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Race In The Workplace: How To Create An Inclusive Environment BY PHILIP PERRY Systemic racism has become a topic of primary interest around the nation. As headlines blare news about racial disparities in the society at large, businesses everywhere are asking themselves an important question: What inequities exist in our own organization and how can we rectify them?

NAM: Manufacturing Shows Signs Of Recovery In August The manufacturing sector in the United States continued to show signs of recovery in August, accoding to Chad Moutray, Chif Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers. It notched the best reading since January 2019, bouncing back from springtime declines that were the worst since the Great Recession. The headline index increased from 50.9 in July to 53.6 in August, led by strength across the board. New orders and output accelerat- ed solidly, also at the best paces in 19 months. Hiring and exports both returned to positive growth in August. Manufacturers were also upbeat about continued increases in produc- tion, with the index for future output jumping to 63.9 in August, a reading not seen since April 2019. Manufacturers continued to expand, build- ing on the rebounds seen since the spring months. However, signs of decelerating growth also emerged in some markets in Au- gust. The IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI continued to show signs of recovery in August. It notched the best reading since Jan- uary 2019, with the headline index rising from

“This is a good time to deal with racial equality in the workplace because recent news events have made the topic uppermost in our minds,” says David Campt, founder of The Dialogue Company, a di- versity and inclusion consulting firm in Eden, North Carolina. “We’re seeing something that might be a real tipping point in the nation, and that will be talked about 30, 40, or 50 years from now. When something important is happening in society we don’t want to let discomfort keep us from discussing what’s obviously on peoples’ minds.” Good For Business Reducing the business world’s racial disparities is a matter not only of social justice but also of profitability, says Campt. “One thing we’ve learned over the years is that diversity within teams produces a diver- sity of thought that can lead to better outcomes if it is handled well.” Organizations with good reputations can attract more top perform- ers, and fair treatment can keep them from jumping ship. “People very often leave companies because they feel they are simply being tolerat- ed rather than included,” says Bob Gregg, Co-chair of the Employment Practice Law Group at Boardman and Clark LLC, Madison, Wisconsin. “A toxic environment can lead to constant hiring and retraining of re- placements for people who leave.” Then there is the potential for litigation. “Discrimination or harass- ment in the workplace can spark lawsuits that result in money judg- ments not only against the company but also against individual su- pervisors,” says Yvette V. Gatling, a shareholder in the Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, office of San Francisco-based Littler, the world’s largest em- ployment law practice representing management.



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x SuperCorrExpo To Launch Weekly ‘Tech Talk’ Sessions James Kowall, Founder, First President Of AICC, Dies At 94 Colbert Packaging Makes A Difference Employing Youth 34 Prop 65 And FBA: Questions And Answers


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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$820.00-850.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $865.00-875.00 $838.00-858.00

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





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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50.9 in July to 53.6 in August, led by strength across the board. Regional surveys from the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks each reported slower expansions in activity in August. However, respondents remained up- beat about the next six months. The IHS Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI expanded very modestly for the second straight month, easing slightly in August from July’s pace. Sales and pro- duction were up solidly in Germany and — outside the Eu- ropean Union — in the United Kingdom. However, manu- facturing activity weakened in France. Initial unemployment claims rose to 1,106,000 for the week ending August 15. Claims had been at 971,000 for the week ending August 8, falling below one million for the first time since mid-March. Meanwhile, continuing claims dropped from 15,480,000 for the week ending August 1 to 14,844,000 for the week ending August 8. As such, 10.2 percent of the workforce was receiving unemployment in- surance in the latest data, down from 10.6 percent in the previous report. Michigan created the most net new manufacturing jobs in July, adding 9,400 workers. Despite gains over the past three months, manufacturing employment figures contin- ue to experience sizable declines due to COVID-19. Visit to see the complete report.

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SuperCorrExpo To Launch Weekly ‘Tech Talk’ Sessions In September SuperCorrExpo (SCE), the industry’s most powerful corru- gated event in the western hemisphere, hosted jointly by TAPPI and AICC, will launch its free, virtual learning se- ries, “Tech Talks: What’s New,” on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, showcasing some of the newest and most innova- tive products being brought to market today. The scheduled sessions are grouped by industry area and each presentation features solution-focused presen- tations comprised of seven-minute videos from SCE 2021 exhibitors highlighting new products/services/applica- tions. The presentations will be followed by live question and answer sessions, as well as the opportunity for partic- ipants to engage with the exhibitor, and one another. This new series is a unique way for SCE attendees and other

industry professionals to learn about many new products that have debuted over the last year. Tech Talks kicks off around the same time the original SCE would have been held prior to being rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entire schedule of presentations is available online at and presentations will run two times per week, every other week, during the period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. The compact pre- sentations are a great way for corrugated professionals to start researching new products and technology services now – from the comfort of their home or business office. The conversation starts online, and finishes at SuperCorr- Expo 2021 where they will personally see the products in action. All presentations will continue to be available for viewing online at until August 2021. For more information contact Kristi Ledbetter, TAPPI Corrugated Division Manager, at or

(770) 209-7319, or Cindy Huber, AICC Di- rector, Conventions & Meetings, at chuber@ or (877) 836-2422. Kivits Is New President At WestRock MPS Marc Shore, President of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) business, has left WestRock, effective August 17, 2020. Patrick Kivits has assumed the role of Presi- dent, MPS since Shore’s departure. Three years ago, WestRock acquired Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS), adding specialty packaging solutions in premi- um folding cartons, inserts, labels and rig- id packaging to our diversified portfolio. Shore, who was the CEO of MPS, joined WestRock at that time and brought great ex- pertise in specialty packaging to WestRock, an intense focus on customers and their needs, and a passion for agility, innovation and efficiency. WestRock appreciates his leadership during the past three years. Kivits joined WestRock in 2019 from H.B. Fuller and has served as the Executive Vice President for MPS since that time, where he was responsible for the company’s MPS North America operations. In this role, Kivits worked to ensure an ongoing commitment to customers while driving continuous growth, innovation and exceptional results. He also served as steward of WestRock’s China Operations. He holds an MS Me- chanical Process Engineering from Eind- hoven University of Technology, The Neth- erlands, and an MBA from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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James Kowall, Founder And First President Of AICC, Dies At 94 James Lionel Kowall, a principal founder and first pres- ident of AICC, passed away on Monday, August 17, in

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.784 33.734


7.905 8.032


Industry Total

Bellaire, Michigan. He was 94. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elva. Jim and Elva owned Great Northern Packaging in Grand Rapids, Michi- gan, where Jim was the CEO. In the early 1970’s, he was one of the principal visionaries and founders of the Association of Inde-

Year-to Date

July 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

231.403 227.669


7.765 7.744


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7993 2.7517


18.9354 18.7289


James L. Kowall

Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

pendent Corrugated Converters (AICC). He was AICC’s first president, serving in 1974-1975 and was inducted into AICC’s Hall of Fame in 2000 during the inaugural AICC-TAPPI SuperCorrExpo. A veteran of World War II, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was assigned duty at Pearl Harbor where he had full control of defensive materials for all the ships in the Central Pacific. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jim’s online guest book or to share a favorite memory, visit .

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jul. Jun.

2.0214 2.0865


3.2 3.3


Shipping Days




2020 2019

22 21

149 147

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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TAPPI Announces Cash Prize Award To Accompany Best Research Paper TAPPI has announced the endowment of the Honghi Tran TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Prize, a $2,000 cash prize that will be presented annually to the winner of the TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Award. For more than 17 years, the TAPPI Journal (TJ) Editori- al Board has honored the best of TJ content by nominat- ing and voting for the TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Award which is determined by the scientific merit, innova- tion, creativity, and clarity of a nominated paper. Honghi Tran, Ph.D. has published more than 80 papers in TJ. He received the 2019 Best Research Paper Award for “The solubility of calcium carbonate in green liquor handling systems” that he co-authored with his University of Toron- to colleagues Alisha Gigli and Vladimiros Papangelakis. A TAPPI member since 1980, Tran received TAPPI’s highest honor, the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal, in 2017. He is a TAPPI Fellow, PAPTAC Fellow, and a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow. He is a professor emer- itus for the University of Toronto and was the director of the University’s Pulp and Paper Centre. “As an active contributor to TJ, I always want to see it flourish,” said Tran. “TJ is not only important for the re- searchers, but is also vital for the technological advance- ment of the pulp and paper industry. My hope is that the

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Colbert Packaging Makes A Difference Employing And Mentoring Youth

Seven plus years ago, 19-year old Kyle Kamerer Jr. was in transition and sleeping in his car. Times were tough, and he needed work. Recognizing his potential, Tim Price and the Colbert Team offered Kamerer a chance with a job performing general manufacturing labor. Fast-forward to pres- ent day, and Kyle Kamerer Jr. is married, supervising a department and

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perience to the next generation so that they can have the opportunity to expand and enhance both is critical for a city like Elkhart. Through mentorships, apprenticeships, internships, and scholarships we are showing the youth in our community that we are invested in them and their importance to our community.” Price adds, “We incorporated the model of Colbert’s business practices, ‘PRIDE,’ as our proprietary investment in the program.” PRIDE is an acronym for Product Quality, Responsiveness, Integrity, Dependability, and Employee Excellence. Colbert’s full-time workforce benefits from the EUEA program, as well. By taking on mentorship roles, em- ployees are learning and practicing leadership in action. Colbert’s newest facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is also in- volved in mentoring students by participating in the Wis- consin Department of Workforce Development’s Youth Apprenticeship program. In this program, employers hire high school juniors or seniors for a one or two-year ap- prenticeship. During the apprenticeship, the student con- tinues toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is be- ing learned on the job. Through participation in the Youth Apprenticeship program, Colbert is able to educate local students in their chosen field, and promote careers in the folding carton industry. To date, Colbert has hired 4 YA’s in graphic design, structural design (Engineering Drafting), and manufacturing.

Cody Cox, a 2019 Colbert intern, reflects, “I had no idea this summer job would be so fulfilling. I learned so much about myself and what it means to be a productive worker, and how it feels to know I worked hard each day and gave

it my all. I’m sure I will apply many lessons learned to my future career!” The Elkhart business community agrees. Levon John- son, President of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce states, “Engaging the youth in our cities and towns is im- portant for any community to be able to continue to grow and thrive. Passing on our collective knowledge and ex- From left, Colbert CEO Nancy MacDougall, President John Lackner, VP/GM Tim Price, Scholarship recipient Cody Cox, Councilman Arvis Dawson, and Councilwoman Mary M. Olsen.

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TAPPI’s PIMA Division To Hold 2020 Leadership & Innovation Conference The global pandemic is rocking the business world, and causing companies to quickly alter their priorities to re- main stable. Corrugators need to be agile and adjust to the changing business climate as well. TAPPI’s PIMA Division recognized the necessity for an industry-wide conversation to address this new business climate and developed the 2020 Innovation and Leader- ship Conference, a series of virtual sessions held every Wednesday and Thursday from September 2-24. The Con- ference provides a platform for industry leaders including executives, plant and mill managers, emerging leaders, and suppliers to engage in high-level discussions about topics affecting the future success of the industry in a for- mat that allows easy access and convenient scheduling.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina based Stafford Corrugated Products has broken ground on its new 50,000-square- foot headquarters. This facility will replace the current 21,000-square-foot headquarters it has operated for the past six years.

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania based PaperWorks, a full-ser- vice provider of recycled paperboard and specialized folding cartons for packaging applications, is increasing its production capacity and capabilities by investing in new technology in the Greensboro, North Carolina, facility. The state-of-the-art equipment and new technology platforms will integrate well with PaperWorks’ highly-effi- cient business model by offering the most sophisticated automation geared towards full-quality control. Equipment includes two new MasterFold folding gluing lines from Bobst: 110A1 with 600Meters/Min line speed in- cluding end-to-end automation through a full batch turner, easy feed and auto packer. These lines are made with a highly sophisticated servo controlled matic system and in- novative technology used between job changeovers. The company is also installing a new 41-inch GLX740 offset printing press from Komori with seven colors and two coaters, including automating logistics, in-line color control, in-line detection systems, automated changeovers and in-line cold foil technology. This top-of-the-line tech- nology platform will allow for the production of high-end cartons that will be highly sustainable and cost-efficient. The new equipment will be installed in 3Q 2020 and expected to be in production in 4Q 2020.

“The need for more space to house additional invento- ry is what drove this decision. We needed more space to better serve our customers,” said Tony D’Aprile, President of Stafford Corrugated Products. “This new facility is more than double the size we have now and affords us the ad- ditional space to implement automated inventory control, product selection and room to expand custom manufac- turing.” Construction is expected to be completed Spring of 2021. “We appreciate the confidence our customers who made this both necessary and possible,” said D’Aprile.


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Baysek Names Tim Engle National Sales Manager

ers’ evolving needs with our 120 years of insight and strat- egy for planned growth,” said CEO Thomas H. Hawkins, IV. “We have expanded to the point where we now have es-

tablished a corporate marketing department to inform customers of our diverse capabilities, while providing up to the minute bene- fits on using our services.” “Our goal is simple: to offer the graphic capabilities that help attract, engage and retain target- ed customers. We’re here to opti-

Nelsonville, Wisconsin based Baysek Machines an- nounced that it has named Tim Engle its National Sales Manager. Engle brings to the Baysek team 25 years of cor-

rugated converting industry ex- perience from his time spent with A.G. Stacker and Haire Group. His wealth of industry knowledge, and mindset of doing what’s right for the customer, is a perfect fit with Baysek. If the name is an al- ready familiar connection to Bay- sek, it is because Tim has taken

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mize customers’ efforts by combining personal attention, solutions and productions that assure our customers’ suc- cess in their markets,” said Heithaus. “At LPC we have one message: ‘Yes, we can do that!’.” Heithaus can be reached at Greif, Inc. Declares 3Q Dividends Delaware, Ohioh based Greif, Inc., a global leader in indus- trial packaging products and services, announced that its Board of Directors has declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.44 per share on its Class A Common Stock, and $0.66 per share on its Class B Common Stock. The div- idends are payable on October 1, 2020, to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 17, 2020.

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over the role his father, Vern Engle, a well known face of Baysek Machines since the company’s inception in 1995. Contact Tim at or 715-496-0253 LPC Appoints Heithhaus To Vice President, Marketing Lewisburg, Tennessee based Lewisburg Printing Com- pany (LPC) has announced the appointment of Robert Heithhaus as its Vice President, Marketing. “The LPC story is one of staying ahead of our custom-


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Race In The Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

And litigation is indeed starting to pile up. “People are more prone than ever before to rush to a lawyer if they feel like their workplace is a hostile environment,” says James J. McDonald, Jr., Managing Partner at the Irvine, California office of Fisher & Phillips. “More companies are starting to be called out for being insensitive or not taking equality seriously.” The resulting media publicity, he adds, can be as damaging as the direct financial penalties. “Employers today have to be concerned about the costs of lawsuits in terms not only of money and time but also of reputation.” Let’s Talk In creating a workplace of inclusion, the first step is to realize that discrimination is generally unintentional. “The most important mental shift we can make is to reconceptu- alize the problem of racial bias,” says Campt. “Rather than a crime against the social contract done only by evil peo- ple, bias is more like a glitch in thinking that everybody is subject to. We are biased not because we are bad people but because our brains are inherently that way.” That collective unconscious mindset sparks real world discriminatory acts. “Most people are not racists or bigots, but they can make judgments based on stereotypes they have learned from the surrounding culture,” says McDon- ald. “As a result, they make decisions based on race or other protected categories without even realizing it.” Such decisions can include hiring, mentoring, promoting and the assigning of work duties. A business looking to upgrade its workplace environ- ment needs to start by addressing any organizational disparities. And one way to do so is to talk about it. “It’s a good idea to have what some companies call a ‘town hall meeting’ to discuss the topic of race relations,” says Gatling. “During this meeting higher levels of management can discuss current events and company policies. For re- mote workers, the event may take place over the Internet on Zoom or Webex.” The organization should present the meeting as a tool for improving operations—not just as a vehicle for paying lip service to equality. “Management needs to completely own the process,” says Dr. Kenneth Kaye, a Chicago-based workplace psychologist. “There should not be the slight- est nod to any statement similar to, ‘Sorry about this. We have to check this box because some people have com- plained.’” Instead, says Kaye, the person leading the meeting might explain its purpose in these terms: “We need to talk about how—not whether—we can be- come a comfortably diverse organization. We are going to be that way for three reasons. Number one, it’s the kind of organization or department that I want to lead. Number two, it’s the best way to be productive. And number three, it’s the law. Let’s start by discussing any of the ways we have failed up to the present time to be a group where ra- cial differences have no effect on anyone’s collaboration,



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Race In The Workplace (CONT’D FROM PAGE 22)


productivity, or evaluation. And then we’ll talk about the obstacles and some ideas to fix that.’” If a structured conversation is a good idea, or even a necessity, it’s also true that careful planning is required to pull it off. One size does not fit all. “Your business might benefit from a meeting to discuss race relations,” says Mc- Donald. “But you have to know your workforce. Are peo- ple upset? Are they talking about racial matters to such an extent that you feel a meeting might be cathartic? Then I think having an open discussion and letting people be heard might be worthwhile. But you need someone to lead it who will require respect on the part of attendees. And bear in mind that in some cases a meeting might lead to more tension and make matters worse.” Break The Ice As the above comments suggest, it’s possible for a staff meeting to backfire. It’s for that very reason that many businesses will be fearful of taking the plunge. “Managers of any color may be uncomfortable talking about work- place race relations,” says Kaye. “And they may fear that employees who are also uncomfortable with the topic will wind up offending one another.” Campt says management can help overcome the dis- comfort surrounding discussions about race—as well as set the right tone—by leading with a degree of vulnera- bility. “By owning up to bias and establishing a determina- tion to work on it, the manager makes it much harder for people to say they are immune from it and much easier for everyone to discuss it.” He suggests leading with some words like these: “Bias is something we are all subject to. I am not a per- fect person either. I am a human being subject to thoughts that are sometimes problematic.” Still got cold feet? Sometimes obtaining professional help is wise. “Skill at this level of communication is not widespread,” says Campt. “A good diversity and inclusion professional can often provide conversational tools to help a culture navigate the topic. There is value in engag- ing people who know how to be facilitators around these issues, and who are not doing it for the first time.” When an organization does undergo this shift in think- ing, people can discuss workplace bias in a more enlight- ened way. “We can start to look at how pervasive bias against women and people of color--not just in our com- pany, but in our society—might be affecting our business decisions,” says Campt. “And we can look in a different light at our recruitment practices, vendor choices, and hir- ing and promotion decisions.” Retool Business Systems The forward-looking company will take steps to re-engi- neer any policies and practices riddled with hidden biases. “The most important thing for every business is to estab- lish anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies,” says


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