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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years March 7, 2022 VOL. 38. NO. 10

Artificial Intelligence: Four Things You Should Know BY SUSANNE TEDRICK

AICC Xperience Captivates Members In Kansas City AICC, the Independent Packaging Associa- tion held its third educational Xperience event last week from Tuesday, March 1, to Thursday, March 3, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. AICC President Mile D’Angelo welcomed approximately 90 box makers, suppliers and guests to an information-packed agen- da of compelling programming that touched on every aspect of the corrugated convert- ing industry. Networking receptions on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings provided attendees adequate time, nourishment and libation to discuss the topics of the day while

While we are still a few decades out from seeing most businesses and industries use artificial intelligence (AI) in their operations, there is cer- tainly greater adoption than there has been in years past. According to a top IT training company, 2021 saw a sharp uptick in respondents for

continuing to build the professional and per- sonal relationships for which AICC has be- come well known. “Keep in mind that an AICC member’s best resource is their fellow

Mike D’Angelo

their annual AI Adoption in the Enterprise survey, (nearly three times than the previous year), as well as 61 percent of respondents showing that they are actively considering or evaluating AI solutions. If you are interested in learning more about AI, here are four things you should know: AI is already embedded in people’s day to day : While widespread and more sophisticated uses of artificial intelligence are perhaps slat- ed in the not-so-distant future, people are already using or interacting with some form of AI every day. If you have used web-based e-mail services, used ridesharing services, or shopped on e-commerce plat- forms, you’ve likely been interacting with artificial intelligence in some capacity and didn’t know it. There are currently no federal or state laws that require companies to disclose that they are using AI in their applications and, for appli- cations that are used by the public, customers are more likely to be interacting with a very well programmed AI interface than with another human being. However, many consumer advocacy groups are pushing to have more formal laws instituted for requiring disclosure, as they believe that there is the potential for customers to be deceived. While CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

members,” said D’Angelo, who introduced AICC Chairman Gene Marino, Executive Vice President, Akers Packaging Services Inc., who presented Strategy for Success: People


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow Again In February 8 GBP Achieves Net-Zero Water In Recycled C’Board Production 18 BCN To Host Free Webinar On Machine Learning 24 Supplier Reports: Part 5

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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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

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26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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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.

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$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

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

More box makers and brokers are relying on the containerboard pricing in Board Converting News to negotiate their contracts with end users.

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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AICC Xperience (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Side of Business, Knowledge, Experience, Consistency. Drawing on his decades of experience in the world of fi- nance and later in his career, the corrugated, industry, Ma- rino stressed the importance of Team Alignment and Core Values. Mark Roberts, CEO, OTB Solutions, delivered a presen- tation on Customer Statistics: Preparing You Company for Better Service to Your Customers and Potential Customers, after which attendees heard from a panel of box makers who shared their experiences and challenges with current industry issues and how to maintain excellent customer service. Mike D’Angelo moderated Ed Nusslein of McLean Packaging, Mark McNay of SMC Packaging Group, Jana Harris of Harris Packaging Corp. and Chris Stoler of Van- guard Companies. Additional coverage of the AICC Xperience will appear in the March 14 issue of Board Converting News . New Breaking Down Boxes Podcast To Feature Bay Cities’ Greg Tucker AICC Board Chair Gene Marino, and Joe Morelli, AICC Associate Board Chair, will interview Greg Tucker, CEO & Chairman of Bay Cities in “Driving Mr. Hanan,” the first epi- sode of AICC’s podcast, Breaking Down Boxes. “Kicking off AICC’s podcast series with someone as dy- namic as Greg Tucker is going to be a real treat for not just our members, but for anyone who runs a business,” said said AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “When you consider all that Greg and Bay Cities have accomplished in the in- dustry, and for both AICC and ICPF, as well as the fact that he could just as easily be shining elsewhere if things had

gone a little differently at the beginning of his career. It’s an incredibly compelling story.” Although his dreams once rested in the entertainment in- dustry, Tucker explains how he eventually shifted the focus and culture of a lifestyle packaging company into the diverse com- pany that is Bay Cities today. He also tells the story of how it

Greg Tucker

all began by “borrowing” a jet ski and driving Bill Hanan, then leader of Bay Cities, home from the airport as a young college student. With degrees in personnel management and market- ing, making samples may not seem like the obvious next step, but it is the one Tucker took. This led him into sales and eventually, to run the company. New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. Driving Mr. Hanan will be released Monday, March 7. Sub- scribe to Breaking Down Boxes on all major podcast plat- forms or visit .


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ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow Again In February 2022

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2021

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in Feb- ruary, with the overall economy achieving a 21st consecu- tive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The February Manufacturing PMI registered 58.6 per- cent, an increase of one percentage point from the Janu- ary reading of 57.6 percent. This figure indicates expan- sion in the overall economy for the 21st month in a row after a contraction in April and May 2020. The New Orders Index registered 61.7 percent, up 3.8 percentage points compared to the January reading of 57.9 percent. “The Production Index registered 58.5 percent, an in- crease of 0.7 percentage point compared to the January reading of 57.8 percent. The Prices Index registered 75.6 percent, down 0.5 percentage point compared to the Jan- uary figure of 76.1 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 65 percent, 8.6 percentage points higher than the January reading of 56.4 percent. The Employment In- dex registered 52.9 percent, 1.6 percentage points lower than the January reading of 54.5 percent. The Supplier CONTINUED ON PAGE 44



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.195 34.916


8.549 8.729


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

416.338 406.776


8.294 8.071


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7372 2.7727


33.8477 33.0739


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.256 2.203


3.3 3.3


Shipping Days




2021 2020

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GBP Achieves Net-Zero Water In Recycled Containerboard Production Green Bay, Wisconsin based Green Bay Packaging (GBP) announced that its mill achieved Net-Zero Water in its pro- duction of 100 percent recycled containerboard paper, the first-ever UL with validation of this environmental claim. “Environmental sustainability has always been at the core of Green Bay Packaging’s values,” said GBP Presi- dent and CEO, William Kress. “Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly mill system in the U.S., with water quality in our communities a primary focus.” The Net-Zero Water system at the Green Bay mill re- duces water demand through use of reclaimed water and alternative water sources, offsetting the need for freshwa- ter consumption. The goal in achieving “net-zero water” is to transform a water-intense process into a more efficient process, returning more water to the water source than has been removed. “Green Bay Packaging has been a strong stakehold- er in developing a rigorous procedure for assessing site water balance,” said William Hoffman, research scientist in UL’s Retail and Consumer Products group. “By achieving Net-Zero Water Use based on the UL Environmental Claim Validation Procedure, Green Bay Packaging has demon- strated a strong commitment to sustainability and preserv- ing water resources for future use.”

UL, the global safety leader, established the first in- dustrial global standard of its kind with the UL 1397, Envi- ronment Validation Claim Procedure for Net-Zero Water, published January 27, 2022. Green Bay Packaging’s im- plemented water-use strategy to minimize the impact of water use on the watershed and increase water resiliency, parallels the net-zero concept. “The net-zero water system is an investment in wa- ter technology that benefits community water resources while providing sustainable product innovation for our packaging customers and consumers,” said Green Bay Packaging’s Director of Environment and Sustainability, Lisa Bauer-Lotto. “Establishing a reclaimed water loop with the local municipal wastewater utility is an integral circular economy innovation into our papermaking process.” The US EPA considers circularity of net-zero water a green infrastructure with significant potential. Green Bay Packaging took the first steps in water consumption conservation in 1963 and became a pioneer in ‘closing- the-loop’. This led to a fully closed water system as a semi-chemical pulping mill in 1972. The closed-loop water system was rebuilt when the mill converted to a 100 per- cent recycled paper production in 1992. The Green Bay Packaging legacy of water stewardship continues with the new Green Bay mill that began production in 2021 with its first-of-a-kind, circular reclaim water systems that reduce the amount of water use per ton of paper production and fosters a net-zero water system.

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nition for your dedication to health and safety from FBA and AICC – The Independent Packaging Association. Fi- bre Box Association (FBA) will publish the 2021 Corrugat- ed Container Industry – Annual Report of Occupational In- juries and Illnesses and Safety Awards in March. Last year, 416 corrugated facilities were recognized for plant safety. What is the OSHA 300 Log? The OSHA Form 300 is a form for employers to record all reportable injuries and illnesses that occur in the work- place. Where and when they happen, the nature of the case, the name and job title of the team member injured or made sick must be included, as well as the number of days away from work or on restricted or light duty. Establishments with 250 or more employees (at any time during the reporting year) must submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301 until January 2019 electronically. However, you must keep the forms on file for five years as OSHA will continue to obtain the records through inspections and enforcement actions.

Reporting Reminder and Facility Recognition Opportunity Right now is the perfect time to remind you of a new year to-do that involves reporting - specif- ically, OSHA Injury and Illness data reporting. If you are responsible for health and safety in your compa- ny, you probably have some part in keeping up an OSHA 300 log. A summary of those work-related inju- ries and illnesses must be submitted in your OSHA 300A form for the calendar year 2021 by March 2, 2022. Take advantage of this to-do by getting industry recog- Chase Kammerer

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You must document all work-related fa- talities and reportable injuries and illnesses in the OSHA 300 Log. Establishments are required to record the above if they result in the following: • Death • Days away from work • Work restrictions or job transfers • Medical treatment beyond plant first aid • Loss of consciousness • Diagnosis of a significant injury or illness There are exceptions, and doing some digging will help determine if an incident at work resulted from a non-work-related ex- posure or event. Form 301 Incident Report The Injury and Illness Incident Report Form 301 records a case-by-case occur- rence of an injury or illness. You have seven days to fill out Form 301 or an equivalent when a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred. Some state workers’ compensation, insurance, or other reports may be acceptable. Where to find OSHA Forms More details on the OSHA standard are available in 29 cfr §1904. Use the following path for the PDFs of Forms 300, 300A, and 301, also available in a fillable format. To complete Form 300A, you’ll need your Em- ployee Identification Number (EIN). Create an Injury Tracking Application (ITA) account and follow the instructions. The prior year’s OSHA 300A must be summarized and post- ed in the workplace from February 1 through the end of April the following year. All team members should have access to the infor-

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Safety Records (CONT’D FROM PAGE 10)

mation regardless of position or location within the facility. Note that OSHA does not send out any reminders to complete the Forms. FBA does, and we want to recognize your health and safety achievements. So, we strongly en- courage companies that aren’t currently participating in

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Deep learning takes this to the next level, where the learning that takes places mimics that of the human brain, using sophisticated algorithms called neural networks. Neural networks are currently being used in sev- eral applications, including aircraft fault detectors, guidance systems used by cars, and even ATM machines AI is more accessible than you think: Two of the biggest barriers of entry for organizations to use artificial intelligence tools are overall costs and gaining the right set of skills to use these tools properly. The overall cost of an AI solution will largely depend on the targeted use case, or problem attempting to be solved, and the level of sophistication needed. Building a general AI chatbot will not be as expensive as, say, building a self-driving car. That said, many cloud computing platforms offer cost effective AI and machine learning tools to people and organizations, as well as free or low-cost training to help them get started AI requires ongoing investment : The costs that come with AI and related solu- tions is not a “one and done” affair. Al- though AI solutions can minimize the time and effort needed for monotonous, low-val- ue tasks, they require monitoring to ensure that operating properly, biases are mini- mized and that they comply with any indus- try regulations, as well as local, state and federal laws. AI solutions, much like cloud computing-based solutions, should be con- sidered an operating expense vs. a capital expense. In addition, as AI solutions change and mature, ensuring that staff is properly

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Rusken Packaging Appoints Ortiz Vice President Of Operations Cullman, Alabama based Rusken Packaging has an- nounced the addition of David Ortiz to its leadership team as the company’s Vice President of Operations. In a new role for the organization, Ortiz will be responsible for en- suring Rusken’s daily business practices meet operational goals with maximum efficiency. Ortiz has been in the corrugated industry for 27 years. Originally from Texas, he graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1990. After five years in the Air Force, he en- tered the corrugated industry working for Gaylord Contain- er, and later for Orange County Container Group (OCCG), where he served as a Senior Executive. In 2012, after the acquisition of OCCG by Smurfit Kappa Group, Ortiz was appointed VP of Operations for SKNA. In October of 2014, Ortiz founded Corrugated and Packaging LLC (C&P). As president, he created a $39 mil- lion sales success story by building a sheet plant and two foam operations in Tijuana and San Diego. In late 2018, C&P was sold to U.S. Corrugated, Inc. After a brief stint with Pratt Industries, Ortiz spent his last year with Hewlett Packard helping transform the industry via digital printing technology. During his 27 years in the corrugated industry he also managed to earn an MBA/MSEL from University of San Diego.

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Apex International Adds Golway To NA Sales Team

Donora, Pennsylvania based Apex International, a global manufacturer of anilox and metering solutions, has an- nounced the addition of Dan Golway to the Apex North America technical sales team. The addition to the team re- flects Apex’s continued global growth strategy. Golway lives in Texas and has over 30 years of expe- rience in the flexographic industry and has a varied and diverse skill set covering many aspects of the packaging industry. He will provide customers and prospects with a more hands-on approach, supporting their anilox needs as well as press side support. “Apex is excited to have Dan on the team,” said Joe Settanni, Vice President of Sales for North America. “Dan and Apex share the same values when it comes to custom- er service and providing high quality products. His skills make a difference when it comes to offering a total pack- age of products, service, support and advice.” SupplyOne Announces Leadership Changes Newtown Square, Pennsylvania based SupplyOne, Inc. announced that Bill Leith, the company’s founder, has become its Executive Chairman, and Todd Renehan has been appointed the Company’s President and CEO. Renehan joined SupplyOne as its Executive Vice Presi- dent and Chief Operating Officer in May 2021. Prior to join- ing SupplyOne, he had been the Chief Executive Officer of Incora, a $2.3 billion distributor and global provider of supply chain management services for C class hardware, chemicals and electronic products to the aerospace, de- fense, manufacturing and electronics industries. In his new role as Executive Chairman, Leith will con- tinue to lead SupplyOne’s strategic program of acquiring best-in-class corrugated converting companies and val- ue-added packaging distributors and assist Renehan with strategic initiatives that will position the Company for con- tinued long-term growth. “Todd is an accomplished leader with deep commer- cial, distribution and operational experience in both public and private equity owned businesses,” said Leith. “Having had an opportunity to work closely with Todd over the last several months, I believe that he has the skills and lead- ership experience, and understanding of the SupplyOne culture, to further accelerate growth for the Company and our customers.” “Bill Leith founded SupplyOne 23 years ago with a vi- sion to build a unique operating platform around custom- ers’ packaging needs to improve their profitability,” said Renahan. That vision has fueled SupplyOne’s remarkable growth and remains the foundation for our future growth. I am excited to lead SupplyOne to the next level.”

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DURST IMAGE TECHNOLOGY US Rochester, New York: Steve Lynn reports, “As leaders in the digital print industry, Durst is committed to offering

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“Durst’s standard of providing the highest quality prod- ucts starts with our ability to listen and respond to industry needs. High speed automation and sustainable solutions are at the forefront of today’s corrugated market require- ments. Our customers are serving more clients looking for high levels of customization and versioning, with fast turn- around times. “Clients looking for food safe packaging, or environ- mentally friendly packaging require water based and non-hazardous ink as an alternative to UV or solvent inks. To meet these needs, Durst offers the widest range of printers, inks and software available for the Corrugated market, with solutions for all sizes of converter.

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AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION is a recognized leader in the industry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than simply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your proposed system. Our equipment is found in Printing, Folding Carton and Corrugated plants throughout the country and the world.

through to very large formats with maximum dimensions of 1,300x2,100 (optionally 1,300x2,800 mm), and a max- imum thickness of 12 mm. Koenig & Bauer Durst has de- veloped automation systems for the Delta SPC 130, which enables integration into existing production lines, allowing manufacturers and converters to achieve fully automated production and fully exploit the potential of digitization. “Durst’s water-based ink is non-hazardous and allows premium quality, odorless, abrasion-resistant, glossy and lightfast end products to be produced in a single process “By developing a water-based ink system, Durst is al- ready meeting future demands for sustainable packaging products in the retail and food fields. Water Technology is part of the long-term strategy of offering digital printing systems a sustainable alternative to conventional printing systems. “Durst equipment comes with our award-winning Work- flow Software and Analytics software, eliminating the need for a third-party provider. Our software suite handles all job set up, versioning/variable data and offers excellent color management, streamlining your processes and increasing your production efficiency. “Durst has been supplying multi-Pass inkjet printing systems in the Large Format Printing segment for a num- ber of years. Using our core competencies of inkjet, inks

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