Board Converting News, January 23, 2023

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 39 years January 23, 2023 VOL. 39, NO. 4

Tavens Packaging, Vendors Go ‘Above And Beyond’ To Succeed BY LEN PRAZYCH There is apparently – and thankfully – no shortage of privately owned-independents willing to share the stories of their successes achieved with the newest products, fastest equipment and latest tech- nologies from our industry’s ever-innovative suppliers, whose modern wares allow independents to stay ever-competitive and grow their businesses. Smaller independent sheet plants, Bedford Heights, Ohio

Supremex Inc. Acquires Impression Paragraph Inc. LaSalle, Quebec based Supremex Inc., a North American manufacturer of envelopes and a growing provider of paper-based pack- aging solutions, announced the acquisition of shares in Impression Paragraph Inc., an inte- grated provider of paper-based packaging, print and a broad range of commercial mar- kets. The $26.6 million transaction was financed through Supremex’s existing credit facility. Paragraph, founded more than 35 years ago, operates two facilities in Ville-Saint-Lau- rent and Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Its offer- ings include folding carton packaging and point-of-sale displays for the cosmetic, phar- maceutical, food, confectionary and retail sectors. “We are excited with this acquisition and the critical mass it brings to our folding carton operations,” said Stewart Emerson, President and CEO of Supremex. “Paragraph is a well-managed company with sound assets, available capacity, a solid reputation, and excellent brand awareness in the Quebec marketplace. Its proven know- how, unique capabilities and strong custom-

based Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions among them, also rely on innovative machinery from our industry’s leading suppliers, but it’s not necessarily the newest, fastest and most expensive. For Tavens, it doesn’t have to be. Its machinery must, however, be extremely reliable, high-performing and eminently capable of producing the highest qual- ity brown boxes and high-end graphics and displays on the market. Yes, older, (non-brand-new) equipment needs to be maintained, up- graded and re-engineered to continue to run like new, which means Tavens’ success depends on the capabilities and expertise of its ven- dors, a philosophy wholeheartedly embraced by the company’s found- er, Frank Tavens, who “opened shop” with his son Albert in 1957. Frank was familiar with the industry because he also operated the Acme Waste Paper Products Company, the company his father founded in 1930. Initially, Frank Tavens was focused on making donut and pastry Mike Schaefer, left, President of Tavens Packaging & Display Solu- tions, and Scott Perell, Tavens’ Production Manager, have grown the company via acquisition and its superb team of vendors.


WHAT’S INSIDE 5 SUN Announces New Leaders To Support SUN625 Line 10 Manufacturing In 2030 Event Explores Artificial Intelligence 16 IRP Recognizes Team With Mission Of ‘Zero Waste’ 20 Vanguard Names New Sales Manager, Creative Director



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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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $ 90 5 .00- 9 1 0 .00 $ 9 2 0.00- 9 3 0.00 $ 9 20.00- 9 30.00 $ 9 20.00- 9 30.00 $ 95 0.00- 9 60.00 $ 9 2 3 .00 -93 3 .00

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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.

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107.46 118.45

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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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SUN Automation Announces New Leaders To Support SUN625 Line Glen Arm, Maryland based SUN Automation Group, a lead- er in providing solutions to the global corrugated industry, announced two promotions within its organization. Eric Aulton has been promoted to the position of Prod- uct Manager – RDC, and Rob Casella has been promoted

to Technical Director. Both will sup- port the growth and ongoing initia- tives of SUN’s capital equipment of- ferings. Aulton continues to build on his nearly 35-year career at SUN. When he first joined the SUN family, he worked within the engineering de-

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partment and was a key contributor to many innovative de- signs. In 2013, Aulton was recruited into the sales depart- ment where he held numerous positions, most recently as Global Products and Business Development Manager. In his new role, he will manage the rapidly growing SUN625 product line while closely working with the SUN Sales and Engineering teams, using the voice of the cus- tomer to determine the best ways to enhance RDC devel- opment. “Eric’s diverse experience in Sales and Engineering has allowed him to achieve great success in his prior roles supporting integrated and independent operations alike,” says Chris Kyger, President at SUN. “His focus on continuous improvement and dedication to the voice of the customer gives us utmost confidence in his ability to further grow the SUN625 product line.” Casella, who came to SUN with extensive experience in sales and service at a major OEM supplier, is responsible for providing technical expertise to the SUN Sales team. His expertise is key for customers to feel confident mak-

ing the large capital investment in the equipment of the SUN625 RDC, LMC and PARA product lines. Casella began his career at SUN in 2016 as Capital and International Projects Manager and later was pro- moted to Global Products and Busi- ness Development Manager.

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“Rob’s vast experience, knowledge, and work ethic over the past 20 years has prepared him for his new role,” said Greg Jones, Executive Vice President at SUN. “He is a valuable asset not only to our sales team, but also and perhaps most importantly, to our customers. We are excited to see Rob continue to bring value to the cor- rugated industry for years to come.” SUN engineers and builds the SUN625 Rotary Die Cut- ter, and provides sales, service and support in North and Central America for Latitude Machinery Corporation. For more information about equipment, parts and service from SUN Automation Group, visit .


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Supremex Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

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

er relationships can be leveraged to further expand our reach in the value-added packaging space and will yield important synergies. “We are thrilled to welcome Paragraph’s management and 175 employees to the Supremex team.”



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

32.705 34.247


7.787 8.154


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

305.168 312.525


7.989 8.224


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2022 2021

2.6327 2.7773


24.8959 25.4841


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

In 2019, Paragraph was ranked among Canadian Busi- ness’ 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada. Supremex is the only national packaging and envelope manufacturer in Canada. It operates 11 manufacturing facil- ities across four provinces in Canada and six manufactur- ing facilities in four states in the U.S. It employs more than 1,000 people. In 2022, Supremex acquired Royal Lithogra- phers and Envelope Manufacturers. For more information, visit . Supremex headquarters is located in LaSalle, Quebec.

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Sep. Aug

2.5975 2.5867


4.1 4.2


Shipping Days




2022 2021

21 21

191 190

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Paper & Packaging Caucus Welcomes New Bipartisan House Leadership The Paper & Packaging Caucus in the U.S. House of Rep- resentatives has announced new bipartisan leadership. Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Washington) and Con- gressman Lou Correa (D-California) will serve as Co-Chairs representing the U.S. paper and wood products industry. They join the continued bipartisan leadership of Co- Chairs in the U.S. Senate: Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas). “We are excited to welcome the new Co-Chairs of the House Paper & Packaging Caucus,” said AF&PA Pres- ident and CEO Heidi Brock. “We are one of the largest manufacturing industries in the United States. The Paper & Packaging Caucus supports policies that help our industry grow, create jobs, and foster global market competition for sustainable paper and wood products. These are essential products, made from renewable resources, and used ev- ery day by millions of Americans.” “We look forward to working with Congressmen New- house and Correa, and welcome other lawmakers to join us, as we work toward common-sense, bipartisan policies that advance U.S. manufacturing and create sustainable products,” said Christian Fischer, President of Georgia-Pa- cific LLC and Chair of the AF&PA Board of Directors. To learn more, visit .

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NAM: Manufacturing In 2030 Event Explores Artifical Intelligence AI is changing the way manufacturers do business — from the production line to the back office and across the sup- ply chain. At the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Man- ufacturing in 2030 Project: Let’s Talk about AI event last month in Nashville, Tennessee, panelists discussed how those sweeping changes would alter and enhance the manufacturing workforce. A collaboration between the MLC (NAM’s digital trans- formation arm) and the MI (NAM’s workforce development and education partner), the event provided key insights for manufacturers into how technology and workforce trends interact with each other. “The history of technology adoption is about improving the job quality of individuals on the shop floor. AI helps

them to do the job better, provide them with better tools, gives them greater authority and ultimately in- creases the value-add of their jobs. All of that is a net positive for those individuals,” said MI Vice President of Workforce Solutions Gardner Carrick. By leveraging data and enabling

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their bench of critical thinkers and prob- lem-solvers. The panelists had a few tips to help companies along: • Invest in upskilling programs to make the AI integration process at your compa- ny smoother and develop the talent you al- ready have. • Update job descriptions to reflect the skill sets the company will need in the next five to seven years. • Consider recruiting for and teaching adaptive skills — skills that enable individ- uals to adapt easily to changing demands and environments — which can increase the flexibility of your workforce. • Build partnerships with local schools, community colleges and technical and vo- cational schools to develop talent pipelines that will meet your needs. The Human-AI Collaboration While AI will take over monotonous, repetitive tasks, the panelists predicted that the industry would continue to center around human labor. “You can teach AI

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“We are proud to once again earn a Gold Medal rating from EcoVadis,” said Sonoco Vice President of Environ- mental, Sustainability & Technical Services Elizabeth Rhue. “In a world where sustainable business practices are in- creasingly important to consumer and industrial markets, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to corpo- rate responsibility, implementing policies and procedures geared toward building a healthier planet and future.” The EcoVadis Gold rating is just one award and/or rec- ognition for Sonoco’s sustainable packaging practices. The company has been included on Barron’s 100 Most Sustain- able Companies list four years in a row and in 2022, the company ranked first in the Packaging Sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies, as well as number one for Innovation and Quality of Products/Services. Paper Excellence Donates $50K To Canadian Red Cross Richmond, British Columbia, Canada based Paper Excel- lence, announced it has donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. A majority of the donation will support ongo- ing emergency management operations in British Colum- bia and Saskatchewan, while a donation of $20,000 was made earlier this fall to Nova Scotia Red Cross in response to Hurricane Fiona. Paper Excellence Canada has opera- tions in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

formation, Deloitte Consulting. Meanwhile, AI adoption will likely lead to an increase in available jobs, as more skilled workers will be needed to guide and inform these new processes. “Over the last 12 years, we’ve seen a lot of technology adoption, but we have not seen a lot of job loss. In fact, we’ve seen job gains,” said Carrick. “There is a lot of opportunity to reimagine jobs to add value that AI will help to illuminate.” The Manufacturing Leadership Council is a business leadership network dedicated to helping industry execu- tives identify opportunities created by digital technologies in the operation and leadership of manufacturing enter- prises as they pursue their journeys to Manufacturing 4.0. Sonoco Earns Gold Rating From EcoVadis For Sustainable Practices Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco Products Com- pany announced it has earned a Gold Medal rating for the second year in a row from EcoVadis, a leading environ- mental, social and ethical review agency for global supply chains. This result placed Sonoco among the top five per- cent of more than 100,000 organizations reviewed world- wide.

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Trenton Corrugated Takes Sustainability To ‘Next Level’ With Rooftop Solar Panels Trenton, New Jersey based Trenton Corrugated Products (TCP) reported that it is taking its sustainability initiatives to the next level, literally: the company has installed solar panels on the expansive roof of its sheet plant.

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According to an article that appeared on , TCP Pres- ident Ian Bernstein explained how sustainability is at the core of his com- pany’s mission. “We’re in the packaging business and within packaging, corrugated is at the top of the heap. Compared to other types of perma- nently polluting packaging, it’s very sustainable,” he said. “I like to call our employees ‘green-collar’ workers, and in keeping with this theme of try- ing to do the right thing from a sustainability perspective, solar seemed to be the way to go.” TCP is also in the process of installing chargers for employees with electric vehicles. In discussing the process of going solar, Bernstein noted that the com- pany he worked with, Moore Electric, gave TCP the opportunity to own their panels rather than lease them. “We own them and they made it very reasonable along the way,” said Bernstein. “With the solar panels on the building, we’re going to be covering about 80 to 85 percent of our elec- tricity with the 850 panels installed on our roof.” This installation was no small feat. It was, in fact, one of the most sig- nificant solar installations in the city of Trenton. “A fire inspector told us this was the largest installation that he’s had to inspect and approve, and we were excited to hear that. We’re bringing Trenton and New Jersey forward with the solar panels and putting in chargers. We’re happy to be able to do our part for the planet as well as provide cost-effective elec- tricity to the company.” When asked if he had any words of encouragement for other entre- preneurs or business owners considering going solar, Bernstein said. “I think it’s twofold. I think we all have an obligation. We all know climate change is out there. We need to do our part to make the planet more sus- tainable and more importantly, make our communities more sustainable. I think it’s an important sign that Trenton is moving forward. Changes that are going on in the world can be done right here.” Visit for more information. Trenton Corrugated procts (TCP) installed 850 panels on the roof of its Trenton, New Jersey facility. The company will save 80-85 percent on the electricity it takes to run the plant.

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IRP Recognizes Contributions Of Team To Mission Of ‘Zero Waste’ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Impact Recycling Part- ners announced its team members’ contribution to the company’s “rethinking zero waste” mission. Impact Re- cycling Partners, a division of American Box Company, a

ysis experience, across a variety of different industries, he currently oversees the financial performance of both divi- sions and provides insight into the growth strategy of the business.

Douglas Hart, Chief Operating Officer: Hart focuses on special proj- ects, operational improvement, and human capital endeavors. He pos- sesses over 30 years of leadership experience in a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, in-

portfolio company of Main Line Equi- ty Partners, has decades of collective experience in waste and recycling operations, manufacturing, and busi- ness development. Brandon Spradlin, President: Spradlin spearheads all strategic ef- forts and has over 16 years of expe- expertise qualifies him as a pioneer in business transformation and de- velopment initiatives. His previous management roles in the waste ser- vices industry make him an asset in the company’s journey to zero waste. Richard DeFelice, Chief Financial Officer: As a seasoned financial ex-

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dustrial manufacturing, medical, and testing instruments. His executive capabilities and expertise make him a key advisor for IRP as the business continues to scale. Mary Linn Leonards, Chief Reve- nue Officer: Leonards is the primary lead for all processes regarding reve- nue growth. Backed by over 25 years of industry experience, she over- sees all marketing, customer support and sales activities. Her focus is on growth, alignment, improving sales performance, creating sound products, and delivering customer satisfaction. Steven Dege, Director, Business Development & Sus- tainability Programs: As a sustainability innovator, Dege leads all business development efforts related to ze- Mary Linn Leonards

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Vanguard Names New Sales Account Manager, Creative Director Kansas City, Missouri based Vanguard Companies an- nounced two appointments on its sales and creative teams. Erin Spears is the new Sales Account Manager in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Jorge Buffa was named the Creative Director. “We are honored to promote Erin to this position where she will continue to leverage her depth of experience to grow the business,” said Jennifer Wulf, Vice President of Sales. “This is a critical role to our long-term success in Bentonville as we expand into different categories and markets.”

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store retail display program business. In her previous role as Program Manager, her focus was on the Apparel cat- egory as well as playing an instrumental role in driving the volume and success of the Vanguard packout opera- tions nationwide. Her expertise in multi-vendor pallet and multi-department programs will be carried through to her new role growing the beauty category business. “Erin’s promotion reflects Vanguard’s continuous com- mitment to our core values and our dedication to the de- velopment and support of staff to succeed within our com- pany, the industry, and the community at large.” said Chris Stoler, CEO. Meanwhile, Buffa will provide creative guidance, aes- thetic direction, and oversight to design projects, pro- cesses, ideation, and innovation as the company’s Creative Director.

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“blank slate,” in Bedford Heights, where the company re- mains today. Ames continues to maintain ownership. In what could be considered the “modern era of the company,” Ames rebranded the company in 2010 to be-

boxes before getting into corrugated and he thrived on being a small company that served the local community. He was intent on providing jobs for people in the commu- nity Tavens served and no job was too small. He bought second rolls from brokers and very often his boxes – much like Tavens’ corrugator – were held together with Scotch tape and bailing wire. Frank and Al Tavens persevered and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. A Focus On Growth By the early 1970s, Tavens Packaging was growing, prompting the move to a former Union Camp building, where growth fueled more expansion. By 1984, Tavens was producing both corrugated and folding cartons but sold the folding carton side of the business and focused solely on corrugated. In 1997, after 40 years in business and in failing health, Al Tavens sold the business to a lo- cal entrepreneur named Dick Ames, who kept the Tavens family name. Ames’ first task was getting rid of the compa- ny’s corrugator, saying “I don’t want to own a business that has a piece of machinery that you can’t turn off!” His entrepreneurial instinct told Ames that operating Tavens as a sheet plant made the most economic sense. Despite the fact that the market didn’t see Tavens as a high-quality producer of sheets, Ames continued to grow the business without a corrugator and in 2007 moved into an empty Weyerhaueser plant, a 115,000-square-foot

come Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions and added a high-speed Latitude 42-inch Flexo Folder Gluer, which was perfect for small quantity, fast turnaround orders that had become Tavens’ stock in trade. Running as few as 25-50 boxes per order, the set-up-while-run feature of the Lati- tude ensured maximum efficiency and profitability. Scott Perell at the controls of Tavens’ 42-inch Latitude FFG.


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“This position continues to be ideal for me,” says Schae- fer, reflecting on the past ten years of being well-funded with great capital support but without the oversight and interference one might experience in a corporate envi- ronment. “We adjusted our focus to become a brown box plant proficient in running higher-end graphics and dis- plays and equipped ourselves to be able to run just about anything on our 4-color Hycorr Rotary Die Cutter. “We also had a Young Shin Die Cutter, an Automatan Labeler, and a Post Folder Gluer, so we went out and be- gan selling more high-graphic boxes.” Schaefer explains the initiative by using the “cake and frosting” philosophy, saying, “For Tavens, the sheet and brown box business is the cake and the graphics work is the frosting.” Growth Via Acquisition In June 2022, Tavens clicked into “buying mode” and with a desire to increase its footprint and expand its reach, acquired two Ohio manufacturing companies about an hour south of its Bedford Heights headquarters: Mansfield, Ohio based Corpad and Ontario, Ohio based Sash Foam Works. Schaefer explains how the acquisitions were a perfect fit because Corpad’s equipment greatly complements Tav- ens’: Tavens has a 42-inch high-speed Latitude Flexo Fold- er Gluer and Corpad has a 44-inch Emba Flexo Folder Glu- er; Tavens has an 50-inch S&S Flexo Folder Gluer that was on its last legs and Corpad has a newer and more efficient

In 2012, Ames began the search for a seasoned profes- sional to run the company and found him in Mike Schae- fer, an accomplished corrugated industry veteran who was extremely well-suited to guiding the newly rebrand- ed Tavens into its promising future. Schaefer had been in

the corrugated industry for the majority of his career, with stints in Deline Box & Display and most recently, Buckeye Corrugated Inc. (BCI). A Young Shin die cutter at Tavens’ plant in Bedford Heights complements a Baysek die cutter at Corpad’s facility in Man- sfield, Ohio.



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50-inch Langston Flexo Folder Gluer; Corpad doesn’t have a specialty folder gluer, but Tavens does in a 74-inch Post; Corpad has a mini, a Jumbo printer slotter and Tavens has a Post Specialty Folder Gluer and an Automatan Laminator that supports a Young Shin flatbed die cutter and Corpad has a Baysek flatbed die cutter but no laminator. “They were the ideal acquisition,” says Schaefer of the Tavens’ investment in growth. “Our machinery went hand in hand and our markets barely overlapped, so in effect, we expanded our collective footprint. We also received a great group of people that fit us well and allowed us to spread the Tavens philosophy, which is, ultimately, taking care of our customers and keeping our promises.” Adding Corpad’s 100,000-square-feet and approxi- mately 50 employees to Tavens’ 50 brings the company’s “under roof” total to approximately 100 employees. Sash Foam Works, which specializes in protective packaging

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Tavens Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 26)

With its newly expanded capacity, Tavens is certain- ly not suffering from a shortage of business. If there is a shortage of anything, it’s in the number of salespeople it employs. “Our sales staff is not big enough and it’s been a been a real challenge hiring new people,” admits Schaefer. “Across our three facilities, we have six sales reps who are employees and several more brokers who are not. We’re always looking for quality sales reps and we welcome their interest and their calls. They’ll do very well here.” What there is not a shortage of at Tavens is creative talent. The company boasts a “super strong design team” and a production team, both of which are allowed to “flex their creative chops,” especially during the holidays, when they design a corrugated Christmas gift for its customers. “In the old days we would give booze to our customers but all that gave them was a hangover,” jokes Schaefer. “Now our unique Christmas gift is one way we can show off our skills to our customers. We tell them that they may only want or need a brown box now but if or when they need to take it to the next level, they have full access to our creative firepower. Our design and production teams do a phenomenal job with this kind of thing and it’s creat- ed several new project opportunities for us.” Superb Vendor Partnerships “Ownership and management at Tavens are of the philosophy that the company doesn’t need brand new,

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