Board Converting News, February 14, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years February 14, 2022 VOL. 38, NO. 7

Expert To Make Sense of Crypto, Blockchain At AICC Xperience BY GREG KISHBAUGH As technologies advance, new concepts and terminology seeming- ly materialize every day. There are very few people today who have not heard of cryptocurrency and, relatedly, blockchain technology and NFTs, but having a full and working understanding of these incredible advancements can still elude the savviest businesspeople.

McKinley Packaging Expands With New Plant In Texas McKinley Packaging, a sustainably operated paper and packaging company, announced the addition of its seventh packaging plant. The 500,000-square-foot rail-served building in Lancaster, Texas, will create 100 jobs when running at full capacity across three shifts. “We started looking at properties back in July 2020 and decided, as a company, that Lancaster is a market we want to grow in,” said Anthony Garcia, Vice President of Oper- ations at McKinley Packaging. The Lancaster expansion marks anoth- er milestone for the Bio Pappel subsidiary. Known as the largest manufacturer of paper and corrugated materials in Latin America, Bio Pappel launched expansion efforts in the United States seven years ago. Since then, McKinley Packaging has represented the company’s strategic growth success with its now seven plants, two paper mills, and five recycling centers across the United States.. Driven by its emphasis on sustainable operations and recycled materials, McKin- ley Packaging continues to aim for zero-dis- charge water operations upon reaching ca- pacity. This is one example of how McKinley

At the upcoming AICC Packaging Xperience meeting, taking place March 1-3 in Kansas City, Missouri, Adam Peek, Vice President at Mey- ers Printing, will provide an introduction to the concepts of Cryptocur- rency, blockchain technology and NFTs and examine ways in which the packaging industry can benefit from their adoption. Peek, who hosts the People of Packaging podcast and hosts a pack- aging news show, along with a social media presence in which he cre- ates packaging content, had a concentration in supply chain and block chain technology for his MBA. “I’ve been in the packaging industry for 15 years, and my back- ground in these technologies has really driven my interest in exploring ways that packaging companies and brands can partner to leverage emerging technologies like blockchain and crypto,” said Peek. Although these technologies have wide-ranging applications throughout a number of industries and business models, Peek says his presentation will focus specifically on the packaging market. “When I was asked to speak, I thought, ‘What would be interesting CONTINUED ON PAGE 16



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