Board Converting News, October 5, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years October 5, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 40

AES Helps UN1F1ED 2 Control Scrap, Dust BY GREG KISHBAUGH

USC To Build $80M Plant In DE, Close NJ Operation U.S. Corrugated (USC) reported that it plans to build an approximately $80 million corru- gated cardboard box plant near Dover, Dela- ware, while relocating its longstanding oper- ations in Newark, New Jersey, operations to the First State. With the goal of breaking ground in No- vember of this year, the 497,000-square-foot “super plant” will be located on a 40-acre par- cel between Camden and Dover. It’s estimat- ed that once U.S. Corrugated of Delaware is operational, it should bring around 150 jobs to the area. USC founder and Chairman, Dennis Mehiel, envisions a facility featuring the latest in industry-leading technology. He said that USC will close its 35-year-old, full-line box plant in Newark, N.J., and plans to transfer op- erations to the new plant by the end of 2021. “We’ve had tremendous upgrades since we opened our New Jersey facility, and it’s been upgrading in leaps and bounds in the last 20 to 25 years,” said Mehiel “There’s sub- stantial opportunity to grow in Dover to meet significant demands we will face in the next two to three years.”

UN1F1ED 2 Global Packaging Group (UGPG2) was looking for a better way to control its waste. The packaging provider, with corporate head- quarters in Sutton, Massachusetts, wanted a system that would allow the company to individually control its operation based on what piece

of equipment it was running. With its eye toward the future, the compa- ny also required that the system allowed for expansion and could sup- port the company’s molded fiber machines with the scrap corrugated conversion operation. With those parameters in mind, UN1F1ED 2 turned to a system from AES (Advanced Equipment Sales), which the company felt was the best option for its particular needs. “It offered simplicity, ease of use,” said Frank Tavares, Global Process Engineer Manager of UN1F1ED 2 . “AES also had great flexibility in dealing with our team in regard to designing and installing the system.” The scrap and dust removal and baling system AES installed at UN- 1F1ED 2 provides the converter with a means to tie all of its production equipment together in regard to controlling the waste it generates. The AES system collects scraps from six points of generation, includ- ing diecutters, folder/gluers and other production equipment. A new shredder is also integrated into the scrap system. UN1F1ED 2 Global Packaging Group (UGPG2) invested in a scrap collection system from Advanced Equipment Sales (AES) to help control its waste.


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 Rusken Packaging Consolidates Two Facilities Into One In GA 8 ND Packaging Opens Corrugated Plant In WI 14 PPC Fall Meeting To Highlight Diversity, Packaging Design 18 Cascades Launches Recycled Thermoformed Food Tray



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Once the Dover manufacturing plant is fully operation- al, it will have the capacity to produce approximately 250 percent more boxes than the Newark facility and bring in $120 million in additional revenue per year, he said. Mehiel started the company as Four M Manufacturing in 1966 and it flourished in the niche of interior corrugated partitions. From its first plant in Newark, the company ex- panded to foam and sheet plants across the country. USC launched in 2006 as a new packing venture. Pending approval from state and local officials, the Do- ver plant will be U.S. Corrugated’s fourth “super plant” in the past decade, focusing on using robotics and machines to streamline the process. The first was built in Los Ange- les as a joint venture with Acorn Paper Products, while the second was located in Georgia and the third opened in Indiana in 2019. “We will have the ability to assemble boxes without the touch of human hands in most cases. In the past, we would have crews handling about 30,000 pounds of corrugated boxes into a machine per shift,” said Four M Manufacturing Chief Operating Officer Jeff Coleman. “Now we can em- ploy our robots to do that,” . “Instead, we can turn our staff into innovators and problem-solvers for our clients.” Mehiel was attracted to the Dover site for multiple rea- sons, but principally because it sits in one of the state’s 25 Opportunity Zones.

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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 indi- cated 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 $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets


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$85.35 119.54

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107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

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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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ND Packaging Opens Corrugated Plant In WI

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month August 2020

Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin based ND Packaging, a sub- sidiary of Hong Kong, China based ND Paper, Inc. (Nine Dragons Paper Holdings Limited), has opened a new cor- rugated plant in Mount Pleasant. Last year, ND Paper purchased a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for $15.5 million and is making an additional investment of more than $30 million for renovations and equipment. The company plans to cre- ate up to 40 jobs at the location. “We chose Racine County not only because of their es- tablished reputation of being a welcoming business com- munity, but also because of the people on the local level and the relationships established,” said John Parent, ND Packaging General Manager. “We are excited for the fu- ture of the company in this region and the ability to create employment opportunities for the people here.” In 2018, ND Paper invested $189 million into the Cat- alyst Paper Mill in Biron, Wisconsin. The Mount Pleasant location, located 2.5 miles from I-94 in the Chicago-Mil- waukee corridor, will complement the Biron plant by man- ufacturing corrugated boxes. Over the past month, pro- duction machinery has been shipped to and installed in the Mount Pleasant plant. The company expects to start production by the fourth quarter of 2020.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.285 34.495


8.163 7.840


Industry Total

Year-to Date

August 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

265.688 262.164


7.814 7.756


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.8061 2.8427


21.7415 21.5716


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change


1.9155 2.0214


2.9 3.2



Shipping Days




2020 2019

21 22

170 169

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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transportation companies to use or reference the copy- righted NMFC in their tariffs, rate schedules, or contracts with their customers.” Per the NMFTA website, which also has links to classification assistance & interpretation, clas- sification research projects and packaging, and is a very good place for Packaging Industry novices to start – and for many of the rest of us to examine at least once. Erin Topper, CCSB Member/Packaging Consultant, promptly responded with a few things she selected to share with Fibre Box Association’s (FBA) membership: • NMFTA offers different webinars on proper packaging of freight for transportation in the motor carrier envi- ronment, as well as the proper classification of freight moving via LTL motor carrier. For more information on the current webinars offered, please see NMFTA’s Training and Education page. • In Supplement 2 to NMF 100-AT, which became effec- tive on August 15, 2020, a number of changes to fi- berboard packaging, specifically fiberboard or paper- board boxes or cartons, and fiberboard or paperboard mailing or packaging cans or tubes. For the approved provisions, please see the linked disposition bulletins Docket 2020-2, Subject 3 and Docket 2020-2, Subject 10, respectively. • Finally, the Commodity Classification Standards Board’s (CCSB’s) is constantly researching the transportation characteristics (density, handling, stowability and liabil-

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PPC Fall Meeting To Highlight Diversity Economic Trends, Packaging Design The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) will hold its first virtual Fall Meeting & Growth Conference on October 14-16, 2020. With sessions for all employees and functional areas of paperboard packaging com- panies, the meeting will cover crucial topics like diversity and inclusion, economic trends, and the latest in design and development.

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GapChek™, the latest corrugated vision system from Valco Melton’s ClearVision division, moves the measurement point to the bundle so that the lead and trail gaps are measured on finished boxes. GapChek displays live measurements of each gap and per-bundle averages with statistical process control charts on-screen Users can look at per-job and per-box gap data and analyze historical trends for certain box designs or customers.

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TAPPI is launching Printing Technology 101, a virtual series that taps into the expertise of respected printing industry leaders to deliver a comprehensive overview of tradition- al offset and emerging digital technologies, equipment review, color perspective, troubleshooting and more. Corrugated professionals will be especially interested in the topics covering flexography and rotogravure. Registration is now open and attendees can register at , with per-session and all-ses- sion passes available at member, non-member and plant rates. The series begins October 7 and ends on October 22. Sessions start at 2:00 p.m. (EST) on scheduled days and each session is 45 minutes of presentation, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. If you’re not able to attend the actual presentation, session recordings can be viewed afterward by registrants. Attendees will learn about commercial printing and equipment, traditional offset, flexography and rotogra- vure, electrophotography (dry and liquid toner), inkjet printing, paper grades and methods, print and press troubleshooting, predicting and testing print quality, and color perception and color gamut. Visit or contact Shannon Warchalowsky at for more.

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The AES System is said to offer heavy duty perfor- mance in a compact footprint along with lower operating costs; through its use UN1F1ED 2 was actually able to re- ceive a rebate from its electrical utility. The scrap material travels through pneumatic con- veyance ducting by means of material handling fans to a 60,000 CFM AirShark separator before being deposited into an automatic baler. The system includes a dust collec- tor, as well. AES provided a turnkey equipment and installation package with professional project management. The scope of AES’ work included a full electrical control pack- age with touch screen interface, rigging and installation, integration of all equipment, piping and components, structural steel fabrication and erection, and start-up, com- missioning and training. The origins of UN1F1ED 2 date back to 1988 when Art Mahassel founded Atlas Box & Crating Co. in Sutton, Mas- sachusetts, dedicating the new company to producing custom crates. The company expanded into foam and corrugated products and it grew from its headquarters in Massachusetts to subsidiary plants in North Carolina and New Jersey, and continuing to expand overseas with facil- ities in Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic and China. UN1F1ED 2 , in its current iteration, was created in April CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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2018 when Rand-Whitney Packaging, a subsidiary of Rand-Whitney Container and Kraft Group company formed a joint venture with AGlobal Solutions, the new name for Atlas Box. The newly launched venture soon began oper- ating under the brand UN1F1ED 2 Global Packaging Group. At the time of the launch, UPGP Rand-Whitney and Kraft issued a statement saying that, “As the regional leaders in highly engineered protective packaging, this strategic joint venture will allow us to better support our customers with broader capabilities while expanding our reach and responsiveness globally.” The Kraft Group, headquartered in Foxborough, Mas- sachusetts, is the holding company for the Kraft family’s various businesses, which includes paper and packaging manufacturing and the distribution of forest products. “Today, UGPG2 is a fully integrated packaging compa- ny supporting customers globally with fully capabilities of all protective packaging and straight corrugated services along with molded fiber packaging, warehouse and trans- portation logistics around the world,” said Tavares.

From its launch with just one employee, UGPG2 to- day employs more than 800 around people around the world. Its corporate headquarters in Sutton is 500,000- square-feet, and the company is expecting to expand in the next few years to a larger facility. The company’s Eu- ropean headquarters, located in Cork, Ireland, resides in a 100,000-square-foot facility. New facilities in the Czech Republic and Poland are also nearing completion. UGPG2 reports that it serves every industry, including ecommerce, automotive, military, medical, aerospace, food and beverage, electronics, industrial products and more. It can also assist with a wide range of packaging needs covering engineering, design, testing, fulfillment and real-time information processing. Earlier this year, the company continued its expansion with the acquisition of LJM Packaging Co, Inc. based out of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, LJM manufactures, ware- houses and distributes protective packaging. Like all companies in the packaging space, which have been deemed essential businesses, UGPG2 has had to UN1F1ED 2 Global Packaging Group (UGPG2) is expecting to expand its 500,000-square-foot facility in the next few years.



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John Kelley President at Dusobox We have achieved 98% machine availability, and significantly reduced machinery downtime from days to minutes. We have been able to maintain such reliability at a cost of 4% of net replacement value; much lower than expected for professionally managed assets and more.

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face dramatic changes in the face of the COVID-19 pan- demic. UGPG2 has stated that because of its focus on technology, machine and plant redundancy, and a verti- cally integrated supply chain, it is particularly well suited to operate efficiently through times of turmoil.


Advantzware provides a flexible and comprehensive sys- tem to address the business management needs of the in- dependent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale packaging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inven- tory and accounting, this scalable system supports packag- ing plants that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase displays, assembled partitions, paper- board products, foam fabrication, as well as distribution of packaging supplies. Advantzware has been in operation for over 30 years and continually enhances our system to ad- dress the needs of the industry. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION www.accfi Air Conveying Corporation has been designing, manufac- turing, and installing state of the art trim removal systems for the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Printing industries for more than 49 years. Contact us today.


The company’s vertically integrated supply chain en- sures that the company’s manufacturing locations have steady access to required supplies and resources, while each level of the supply chain offers multiple locations, enabling a customer’s packaging to be produced without interruption. Because UPGP2 owns its own fleet of trucks, a customer’s order never leaves UPGP2’s control from the time it is ordered to when it is ultimately delivered. UGPG2 has also been able to utilize technology to smoothly transition a portion of its office personnel to a work from home environment. The company’s sales staff has received training associated with providing web dem- os through online video conferencing software. Scrap travels through pneumatic conveyance ducting by means of material handling fans to a 60,000 CFM AirShark separator before being deposited into an automatic baler.

Albany International has a corrugator belt for every appli- cation. Our reputation for durable performance is the trade- mark of the most dependable belts in service today.


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Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and compre- hensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated sched- uling software, and engineered automation technology. For over 30 years, Amtech has remained at the backbone of successful businesses from the independent box makers to the largest integrateds. We keep our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with options such as custom- er digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and ship- ping, proactive roll stock and inventory management, and so much more in an integrated, single vendor environment. APEX INTERNATIONAL World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.

UGPG2 is fully equipped to produce foam, wood, mold- ed fiber, Air-Paq and corrugated packaging. The compa- ny’s expansive engineering team can design packaging



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