Board Converting News, August 29, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years August 29, 2022 VOL. 38, NO. 35

Michael Durant Of ‘Black Hawk Down’ To Keynote At CorrWeek BY SUSAN RILEY Some might not remember the details surrounding the Battle of Moga- dishu fought nearly 30 years ago, but most have seen or at least heard of the 2001 war film, “Black Hawk Down.” Former U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Michael Durant, who was one of the inspirations behind the Oscar Award-winning movie, was asked to deliver his powerful message of teamwork and survival for the closing keynote address at Corrugated Week 2022 in San An- tonio, Texas.

Time Running Out To Secure A Spot At Corrugated Week Time is quickly running out to secure your spot at Corrugated Week 2022. Advance reg- istration closes on Friday, September 16, and on-site registration begins on Monday, Sep- tember 19. Preparations for the corrugated industry’s “Texas-Sized” event of 2022 is heading into the final stretch. Finalize plans for you and your team today. Skip the lines register in ad- vance now so you move directly to: • The show floor with 160+ exhibitors ready to make a deal with you • Inspiring keynote speeches, including in- dustry veteran Steve York and Michael Du- rant, the inspiration for the movie “Black Hawk Down,” (read a preview at left) • Exclusive relationship-building events, such as the popular Welcome Reception, Corrugated Classic Golf Tournament, daily receptions on the show floor and a private, authentic rodeo with professional bull rid- ing, barrel racing, roping and along with dinner and a full bar on Tuesday evening • A front row seat to discover first-hand “What’s New” in the industry on develop- ments and innovations

Durant and his crew on the Super Six Four were shot down by a Somali-fired grenade launcher on October 3, 1993. All were severely injured in the crash as a Somali crowd advanced towards them and opened fire. Only Durant survived. He was captured and held prisoner for 11 days. Upon his release, the image of a battle-scarred Durant was broadcast around the world and plastered across magazines. From his stretcher, he captured people’s hearts as he gestured a thumbs up. Despite the trauma of the experience, over time Durant was able to learn from it, heal, help others and become a successful author and businessman. While the interest in his story initially came from military organizations as a kind of after action and best practices review, Du- rant said that it has evolved into talking about the mission and sharing his insights with a general audience. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Michael Durant, former U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot and an inspi- ration for an Oscar-award winning movie, will deliver the closing keynote address at Corrugated Week 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 3 BCN Seeks Submissions For 9/19 Issue At Corrugated Week 6 Climate Change Disasters Heighten Need For EAPs Stafford Corrugated Products Opens New HQ, Facility In NC 22 AICC Canada To Hold General, Fall Member Meeting In ON

BCN Seeks Submissions For 9/19 Issue At Corrugated Week 2022 Attention all box makers and suppliers! Please be advised that you and your team should continue to make Board Converting News part of your Corrugated Week 2022 marketing plans. Send your press releases, informational articles and any other company news you would like to see featured in our big September 19 issue, which will be distributed at Corrugated Week in San Antonio, Texas. This is your opportunity to be highlighted in one of the biggest and most anticipated issues of the year that will guarantee you the most exposure possible during the nearly week-long event. As the undisputed source of in- formation and the only weekly publication – in print and oline – serving the North American corrugated and fold- ing carton markets, we want to help share your successes with the industry. Are you planning to stage a unique display during Corrugated Week? Do you want to showcase a new tech- nology? Would you like to announce an expansion or a new appointment? Let us know. The deadline is Friday, September 2. Please send your news to Len Prazych, Ed- itor-in-Chief, or Susan Riley, Associate Editor, Meanwhile, we are counting down the days to Corru- gated Week 2022. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

East West


$960.00 $995.00



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Time Running Out (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

Core Competency

• Access to two powerful courses designed to help you solve your operational challenges including “Effective Methods to Maximize Diecutting Productivity” and “Easy Steps to Double Your Machine’s OEE” Corrugated Week 2022 takes place September 19-21 in historic San Antonio, Texas. Jointly hosted by TAPPI and AICC, the conference offers exceptional opportunities to grow your business, expand your network, exceed your goals and gain industry insights on hot topics. Visit corru- for an updated schedule of events, as well as travel information. FBA Accepting Data Submissions For Company IT Security Survey The Fibre Box Association (FBA) is still accepting data submissions for the 2022 IT security spend and strategy survey. The survey, developed by the FBA Cybersecurity Committee in 2021, provides a great opportunity to bench- mark your IT security spend and strategy with other similar corrugated manufacturing companies. Please complete the survey as soon as possible at . All company information will remain confidential. De-iden- tified results of the survey will be shared with all partici- pants.

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Climate Change Disasters Heighten The Need For EAPs

Climate change has helped drive a fivefold increase in the number of weather-related disasters in the last 50 years,

according to the U.N. agency, the World Meteorological Organization. As weather-related disasters contin- ue to grow, it’s also important to note that they are happening in areas of the country that weren’t affected in the past. The above highlights the impor-

team member actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper team mem- ber training will result in fewer and less severe team mem- ber injuries and less damage to your facility and equip- ment during emergencies. Look at your existing EAP and begin conversations to identify and assess additional risks and threats. What are

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tance of not only ensuring your facility has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) but also that you’ve enhanced it to cover every possible disaster that could come your way. An EAP aims to facilitate and organize employer and

some of the changes you have noticed more recently that may get you to dive deeper into the safety and security of your employees and plant? Some topics to get you started could include: • What other natural disasters could impact your facility? • Are evacuation policies and procedures still relevant? • How will you alert employees in an emer- gency? • How often do you provide training and drills for employees? • Have employees been trained for all pos- sible events? • Do you have an emergency response team outside the impact area to help em- ployees secure your facility and navigate evacuation? Be specific about your workplace opera- tions and tailor all responses to fit the crisis. Once you have enhanced your EAP, review- ing your business continuity plan is essen- tial. The business continuity plan aims to minimize disruptions to your business once damages have occurred. The plan should identify critical operations and ensure you have another way to continue production and communications. Below are some spe- cific things to consider: • Do you have a clear strategy for supply chain management? In other words, how will you keep up production or restore business operations during a natural di- saster? • How will you manage internal and exter- nal communications with your customers and key stakeholders?



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The Need For EAPs (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

• Recruiting Top Talent ( On the Floor and in the Office) • Paper Sourcing for 2023 and Beyond • Major CPG Initiatives in 2023 and Beyond Delivering Impactful Value Propositions AICC members can lower training costs with the All Ac- cess Pass, which gives participating companies: • Flexibility in choosing education offerings and which team members take them • Simplicity and accuracy in budgeting for professional development • The best available price for AICC webinars • A way to leverage the value of AICC membership The All Access Pass is only available to AICC members in good standing. Learn more at . ICPF Names Three New Venues For 2022 Holiday Weekend In NY The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) has scheduled three new venues for its 2022 Holiday Weekend in New York, Friday through Sunday, December 9 -11. On December 9, 2022, the weekend will begin with a Friday evening reception in the theatre district at Bacall’s, sponsored by Pratt Industries. After free time on Saturday morning to experience the best of Manhattan during the

There is no such thing as being too prepared for a weather-related crisis. You can find more resources about general preparedness and response regarding natural di- sasters and weather at . Chase Kammerer is the Technical Services Manager at FBA. Reach him at AICC: 150+ Webinars Available With All Access Pass AICC, The Independent Packaging Association has an- nounced the offering of more than 150 industry-specific live and previously recorded webinars as part of its 2022 All Access Pass. The pass also includes One Point Lessons to allow employees of member plants to get quick tips and tools to enhance their skills. With more than 150 webinars included, the All Access Pass represents a value of over $30,000 but costs only $1,895 for the entire company. Access to these webinars and recordings is available to pass holders through Au- gust 2023. Webinar topics include: • It’s About Time: Maximizing Your Packaging and Point of Purchase


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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month June 2022

holiday season, weekend participants will attend a Broad- way matinee of this year’s top Tony Award nominee, MJ. The new musical was nominated for a 2022 record of 10 Tony Awards and is considered by many to be the best musical to hit Broadway this year. MJ features over 25 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits and takes audiences be- hind the scenes as Michael prepares for his 1992 World Tour, providing an in-depth look at his creative process.” The matinee is sponsored by BW Papersystems. On Saturday night, participants will be treated to a re- ception and dinner at New York City’s renowned Empire Steak House. The reception is sponsored by Fosber Amer- ica and the dinner is sponsored by the WestRock Corpora- tion. Green Bay Packaging and Greif are also co-sponsors. ICPF Chairman, Tim Bergwall, President Paper Packag- ing and Land Management at Greif, stated “The weekend is always a special opportunity to reunite with peers in an informal social environment making ICPF’s holiday week- end in New York one of the most unique events in the in- dustry.” Registration already has exceeded 65 percent hotel and event capacity, and the weekend always sells out ear- ly. Due to the demand, registration will be on a first come, first served basis. E-mail or visit News & Events at for more information and to download a registration form.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

34.771 35.948


7.903 8.170


Industry Total

Year-to Date

June 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

205.855 208.569


8.019 8.170


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2022 2021

2.8451 2.9436


16.8851 17.0466


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.4415 2.3469


3.8 3.6


Shipping Days




2022 2021

22 22

127 126

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association







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Stafford Corrugated Products Celebrates Opening Of New World Headquarters In NC As the Corrugated Container Industry continues to experience unprece- dented growth, the need for a quality supplier/partner to provide essential parts and services is greater than ever. For more than 30 years, Stafford Corrugated Products of Indian Trail, North Carolina, as been there to an- swer the call of the nation’s box makers.

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From its humble beginnings providing basic nuts, bolts, and hardware for rotary die cutters to the more than a thousand items it provides today, Stafford has its customers covered with products and services that meet the needs of their daily demands. In conjunction with this unparalleled growth, Stafford soon recognized that it had simply outgrown its current World Headquarters/Factory in In- dian Trail. Considering this facility was built a mere eight years ago, the company’s growth has been meteoric. Thus, Stafford Corrugated Products has announced the grand opening of its brand new, 50,000-square-foot facility, also in Indian Trail, North Carolina. The new facility will more than double Stafford’s capacity to serve its customers even better. Stafford Corrugated Products’ brand new 50,000-square-foot world headquar- ters, factory and warehouse in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

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“Our new facility significantly increases Stafford’s ability to invento- ry more products and that’s great news for our customers,” says Tony D’Aprile, Founder and CEO of Stafford “But it also gives us the ability to develop and create new products that are essential to the corrugated in- dustry. Our reputation of being known as the ‘go to’ guys will be enhanced by our increased ability to respond to customer needs.”



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Stafford Celebrates (CONT’D FROM PAGE 12)

switch between two pack styles in just minutes rather than hours, it can achieve top-line speeds of up to 400 packs per minute, depending on application and configuration. ClipCombo has machine options that apply to either can or PET bottle multipacks. ClipCombo for cans com- bines KeelClip™ or GripClip™ with EnviroClip™, while for PET bottles, it combines Cap-It™and EnviroClip™.

Stafford Corrugated Products will continue to feature the RODICUT Die Cut Anvil Blanket. This innovative prod- uct reduces cover installation time, makes cover rotation a breeze and gives a long, durable life. “Our outside sales/service team, strategically located throughout the United States, provides our customers with not only the products they need, but the technical assis- tance boxmakers demand and rely on from their premier suppliers” says D’Aprile. “If you happen to be in the Char- lotte area, please make it a point to stop in and visit.” The new address is 4907 Indian Trail Fairview Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Stafford Corrugated Products can be reached at (800) 282-5787 or by visiting its website at . GPI Launches ClipCombo Beverage Multipack Machinery system. Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging International (GPI) has launched ClipCombo, a modular system that of- fers beverage makers and packers the ability to apply two different clip-style packs with a single machine, optimizing production efficiency and enabling the differentiation of brands using premium and standard clip styles. ClipCombo offers flexibility along with the ability to

Doug Hicks, Vice President – Packaging Machinery Di- vision, Graphic Packaging, said, “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Graphic Packaging. As the speed of change moves ever faster, developing effective solutions that address our customers’ needs of today – and those of tomorrow – is critical to our combined success in reducing the reliance on plastic for a more sustainable future.”

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SUN Automation Group To Showcase Solutions At Corrugated Week 2022 Glen Arm, Maryland based SUN Automation Group (SUN), a global industry leader of innovative corrugated solutions for feeding, printing and converting, will be appearing at Corrugated Week 2022 in Booth 601 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, from September 19-21. With over 130 expected exhibitors, Cor- rugated Week will showcase the latest developments in corrugated technology. This year, SUN will be featuring its breadth of experi- ence and strategic global partnerships in the Boxmaker’s Guide to the Corrugated Universe. Designed to help box- makers navigate the complex and expansive universe of corrugated packaging, SUN offers the experience, equip- ment, service and technology to provide the right solu-

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tion for your operation and accommodate even the most unique needs. “Part of catering to a variety of corrugated board oper- ations is curating strategic international partnerships with

other leaders in the industry,” Brian Kentopp, Vice President of Sales said. “This approach allows us to pinpoint and provide our custom- ers with the solution that is right for them, and we look forward to demonstrating how our expanded knowledge, experience, and suite of solutions can serve the corrugated commu- nity.” SUN maintains key partnerships to provide solutions for increasing production, efficiency, and profitability. When Corrugated Week at- tendees visit SUN’s booth this year, they will also have the opportunity to meet and learn more about these strategic partners. • Latitude Machinery Group (LMC): Since August 2019, SUN Automation Group has been the exclusive representative for Lat- itude Machinery Corp. (LMC) in North and Central America. As a world-class manu- facturer of Rotary Die Cutters and Flexo Folder Gluers and with over 100 machine installations in North America, LMC has an outstanding reputation for reliability and throughput. • PARA Srl Machinery and Material Han- dling for Corrugated Board: As a globally integrated Italian material handling com- pany and partner to SUN since 2021, PARA boasts a vast variety of material handling solutions for the corrugated industry with over 15,000 products installed world-wide. PARA’s extensive product range includes pre-feeders, palletizers, RDC stackers, bundle breakers, pallet inserters, vertical storage solutions, paper mill roll transports and unit conveyor systems. • Highcon: SUN and Highcon have been cultivating a growing relationship since


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SUN To Showcase (CONT’D FROM PAGE 16)

2021. Highcon represents the digital arm of corrugated converting solutions, bringing a patented digital cutting and creasing process for post print processes in the folding carton and corrugated carton industry. • Helios: Helios, the machine learning and IIoT platform from SUN, offers a Software as a Service solution which empowers box plant leadership to make more efficient and informed decisions around when to schedule downtime and order parts to prevent machine failure. “Continually growing our strategic partnerships is an integral part of our business and allows us to provide inno- vative solutions to meet the evolving and complex needs of our corrugated customers,” says Greg Jones, Executive Vice President for SUN. “By having our partners join us at Corrugated Week this year, we’ll really be able to bring to life the realm of customizable offerings SUN can deliver.” Additionally, SUN’s booth will feature Corrugated Jeop- ardy, an interactive game open to all Corrugated Week at- tendees. Participants can win prizes and test their knowl- edge of not only corrugated-related trivia, but also fun facts about San Antonio and Texas. SUN is committed to delivering excellence to the corru- gated industry. To learn more about how your operations will benefit from SUN’s well-rounded suite of corrugated support and solutions, visit booth 601 at Corrugated Week. Visit to register.

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Colbert Packaging Cartons Deemed Safe For Pharmaceuticals, Food 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 for 2022, Colbert submitted test samples of water-based, flexographic printed cartons as well as an

ered clean and safe for indirect food and drug contact. In order to state the Clean Carton claim, packaging samples underwent comprehensive analytical testing. “Pharma and Consumer product managers tasked with sourcing environmentally-friendly packaging have more reasons to choose One Clean Carton with confidence,” said Lon Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing. “In this round of testing, we elected to test both flexographic and offset printing on sustainably sourced paperboard, using water- and agri-based inks, and Clean Carton passed again.” All tests were conducted under accelerated conditions (worst case), measuring potential extractables, volatile out-gas products, semi-volatile out-gas products, and sen- sory (odor) evaluation. Colbert’s One Clean Carton is derived from the follow- ing components: • Paper is the foundation for One Clean Carton. Colbert’s standard SBS, uses Candesce® CIS, ensuring only vir- gin fiber with no mechanical pulp in a middle ply. The composition of this paper provides for superior per- formance on press, resulting in less waste and lower consumption of raw materials and ink, which supports sustainability and recyclability as an added benefit. • The water- and agri-based inks comply with the Swiss Ordinance regarding food-safe inks and coatings. • The aqueous coatings originate in the United States and meet or exceed U.S. federal and state guidelines. Visit for more.

agri-based, offset printed version. Both cartons’ samples included an agri-based offset printed insert glued inside. All components of One Clean Carton®, including inks, coatings and adhesives, were tested to ensure they meet environmental and safety agency standards to be consid-


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Griesenbeck Joins Baldwin As UV/LED Product Specialist

Prior to joining Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV, Griesen- beck spent time with Graphic Innovators, Trinity Printing Machinery and, most recently, Create It Packaging. Previ- ously in his career, he delivered sales results for nearly 20 years in positions at major press manufacturers Heidel- berg and Komori America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in graphic arts technology and management from Roches- ter Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. AICC Canada To Hold General And Fall Member Meeting In ON AICC Canada and its Board of Directors are inviting its members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Fall Member Meeting. The AICC Canada Region Elev- en will hold its AGM at 8:30 a.m. on September 13 at the Pearson Convention Centre, in Brampton, Ontario, Cana- da. A deluxe hot breakfast will be served. Dennis J. Colley, President/CEO of the Fibre Box As- sociation (FBA) will share his insights on the “Issues and Opportunities facing the North American Corrugated In- dustry” with an emphasis on customer expectations and household recycling. Other presenters include Adam Jo- sephson of KeyBanc Capital Markets; Liz Logue, VP Strat- egy, Inkjet, EFI; and Virginia Humphrey, Director of Mem- bership & Marketing, AICC. Visit to register.

St. Louis, Missouri based AMS Spectral UV, a Baldwin Tech- nology company and North America’s largest manufactur- er of UV and LED-UV curing solutions, has announced that

Bob Griesenbeck has joined the or- ganization, bringing his strong sales and commercial printing knowledge to the role of UV/LED Product Spe- cialist. Griesenbeck will provide exper- tise in UV and LED-UV capital equip- ment sales for the company’s North

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American sales team, along with commercial field support for active opportunities. By engaging with the sales team, as well as with customers, he will leverage company prod- ucts in new and existing markets, while assessing custom- er equipment for upgrades/rebuild work. “With Bob’s deep knowledge of the North American printing market and his connections with decisionmak- ers at every level, from printers to equipment dealers, he brings the right mix of technical and sales knowledge to make a big difference here,” said Jonathan Fore, Product Manager for Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV. “I can’t wait to see our sales team thrive in UV/LED sales with Bob in this role to provide support.”

We’ve got our customers covered… …with our fiberglass backed, boltless, full double-wide blankets and an extensive inventory of corrugated parts needed by virtually every box plant in the country. The innovator of the original fiberglass-backed knuckle locking anvil cover, Stafford is the industry’s go-to source for everything corrugated. TM 800-282-5787 IS THE MANUFACTURER OF STAFFORD ANVIL COVERS ®


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Michael Durant (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

There are a few things people might not know about Durant. He loves to climb mountains despite his prior inju- ries. He’s also a private person who prefers to stay in the background. “I’ve always felt that this is a unique story that people are interested in hearing and need to hear,” he said. “In hindsight, it actually has helped me because the more we talk about the challenging things that we dealt with in life I think the better we’re able to deal with them emotionally and psychologically.” But as far as he has come, Durant says there’s always room to grow. That’s why he has approached his business life much the way he did flying. “Don’t ever think you know it all or that you’ve learned everything you can learn. There is an opportunity to get better every day and that’s certain- ly true in business,” he said. For the past 14 years, Durant has owned his own busi- ness, Huntsville, Alabama based Pinnacle Solutions, a de- fense and aerospace products and services company.

“I think most people will walk away with a better under- standing of what happened on the mission but also take away some things that they could possibly apply in their own lives whether it’s professional or personal,” he said. He will talk about how he recovered physically, psycho- logically, professionally and spiritually. As for the profes- sional part, Durant said he is a lot like his fellow soldiers. “Every wounded warrior I’ve ever met, me included, wants nothing more than to go back and be back in the unit that they were in when whatever happened hap- pened,” he said. “I’m sure there are exceptions, but ev- erybody I’ve met that’s one of the first things they say, ‘I wanna get back,’ and it’s a commitment thing. “You’re part of a team, you feel like you know you need to get back on the team, so getting back in the cockpit was very important to me and I was able to do that.”

“It’s very different today running a company of 500 people versus starting it with two peo- ple,” he said. “Certainly, for any of us in busi- ness having just gotten through COVID and all

the legislative changes and labor issues and supply chain. You’ve got to learn every day to figure out how you can overcome all those challenges that never go away.” Durant counts himself among the fortunate. He didn’t lose a limb. He didn’t lose mobility. Amazingly, he isn’t dealing with PTSD. “You see many, many people who never lose the will to keep moving forward, trying to In an iconic photo that was broadcast and pub- lished around the world, Michael Durant gives a ‘thumbs up’ upon his release as a prisoner of war.



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Michael Durant (CONT’D FROM PAGE 24)

maximize their life experiences and their fullest potential. Those are the kind of people that inspire me. They’re fac- ing real challenges head on and refusing to be held back.” Count among them all the people he flew with. They’re

a tight group and stay in touch regularly. They know the Michael Durant who loved the music of AC/DC as a young pilot. That’s why it was blasted from the sky so Durant could hear it when he was in captivity. “There was also one of

my very good friends who was calling to me from a loudspeaker from the sky, and it still sends a chill up my spine actually when I think about it,” he said. As an insider, Durant will talk about what the movie got right and didn’t get right. This was a poignant In addition to his military experience and speaking ac- complishments, Durant is the New York Times best-sell- ing author of “In the Company of Heroes” and “The Night Stalkers: Top Secret Missions of the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Aviation Regiment.” moment the movie got right. Best Selling Author And CEO The cover of Durant’s New York Times best-selling book.

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