge of business we’ve seen, we’re hiring differently today than we’ve ever done be- fore. We’ve gone beyond the “send us your application and we’ll hire you based on what we think is a good fit for us” to attending hiring events where we could meet and interview 15-20 people at the same time. We stress them a little bit by putting them in a position where they have to

We’ve had people who have been with us for thirty or forty years and we’re losing their knowledge. It’s im- portant that our processes are docu- mented so whether we are bringing on someone in their forties or fifties or whether they’re coming right out of high school, their new learning

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has to be interactive in a way that is also fun. Things we’ve done differently? We’ve “doubled down” on employee engagement and we’ve been more focused


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D’Angelo : With respect to the Great Resignation and the Great Retirement, are there tools to deal with these two very different labor challenges? Stoler : We’re trying very hard to make our environment “sticky,” that is, what we’re doing to keep our people en- gaged. How do we provide them with mentors and friends so they are don’t feel abandoned when they first show up? How do we help show them that this is a safe environment in which to work and enjoy themselves? For those employ- ees who are retiring, we are offering them a “slope” by asking them to work for a few more years but only, for ex- ample, 50 percent of the time. This helps us to transition their skills and their “tribal knowledge” to new individuals. We’ve found that there has been a willingness among our potential retirees to do this. D’Angelo : A big challenge for members has been com- munication between sales, customer service, design and production. Have recent challenges changed your ap- proach or the relationship between these departments? Nusslein : During Covid, we tried to have our people work remotely as much as possible, which was met with mixed success. Some employees told us that they were simply more effective in the office. We put in safety proto- cols in place when our remote employees began “migrat- ing” back to the office. We still offer our employees the option to work remotely. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

on listening to them so that we truly understand their con- straints, whether on the job or on the home front. We’re also trying to get the right people in. We’ve had more temporary workers than ever before and we’re looking at them as if they are “auditioning” for a permanent position. If they show up every day and genuinely care about the job they are doing, then those are the kind of people we want to have working for us. We’re also being more flexi- ble with our employees, both salaried and hourly workers. Stoler : We want to get back to bringing the team to- gether. During the pandemic, we couldn’t get together for lunches, meetings or a team building event. At the

end of this month, we’re bringing in food trucks into our “cave environ- ment.” We’re also bringing recruiting in-house — we now have two full- time recruiters — to bring new team members in and to run hiring events. We’ve also “collapsed” the hiring process. We used to take our time

Chris Stoler

and evaluate and now we’re making an offer to a potential employee “in the moment.” That can be risky but it was something we felt we had to do. We’ve had to adjust and re-adjust and re-adjust to be more flexible as a management team and as an organiza- tion so everyone understands where we’re going. BCN(US)202109(o)(出血5mm).pdf 1 2021/9/7 下午 03:50:46










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Meeting with our customers changed dramatically. We used to meet face-to face but then had adjust to Zoom meetings or Microsoft Teams to make sure that we were giving our customers a good platform — including a good internet connection. — to make sure we were all seeing and talking about the same thing. It’s a skill we all continue to develop. Stoler : In the POP space, our processes are simply not conducive to remote work. There are very complex structural designs with the overlay of very complex graph- ic designs and all of it must be managed very precisely. We really had to work hard to get it done but the best we could do over the past few years was to be 80 percent efficient remotely. It was a challenge to be rotating people in and out of the office but we quickly found ways to get people back in and keep our processes going because we couldn’t afford to have execution or quality issues. We also used Zoom meetings but we worked with out- side people so our team members could be more profes- sional and effective on camera in an electronic meeting environment. This was really important, especially for our sales staff. McNay : We had just moved into a new open-concept building but due to pandemic protocols, we then had to scatter people back into isolation. We were able to sepa- rate our people as necessary, but the business that we are in relies on collaboration and coordination, which means that people have to be close together. Part of that is be- ing respectful and wearing masks where appropriate and doing the right thing to take care of each other. We’ve all become more adept at virtual meetings, which I believe will always be around, and ultimately will allow us all to be more efficient. D’Angelo : Have you added capacity, technology and/ or automation to your production capabilities? Has this changed the markets that you serve or will they? Nusslein : We’ve definitely added capacity with new equipment but that was not easy. At first, machinery from overseas was delayed and then the technical experts to help install the machinery were delayed. After a 3-month delay, we were finally able to have our new machinery in- stalled. With the added capacity, we’re seeing the growth now and expect to see it in the future. For all box maker members, there’s so much business to be had but we have to be careful not to take on too much of the wrong kind of business McNay : We’ve added capacity and capability at all SMC locations. We’d been constrained due to the size of our building so we decided to move to a bigger facility and added two new pieces of equipment, including a machine that does inside out printing. Then with the pandemic came this new surge of business and fortunately, we were prepared for it.

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