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Great Northern, UW-Stout (WI) Partner On Sustainability Course BY ABBEY GOERS Eighteen months ago, University of Wisconsin-Stout and Great North- ern Corporation set out to create a collaborative experience that would strengthen its long-standing partnership and directly impact graphic design and interactive media and packaging students’ education.

Rusken Packaging Acquires Nelson Packaging In SC Cullman, Alabama based Rusken Packaging announced that it has acquired Nelson Pack- aging, headquartered in Cowpens, South Car- olina, approximately 20 miles east of Spartan- burg. The acquisition was effective November 2, 2021. Privately owned, Nelson Packaging has been operating since 1982, selling an array of corrugated manufacturing, corrugated pallets and inner packaging capabilities. Additional- ly, Nelson Packaging has obtained two U.S. patents for its trademarked corrugated Trans- porter Pallets®. The Nelson Packaging team takes pride in its ability to provide customized corrugated packaging solutions and pallets specific to their customers’ needs. “Nelson is an exciting acquisition not only because of its strategic location, but also because of its strong reputation as a market leader,” said Rusken Chief Operating Officer Randy Whiteaker. Nelson and Rusken’s combined growth in the Carolinas will be led by Rusken’s Kevin O’Brien and Tim Bell, working alongside the current management team at Nelson. “The Rusken team is thrilled to partner

With the support of Great Northern Corp. CEO John Davis, Chippe- wa Falls staff Kris Johnson and Sarah Murawski, along with UW-Stout faculty members Robert Meisner and Nagesh Shinde, conceptualized the Great Northern Corporation Collaboration Experience, a sponsored Along with the support of Great Northern Corp.’s John Davis and staff, Pro- fessor Nagesh Shinde, left, and Professor Robert Meisner of UW-Stout con- ceptualized the Great Northern Corporation Collaboration Experience.


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course taken by students in the two disciplines. “UW-Stout is an ideal partner for Great Northern,” Davis said. “As a polytechnic univer- sity, UW-Stout is committed to an experiential learning environment. I can’t imagine a better learning environment in which to bring two disciplines together to simulate the real-world challenges of creative problem-solving.” Great Northern, which manufactures pack-

John Davis

aging and retail displays, has operations in ve states, with locations in Appleton, Chippewa Falls and Racine, Wisconsin. It employs more than 1,700 people nationwide, including 30 UW-Stout alumni. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

Machinery and Handling for the Corrugated Board Industry

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

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

West Coast U.S. Average

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.

200# 275#



$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


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.

42# Kraft Liner 26#

Semi-Chem Medium

East West


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Rusken Packaging Acquires (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Core Competency

with the Nelson Packaging organization that optimally aligns with our customer-centric approach and culture,” said O’Brien and Bell in a press release. “This acquisition is part of a strategic focus to expand Rusken’s footprint throughout the Southeast, further growing our existing ca- pabilities and customer base in North and South Carolina. Please join us in welcoming owner, Duane Nelson and the entire Nelson Packaging team to the Rusken family.” In other news, Rusken Packaging announced that Randy Whiteaker has been appointed the new Chief Operating Officer of the organiza- tion. Whiteaker will have the prima- ry responsibility of leading Rusken’s continued growth across all sites, while maintaining our customer-cen- tric approach to provide optimal corrugated packaging solutions for our partners. An experienced business leader, Whiteaker will suc- ceed Joey Jackson, who retired in September 2021, and will assume responsibilities in this expanded role going forward. With 14 facilities in seven Southeastern states, Rusken is a forward-looking regional organization that has experienced exponential growth over the last decade. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Rusken continues to be committed to a truly remarkable customer experience. Randy Whiteaker

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“The Production Index registered 61.5 percent, an in- crease of 2.2 percentage points compared to the October reading of 59.3 percent. The Prices Index registered 82.4 percent, down 3.3 percentage points compared to the Oc- tober figure of 85.7 percent. The Backlog of Orders Index registered 61.9 percent, 1.7 percentage points lower than the October reading of 63.6 percent. “The Employment Index registered 53.3 percent, 1.3 percentage points higher compared to the October read- ing of 52 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 72.2 percent, down 3.4 percentage points from the Oc- tober figure of 75.6 percent. The Inventories Index regis- tered 56.8 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the October reading of 57 percent. The New Export Orders Index registered 54 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percentage point compared to the October reading of 54.6 percent. The Imports Index registered 52.6 percent, a 3.5-percent- age point increase from the October’s 49.1 percent.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in November, with the overall economy achieving an 18th consecutive month of growth, say the nation’s supply ex- ecutives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Busi- ness. The report was issued last week by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Manage- ment (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The November Manufacturing PMI registered 61.1 per- cent, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the October reading of 60.8 percent. This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 18th month in a row after a contraction in April 2020. The New Orders Index regis- tered 61.5 percent, up 1.7 percentage points compared to the October reading of 59.8 percent.

“The U.S. manufacturing sector remains in a demand-driven, supply chain-constrained environment, with some indications of slight labor and supplier delivery improvement. All segments of the manufacturing economy are impacted by record-long raw materials and capital equipment lead times, contin- ued shortages of critical lowest-tier materi- als, high commodity prices and difficulties in transporting products. Coronavirus issues — worker absenteeism, short-term shutdowns, difficulties in filling open positions and over- seas supply chain problems — continue to limit manufacturing growth potential. “Panelists remain focused on the impor- tance of improving supply chain issues to respond to ongoing high levels of demand. Demand expanded, with the (1) New Orders Index growing, supported by continued ex- pansion of the New Export Orders Index, (2) Customers’ Inventories Index remaining at a very low level and (3) Backlog of Orders Index staying at a very high level. Consump- tion grew during the period, with a combined 3.5-percentage point increase to the Manu- facturing PMI calculation. “The Employment Index expanded for a third month, with some indications that the ability to hire is improving, partially offset by the challenges of turnover and backfilling. Inputs continued to constrain production expansion, but there are early signs of sup- plier performance improving. The Supplier Deliveries Index slowed again, while the Inventories Index expanded more slowly. In November, the Prices Index expanded for the 18th consecutive month, at a slower rate, indicating continued supplier pricing power and scarcity of supply chain goods.”


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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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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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SupplyOne Acquires IC Industries, Continuing Growth In Florida Market Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, based SupplyOne, Inc. last week announced the acquisition of IC Industries, Inc., a privately-held corrugated converter and packaging com- pany headquartered in Hialeah, Florida. Founded in 1990 under the leadership of company president, Harvey Rothstein, IC Industries is a manufac- turer of corrugated boxes from its state-of-the-art Hialeah, Florida, facility and serves southern Florida manufacturers, retailers, growers and processors with custom corrugated and packaging products. “Joining forces with SupplyOne solidifies IC Industries’ position as a market leader in South Florida,” said Roth- stein. “SupplyOne’s decentralized operating structure en- sures that we will remain close to our clients. Access to additional services and product lines will mean growth op- portunities for our customers and our employees.” “The addition of IC Industries allows us to expand our converting capabilities in Florida to be more efficient, low- er costs, and provide enhanced custom corrugated pack- aging solutions to our customers,” said Bill Leith, CEO and President of SupplyOne, Inc. “IC Industries’ customers will benefit from expanded size and scale, and packaging au- tomation expertise that will help them be more profitable, as well.”

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.261 34.901


8.157 8.310


Industry Total

Year-to Date

September 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

312.632 300.767


8.227 7.873


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7786 2.8459


25.4959 24.5672


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change




3.5 3.4




Shipping Days




2021 2020

21 21

190 191

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association

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JB Machinery Expands, Cuts Ribbon On Opening Of Neenah Manufacturing Facility The leadership team of Westport, Connecticut based JB Machinery re- cently cut the ribbon at the grand opening of its expanded and updat- ed manufacturing facility in Neenah, Wisconsin. The 8-month project in- creased the functional space of the XDS facility, the design/engineering and manufacturing division of JB Machinery, nearly doubling the size to

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erations that are critical, but sometimes overlooked when selecting new converting equipment. Milton Corsey, AchieveNEXT Relational Capital, will help leaders learn how to empower their teams and help others grow into their positions during “Empowering Oth- ers for Success” on Thursday, December 9. This webinar will work through the empowerment matrix, enable at- tendees to develop a dialogue to transfer power to others. In 2021, the U.S. EEOC announced that for the 11th year in a row, retaliation was the #1 basis of all charges filed. During “Workplace Retaliation: The Employment Boomer- ang” on Tuesday, December 14, Christine Walters, FiveL Company, will help attendees understand these charges and what they can do to avoid them. Understanding the customer will lead to more sales and profits. Attendees will learn to “Leverage the Voice of Your Customers to Grow Revenue” on Wednesday, De- cember 15, with popular AICC speaker, Mark Allen Rob- erts, OTB Solutions. Members can register for individual webinars or join them as part of the All Access Pass. Pass holders can use their promo code to register at no additional cost. One payment of $1,695 gives participating companies a code that all employees can use to register for every webinar scheduled through July 2022. Each company also re- ceives a recording of each webinar. With more than 50 webinars scheduled, the All Access Pass represents a val- ue of $12,500. Learn more at .

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is host- ing webinars for sales, leadership, and HR this December. Also, the AICC Emerging Leaders will come together for two free virtual events. The first, the Q4 C-Suite Leader- ship Webinar on Wednesday, December 3, will focus on HR with Donna Roberts, SMC Packaging Group, bringing her experience and ideas to the discussion. On Tuesday, December 7, two Emerging Leader al- ums, Jeff Dietz of Kolbus and Bill Nolan of Standard Print- ing Company, will have an interactive discussion with the Emerging Leaders on business successes and challenges from the past year and how they are using this information to build their strategy for next year. These events are open only to AICC Emerging Leaders. The industry can support the next generation of leaders by encouraging their growth through leadership training and networking. Visit for more info. Registration for the following webinars is available to all AICC members. Selecting a converting machine based on specifica- tions alone can lead to disappointment. In “Critical Con- siderations Overlooked When Selecting New Converting Equipment” on Wednesday, December 8, created with the support of Etra Corrugated, attendees will discuss consid-


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Cybersecurity, Sustainability & More Highlighted At 2021 PPC Fall Meeting Sustainability, cybersecurity, powering the future, curbing burnout, and the global economic outlook were just some of the critical topics discussed during PPC’s recent Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference in Savannah, Georgia. After more than a year of virtual meetings, nearly 200 folding carton industry executives came together for three days of insight, networking and camaraderie. In addition to exciting speakers, the meeting included a celebration of the 2021 North American Paperboard Packaging Competi- tion winners, as well as a special evening recognizing the lifetime achievement of former WestRock chief executive officer Steven Voorhees, who received PPC’s highest hon- or, the Robert T. Gair Award. The conference’s keynote address came from John

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AICC Canada Celebrates Holidays With ‘Maskerade’ Party In Toronto On Saturday, November 20, more than 65 AICC Canada members came together for a holiday “Maskerade” par- ty at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Convention Center. It was a triumphant return of sorts as the popular event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Frank Fortunato of Flint

It was another event of elegance, entertainment and good friends celebrated in the spirit of the season. AICC wants to thank AICC Canada for its hospitality and extends its thanks to the event sponsors, Cascades,

Inks served as the emcee for the evening and kept things lively, as he always does. AICC International Canadian Board mem- ber Terri-Lynn Levesque from Royal Containers welcomed the guests, followed by remarks from AICC Canada President Don Duplantis, also of Royal Containers. Don in- troduced AICC Chairman Gene Marino from Akers Packaging, who carried on

Kim Nelson, left, of Royal Con- tainers and Peter Moore of Moore Packaging Corporation.

Krueger, Atlantic Packaging, Independent Corrugator, Flint Group, Niagara Sheets, Quest Inks, Royal Containers, Sun Chemical, Sheraton and the Nobleton Lakes Golf Club. AICC Canada President Don Duplantis, left, and AICC Pres- ident Mike D’Angelo capture a moment in the photo booth.

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The Packaging Innovation Center will allow Hud- son-Sharp customers to complete trials in person on our equipment,” said Scott Romenesko, PCMC’s Director of Sales–Bag Converting. “It will be a valuable tool for our customers as they evaluate the best equipment to meet their needs.” An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the spring of 2022. Additional partnerships and ed- ucational events will be announced in the coming months.

Bay Cities Hosts Open House, Ribbon Cutting In Bentonville

Pico Rivera, California based Bay Cities hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, November 30, at its new offices in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Open House included a tour where participants: • Experienced emerging technologies in the innovation center, designed to challenge brands to stay relevant in the fast-paced retail landscape; • Explored Bay Cities’ manufacturing, data management, supply chain, and logistics capabilities; • Engaged in conversations with experts from branding, marketing, design, pack-out, and supply chain With a goal of bringing retailers, brands, and suppliers together to innovate and execute, the offices will be used to “bring visions to life.” Visit .

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“It’s an opportunity for students to better understand and grow in appreciation of each other’s majors, skills and methodologies. It’s a chance for them to challenge each other and compromise in order to develop a package that meets the needs of the customer, just like in industry,” said Meisner, Packaging Program Director. He compared it to a right-brain-meets-left-brain ap- proach to solving a problem. “It’s structure versus free form. It’s learning ‘how do you make a great idea work.’” Collaborating On A Common Objective The Great Northern course is co-taught by Meisner and Shinde, Professor of Graphic Design in the School of Art and Design. Meisner has taught at UW-Stout for 15 years, and Shinde for 20 years, and both have more than 25 years of experience in their fields. “This partnership is making an essential difference in improving the quality of education for our students,” Shin- de said. “It supports applied learning, career focus and in- terdisciplinary collaboration, the core components of UW- Stout’s DNA.” Although this is their first formal collaborative course, Meisner and Shinde have taught similar courses, where students designed packaging for Great Northern, 3M and Target. The Great Northern course, however, allows them to work toward a common objective with shared lectures and labs. Great Northern structural design manager Johnson and CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

The company provided $100,000 in funding toward the sponsored course, to be held four times over four years. Funding supported a co-teaching model, course approval and course development, including objectives and outline, evaluation methodology, registration criteria and promo- tion. Chancellor Katherine Frank and Davis met recently at Great Northern’s headquarters in Appleton to discuss the experience. They also met with Jeff Michels, President of Great Northern’s packaging and in-store business units, and Brad Cain, UW-Stout intern and recent hire, who gave a tour of the facility’s Design and Testing Lab. “Our relationship with Great Northern and ability to design curriculum in collaboration with our industry and business partners intended to best prepare our students for what they will encounter in their professional lives and make them most competitive on the job market exemplify what is distinct about a UW-Stout education,” Frank said. “We are incredibly thankful to John Davis and Great North- ern for their generosity and ongoing support of students, faculty, and the UW-Stout learning experience.” The inaugural collaborative experience kicked off this fall, as 24 students sat down together to work in cross-dis- ciplinary teams. The course serves as an advanced design selective for graphic design students and a senior cap- stone for packaging students.


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Six teams of students have researched trend fore- casting, interviewed in-store customers and investigated emerging retail experiences. They are working toward designing a single package, following Sam’s Club, Cost- co and Amazon’s complex packaging requirements for in- store display and online retail.

graphic design manager Murawski are UW-Stout alums: Johnson graduated with a packaging degree in 1994 and Murawski in graphic design in 2000. They want students to see the big picture before they start their careers. They believe the collaborative expe-

rience will boost students’ abilities and prepare them for industry better, even before graduation. They visited class the first week for the project kick- off, sharing the company’s structure and processes and how they function as a professional team. They introduced the project scope for this semester, as identified by their client, Reckitt: to create a prototype for Reckitt’s Air Wick packaging. Great Northern Corp. employees Sarah Murawski, left, a graphic design manager, and Kris Johnson, a structural design manager, are UW-Stout alums.

“The different backgrounds, skill sets and approaches to problem-solving each team member brings to the team can be a challenge but will almost always result in a stron- ger solution,” Murawski said. “The success of each team’s final presentation is the culmination of all of their talents. Students meeting during the Great Northern Corporation Col- laboration Experience at UW-Stout.


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ing and quality; and Vaughn Vande Walle, a graphic design junior concentrating in communication design. They are collaborating on an Air Wick nine-pack dif- fuser refill package to meet Costco’s packaging require- ments. With his focus on the design of physical projects,

Johnson believes that as students see the projects through the eyes of their teammembers, it will expand their thinking. “The collaborative culture and creative problem solving this class promotes gives them something they can model their entire career,” he said. “No matter what ca- reer path these students choose to follow, they will need to collaborate with team members across many different disciplines to achieve the best possible outcomes.” A Mesh Of Talents Elliott Nelson, a packaging senior from Franklin, is en- joying the hands-on experiential learning aspect of the Great Northern course. Within his major, he has an em- phasis in research and development and is interested in design and testing. “The course is helping prepare me for my career by showing me the full scope of a collaborative project – from design and testing to mock-ups and graphics,” he said. Malorie Mackie, a packaging senior from Circle Pines, Minnesota, started out in graphic design. But her advis- er thought packaging would be a good fit for her. After checking out the program video, Mackie “hasn’t looked back since. Packaging gives me the ability to use my cre- ative and technical side at the same time and mesh them together.” Mackie and Nelson are working in a team with Mike Cops, a packaging senior with an emphasis in manufactur-

including packaging, Vande Walle, of Milwaukee, is open to ideas as the team works toward its prototype. “We’re going to try to be as forward in our thinking as possible,” he said. “We’re reinventing the wheel in our packaging and graphics work.” Cops, of Appleton, said sustainability is key to their Packaging senior Elliott Nelson delivers a presentation during Phase 1 of his team’s project.


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project. “Sustainability is important to all companies,” he said. “The cost of the end product may be the same or even more than a company’s current design. But they may be willing to pay for the production using sustainable ma- terials, knowing this is what their customers prefer.” Cops, Mackie and Nelson will graduate in the spring. ‘This Is Where Education Is Going’ Recently, the student teams presented on Phase 1 of the project, stating their project goals, critical success factors and identifying the competitive environment. Each team received feedback from faculty and other teams. Johnson


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and Murawski will review the recorded presentations, and they are available to the teams throughout the semester. “Many students have commented that they had no idea students in the other major had to know so much about so Packaging students collaborating in a UW-Stout classroom.

many things,” Meisner said, “prov- ing the collaborative effort is al- ready meeting one of its objectives – for students to gain an apprecia- tion for the skills and knowledge of students in other majors.” “These invaluable experiences prepare our students to learn to

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leverage each other’s knowledge base to get the best pos- sible outcomes,” Shinde said. “Honestly, I have not seen

this kind of excitement and zeal to outperform in a studio course by our students. This is where educa- tion is going – face to face, across disciplines and degrees. “This unique educational experi- ence would not have been possible without Great Northern,” he added.

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