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Ready To Roll: AICC Recyclers Set For Ride At Joshua Tree BY SUSAN RILEY Some years back, Steve Young, AICC Ambassador At Large, and Guy Ockerlund, President of Ox Box, were having a conversation over drinks during an AICC national meeting and discovered that they were both longtime cyclists. As they were sharing all their adventures (Ockerlund raced in col- lege while Young raced as an amateur), an idea was born. Wouldn’t it be nice to have another networking activity during the meetings in addition to golf?

Sonoco To Close Paperboard Mill In Sumner, Washington Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco Prod- ucts Co., one of the largest global packaging companies, announced that it will permanent- ly close its uncoated paperboard (URB) mill operations in Sumner, Washington effective immediately. The mill has been in operation since 1915 and owned by Sonoco since 1980. It has a capacity of 40,000 tons per year. Sonoco said the decision was made as part of an ongoing strategy to optimize its mill network and lower operating costs. Current customers will continue to be served from other Sonoco mill operations. The closure is expected to impact 55 employees and Sono- co will offer severance benefits. “Closing facilities is never an easy deci- sion. The mill’s team has played an important role in Sonoco’s paper operations for over 40 years, and we appreciate the hard work and dedication of the entire team. As we continue to evaluate our manufacturing footprint based on the ability to cost effectively serve our cus- tomers, we are committed to provide support to our customers and employees through this transition,” said Palace Stepps, Sonoco’s Vice President of North America Paper Products & Fiber Supply.

They ran it through the grapevine, but it wasn’t all talk. The idea eventually gained traction and by the spring of 2018, they had orga- nized their first ride in Phoenix, Arizona. “We did a 50-mile ride the day before the meeting started and we’ve been doing something before every national meeting since,” Young said. “Our joke is, like all good initiatives, this started in a bar.” The group was small to begin with but has since grown to 35 people with a core group of 10 to 12 people who ride consistently. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 In Louisville, Kentucky, September 2023, AICC’s Recyclers pre-ride at Beck- ley Creek Park. Front row, from left are Diane Winchell, Viking Paper; Carla Thomas, Michigan City Paper Box; Keith Thomas, Michigan City Paper Box; Alex Nelson, Nelson Container Corp.; Liette Gagne, Metsa Board; Finn Mac- Donald, Independent II; and Seth Ottinger, GP-Hummingbird. Back row, from left, Bob Schuelke, Viking Paper; Guy Ockerlund, OxBox; and Steve Young, AICC.

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

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97.32

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114.69 129.32

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PPC Opens Registration For Spring Folding Carton Boot Camp If you are ready to enhance your skills and help your or- ganization thrive, the Paperboard Packaging Council's Spring Folding Carton Boot Camp is for you. The PPC has announced that registration is now open for the event taking place at the PPC World Headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 14-15. Participants will learn everything one needs to know about folding cartons directly from the industry experts. The Boot Camp is designed for those new to cartons or the industry and non-plant personnel with limited experi- ence outside a single plant operation. This two-day training program will provide a unique, hands-on experience that teaches attendees about topics such as prepress, printing, cutting, gluing, windowing, rig- id boxes, automatic packaging, cold and hot foil, tooling, laminating, and more. As space is limited, PPC urges those interested to re- serve seats today by visiting paperbox.org . Hotel information will be announced soon. Pricing is $1,295 for members; $1,795 for non-members; and $695 for students and faculty. The PPC looks forward to graduating the next cohort of Boot Camp participants. For more information, contact Rose Morris at (413) 686-9191 or at rose@paperbox.org.

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have long believed in — customer centric, accountability, respect and excellence. That made the decision easy. “Derek Volk, Owner and CEO, has a powerful vision for our future. Equipment upgrades, EOS implementation, and a new ERP system for 2024. “His love and commitment to Volk Packaging and the people that work here are like nothing I’ve seen before. I am proud to support him in leading this amazing team.” Said Volk, “We have never had a COO so this was a big step for us. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Joe decided to join my already incredible leadership team. I am very blessed.” Volk Packaging is in a significant growth mode having recently started a contract packaging and fulfillment divi- sion, as well as purchasing an Apstar Rotary Die-Cutter and an Apstar Flexo-Folder Gluer. Volk Packaging employs nearly 100 people, including

Biddeford, Maine based Volk Packaging Corporation an- nounced that Joe Curesky has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer.

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10 Sales Representatives with a combined 193 years of experience in corrugated, four Designers and six dedicated Customer Service Representatives. Dusobox Corp. Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Orlando, Florida based Dusobox Corpo- ration filed a petition last month with the United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando, FL to reorga- nize under Chapter 11 of the U.S.Bankrupt- cy Code. John and Richard Kelley authorized the Chapter 11 on behalf of the stockholders in order to protect the company’s future. The relief provided by Chapter 11 will allow Dusobox the opportunity to re-or- ganize its cost and debt structure, as they continue to operate under normal busi- ness operations. “We will continue to honor our commit- ments to our customers, vendors and em- ployees,” says John Kelley. “Filing Chapter 11 was a very difficult and emotionally tough decision for us. But our primary goal is to keep the doors open for business and continue to serve our customers.” Now run by the third generation of the family, Dusobox is one of the most inno- vative, privately owned manufacturers of decorative corrugated packaging and dis- plays. It is a well invested company, using state-of-the-art equipment to design and manufacture corrugated fiberboard pack-

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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2023

aging solutions for customers throughout Florida and into neighboring states. “We have experienced one of the harshest trading en- vironments for quite some time,” said Richard Kelley. “Unfortunately, we lost one primary direct sales con- tract, as well as a large trade account, both of which amounted to many millions of dollars of revenue annually. “These lost accounts were close together — and cou- pled with the poor demand being felt across the U.S. cor- rugated packaging industry, it hurt our cashflow signifi- cantly.” “The most important thing to make clear is that filing for Chapter 11 will afford us the protection and time to reorganize our business,” John Kelley said. “Our family sincerely thanks all employees who have stuck by us during this tough time; we also thank our loy- al customer base and commit to keeping it ‘business as usual’ while we undertake changes to the structure of Dusobox. “Finally, our raw material and machinery and service suppliers, from whom we continue to get the support and assistance we need. “We are ready to take on this challenge, ensuring we protect the people and company. Dusobox has a proud history, and we are looking forward to working our way through this situation with positivity and vigor.”

Year

Actual

Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

29.711 30.124

-1.4

7.819 7.927

-1.4

Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2023

Year

Actual

Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2023 2022

380.555 400.520

-5.0

7.611 7.979

-4.6

Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)

Year

Month

Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2023 2022

2.4080 2.4260

-0.7

30.9333 32.5461

-5.0

Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only

Date

Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.1892 2.1071

3.9

3.5 3.5

6.1

Shipping Days

Year

Month

Year-to-Date

2023 2022

19 19

250 251

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Some of the most enjoyable rides offer an outdoor experience that awes and inspires with beautiful landscapes and attractions. “There’s no better way to see something than on a bike,” Ockerlund said. “Walking is too slow to take in enough scenery, a car is too fast, but a bike is the perfect speed to take in a lot of terrain and different things to look at. I think it’s one of the reasons that these rides have been so successful.” Plus, cyclists enjoy the mystique. “It’s a stealth sport among AICC members. Not everybody talks about their cycling,” Young said.

Young said that several companies, eProductivity Software, Viking Paper, Dicar, Ox Box, Arden Software, and Cascades among them, have supported them in the past, providing water and snacks along their routes which has been greatly appreciated. Ockerlund enjoys watching the newcomers in the group experience something different. “If you take somebody who doesn’t ride a lot and we do one of these rides, it can be challenging for them, but at the end when you get togeth- er and have some social time afterward, it really brings people to life,” he said. The “coming to life part” happens on the van ride back to the hotel when they pop open a celebratory bottle of Prosecco while everyone’s endorphins are still pumping. “Everybody’s all excited and super chatty and that kind of illustrates what happens to people after they get some exercise and they challenge themselves a little bit,” Ockerlund said. “This is just a different way to connect with people.” Those connections sometimes lead to business opportunities as was the case when Ockerlund met Jim Silianoff, President of Arden Software, on one of the rides. “We got to chatting and I didn’t really know what he did, and he didn’t really know what our shop did, and it gave us a chance to chat, and one thing led to another. We just bought their whole system, and we just in- stalled it last month,” Ockerlund said. On the road: AiCC’s Recyclers tackle a grade in Joshua Tree National Park, in April 2022.

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The AICC Recyclers group launched before Covid with just a handful of people and grew to the point that there were not enough bikes to rent for everybody and they needed several vans to get them to their starting points. But Young always “works his magic” with the bike shops so that everything works out, Ockerlund said.

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While the group shrunk during Covid, it has since bounced back. “Part of that is due to some of the folks coming from Canada. The Canadians tend to be avid cyclists. When we get the Canadians involved, you tend to get a bigger group,” Ockerlund said. “It’s fun having them.” Joshua Tree National Park will be the setting for the AICC Recyclers’ next adventure. The 2024 Spring Excur- sion takes place on the Saturday before the AICC Spring Meeting April 8-10 in Palm Desert, California. At Joshua Tree National Park, April 2022, from left, are Jim Silianoff, Arden Software; Bob Schuelke, Viking Paper; Diane Winchell, Viking Paper; Eric Paradis, Cascades; Steve Young, AICC; Guy Ockerlund, OxBox; and Guy Roy, Cascades. Not pictured: Aleks Zlatic, eProductivity Software (ePS); and Mike Williams, ePS.

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The AICC Recyclers on a ride in Miami, Florida.

The particular area where they will ride is high desert, which is windier and 10 to 12 degrees cooler than low des- ert, at around 3,500 feet in elevation with long stretches of gradual descent and ascent. There is not a lot to block the wind, which is challenging, but Young said it is a beautiful ride, and there will be two: a 35-miler and a 60-miler de- pending on one’s abilities.

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groups. “We went along the coastline, we were in neighbor- hoods, we would stop to get something to eat some- where. We took pictures by the beach. It was just a really fun event with a variety of different terrain and a variety of different things to look at,” Ockerlund said. “And the Canadian contingency was there on that ride, so they wanted to really push the pace a little bit and it was fun, we had a good time.” While Joshua Park is a national park and there is a lot of vehicular traffic on weekends, the speed limit is 35 mph which makes it nice for the upcoming event, Young said. This year, the group will be renting bikes from Big Wheel Tours. “It really is great networking. Friendships have been formed. We’re all anxious to get together again,” Young said. While most people know how to ride a bike, not every- one is up for the 60-mile rides so the shorter routes can be a better option depending on one’s fitness level, but safety is always key. That’s why those joining the AICC Recyclers are expect- ed to know the rules of the road and how to stop properly. They must wear proper reflective equipment and a helmet, and bikes must be equipped with lights. For more information about the AICC Recyclers, con- tact Steve Young, AICC Ambassador At Large, at syoung@ aiccbox.org.

This ride will mark the second time they have biked Joshua Tree. Ockerlund said it was warm there the spring of 2022, but nothing like the heat on their summertime ride in Miami, Florida.

It was the ride in Miami three years ago, however, that Ockerlund says was his favorite because it was a little longer and there were guides from a local bike shop who came along so they could divide up into slower and faster Bob Schuelke, General Manager of Viking Paper, is front and center after the AICC Recyclers ride in Miami, Florida.

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their story,” said Marino. This conversation shows their mutual respect and of- fers an outstanding example of working within family dy- namics. “This episode of Breaking Down Boxes shares the sim- ple, and easily followed, wisdom of Jim and Mike Haglund,” says AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “A wonderful family that has built and grown a strong, independent, box busi- ness. There is something for all listeners to learn here.” Hear the entire story on all major podcast players or at www.AICCbox.org/Boxes . FBA Annual Meeting Set For May 6-8 In Key Largo, FL The Fibre Box Association (FBA) invites its members to at- tend the 2024 FBA Annual Meeting to be held May 6-8 at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. The event brings together FBA’s full membership for two days of meetings, informative and educational speak- ers on hot topics impacting the corrugated packaging in- dustry, recreation, and plenty of networking time. Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the Ocean Reef Club. Check the registration website at fibre- box.org for speakers and additional information as the event draws near. If you have questions about registration, contact Vicky Miksis at vmiksis@fibrebox.org.

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AICC EL Webinar To Feature Mark Mathes Of Vanguard Packaging AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, invites Emerging leaders to hear a Conversation With Mark Mathes at 3:00 p.m. ET on February 28. This is the first in a series of quarterly conversations

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Great Northern Corp. Pledges Additional $50K To Support ICPF The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) announced that Great Northern Corporation has pledged an additional $50,000 to support the foundation’s pro- grams and services. “ICPF is grateful to have the continued support of Great Northern Corporation,” said ICPF President Caitlin Sala- verria. “Their generous $50,000 donation will allow us to continue the foundation’s programs and services that aim to grow the labor force of the corrugated packaging in- dustry.” ICPF is currently strengthening existing programs and services, while expanding their work to address other crit- ical needs.

This has included creating a social media presence, building partnerships with the education community, be- ginning to expand student and faculty knowledge at trade schools and community colleges, and developing market- ing/communications tools to promote the many benefits of choosing a career in corrugated packaging. “We believe that ICPF’s work is critical to the growth and development of the corrugated packaging industry and therefore offer our support of ICPF through participa- tion as a corporate partner,” said Jeff Michels, Great North- ern CEO. Great Northern is a leading developer and manufactur- er of creative solutions for packaging, shipping, merchan- dising and distributing products for industrial, commercial and retail markets. Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company has operations in five states. For more information visit greatnortherncorp.com .

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Hood Container Hires Alan Clark As Senior VP Atlanta, Georgia based Hood Container Corporation announced that Alan Clark has joined the company in the role of Se- nior Vice President, Converting Division. In this role Clark will work to advance efforts in improving company culture, sales optimization, operational performance, and company profitability while leading a group of experienced leaders in achieving these results. Clark has more than 30 years manu- facturing, containerboard, and corrugated packaging experience, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Jack- son Paper Corporation. Prior to Jackson Paper, he held various leadership positions with Harper Love, In- ternational Paper, and McKinsey & Com- pany. Clark will report to Charlie Hodges, President and COO of Hood Container.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota based Liberty Di- versified International (LDI) successfully mobilized its employees nationwide for its Annual Giving Campaign to raise $776,971 for nonprofits in communities where em- ployees reside and work. “This commitment to our communities reflects the core values of our company, and I am immensely proud of our collective efforts,” said Greg Theis, CEO at LDI.

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across North America in the last 24 months, discover why boxmakers are choosing A.G. systems for the future of their facility. Scan the QR code for an exclusive video of new A.G. equipment and to request a consultation. “Full-line productivity requires a knowledgeable pro- duction team. Don’t let legacy knowledge retire with your employees! The GO AG digital application is the perfect solution to capture and distribute key information to your production staff and beyond. With GO AG, your team can create and access custom and standard manuals, equip- ment models, training videos, troubleshooting guides, work instructions and more. Additionally, with the expand- ed capabilities of SIMCORRA, A.G. can create and test custom factory layouts, production runs and more in this custom factory simulation solution. See into the future with these collaborative technologies and empower your oper- ations with the power of modern technology and automa- tion. Request a tech demonstration today and be one of the first to see the new and expanded features of GO AG and SIMCORRA. www.agstacker.com/demo. “Engineered for simplicity, flexibility, and durability, A.G. systems, parts, and components are manufactured in the USA, holding over 25 patents and counting. Our knowl- CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

line must be designed for flexibility, simplicity, and automation, without bottlenecks, and synchronized to run quality bundles or stacks at rat- ed speeds for maximum profitabil- ity. Even more, your team must be equipped with the knowledge and

support to keep all systems running in harmony. “It’s time to reimagine what productivity can truly be with innovative solutions from A.G. Founded in 1996, A.G. is more than stackers; we are a leading manufacturer and innovator of corrugated material handling equipment and technology. Our full line solutions include the G3 Stacker, the fully electric eBREAK Bundle Breaker and eZF Load Former, the NEW eXT Front End System, as well as the patented X12 pitless lift conveyor and the newly enhanced bundle line conveying system, with patented ball belt transfer technology. “A.G.’s fully elec-tric, fully inte- grated eSERIES line of equipment will keep you running at top profitability. “With dozens of new eSERIES machines installed

We’ve got our customers covered… …with our fiberglass backed, boltless, full double-wide blankets and an extensive inventory of corrugated parts needed by virtually every box plant in the country. The innovator of the original fiberglass-backed knuckle locking anvil cover, Stafford is the industry’s go-to source for everything corrugated. TM

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particularly for those companies who prioritize plant-wide automation to remain competitive. “Integration and automation remain the mantra for

edgeable in-house team is ready and eager to assist you with any parts or service assistance, 24/7/365 at (540) 234-6012. Ask about our MAX Service Programs, tailored to help you achieve MAXimum productivity in your unique operations. Take it up a level with MAX connectivity using GO AG in your service processes. Contact our team for assistance and follow us on LinkedIn for special parts, ser- vice, and tech promotions throughout 2024! “This year, reimagine A.G. as your solutions partner at SuperCorrExpo 2024, Booth #1115. Stop by to view a re- cently patented A.G. equipment installation up-close, live tech demonstrations, innovation presentations, and min- gle with your favorite A.G. sales managers and partners. Refreshments and boxmakers lounge available for attend- ees’ leisure. We hope to see you there!” AES SCRAP CONVEYANCE SYSTEMS Souderton, Pennsylvania: Jeff Dietterich reports, “As a longtime supplier of scrap conveyance and baling systems to the corrugated and folding carton industry, we pay close attention to the same trends and market conditions as our customers. This past year was interesting, to say the least, with plenty of market adjustments and economic uncer- tainty, yet we ended with a strong backlog of projects in Q’s 3 and 4 and a robust start to 2024. As inflation contin- ues to slow, I am optimistic for the health of the industry,

many of our customers in the box and corrugated business. Those who have invested heavily in automation on the production side also reaped benefits from upgrading their scrap system to match, reducing vulnerabil- ities to the ever-tightening labor mar- ket while protecting profit margins.

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The AES tenants of system design hold true to our core values and in turn, our value proposition: To work as a part- ner in process improvement to help businesses achieve greater profitability, productivity, and sustainability in their manufacturing operations. “Demand for the AES AirShark rotary material separa- tor remains strong, with record-number of units sold in 2023 and standing orders for multiple units in-house for 2024 and 2025. The AES AirShark allows our customers to fully automate and simplify their scrap handling pro- cess. It also allows them to eliminate the dust from their scrap conveyance process, with the additional benefit of a cleaner, safer baling room. In some cases, our customers have been able to eliminate the need for dust collectors. These features are why we continue to see strong de- mand among end-users as well as air conveyance system CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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collection systems along with their high maintenance costs. These savings are delivered year-over-year, and in some markets, may qualify the end user for utility rebates. “NFPA compliance for combustible dust continues to be an important part of plant safety, and we’ve helped many customers navigate the complex process of identi- fying and mitigating their risks in this area. AES makes this process easier by applying our decades of experience and deep resources to deploy efficient dust management solu- tions. We pride ourselves in designing creative and eco- nomical solutions to help customers achieve compliance while staying on budget. “AES invested in hiring and training in 2023, and we were fortunate to be able to add a number of talented in- dividuals in both the project and service teams. The addi- tional staff allow us to renew our focus on providing single source solutions for our customers’ conveyance needs,

designers. The AirShark’s technology and versatility is well suited to many new and novel applications, such as right- sized packaging on demand. It has truly become our flag- ship product and we have some exciting developments in the works designed to make it even more cost effective to use and maintain. “Two areas of great importance to our customers are energy efficiency and sustainability. We’ve been able to help on both fronts with our Fresh Air Intake systems, an auxiliary component that can be integrated into most pneumatic conveyance systems. Fresh air systems serve to mitigate negative pressure conditions in the plant. The benefits are two-fold and ongoing: Utility savings by elimi- nating the loss of conditioned air in the plant, and reduced capital equipment costs by eliminating the need for dust

from turnkey scrap conveyance and bal- ing systems through after sale service and support. We are thankful for the trust placed in us by our customers and look for- ward to continued service to the industry.“ Visit aesales.net. ARC INTERNATIONAL Charlotte, North Carolina: Barry King re- ports, “As ARC International has entered

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