BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years November 15, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 46
Lawrence Paper Company Adds 5th Generation, Invests Heavily
Voorhees Receives PPC’s Lifetime Achievement Award The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) recently presented its most prestigious ac- colade, the Robert T. Gair Award for lifetime achievement, to former President and CEO of WestRock, Steven C. Voorhees, during the association’s Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The paper- board industry stalwart accepted the award surrounded by family, colleagues, and other folding carton industry leaders. The Robert T. Gair Award — an homage to the man who paved the way for the modern paperboard packaging industry — recogniz- es exemplary individuals who have demon- strated a lifetime of significant and lasting contributions to the industry. With decades of knowledge and leadership under his belt, Voorhees was a natural recipient of the honor. Under Voorhees’ leadership, WestRock, created as a result of the merger between Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco in 2015, suc- ceeded in many areas. Voorhees was instru- mental in expanding the company’s geo- graphic presence facilitating 20 acquisitions during his tenure as chief executive officer. Voorhees served as CFO from 2000 until
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One can’t begin to understand the success of the American inde- pendent family-owned corrugated box making company without first knowing the remarkable history of Lawrence, Kansas based Lawrence Paper Company. It goes back to the 1870s, a decade before the Scot- tish immigrant Robert Gair “accidentally” invented corrugated, when
the construction of a dam across the Kansas River gave birth to a grow- ing industrial center in the country’s midsection. Mills quickly sprung up to harness the power of the river and enterprising businessmen began seeking their futures. One such businessman, Justin DeWitt Bowersock, incorporated Lawrence Paper Company on October 16, 1882, and opened a paper mill – the first built west of the Mississippi River – that manufactured paper from wheat straw. By 1884, the plant was producing about five tons of paper a day, most of it shipped to Kansas City, where distillers used Bowersock’s singleface to wrap their whiskey bottles. In 1897, as a new industry was emerging, the Lawrence plant exper- imented with making paper boxes. In 1901, however, Bowersock pur- sued his calling as a U.S. Congressman and turned the management of the company over to his sons-in-law, Irving Hill and Paul Dinsmoor, who proceeded to grow Lawrence Paper Company into a leader in the burgeoning box making industry. From 1910 to 1914, the company man- ufactured corrugated boxes that were sturdy enough to ship canned CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 The management team at Lawrence Paper Company: from left, Mike Coda- ro, Design and Technical Services Manager; Russ Packard, VP - Sales, Op- erations & IT; Justin Hill, President; and Andrea Packard, VP - Finance & HR.
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WHAT’S INSIDE 8 Transport Panelists: No Quick Fix In Sight To Move Freight 12 WestRock To Invest $47M To Expand Claremont NC Plant 14 Peachtree Packaging Supports High School Robotics Club 24 Chicago TAPPI’s ‘What’s New’ Program Slated For February
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Voorhees Receives (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )
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.
2013, during which the company grew from $1.4 billion to $10 billion in sales. Named CEO in 2013, his efforts and leadership ultimately helped WestRock secure its status as the second largest packaging company in the U.S.
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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.
During his acceptance speech at PPC’s Fall Meeting, Voorhees explained his leadership philosophy. “Great leadership is based on commitment, knowledge, and sup- port,” said Voorhees. “Not the ‘New Year’s resolution’ kind Steve Voorhees, former President & CEO of WestRock, making his acceptance speech at the PPC Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
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of faux commitment, but the deep commitment to some- thing where you’re doing that [as] opposed to something you’d rather be doing. Knowledge, meaning the foresight to do something efficiently and then effectively. And lastly, support, by giving feedback to others when others don’t necessarily want to give it.” Voorhees said it was the teamwork of all employees that made his time at WestRock both worthwhile and suc- cessful. “Design, marketing, sales, operations would not be standing without the commitment and support of our team. I hope that I’ve given a small portion of all that you’ve given me, because I’ve been given so much. You can’t be successful without the support of others.” WestRock Chairman John Luke reflected on Voorhees’ ability to lead with both humanity and kindness. Luke said, “Steve is a wonderful leader, incredibly bright, but even more important to me was that he was a wonderful per- son, extremely humble, an excellent listener. He truly cares deeply about his people and the entire organization, and those attributes led Steve, as CEO, to make transformative change in our culture.” “I congratulate Mr. Voorhees on his significant accom- plishment. PPC has only given 19 Gair Awards during its 92-year history,” said Ben Markens, PPC President. “Only the most committed and exemplary individuals can receive the honor, and without a doubt, Mr. Voorhees fits the bill.”
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NAM: Manufacturing Employment Increases By 60,000 In October Manufacturing employment jumped by 60,000 in October, and total employment in the sector has risen 298,000 year to date in 2021, putting it on track for the best annual job growth since 1997, according to Chad Moutray, Ph.D., and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufac- turers (NAM). There remained 270,000 fewer manufactur- ing employees relative to pre-pandemic levels. The average hourly earnings of production and non- supervisory workers in manufacturing rose to $24.22 in October, with a 5.4 percent increase over the past year, the fastest wage growth since August 1982. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 531,000 in October, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 per- cent. The labor force participation rate was unchanged at 61.6 percent for the month. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index decreased from 61.1 in September to 60.8 in October. De- mand cooled somewhat but remained solid. Supply chain disruptions, logistics challenges, workforce shortages and soaring costs have dampened demand. New orders for manufactured goods rose 0.2 percent to a record $515.9 billion in September, albeit at a slower pace. Excluding transportation equipment, manufacturing CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)
Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change
Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)
Corrugator Plants Only
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orders increased 0.7 percent in September. Overall, the manufacturing sector continues to expand strongly—de- spite significant challenges—with new orders soaring 10.2 percent year to date. Private manufacturing construction spending declined 1.6 percent to $72.42 billion in September, falling to a five- month low. While construction activity in the manufactur- ing sector has risen 4.7 percent year-over-year, spending remains 4.9 percent below the $76.16 billion in activity re- corded in February 2020. As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee has decided to start tapering its asset purchases later this month. The Federal Reserve has been purchasing as much as $80 billion in Treasury securities and $40 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities each month since the beginning of the pandemic. It will start scaling that back by $15 billion in November, another $15 billion in De- cember, and so on, likely ending these purchases entirely by mid-2022. The U.S. trade deficit rose from $72.81 billion in August to a record $80.93 billion in September. Goods exports fell sharply for the month, with goods imports rising. The volatility in the September data likely stemmed from ongo- ing supply chain difficulties, including the chip shortage. Growth in goods imports has outpaced the increase in goods exports year to date.
According to an article on Transport Topic’s website at ttnews.com , fixing the severely kinked supply chain will take well into 2022, requiring unprecedented cooperation among trucking, freight rail, ocean carriers, ports and ship- pers. Those were some of four experts’ conclusions during a panel discussion October 25 at American Trucking Asso- ciations’ Management Conference & Exhibition. “The problems we are having here in terms of port and inland congestion, the difficulties in getting labor and keeping cargo and equipment moving as opposed to sit- ting still, these things are happening all over the world,” World Shipping Council President John Butler said. “For all of this to unwind, at least from the ocean shipping side, we need to see improvement in ports all over the world, pretty much at the same time.” The Southern California facilities at Los Angeles and Long Beach are gaining most of the attention regarding the supply chain tie-ups. Yet Association of American Railroads President Ian Jefferies said freight rail hubs, in- cluding Chicago, have had a backlog since at least spring, which in turn is causing problems for trucking, as the two sectors often cooperate on freight delivery. “At one point, one railroad had 20 intermodal trains
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“I think more transparency is helpful to the extent we can do it,” Jefferies said. “We don’t always know who the beneficial cargo owner is, and if you have a sense of where that end destination is for the container, so maybe you put all the cargo for one BCO in one spot in the yard. There are any number of steps that can be taken, information sharing about where there is available capacity.” Rutkowski added: “I think this stems back to devel- oping trust and good lines of communications with your transportation partners. This is something we preach all the time with our shippers, especially now. The shippers that have had and built those relationships with their pro- viders are the ones that are being most successful navi- gating those troubled waters.” Trucking, rail, and shipping officials say that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the enormous changes in buy- ing habits by consumers, all modes of transportation are moving record amounts of cargo. WSC’s Butler told the
waiting outside its Chicago terminal just to go in and un- load because there were so many containers they could not get out,” Jefferies said. “Some pretty dramatic steps were taken to increase capacity, storage capacity around the center part of the country, trying to motivate pick-ups in off-hours, but it’s an ongoing battle.” The panelists — Butler, Jefferies, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear and National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council Executive Director Gail Rutkowski — saluted the White House for its efforts to en- courage 24/7 operations at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. AAR’s Jefferies said a 24/7 supply chain is not a pana- cea, and there needs to be more cooperation and trans- parency among trucking and railroad and ocean carriers to make all modes run smoother.
audience that there is now enough capacity to move the current freight under optimal conditions. “Nobody is happy about how we’re man- aging this. Everyone here is moving more freight than ever before. The problem is be- cause of the congestion; we are moving it in a very inefficient way,” he said. “At a port, you might be picking up three containers to get to one to put it on a train. That’s not speeding up the process. Spear said that in the future he is con- cerned about the impact the White House executive order mandating COVID-19 vac- cines for companies with more than 100 employees may have on the supply chain if trucking does not obtain an exemption. “Looking at our workforce, we’ve gone to great lengths to look at the infection rate and the mortality rate,” he said, “It is extraor- dinarily low, and that should not come as a surprise to anybody, including the admin- istration. If you look at the role of a driver, they’re very independent, and that’s reflect- ed in the number of drivers who said they would leave that employer if it’s mandated.” Spear said the mandate would put more pressure on the supply chain when those on the panel said it already is stretched thin. Mostly, the panelists agreed that there is no one quick fix to get the supply chain back up to speed, and NSSTC’s Rutkowski said now that the supply chain’s flaws have been exposed, it’s time to rebuild. “In my mind, we should not go back to normal because normal is not working now,” Rutkowski said. “I think we need to come up with a new normal and define what that is, together as a united supply chain.”
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Diamond Packaging Wins Leadership Award From Cannabis & Tech Today Rochester, New York based Diamond Packaging an- nounced that it was a winner of Cannabis & Tech Today’s 2021 Sustainable Leadership Award in the Packaging cat- egory. The competition, sponsored by Cannabis & Tech Today in partnership with Regennabis, seeks to shine a light on those companies acting as stewards of the envi- ronment along every step of the cannabis life cycle, from sustainable growing practices to eco-friendly packaging. It demonstrates the cannabis industry can be sustainable, eco-friendly, and a valuable tool in the global fight against climate change.
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EFI Hosts Technology Leaders For VIP Conference At HQ In NH Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) is hosting leaders and top technology personnel from several of the country’s most advanced corrugated packaging manufacturers for an invite-only VIP Corrugated Conference at the EFI Global Inkjet Innovation Center in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The event highlights current and future innovations from EFI – including the company’s award-winning Nozomi single-pass inkjet corrugated printing platform. Attendees, including representatives from some of North America’s leading independent and integrated packaging compa- nies, will participate in discussions about the effective, re- al-world successes possible with digital printing and com- prehensive, data-driven workflows that help packaging companies scale their operations to new heights at a time of growing demand. “We are working closely with many leading and innova- tive packaging companies, showing them important strat- egies to drive a successful digital future for their business- es,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI Chief Revenue Officer. During the event, attendees are meeting with members of EFI’s senior leadership team and receiving an insider’s look at an EFI digital print and ink technology roadmap that builds on the successes converters worldwide have achieved with Nozomi – the leading single-pass inkjet technology for corrugated printing. The event showcases the breadth of an end-to-end EFI digital portfolio that includes advanced service and sup- port; customer acquisition solutions; leading-edge digi- tal workflows; robust Fiery digital front end print servers; high-productivity digital printers; and Genuine EFI Inks, including white inks that help corrugated businesses win new, higher-value-added work. Attendees will see live demos of the EFI Nozomi press and the new EFI MCORR 1300, a high-volume, six-color, 126-inch-wide UV LED multi-pass inkjet printer for cor- rugated packaging and displays. Available in 2022, the MCORR 1300 will feature three-quarter automation, full-au- tomation, or robotic board handling systems for stream- lined, continuous productivity. The VIP Corrugated Conference also features a live demo of the VUTEk h5, EFI’s next-generation, 126-inch wide, superwide-format UV LED hybrid roll/flatbed print- er. A versatile, high-quality printer, the VUTEk h5 excels at high-speed production of up to 109 boards per hour on an exceptionally broad range of media – from banner and rigid substrates for display graphics applications to folding carton and corrugated board. VIP event attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look at EFI’s world-class R&D activities in corrugated, in- cluding the company’s next single-pass corrugated printer presented via live demo from EFI’s inkjet center of excel- lence in Almassora, Spain. Visit efi.com for more information.
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AF&PA Elects Board Of Directors, Welcomes New Members The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) last week announced the election of its new 2022 Board of Directors members: • Robyn Buss, Ahlstrom-Munksjö • Regina Gray, The Procter & Gamble Company • Brian Janki, PaperWorks Industries, Inc. • Dan Kraft, The Kraft Group • Jean-Michel Ribiéras, Sylvamo Corporation Five current Directors were also re-elected: • Craig Anneberg, North Pacific Paper Company, LLC • John Carpenter, Nippon Dynawave Packaging • Mike Haws, Sappi North America • Remi G. Lalonde, Resolute Forest Products • Mark Sutton, International Paper These members were elected during AF&PA’s Presi- dents Forum on October 28, 2021, and will serve three- year terms, beginning on January 1, 2022. “The AF&PA Board of Directors represents the best in leadership from the paper and wood products manufactur- ing industry,” said Michael Doss, AF&PA’s Board Chair and Graphic Packaging International, LLC, President and CEO. “These newly elected directors bring a wealth of knowl- • Randy Nebel, Verso Corporation • Byron Racki, Pactiv Evergreen Inc.
edge, expertise and strategic guidance to help achieve AF&PA’s mission and values. Their partnership will ad- vance our industry forward on key initiatives, including our Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustainability goals.” In addition to announcing these newly elected direc- tors, AF&PA also welcomed new company, associate and association members in 2021: • Company Members: Sylvamo Corporation, Cosmo Specialty Fibers and Verso Corporation • Associate Members: Footprint, Arandell and Ranpak • Association Member: Envelope Mfg. Association Chicago TAPPI Slated For February, Supplier Members Invited To Present Chicago TAPPI announced that it will hold its annual “What’s New” program on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Supplier members who are interested in presenting their products need to fill an information form at www.tappi.org and return it to Mary Fritsch at email@example.com no lat- er than Friday, November 19. Presenters will be notified during the week of December 6th. The number of present- ers is limited and the Executive Committee will determine the final presenters. Presenters will also need to purchase a table top (1/2 table $150) for the meeting. For questions regarding the tabletop, contact Phil Eads at (973) 722- 9637 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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