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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



6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x ISM: Manufacturing, Economy Grow Again In January 2022 12 Why Women Are Positioned To Lead (And Succeed) In 2022 2 Bay Cities Expands In-House ISTA-Certified Testing Lab 4 Supplier Reports: Part 2

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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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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Core Competency

Packaging continues the “green” legacy of the company’s history. Visit for more. McKinley Paper Acquires Midwest Paper Group Evanston, Illinois based Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP) says it has completed the sale of Midwest Paper Group Holdings Inc. to McKinley Paper Co., a subsidiary of Mexico-based Bio Pappel S.A. de C.V. Midwest Paper is a maker of recycled-content contain- erboard for corrugated packaging and recycled-content kraft bags that operates from a 1.2 million-square-foot pa- per mill located in Combined Locks, Wisconsin. The move represents another growth step for Bio Pappel in the U.S., where it has been adding and acquiring facilities for the past several years via its McKinley Paper business unit. “We’re pleased with what the company accomplished during IOP’s ownership period,” says IOP Operating Princi- pal Dave Mackin, who served as Midwest Paper’s Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board, during IOP’s stakeholder period. “The Midwest Paper team successfully executed IOP’s investment operating plan, which included commer- cial initiatives and operational improvements that turned a once struggling paper mill into a thriving business.”

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adjusted December reading of 61 percent. The Production Index registered 57.8 percent, a decrease of 1.6 percent- age points compared to the seasonally adjusted Decem- ber reading of 59.4 percent. “The Prices Index registered 76.1 percent, up 7.9 per- centage points compared to the December figure of 68.2 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 56.4 percent, 6.4 percentage points lower than the December reading of 62.8 percent. The Employment Index registered 54.5 percent, 0.6 percentage point higher compared to the seasonally adjusted December reading of 53.9 per- cent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 64.6 per- cent, down 0.3 percentage point from the December fig- ure of 64.9 percent. The Inventories Index registered 53.2 percent, 1.4 percentage points lower than the seasonally adjusted December reading of 54.6 percent. “The New Export Orders Index registered 53.7 percent, up 0.1 percentage point compared to the December read-

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in Jan- uary, with the overall economy achieving a 20th 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 January Manufacturing PMI registered 57.6 per- cent, a decrease of 1.2 percentage points from the sea- sonally adjusted December reading of 58.8 percent. This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 20th month in a row after a contraction in April and May 2020. The New Orders Index registered 57.9 percent, down 3.1 percentage points compared to the seasonally

ing of 53.6 percent. The Imports Index reg- istered 55.1 percent, a 1.3-percentage point increase from the December reading of 53.8 percent. “The U.S. manufacturing sector remains in a demand-driven, supply chain-constrained environment, but January was the third straight month with indications of improve- ments in labor resources and supplier deliv- ery performance. Still, there were shortages of critical intermediate materials, difficulties in transporting products and lack of direct labor on factory floors due to the COVID-19 omicron variant. Quits rate and early retire- ments hinder reliable consumption. Panel sentiment remains strongly optimistic, with seven positive growth comments for every cautious comment, up from December’s ra- tio of 6-to-1. “Demand expanded, with the (1) New Or- ders Index slowing but remaining in strong growth territory, supported by continued ex- pansion of new export orders, (2) Customers’ Inventories Index remaining at a very low level and (3) Backlog of Orders Index slow- ing but settling at more normal growth lev- els. Consumption (measured by the Produc- tion and Employment indexes) grew during the period, though at a slower rate, with a combined negative one-percentage point change to the Manufacturing PMI calculation. “The Employment Index expanded for a fifth straight month, with signs that ability to hire continues to improve, though somewhat offset by continued challenges of turnover (quits and retirements) and resulting back- filling. Limited expansion strength in produc- tion in January, primarily due to absenteeism CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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

rates as a result of omicron, was the biggest reason PMI growth was held back. Inputs — expressed as supplier de- liveries, inventories, and imports — continued to constrain production expansion, but there are clear indications of improved delivery performance. The Supplier Deliveries Index again slowed while the Inventories Index expand- ed, both at a slower rate. In January, the Prices Index in- creased for the 20th consecutive month, at a faster rate (an increase of 7.9 percentage points) compared to De- cember, indicating that supplier pricing power continues to rise. “Manufacturing performed well for the 20th straight month, with demand and consumption registering month- over-month growth. Meeting demand remains a challenge, due to hiring difficulties and labor turnover at all tiers. For the third month in a row, Business Survey Committee pan- elists’ comments suggest month-over-month improvement on hiring, offset by backfilling required to address employ- ee turnover at a higher rate, supplier performance and im- provements in the transportation sector,” says Fiore. Among the 14 manufacturing industries reporting growth in January are: Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Ma- chinery; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Computer & Elec- tronic Products. The only industry reporting a decrease in January compared to December is Paper Products.



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

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3.3 3.3


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Why Women Are Positioned To Lead (And Succeed) In 2022

For decades, women have steadily made impressive strides in the political and corporate arenas. Still, there’s a lot of ground to cover before we’re equally represented, especially in the upper echelons of the business

world. But Deb Boelkes says the changes that have occurred in the last two years have women leaders positioned to leap ahead.

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“The workplace is rapidly changing and evolv- ing in ways no one could have predicted just two years ago,” says Boelkes, author of the new book, “Women on Top: What’s Keeping You From Execu- tive Leadership?” “This is a pivotal time for women. The changes we’ve seen in the workplace call for the skill sets that many women naturally possess. We just need to step up and seize the challenge.” Employees everywhere are struggling with stress, anxiety, and outright trauma due to the pandemic. If they’re working remotely, it’s harder for them to connect with coworkers and leaders. And the nature of business itself gets more complex by the day. Supply chain issues, worker shortag- es, new customer behaviors—it all adds up to a brave new business world that women’s natural skills and abilities are perfectly suited to navigate. “Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders need to break mental health stigmas in the workplace and create an environment of psychological safety,” says Boelkes. “Many will be asked to transform a group of scattered remote workers into a connected team. They’ll all be balancing multiple shifting deadlines, responsibilities, and challenges.” The bottom line: Women tend to do all of these things well. We have the communication skills, emotional intelligence, flexibility, and agility to meet these challenges and step into more prominent roles inside orga- nizations. (No, Boelkes isn’t implying that women are better leaders, but that men and women tend to have different innate skill sets. In fact, she says organizations that blend the special gifts of female and male leaders possess a real “wow!” factor.) Here, Boelkes shares ten reasons why women are uniquely poised to lead and succeed in 2022 and beyond: 1. Women are stellar collaborators. The problems we face in the busi- ness world are more complex than they’ve ever been before. This means we need more perspectives at the table to solve them. Rather than com- peting with others, women are more inclined to join forces with them, which makes us perfectly suited for leading teams. 2. Women know how to share the screen. In 2020, those of us who weren’t already familiar with video conferences, Zoom meetings, virtu- al presentations, and collaborative software got a quick-and-dirty crash course. Boelkes points out that while anyone can use these resources, not everyone can use them effectively—but women’s natural skills give them an edge. “Leaders in the virtual workspace need to be comfortable putting forth ideas and information to the group, while sharing that space with others,” she notes. “Women are great at this. We have a sense of give- and-take and reciprocity that draws people out and encourages others to speak up. We’re good at reading non-verbal cues.” 3. Our natural communication skills serve companies well in hard times. Especially in a disruption or crisis, leaders need to be highly visible: shar- ing information, reassuring, showing empathy and compassion, and re- CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Deb Boelkes

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inforcing a sense of camaraderie. A communication void causes anxiety. Women can leverage our gift for commu- nication and listening to keep people calm and focused. 4. Women are empathetic connectors. Thanks to the pandemic, not to mention all of the social unrest, political division, and economic uncertainty of the past two years, our society has been through a collective trauma. Many employees are feeling unmoored and uncertain, and oth- ers are struggling with mental health issues. Leaders need to be aware of how each team member is feeling and re- spond with caring and empathy, while still driving prog- ress. Companies’ productivity depends on it. 5. Women are not afraid to ask for help. Women un- derstand that addressing any deficits by asking for help is often the most efficient way to move forward, not a sign of weakness or failure. When you welcome constructive crit- icism and seek out others’ expertise, potential problems are identified earlier and the best solutions rise to the top. 6. Or to offer it. Women don’t tend to view knowledge and expertise with a scarcity mindset; they know that re- sources are most valuable when shared. And they’re just as likely to give help as they are to ask for it. Whether in a formal mentoring role, leading a team, teaching a seminar, or offering a word of advice to a new hire, women don’t hesitate to lift others up. 7. We’re givers. Women are natural givers and nurturers.


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that was a cross section of emerging technology in a world that is a bit more traditional?’” said Peek. Blockchain Explained A blockchain is a distributed database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network. As a database, a blockchain stores information electronically in digital format. Blockchains are best known for their role in cryp- tocurrency systems, such as Bitcoin, for maintaining a se- cure and decentralized record of transactions. The innova- tion with a blockchain is that it guarantees the fidelity and security of a record of data and generates trust without the need for a trusted third party. One key difference between a typical database and a blockchain is how the data is structured. A blockchain col- lects information together in groups, known as blocks, that hold sets of information. Blocks have certain storage ca-

pacities and, when filled, are closed and linked to the pre- viously filled block, forming a chain of data known as the blockchain. All new information that follows that freshly

added block is compiled into a newly formed block that will then also be added to the chain once filled. A database usually structures its data into tables, whereas a blockchain, like its name im- plies, structures its data into chunks (blocks) that are strung together. This data structure inherently makes an irreversible time line of data when implemented in a decentralized nature. When a block is filled, it is set in stone and becomes a part of this time line. Each block in the chain is given an exact time stamp when it is added to the chain. “One area in which I’ll focus is the conver- gence of recycling and blockchain,” said Peek. “Building out on top of a blockchain, coupled with some emerging infrared technologies,


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tomers full transparency and access to estimating, to pro- duction timelines, leveraging virtual reality to do press checks, and quality reviews and quality audits. The idea is that from an operations standpoint, anything that a cus- tomer would benefit having greater access and transpar- ency to, blockchain is a great technology to build that on.” A View Of NFTs Peek also plans a rudimentary view of Non-Fungible To- kens, or NFTs. NFTs are cryptographic assets on a block- chain with unique identification codes and metadata that distinguish them from each other. Unlike cryptocurrencies, they cannot be traded or exchanged at equivalency. This

differs from fungible tokens like cryptocurrencies, which are identical to each other and, therefore, can be used as a medium for commercial transactions. Peek will argue during

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Peek Joins Meyers (CONT’D FROM PAGE 18)

Peek, a podcast host, content creator, printed pack- aging expert, influential thought leader, and Hope Dealer, brings 15 years of experience to the position. Since joining the company in October 2021, Peek is helping train, guide, and equip the sales staff through revenue operations. He is a daily presence on LinkedIn and TikTok, where he shares his knowledge to help brand owners by highlighting the importance of great packaging. “Adam has taken on a highly important role in our growth at Meyers as we strive to build the strongest operations, sales, marketing, client success and R&D teams in our in- dustry,” said Chris Dillon, CEO at Meyers. “His infectious enthusiasm, work ethic, and industry knowledge will help make us a better, stronger company that delivers optimal solutions for our clients.” Peek’s passion for changing the world led him to be a sustainability consultant, sales trainer, global keynote speaker and preacher, children’s book author, and part- time rapper. “I’m excited to join a team that’s focused on how to deliver real value for brands, retailers, our own team members, and our partners,” he said. “As a multi-gen- erational family business, Meyers has a long-term focus on our impact, which frees me up from the constraints that many other printing companies face.” Meyers is a print services company that designs and CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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For more than 60 years, Bay Cities has been a lead- ing creative packaging and display partner to brand mar- keters, retailers, and e-commerce companies. Speed to market increases with these new ISTA test offerings and additional lab location. “We are thrilled to provide clients with more testing op- tions and to inspire confidence in the structural integrity of our designs,” said Natalie Tucker, Design Director. “On top

manufactures innovative packaging, labels, retail displays, and more. Recognized for its commitment to excellence and sustainability, the company has grown from a small print shop when it was founded in 1949, to an interna- tionally respected business that works with global and emerging brands at thousands of high-profile retail outlets throughout the U.S. With a focus on the Food/ Beverage, Health/Beauty/Cosmetics, and Sports/Outdoors indus- tries, Meyers creates visual packaging and displays for companies including Frito-Lay, Hormel and many more. The company’s sustainability efforts include powering 100 percent of its operations using carbon-free electrici- ty, using responsibly sourced materials from SFI and FSC, and more. Visit . Bay Cities Expands In-House ISTA-Certified Testing Lab Pico Rivera, California based Bay Cities has announced the expansion of its in-house ISTA-certified testing lab at Bay Cities headquarters in Pico Rivera, CA and the addi- tion of a testing lab at its Bentonville, Arkansas, office. By acquiring this new equipment, Bay Cities can now perform 1A/1B testing in Bentonville and 1G/1H, 3E, and Amazon 6 testing in Pico Rivera.

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BAYSEK MACHINES Nelsonville, Wisconsin: Mark Helbach reports, “Worldwide recognition and acceptance of the proven Baysek die cutting process as a viable method confirms One Operator, Nick-Free Multiple-Out Baysek die cutters a valuable choice. 2021 came to an exceptionally positive end with ele- vated converting equipment sales as well as sales into the New Year, on target to equal or surpass totals in 2022. Additional domestic and worldwide representation is one factor. “Helbach credits increased sales of the Baysek die cut- ting method a direct result of four elements. 1). Reputable, innovative, and sustainable equipment manufactured in the U.S.A. 2). Continued education of the simplicity of the unique Nick-Free Baysek die cutting method throughout the industry by Baysek customers, employees, agents and representatives. 3). Knowledgeable service from a grow- ing base of attentive die makers. And 4). Baysek’s expert, dependable 24-Hour worldwide customer service team. “The flagship model C-170 die cutter remains Baysek’s most sought die cutter for medium and large runs. How- Mark Helbach

ever, the EL-150 die cutter is quickly gaining notoriety and popularity, especially internationally, for those converting short to medium runs. Baysek is also now offering a wider die format, model C-190 die cutter, three-years tested and productively running in the field. The EL-150 and C-190 provide the same Nick-Free, Multiple-Out, One Operator process. Dies within format size are transferable between all machine models, and trades are accepted when transi- tioning from an EL-150 to a C-170 or C-190. “Advantages of Baysek’s Nick-Free vacuum assist method include the ability to convert difficult die cutting with ease, eliminating the need for hand stripping or ad- ditional ancillary stripping equipment. Waste is fully pneu- matically stripped and directed to ecofriendly recycling. Large die formats allow up to 60-Out simple to complex 100 percent perimeter cut pieces to be converted per cy- cle. Short setup and changeover times with no make-ready and flexibility to convert a wide array of various substrates is additionally beneficial. There is little the Baysek cannot conquer, further promoting the one operator die cutter a valuable choice with a quick return on investment. Baysek encourages challenging die cutting that traditional rotary and flatbed die cutters struggle or fail to achieve.


Do you need printed sheets? We have your answer.. Introducing Heartland’s ColorCorr. This is “flexo-printing in the round”. On our corrugator we can print up to 109” wide. The advantage is that we can print the equivalent of ½ roll at a time and not be required to keep several rolls of very expensive preprinted paper on the floor. Much less waste and risk. In continual print mode, we use either laser-engraved rubber rolls or solid rubber rolls to print a “flood coat” or a repeating pattern. If we are printing a repeating pattern, we can run a two-color design on the paper. Customers have found that running sheets we print can allow them to run a lighter-grade due to reduced caliper loss, and in some cases eliminate one or more machine passes.

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Supplier Reports, Part 2 (CONT’D FROM PAGE 24)

“Baysek’s 2020 building expansion plan for an addi- tional 12,000-square-feet of manufacturing and office space was well-timed to meet the needs of rising equip- ment demands. New team hires for machine fabrication and parts sales, shipping and service keep pace with in- creased machine purchases. Baysek has doubled employ- ees the last five years and tripled employees the last 10 years. It is gratifying to continue growing as an accredited worldwide company, adding quality members to our al- ready solid team. “Baysek successfully implemented an EOS system with clear company core values. Built on customer service, it is no surprise that Baysek’s core values are a direct reflec- tion. ‘Customer first. Do the right thing. Do what it takes to get it done. Always be ready. Be humbly confident.’ “Worldwide technical service, parts and consumables are handled by Baysek Machines, Inc. U.S. and Baysek Machines & Engineering, United Kingdom. Make difficult die cutting easy, and simple die cutting easier, with Baysek Machines. Call (715) 824-5300. E-mail ENGINEERED RECYCLING SYSTEMS (ERS) Atlanta, Georgia: Mike Carver Reports, “ERS has intro- duced the Continuous Cleaning Modular OCT Filter Dust

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state-of-the-art dust collection systems. The CCM® OCT is now most advanced dust collection system in market. “ERS engineers saw the need for a better, safer, and easier-to-maintain alternative to wet scrubbers and bag house, cartridge and enclosed drum filters, as well as overcoming the challenges of dust in facilities, including: • With corrugated production higher than ever, dust waste has risen exponentially since the late ‘90s. This volume of dust dramatically increases the risk of fire. • Maintenance of older filter systems is costly, labor-in- tensive, and disruptive to production. • Conventional filters and the use of water is not a de- sired solution anymore. “Our engineers came up with a modernized, simple, and safe CCM® OCT filter designed to be OSHA- and NF- PA-compliant. “Safety is a large issue in dust extraction, not just for the facility but for employees. The CCM® OCT can be inspect- ed while operating to mitigate risk and minimize shutdown. You can watch and troubleshoot the filter while it is run- ning, as well as these additional advantages:



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The CorruCUT is designed for high-performance rotary production of die-cut corrugated products with ultimate flexo post-printing quality. You will achieve paramount performance from the latest embedded technology with a brand new operating concept. It is available with the industry's shortest lead time from our factory to your floor. The CorruCUT has a maximum production output of 12,000 boards per hour, including setup while running, integrated remote maintenance for the ultimate uptime, and the easiest machine to operate – the CorruCUT will increase your profitability. Call us to set up a custom demonstration. Koenig & Bauer (+1) 214 790-8801

Supplier Reports, Part 2 (CONT’D FROM PAGE 26)

ISOWA AMERICA Phoenix, Arizona: Kevin Erbe reports, “Isowa Corporation in Nagoya, Japan, is now in our second century of contin- uous profitable operation as a family-owned independent

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machinery supplier. Isowa has been providing finishing and corrugating equipment to North America since the late 1960s and is represented in North and South America by Isowa America. “The full Isowa product line in- cludes high-speed set-up while run

• No expensive fire protection equipment additions “The CCM® Filter is extremely compact, can be installed inside on the factory floor, and on a platform directly above plant machinery to save additional space. In essence, the filter solves problems: less production area dust, less risk, less labor, lower operating costs. “It is the safest, easiest to maintain, most sustainable dust filter on the market today, marching in a new era for the standard in dust extraction and collection. And the re- sult is the cleanest, safest facility possible.” Call: (770) 954-8780. Visit

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flexo folder gluers in 37-inch and 50-inch sizes, full corru- gator lines, corrugator components and printers for plat- en diecutters. Isowa America sells and supports all of this equipment through our service organization and extensive parts warehouse in Phoenix. Isowa technicians are avail- able 24/7 throughout the Americas to service and support new and existing equipment.

“2021 was record year for Isowa Cor- poration and Isowa America. In the US, we achieved three additional Falcon FFG place- ments, as well as another two Ibis FFG place- ments – all five were Midwest installations and are already breaking individual plant produc- tion records. “Given the unprecedented increase in new machine sales, parts sales, and service and training activities over the last two years, Isowa America’s move to our new facility in March 2020 (four times larger than our previ- ous location!) has been key to our continued growth. The huge amount of added space in the new facility is allowing Isowa America to significantly increase our spare parts inven- tory again, and provides for a more profes- sional field service and engineering base with increased staffing levels to provide top-notch customer service and support. Isowa America is better poised than ever to provide the rapid response times required by our installed base for service, technical support and parts avail- ability. “2022 will be another record year for Is- owa America with all machine slots booked months ago. Installations this year will include six new Falcon FFG’s, two of which are right- hand machines, and two new Ibis FFG’s. An additional Falcon has been booked to ship in 2022 to install in early 2023, and at least six more FFG’s are booked for shipment and in- stallation in 2023 already. “Assuming the U.S. economy remains strong and is not derailed by the regime now in place in Washington, we are projecting strong equipment sales activity to continue at



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