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AICC Creates New Foundation To Sustain Packaging Education BY LEN PRAZYCH The Board of Directors of AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, announced on November 16 that it has created a new nonprofit charitable foundation, the Foundation for Packaging Education (FPE), an educational endowment that will support the development and dis- tribution of employee education and training resources for the work- force in the corrugated, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries.

ISM: Manufacturing Sector Continues Rapid Expansion The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that the manufacturing sector ex- panded in October at the fastest pace since September 2018, with the sector continuing to rebound from COVID-19-related weakness- es in the spring. The data were buoyed by ro- bust growth in new orders, which rose at rates not seen since January 2004. With that said, there are also hints at lingering supply chain disruptions in the ISM despite solid progress since April in these data. New orders for manufactured goods rose 1.1 percent in September, increasing for the fifth straight month. Despite recent prog- ress, new factory orders have fallen 3.9 per- cent year-over-year, due largely to severe COVID-19 disruptions in March and April. More encouragingly, core capital goods spending—a proxy for capital spending in the U.S. economy—rose 1.0 percent in Septem- ber, with 4.5 percent growth over the past 12 months. Manufacturing added 38,000 workers in October, rising for the sixth straight month. Despite recent gains, the labor market for the sector remains well below its pre-COVID-19

A charitable organization with an educational mission, the FPE will serve as a complement to AICC’s other educational foundation, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF), which focuses on bringing talent to the industry from two- and four-year collegiate level programs. AICC and Fibre Box Association (FBA) will continue to be co-sponsors of the ICPF. The Packaging School, which serves as the platform for AICC’s instructional courses, will continue to be AICC’s most important educational partner. FPE will not be providing curric-



ula, education, translations and learning man- agement systems, but will provide the funding for the programs of The Packaging School and AICC seminars and webinars. “It’s been a recurring theme with AICC’s Board of Directors for a few years now and it’s best summed up by the fact that utility de- mands growth,” said AICC President Michael D’Angelo of the need and the timing for the

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Michael D’Angelo

new foundation. “The creation of the Foundation for Packaging Ed- ucation by AICC members is a ringing endorsement of the success CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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ISM: Manufacturing Sector (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

pace, with manufacturing employment down by 621,000 in October relative to the level in February. The current outlook is for 12,300,000 employees in the manufacturing sector at year’s end, with continued growth next year, up from 12,231,000 in October. Overall, nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 638,000 in October, also expanding for the sixth consecutive month but down by 10,090,000 since February. The unemployment rate fell from 7.9 per- cent in September to 6.9 percent in October. The U.S. trade deficit pulled back from the highest level since August 2006, decreasing from $67.04 billion in Au- gust to $63.86 billion in September, with growth in exports outpacing the increase in imports for the month. According to the latest update from TradeStats Express, U.S.-manufactured goods exports totaled $857.65 billion through the first three quarters of 2020, using seasonally adjusted data, dropping 16.32 percent from $1,024.86 bil- lion year to date in 2019 and the slowest pace since 2010. The Federal Open Market Committee left interest rates unchanged, as expected, and will continue to have a high- ly accommodative monetary policy to support more eco- nomic growth. The Federal Reserve notes progress in the economy since the spring but acknowledges uncertainties in the outlook will persist as long as COVID-19 is an ongo- ing challenge.

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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 indi- cated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

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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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Porter To Retire From WestRock

Atlanta, Georgia based WestRock has confirmed that Jim Porter, President, Business Development & Latin America, has decided to retire, effective December 31, 2020.

Following his retirement, Por- ter will continue to contribute to WestRock by serving as one of its representatives on the board of managers of Gondi, S. de R.L. de C.V., the company’s Grupo Gondi joint venture, and an advisor to the company. “Jim has had a remarkable 46-

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year career,” said Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer of WestRock. “After earning his degree in forest manage- ment from the University of Missouri, he started his career with Menasha. In 1993, Jim joined Southern Container and was president and chief operating officer when WestRock acquired Southern Container in 2008. “He has played an instrumental leadership role in the development of the company’s corrugated packaging business and its growth in Latin America, including the company’s operations in Brazil and joint venture with Grupo Gondi in Mexico. Jim received the RISI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.”

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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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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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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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Sonoco ThermoSafe Introduces Recyclable Parcel Shippers In U.S. Sonoco ThermoSafe, a business unit of Sonoco, has in- troduced new EOS line of fully curbside recyclable tem- perature-controlled parcel shippers in the United States. The company has developed the EOS line to provide life science and perishable clients with an efficient curbside recyclable system. According to the company, many competing insulated packaging products claim curbside recyclability but use inner pellets, panels and liner coatings that cannot be sep- arated or sorted and become unrecyclable as-is at munic- ipal recycling facilities (MRFs). Sonoco has used 100 percent post-industrial and pre-consumer paper fibre to produce EOS line of tempera- ture controlled parcel shippers. Available in several sizes, the EOS line of curbside recyclable temperature-con- trolled parcel shippers will be initially supplied to the cus- tomers in the U.S. “It takes a company as experienced as Sonoco in pa- per manufacturing, thermal insulation and recycling man- agement to create a product like EOS,” said Sonoco Ther- moSafe Segment Director Ron Haub. “When global life science and food/perishables companies see Sonoco’s name on a curbside recyclability claim, they know it can be trusted.”

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.858 32.039


8.300 8.010


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

300.546 294.203


7.868 7.783


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.8485 2.6312


24.5900 24.2028


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Sep. Aug.

1.9511 1.9155


2.9 2.9


Shipping Days




2020 2019

21 20

191 189

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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TAPPI/AICC To Launch Phase II Of Virtual Webinar Series

sentation can include your company name, trade names, and logos but no pricing information is allowed. Present- ers must adhere to AICC & TAPPI antitrust guidelines. Presentations, in their entirety, must be no more than five minutes long and there will be two minutes of Q&A allowed at the end of each presentation. Final presentations must be sent to AICC for review pri- or to the virtual session (date will be provided to confirmed presenters). Virtual rehearsal will be scheduled in advance (date will be provided to confirmed presenters). The final schedule for the live Service Talks will be determined once all presentations are received and se- lected. We envision these will begin in late January/early February of 2021 and all presentations will be available for viewing online at until August 2021. All abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of TAP- PI & AICC volunteer members – suppliers and converters from different sectors of the industry. Presentations not deemed to fit the criteria or category may be rejected, in- cluding if the topic was presented during the “What’s New: Tech Talks.” Complete the online application, which includes a short abstract, by Friday, December 11, 2020. Abstracts should be between 75-100 words and provide an overview of your presentation. For questions or more information, con- tact Cindy Huber, AICC Director, Conventions & Meetings, at or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or call (877) 836-2422.

The industry’s most powerful corrugated event in the west- ern hemisphere, SuperCorrExpo (SCE), hosted jointly by TAPPI and AICC, will launch Phase II of the popular virtual webinar series in early 2021, showcasing SCE exhibitors that provide services to the industry. The Service Talks virtual sessions will be grouped to- gether by industry area and each applicant will be asked to provide a five-minute “elevator speech” presentation highlighting their service(s). Each presentation will be fol- lowed by a live question and answer session as well as the opportunity for participants to engage with the exhibi- tor, and one another. This is a continuation of the strongly attended equipment and materials focused “What’s New: Tech Talks” series that ran between August and November this year. To apply, presenters must be an SCE 2021 confirmed exhibitor and topics and presentations that were present- ed in the “What’s New: Tech Talks” will not be considered. Service Talk categories include: Consulting/Engi- neering, Financial Services/Leasing, Installation/Rigging, Freight/Logistics, Education/Training, Machine Alignment, Machine Maintenance, Marketing, and other. Companies that sell a physical item do not qualify; Phase II is limited to those that provide a service. The pre-


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PPC Names SCT’s Hunt As New Chairman Of The Board

baby boomers retire each day, leaving potential knowl- edge gaps in our industry,” said Hunt. In recent years, PPC has proven successful in offering technical and production training, expanding financial executive development, syn- chronizing human resource teaching, as well as hosting

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) reported that it has named Brian Hunt, Chief Operating Officer of South- ern Champion Tray, LP (SCT) the association’ s new Chair of its Board of Directors. With 30 years in the packaging industry, 21 of which were spent working for the 775-em- ployee, multi-plant Southern Champion Tray, Hunt has a breadth of industry experience to help him lead the North American association for paperboard packaging manufac- turers over the next two years. During the induction ceremony at PPC’s recent virtual Fall Meeting, Hunt laid out his strategic direction for the association for 2021 and beyond. “This could be a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to pro- mote paperboard as the packaging solution,” Hunt said, referring to several recent state-wide bans on single-use plastics and expanded polystyrene. As governments and eco-conscious consumers continue to champion sustain- able solutions, Hunt noted that paperboard is well-posi- tioned as a renewable and recyclable material. To this end, PPC aims to promote that messaging and align with other industry organizations to educate consumers and deci- sion-makers. Hunt’s second priority is to work toward transforming the industry through effective training. “Almost 10,000

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McLean Packaging Adds Heidelberg Speedmaster

Moorestown, New Jersey based McLean Packaging, a provider of rig- id set boxes, folding cartons, corrugated displays and thermoformed packaging solutions for beauty, personal care and luxury products, has installed a Speedmaster XL 106-8+LYY-1+L with Push to Stop technology from Heidelberg at its New Jersey facility. Equipped with UV and Prinect Inpress Control 2, the new machine has helped to significantly stream- line production since its incorporation into McLean’s workflow.

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Seeking to upgrade one of its older presses, McLean Packaging first considered the XL 106 after it was recommended by one of its press op- erators. “Our pressmen, who have worked on Heidelberg machines pre- viously, insisted that we take a look at the Speedmaster when we were making our next purchase,” said Joe Fenkel, CEO of McLean Packaging. Despite not having purchased from Heidelberg in over 50 years, Mc- Lean Packaging zeroed in on the Speedmaster XL 106 for three reasons: advanced automation and technology needed for shorter makereadies, flexibility to handle a wide range of substrates, and advanced technolo- gy like Prinect Inpress Control 2 for effortless color consistency. “Our market is driving more and more to be makeready efficient; run lengths aren’t that long anymore. We needed to get more efficient in our makeready, and we had the right options with Heidelberg to address those issues,” said Mike Pasciolla, Operations Manager. One of the key technologies aiding in McLean’s shorter makeready times is Intellistart 2, a unique integrated software system for effective job preparation, which greatly reduces the number of operating steps during a job change. Additionally, the XL 106 is equipped with AutoPlate Pro, a reliable and fully automatic plate change that controls precise plate feeding and identification for exact and fast registration at the start of each job. Servicing name brands from food to high-end cosmetics and per- fumes, McLean Packaging prints on a wide range of challenging sub- strates – from 80# text weight to 24pt. SBS to rigid plastics and metallic boards. “We’ll often run different jobs on multiple substrates in one shift, which would cause us some issues with job changeover on our older press. Now, we’re seamlessly transitioning from substrate to substrate. The XL 106 has proven that it can do a lot more than any other machine in the market,” said Pasciolla. From left, Rob Watts, Business Development; Joe Fenkel, CEO; Jeff Besnick, Vice President, and Mike Pasciolla, Operations Manager, all of McLean Pack- aging with the new Speedmaster XL 106.

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McLean Packaging Adds (CONT’D FROM PAGE 14)

In addition to running a wide gamut of substrates, McLean Packaging faces challenging demands for color quality and consistency from its high-end clients. “Our cus- tomers expect the best in regard to the color accuracy on every job, and the tools installed on the press are really crucial in ensuring that we’re meeting the requirements our customers set for us,” said Fenkel. McLean relies on Prinect Inpress Control 2 for exceptional color consisten- cy – the industry’s leading inline spectrophotometer that measures and controls color and registers on the fly at any speed, delivering the first measurable result in less than 60 sheets. By automating the color control process, sheets get up to color much faster at the beginning of each job than with McLean’s previous press. With the efficiencies it has gained in makereadies, the added run speed of the press, and easier changeover from job to job, McLean Packaging has been able to open capacity – enabling the company to take on new jobs. Almost a year after installation, McLean Packaging could not be more satisfied with its new Speedmaster press. “It’s proven that it’s the best machine we’ve ever seen. We’ll definitely be looking to Heidelberg again in the future,” said Fenkel. In addition to the high quality produced by the Speed- master, McLean Packaging has been impressed with the professionalism and level of support from Heidelberg’s SystemService team. “I’ve installed several presses from various manufacturers, and the install and start-up of this machine was so effortless and immediate. All of my oper- ators told me this is how all of Heidelberg’s installations go,” said Business Development Manager, Rob Watts. The installation was so smooth in fact that McLean started run- ning live production work mere weeks after the first parts for the machine hit the production floor. McLean Packaging also signed on for Heidelberg’s Pre- dictive Monitoring and Saphira Consumables when it pur- chased the XL 106. Predictive Monitoring actively sends alerts should there appear to be something wrong with the machine – stopping issues before they become larger problems. The machine has been running so reliably for the last 11 months, however, that McLean has yet to need the service. Established in 1961, McLean Packaging began as a small box manufacturing facility located outside of Phil- adelphia, Pennsylvania. Focusing on creating quality gift boxes for products like shirt sets, chocolate gifts, and greeting cards, the modest 8,000-square-foot facility was just the beginning of McLean’s packaging expertise. With a passion for creating quality packaging, McLean invest- ed in printing and gluing technology that is unique in the industry. Today, McLean is still privately owned by one of the founders and operates within three highly specialized manufacturing facilities exceeding 475,000-square-foot and over 200 employees. Visit for more information.


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Lalonde To Succeed Laflamme As President/CEO Of Redolute

directors. The announcement coincides with Resolute’s third quarter 2020 results. “The Resolute board of directors enthusiastically sup- ports Remi Lalonde’s selection as the company’s next president and CEO,” said Bradley P. Martin, Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has an outstanding track record of success as well as strength of character and exemplary personal integrity. Remi’s superior leadership skills demonstrated on a range of strategic initiatives have consistently impressed the board. He has very good relationships with our stakeholders, sharp ana- lytical skills, impressive credentials, and a strong busi- ness drive. We are confident he will guide the company through its ongoing strategic transformation, delivering improved shareholder value. Remi is the right person at the right time for Resolute.” As President and CEO, Yves Laflamme advanced Res- olute’s strategic transformation, divesting non-core as-

Montreal, Quebec, Canada based Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced that after a 39-year dis-

tinguished career with Resolute, Yves Laflamme will be stepping down, and retiring, as of March 1, 2021. The Board of Directors has unanimously selected and ap- pointed Remi G. Lalonde as the company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective on the same date.

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Lalonde, 44, currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Upon becoming president and CEO, Mr. Lalonde will be appointed to Resolute’s board of

sets and using the proceeds for debt repay- ment, organic growth in the company’s pulp business, and acquisition of three sawmills in the southern U.S. He has been a steadfast

supporter in the de- velopment of inter- nal talent, building a strong crop of future company leaders. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Laflamme has guided the com- pany in exceedingly

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difficult times while generously supporting the communities in which employees work and live. He is expected to continue to sup- port the company and Lalonde in an adviso- ry capacity after March 1, 2021, working on specific mandates. “The Board of Directors express their ap- preciation to Yves Laflamme for a job well done,” added Martin. “Yves reinforced Res- olute’s vision and values, focusing on safe- ty, sustainability, profitability, accountability and teamwork. His commitment to continu- ous improvement, particularly in the area of costs, serves as a model to the entire orga- nization, including the company’s leadership team and board. His leadership of Resolute and set the foundation for shared prosper- ity. Yves’ unwavering commitment to work- place safety and environmental stewardship earned Resolute extensive North American and global recognition.” “I’m honored to succeed Yves Laflamme,” said Lalonde. I’m confident Resolute’s cul- ture, one of dedication, rigor, teamwork and setting high expectations, is exactly what we need to build on our progress.”

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AICC Celebrates Member Milestones

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is ac- cepting submissions to the Member Milestone Program. This is an annual opportunity to celebrate member com- panies, both Boxmaker and Associate, who are celebrat- ing significant anniversaries, such as 50, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90, 100 (and so on) years of continual operation. Members, in good standing, that wish to be included in this recognition, should be celebrating an anniversary in 2020 or 2021 and will need to provide a 2-3-minute vid- eo presentation featuring the history of their company and describing their growth. The members that submit qualifying videos by the deadline will be recognized during the AICC 2021 Spring Meeting being held at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Florida – Monday, April 26, to Wednesday, April 28. The member recognition will take place on Wednesday, April 28, during the closing general session. The video compi- lation of all qualifying companies will be shown and then the member representatives will be called on stage to receive a recognition plaque. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26, 2021. Full details and specifications can be found at www. . Questions can be directed to Cin- dy Huber at or (703) 836.2422.

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“We wanted to ensure the needs of the foundation were very well aligned with the needs of the association and having the executive committee being the board of the new foundation would help guarantee that it would occur,” said Hoodwin. Explosive Growth “The Packaging School online is our most utilized ed- ucational tool and since it became included with the cost of AICC membership in April 2017, the annual utilization numbers have been growing. And as they have been growing, obviously, the pressure to produce more courses has risen,” said D’Angelo, who provided data to support the claim: since April 2017, AICC individual members have completed 5,685 courses via The Packaging School, with an average of 865 log-ins per month. “Whenever we survey our members, the two top bene- fits we hear are number one, networking, and number two, education, said Hoodwin. “We now have over 100 online courses, 20 of which have been translated into Spanish, and with more courses going online this year, the board wanted to ensure on a year-to-year basis that we would always have the funds needed to keep this benefit going and growing.” D’Angelo said that AICC has more than 50 webinars planned through September of 2021 and that the large number is partially due to the pandemic and the ongoing challenges of in-person learning, but there is still a cost to CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

that AICC’s education programming, particularly AICC’s Packaging School online, has achieved. Members want to ensure and sustain growth in curricula for industry employ- ees by providing a reliable, enduring financial basis. Thus, the Foundation for Packaging Education was born.” “It really comes down to the sustainability of the AICC’s educational benefit,” said Al Hoodwin, Chairman of the

AICC’s Past Chairman’s Council and one of the board members, who along with Joseph M. Palmeri of Jamestown Container and Jana Harris of Harris Packaging and American Carton Company, brought up the concept of a sec- ond foundation at AICC’s winter board meeting. The three were

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providing the educational programming. “It wasn’t entirely because of the pandemic, but it was during the pandemic that the utilization of the Packaging School exploded,” he said. “And it could be considered the final impetus for the board to vote the way they did to move forward and to incorporate the foundation.” Translating packaging courses into Spanish so they are accessible to native speakers is another goal that can be achieved with the financial support of The Packaging Foundation. “In addition to AICC members in the Unit- ed States, our partners in Mexico and Latin America are clamoring for this type of education,” said Hoodwin. “We would hope over time that we will be able to bring even more courses, more translations and new programs that our members desire and that we have the best educated workforce for tomorrow. This demonstrates AICC’s com- mitment to education and it will be possible as a result of us having the FPE as sustainable source of funding.” Workforce Development D’Angelo emphasized that workforce development is critical to the success of the industry and cited Dick Troll, AICC’s first Executive Director, who once famously re- marked, “You have people running a million-dollar flexo who you wouldn’t let drive your car!” Education and train- ing were Troll’s passion and he always said that every worker deserves a chance to better themselves, and not just for their job performance. Their dignity and self-re- spect mattered more. Dick’s passion led AICC into the forefront of industry training and education for all levels of employees. The FPE will ensure that Troll’s passion and wishes are maintained well into the future. Joseph M. Palmeri, President, Corrugated Packaging, Jamestown Container Companies, and Vice-Chair of The Foundation for Packaging Education, said, “The Founda- tion for Packaging Education fills the funding void regard- ing the ongoing training and education for employees already in the industry. As a founding member of AICC, Jamestown Container has always supported and will con- tinue to support the work AICC does for independents in the corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box industries. What better way to do it than by investing in the education and training of our employees. It’s a win/win for everyone.” The Million Dollar Match The Foundation will begin fundraising with a mil- lion-dollar match offered by AICC, approved by its Board at its Fall Meeting. All donations and pledges received in the first year, up to one million dollars, will be matched by AICC, allowing donors to have double the impact with their contribution. Eleven companies already have collectively pledged more than $500,000 to the new Foundation for Packag- ing Education. These pledges, along with all new ones that get the Foundation to the $1 million dollar mark, will be considered “Inaugural Donors” because they accom-

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