Board Converting News, June 22, 2020

Colbert Packaging Does ‘The Next Right Thing’

up-to-date business continuity plan (BCP), as well as five key factors: 1. A willing and able workforce, 2. The right printing and finishing equipment, 3. Technology for qual- ity assurance, 4. Inventory availability and trusted supply chain, and 5. Supportive customer base. A Willing And Able Workforce Colbert is a 60-year-old family-owned business with more than 300 employees. As a secondary packaging producer for pharmaceutical and food-safe products, it was deemed an essential business during this pandemic. Upon BCP activation, Colbert’s IT team facilitated and se- cured home-based operations for its office staff, while pro- duction scheduling enacted drastic course corrections in each of its three facilities. Employees adapted and worked diligently to balance capacity with customer demand. The Right Equipment In keeping with its model of Safe, Smart, and Sustain- able paperboard packaging solutions for pharmaceutical,

When the leadership team from Lake Forest, Illinois based Colbert Packaging Corporation, a provider of paperboard packaging solutions, met to formalize its 2020 operating plan, little did they know how drastically the plan would change in a matter of weeks. Thanks to an experienced, dedicated workforce, the operations team mobilized for rapid response to demand for COVID-19 test kits and other pandemic-related products in need of packaging. “No one anticipated the magnitude of this pandemic but we knew the right thing to do was take action and do our part to keep employees safe and adhere to strict CDC safety guidelines,” says Colbert President & COO John Lackner, who attributes Colbert’s ability to supply the ur- gently needed pharmaceutical packaging orders to an

healthcare and consumer brands markets, Colbert Packaging was ready to respond. Recent investments in printing and finishing equipment provided the means to serve its customer base and meet the escalated de- mands of COVID-19 pharmaceutical pack- aging. Quality Assurance Even the most urgent demand for phar- maceutical packaging must comply with FDA requirements. No exceptions. Colbert Packaging supports its customers’ FDA re- quirements by maintaining cGMP standards for FDA-compliant quality management sys- tems and operating procedures. Colbert’s GMI certification, combined with its 100 percent vision inspection tech- nologies, ensure quality and accuracy in secondary packaging, saving time and ma- terials while working to exceed customer expectations. Trusted Supply Chain A trusted supply chain is critical during these challenging times. Careful inventory planning and warehousing and a reliable and flexible sourcing network position Col- bert to maintain its production flow, from The customer remains central to Col- bert’s focus. Unprecedented times call for open communications and voluntary agree- ment to work together for the common good of our communities. “Our customers have demonstrated the support and team- work needed to see us through this extraor- dinary time,” says Lackner. “We’re grateful to be in a position to do the next right thing.” Visit . raw materials to final delivery. Supportive Customer Base


June 22, 2020

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