Board Coverting News, August 31, 2020

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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