Board Converting News, July 6, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years July 6, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 27

TAPPI Honors 2020 Award Winners In Virtual Ceremony BY LEN PRAZYCH TAPPI, the leading technical association for the worldwide pulp, pa- per, tissue, packaging and converting industries, announced that Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer of WestRock, was named TAPPI/

SCT Acquires Honeymoon Paper Products, Inc. Chattanooga, Tennessee based Southern Champion Tray (SCT), an independent manu- facturer of paperboard packaging for the bak- ery and food service industry, has acquired substantially all the assets of Honeymoon Paper Products, Inc., based in Fairfield, Ohio, effective June 29, 2020. Founded in 1960, Honeymoon is a supermarket and retail bak- ery, deli, food service and wholesale packag- ing provider. SCT is integrating Honeymoon’s catalog items into the company’s offerings and pro- viding expanded printing technology for Hon- eymoon’s custom packaging business. This acquisition gives customers an even stronger portfolio of fiber-based products and inno- vative capabilities that were not previously available with the companies operating inde- pendently. According to SCT’s President and CEO John Zeiser, “This acquisition makes a lot of sense for both Southern Champion and Honeymoon customers as we are expanding the breadth of our product line and scope of our manufacturing capabilities. Our business model is based on consistently delivering

PIMA Executive of the Year during a virtual awards ceremony for TAP- PI Association-level honorees held June 23rd at 8:00 p.m. Among the highest honors be- stowed by TAPPI and PIMA, the Executive of the Year Award is pre- sented to senior-level executives in the pulp, paper or converting indus- tries for excellence in management and outstanding contributions to the industry as a whole. In making the announcement, TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague said, “Since taking the helm at WestRock in 2015,

Steve Voorhees

Steve has expertly managed its electrifying growth, helping WestRock more efficiently and economically serve customers. And, because of our technical, scientific and education focus, we are also especially pleased with Steve’s prioritization of employee development and con- tinuing education. He is a champion of WestRock’s R&D efforts to find new and innovative ways to make paper packaging a sustainable al- ternative.” “I’m honored to be recognized today alongside so many great lead- ers from across our industry,” said Voorhees. “WestRock has been a proud member of TAPPI for more than 100 years. With a century of technical knowledge sharing and networking, we appreciate the im- portant role TAPPI has played in our industry.” Prior to his current role, Voorhees was CEO of RockTenn and also served in various executive leadership roles, including President and Chief Operating Officer; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Chief Administrative Officer. His previous experience in- cludes his work in operations and executive roles at Sonat Inc., a diver- sified energy company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Voorhees is a member of the Board of Directors of Truist Financial Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 3DE, the


WHAT’S INSIDE OSHA Provides Revised Guidance On COVID-19 12 DS Smith Ready To Provide Cutouts To Fill Empty Stadiums 6 FSEA Recognizes 27th Annual Gold Leaf Award Winners 0 AICC Webinar Focuses On Packaging, Post COVID-19 6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x


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

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$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.

42# Kraft Liner 26#

Semi-Chem Medium

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$920.00 $965.00

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SCT Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Core Competency

great packaging with distinctive customer service. We look forward to welcoming the Honeymoon organization into the Southern Champion Tray family.” The acquisition of Honeymoon provides SCT an ad- ditional manufacturing facility that is equipped to serve the bakery and food service industries. More importantly, Southern Champion Tray will be adding a highly proficient team in Fairfield, Ohio, that is accomplished and skilled in the production of corrugated circles/pads and take-out packaging for the deli and bakery industries. “We are very fortunate to acquire a facility with an ex- perienced workforce and also one that aligns with our company culture and values,” said Brian Hunt, SCT’s Chief Operations Officer. “The solution-driven culture at Hon- eymoon is a perfect complement to the service-focused business model of SCT.” Since 1927, Southern Champion Tray has been manu- facturing and distributing sustainable paperboard and cor- rugated packaging, food and drink carriers and molded fiber tableware to bakery, food service and catering cus- tomers across the United States and in nearly two dozen export markets. With the closing of this transaction, South- ern Champion Tray now has office, manufacturing and dis- tribution facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mansfield, Texas; and Fairfield, Ohio. For information on SCT’s full line of products, visit .

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OSHA Revised Guidance On COVID To Affect Recordable Cases BY MARY DRAIN The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published revised guid-

outcome. This is a change from the agency’s position in April 10 guidance, and it affects our industry. To meet OSHA recording obligations, the employ- er must first determine whether a “confirmed case of COVID-19” (see [2] of the revised guidance), is work-relat- ed ( … an event or exposure in the work environment, 29 CFR § 1904.5(b)(1).) In most instances, doing the following will satisfy the employer’s obligations: 1. Ask the employee(s) how they believe their COVID-19 illness was contracted; 2. While respecting employee privacy, discuss with them their work and out-of-work activities that may have led to the COVID-19 illness; and 3. Review the employee’s work environment for poten- tial SARS-CoV-2 exposure. A best practice FBA recommends when asked about regulations and reporting is to document your process and rationale so you can accurately recall the circumstanc-

ance for its occupational illness re- cordkeeping requirements. The new revised guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. The previous memorandum has been rescinded. Starting May 26, 2020, OSHA requires most employers with more

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than 10 employees to record work-related employee COVID-19 cases. Employers must record and report all employee-related COVID-19 illnesses regardless of the

es of your efforts. Employers will have to dig for information about the cause of an em- ployee’s viral infection while respecting the worker’s privacy. If the employee caught the coronavirus at work or while performing work-related activities, the employer must record the illness on the OSHA Form 300. Fibre Box Association (FBA) collects the OSHA Form 300A every year from plants participating in our annual Safety Awards and for the Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Report. The new guidelines may impact our current steady five-year trend of recordable cases. Frequently check OSHA’s webpage for updates, and share this news so your plants can be in compliance. OSHA can fine em- ployers for violating these workplace safety rules - but only after it conducts inspections and investigations. Mary Drain is the Director of Technical Ser- vices at FBA. E-mail . Shorr Packaging Appoints Onorato New President Aurora, Illinois based Shorr Packaging has appointed of Robert “Rob” Onorato as Pres- ident, effective June 22. Prior to joining Shorr Packaging, Onorato served as Chief Operating Officer for Cres- cent Electric in Dubuque, Iowa. Bringing years of experience and expertise, relative to B2B distribution organizations, Onorato has led successful business growth initia- tives through excellence in sales, strategy



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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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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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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire working width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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Shorr Packaging Appoints (CONT’D FROM PAGE 6)

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

and operations. Onorato’s background includes positions with Applied Industrial Technologies and Office Max. “We are pleased to welcome Rob to the Shorr Packag- ing team and believe that he is uniquely qualified to help lead Shorr during this period of unprecedented innova-



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

31.283 34.474


7.821 7.835


Industry Total

tion and growth for the business,” said Craig Funkhouser, Chief Exec- utive Officer. “Rob’s strategic clarity, operational experience, passion for developing talent and demonstrat- ed understanding of the customer experience will be vital assets for cultivating even stronger business

Year-to Date

May 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

162.228 162.018


7.725 7.642


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

Rob Onorato

2020 2019

2.4591 2.8461


13.3153 13.3401


partnerships with our customers into the future.” At Shorr, Onorato will work directly with Funkhouser furthering implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Additionally, he will be tasked with managing the strategic growth of the company with leaders of the Mar- keting, Sales and Operations teams reporting to him. “I am thrilled to join Shorr Packaging – an industry-re- vered fixture with a proud, 100-year legacy of unparalleled client success,” said Onorato. “It is obvious that Shorr’s adaptability, dynamism and commitment to beneficial cus- tomer outcomes has propelled this great organization to the prominent status it enjoys today. I am certain that the best is yet to come for Shorr and its customers.”

Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

May Apr.

2.3246 2.2914


3.8 3.6


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 22

105 106

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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Mesirow Financial Advises Genpak Flexible On Sale

Chicago, Illinois based Mesirow Financial acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Genpak Flexible, a portfo- lio company of the Jim Pattison Group (JPG), on its sale to C-P Flexible Packaging, Inc. (C-P Flexible), a portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital, Ltd. Genpak is an international provider of flexible packag- ing solutions including a broad range of film, foil, and pa- per packaging products. Based in Canada, it serves indus- tries including coffee, snack, and medical products from its two manufacturing plants in Minnesota and Ontario. C-P Flexible is a fully integrated flexible packaging con- verter, equipped with the capabilities of an industry-lead- ing flexible packaging supplier. The acquisition of Genpak will expand C-P Flexible’s presence across North America, bolstering its status as one of the top 20 flexible packag- ing companies in the U.S. “Mesirow’s packaging industry experience, expert counsel and deal management were crucial to finding this partnership with C-P Flexible,” said David Cobb, Man- aging Director of JPG. “The team navigated the unprec- edented conditions brought on by COVID-19, moving quickly to execute the optimal solution for the company. We believe this will enable Genpak to continue providing high-quality solutions and services to its customers.”



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DS Smith Ready To Produce Cardboard Cutouts To Fill Empty Sports Stadiums

Sports teams looking to resume games without spectators can now safe- ly fill their empty seats and create some much-needed atmosphere. DS Smith, a provider of sustainable corrugated packaging, has readied pro- duction of recyclable cardboard replacement fans for use at arenas forced to limit attendance of the real thing.

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DS Smith recently announced the launch of its design and manufac- turing plans, which includes an initial approach to the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer – offering quick and sustainable options for teams wanting to fill empty venues. “We look to sports as a unifier, and that’s been missing. We want to help solve that,” said Barry Nelson, Managing Director of Sales, Marketing and Innovation for the North America Packaging and Paper Division of DS Smith. “By using a versatile material like cardboard, we can support teams across the country to design a unique atmosphere while fans stay home to maintain social distancing because of the coronavirus.” DS Smith is a veteran international player on the packaging scene, and recently expanded its North American box making and recycling opera- tions. In the UK, it already is producing customized, branded “fans,” made of recycled, corrugated material. They easily slip over stadium seats, and soccer clubs in Europe are allowing the replica supporters to be displayed during matches. They’ll have arms raised, some in a V for victory, and with in-house pre-print capabilities, can be custom designed in a combination of tones, in solid or striped clothing to match team colors and even holding images of a foam finger or baseball bat. Sporting events across the country are working on safe ways to move forward, some limiting the number of spectators and others prohibiting any onsite, the result of physical-distancing measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The NBA is among those close to resuming its abbreviated season, beginning next month at Walt Disney World in Florida. And MLB has issued a 60-game schedule to start in late July in empty ballparks. The DS Smith plant in Lebanon, Indiana, for example, can produce more than 50,000 durable, corrugated fans in an eight-hour shift. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 DS Smith’s cardboard fans give athletes a safe dose of support.



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“There is a motivation that goes with playing. This sim- ulates having real fans in the seats and gives a sense of perspective to the players that they’re not all alone,” Nel- son said. Two Sides North America Launches Packaging Awareness Campaign Two Sides North America announced the launch of Love Paper, a new campaign designed to raise consumer awareness of the inherently sustainable characteristics of print, paper and paper-based packaging. The centerpiece of the campaign is a user-friendly website, lovepaperna. org , which reveals facts about print and paper products. “As consumers become increasingly concerned about the environmental impacts of the publications they read, the products they buy and the packaging those products come in, they need factual, science-based information to make informed purchasing decisions,” said Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel. “But all too often, they have little more than unsubstantiated marketing claims to guide them. We created the Love Paper campaign to make it easy for anyone to get verifiable facts about the sustain- ability of print and paper products from a wide variety of trusted sources.”

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FSEA Recognizes 27th Annual Gold Leaf Award Winners

Entries were received from countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Taiwan. Gold, silver and bronze winners were honored in 37 cat- egories. Best of Show and two Best of Show Honorable Mention honorees were also revealed. DataGraphic in Commack, New York, was awarded the Best of Show award for “Stag&Hare Honey Box,” which was entered in the category of Best Use of Foil/ Embossing – Folding Carton (Technical Difficulty). The carton was a promotional piece for Stag&Hare’s customers, showcasing four jars of honey varieties in a custom “jewelry box” featuring tactile textures and fin- ishes throughout. The outer box, honey jar cartons, hon- ey jar insert trays and position-mounted inside flap card were created from a matte black soft-touch paper and decorated with gold foil and gloss spot UV varnish, along with screen-printed colors. Once the decorative boxes were coated and foil stamped, they were individually die- cut, with each piece being hand-fed to en- sure perfect registration.

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has an- nounced the honorees in its 27th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition. In a departure from the typical awards presentation that would have occurred during an in-person conference event, the FSEA released a video awards presentation to honor the winners as a part of the the Online Experience at . “Like many other associations, the FSEA had to find new ways of doing business during the pandemic,” said FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson, “We are thrilled to be able to honor our award winners with a video reveal that feels very much like the ceremony we would have held at our traditional in-person event. Congratulations to all of our winners!”


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AICC Webinar Focuses On Packaging And E-Commerce, Post COVID-19 AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, with the support of HP, brought members a free webinar, E-Com- merce & Corrugated Packaging Post COVID-19, on June 15. Presenters Ron Sasine, Principal, Hudson Windsor LLC, and Ted Samotis, Director of Go-To-Market, HP PageWide Industrial Corrugated, HP, shared their insights about e-commerce, digital printing, and new opportunities. Pan- elist Mark Mathes, CEO, Vanguard Packaging, and Louie DeJesus, Owner, CompanyBox, also shared some of the secrets to their success. “We’re glad to provide AICC members, converters and brands, HP’s professional knowledge, to better embrace e-commerce opportunities with digital corrugated press- es,” said Sharon Chesler, Marketing Manager, HP PWI Cor- rugated. “With HP PageWide customer panel discussion, this webinar became a live platform for Q&A by attendees to industry experts like Vanguard Packaging and Compa- nyBox.” At the beginning of the webinar, Sasine shared several statistics about the e-commerce market, including “e-com- merce of consumer packaged goods totals $36 billion and is growing at five times the growth rate of conventional retail.” He noted, “We saw declines in the early parts of this year, and we will continue to see some declines across the broader corrugated market, but there are opportuni- ties and windows of growth within that declining segment over the next year or 18 months. That means we will face challenges, and those who are equipped will succeed.” He went on to discuss e-commerce consumer trends and the growth of customization and the continued move away from standardization. The ability to customize and provide additional value to customers is one of the “win- dows.” “Customization creates opportunities at different plac- es in the supply chain,” Sasine said. “In the digital print world, we will see expanded offerings, touching both high-volume and low-volume prices allows for extreme quality in the print and variability, changeovers. There is a massive opportunity in digital simplicity. There is also a massive opportunity in logistics and tracking with tied-to- data management.” Later in the webinar, Mathes, using an example from Vanguard Packaging to show they had used tied-to-data management as one part of a packaging overhaul they lead for a customer. To better understand the customer, Mathes ordered one of their products, a pair of hunting boots, and then analyzed the packaging it came in to see how they could take that packaging and emulate the expe- rience of buying it in a store. The first step was to add the name of the company on the box. This was a simple solution that helps cut through

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transformed the customers’ packaging from a brown box with a litho label to unique, customized packaging that could include on the box, in the box, and a call to action for the consumer. “Brands large and small have effectively used the flex- ibility and agility of digital printing, but more importantly of a digital packaging supply chain, to make it easier to deliver via e-commerce and make it more profitable,” said Samotis. DeJesus explained how CompanyBox is giving their customers tools and empowering them to make more of their packaging decisions. Among other tools, Compa- nyBox provides their customers with instant pricing and graphic tools for beginners and experienced designers. CompanyBox uses a highly automated web to print platform, which includes proofing, pre-press, scheduling, sheet stock ordering, and invoicing, to shorten lead time. They are also launching the 2.0 version of their online package builder that will have a 3D preview of the packag- ing for one and two-sided printing. Predesigned templates are also offered to help their customers get started. They are also offering more customizable options, like tape, tis- sue, and inserts. A recording of this webinar can be found on AICC’s YouTube channel, . Visit for information about upcoming webinars. Questions can be directed to Taryn Pyle at (703) 836-2422.

the clutter on the front step, just as package designers try to cut through the clutter on a store shelf. Vanguard wanted to offer their customer the chance to separate themselves from the other boxes piling up on a porch and begin to build the excitement a consumer might feel in a store. Vanguard then moved into inside the box printing to create a message. The flaps showed other people doing the activities the purchaser wanted to do with the boots, hunting, fishing, etc. The design also included store infor- mation and a QR code for the company’s loyalty program, which triggered an email that offered a discount off of the next purchase and a way to send pictures to the company of the customer using the boots. The sides of the interior of the box were even designed to look like targets, so the packaging would be more than just a shipper. Mathes explained that the entire redesign took about an hour for his art department. Samotis began by saying, “Independent converters have a real opportunity to design supply chains and solu- tions, similar to the growth of the display business, which is analogous to e-commerce. Retail went to local grocers, big box stores, Walmarts, and is now moving into e-com- merce supply chains.” Using case studies from The BoxMaker and Compa- nyBox, Samotis showed how, using digital printing, they

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