BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years November 2, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 44
NEWW Expands Capabilities In New England And Beyond BY JACKIE SCHULTZ
The BoxMaker To Acquire Tango Press In Arizona The BoxMaker, a leading digital packaging producer based in Kent, Washington, an- nounced that it has expanded its national reach with the acquisition of Springdale, Ar- izona based Tango Press. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the parties expect closing to occur prior to the end of 2020. Tango Press opened in 2016 as an all-digi- tal production plant for corrugated packaging and displays. The company has a reputation in the marketplace for providing high-impact packaging and displays that meet customers’ unique needs, timeframe and price points. “The acquisition of Tango Press is a per- fect complement to The BoxMaker and our web-to-print brand, Fantastapack.com,” said Richard Brown, President and co-owner of The BoxMaker. “This addition gives us the opportunity to expand our reach and improve product distribution for digitally printed and finished packaging to businesses throughout the United States.” “As an all-digital production plant, Tango Press’ business model and culture are a natu- ral fit for The BoxMaker and we look forward to the expanded benefits that our combined
On the homepage of NEWW Packaging and Display’s website is the ta- gline: “A traditional company with modern capabilities.” The description is fitting considering the Massachusetts company’s history, which dates back nearly 200 years.
Founded in 1834 as the E. Murdock Co., the family-owned indepen- dent, formerly known as New England Wooden Ware, was at one time the largest manufacturer of wooden domestic products and containers in New England. NEWW transitioned from wood to corrugated packag- ing during the early 1940s and today is considered one of the premier flexographic printers in the United States. Multi-color graphics are avail- able as litho laminated labels, digital printing or flexographic printing. Sales Manager Ben Urquhart says NEWW excels at providing high quality printing and packaging for customers who are looking for more than just a box. Products include corrugated shippers and displays, and specialty cartons primarily for the biomedical and food and beverage markets and big box retailers throughout New England and beyond. Managing Volume Urquhart says NEWW is committed to exceeding customer expecta- tions through dedicated customer service, preventative maintenance, and consistent capital investment in state-of-the-art technology. That philosophy has proven successful with sales growing by roughly 50 percent over the past 10 years as the product mix shifted toward high- end graphics and litho-lamination. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 Founded in 1834, the family-owned independent formerly known as New England Wooden Ware is today one of the premier flexo printers in the U.S.
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WHAT’S INSIDE 6 NM To Invest $5M To Keep McKinley Paper Mill In Business 8 BMO’s Wilde: Containerboard Price Hike A ‘Done Deal’ 10 Can Employers Require Mandatory Vaccinations? 14 PPA Announces 2020 Student Design Challenge Winners
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facilities will deliver to clients,” said John Ballentine, Pres- ident and Co-Founder of Tango Press. “The combination of Tango Press and The BoxMaker will be a huge step in the advancement of digital printing and converting for the future of the packaging industry. By leveraging the best-in- class equipment, operations, people, service, knowledge, and technology, we will be able to extend our offering and hasten our speed to market, allowing us to serve our cus- tomers’ needs better than ever.” Ballentine will continue in a leadership role at Tango Press and the existing team will remain on staff. This acquisition is part of a planned multi-million-dollar investment by The BoxMaker to effectively address grow- ing demand in the market for digitally produced packaging and displays. “In addition to acquiring Tango Press, we are making significant equipment investments in both locations to de- liver best-in-class products to clients across the country,” added Brown. Since 1981, The BoxMaker has proudly served the Pa- cific Northwest as a leading all-in-one supplier of packag- ing innovation, providing integrated services and solutions that effectively address client business needs. Since 2011 The BoxMaker has offered digitally produced corrugated packaging, display, and labels, delivering high quality solu- tions at the speed-to-market today’s businesses demand.
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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 indi- cated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.
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New Mexico To Invest $5M To Keep McKinley Paper Mill In Business NewMexico’s Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced last week that a long-time paper factory in McKinley Coun- ty will receive economic assistance from the state so it can install new equipment and remain in business for the next decade, retaining at least 125 well-paying jobs. Here is a statement from the New Mexico Economic Development Department: McKinley Paper has been reliant on the Escalante Gen- erating Station for steam power. The 253-megawatt, coal- fired power plant near Prewitt, New Mexico, operated by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, closed at the end of August as the facility exhausted its remaining on-site fuel supply. The State of New Mexico, through the Economic Devel- opment Department, has pledged to invest $5 million from LEDA, the Local Economic Development Act, to sustain long-term operations at McKinley Paper. The LEDA grant will go toward construction of a new boiler and associated equipment, as well as inbound water systems and waste- water treatment. The company also recycles water to use within its system. “My administration has always been committed to pre- serving jobs in the northwestern part of our state,” Gov. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38
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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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BMO Capital Markets’ Mark Wilde: Containerboard Hike A ‘Done Deal’ According to Mark Wilde Ph.D., Paper & Packaging ana- lyst at BMO Capital Markets, the recent announcements by multiple integrateds of a $50/ton prince increase for containerboard is a “done deal,” with widespread reports of customers already ordering at the higher price. “This may be one of the least contentious price hikes in recent memory,” noted Wilde. “According to the head of an extremely well-run privately held integrated, container- board conditions are at their tightest in 25 years.” In boxboard, Sonoco, Greif and WestRock all an- nounced a $50/ton price hike for Uncoated Recycled Board (URB). Also in boxboard, WestRock announced a $50/ton Coated Unbleached Kraft Board (CUK) price hike. Fundamentals for CUK appear strong, as beverage mar- kets remain healthy, noted Wilde. Board Converting News has not yet changed the Aver- age Containerboard Prices in the chart on page 3 of this issue to reflect the increases mentioned above. As it says in the chart, “The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the Unit- ed States the week previous to issue.” When a majority of converter respondents surveyed report paying a high- er price and indicate what that price is, Board Converting News will adjust its pricing.
Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2020
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change
Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)
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Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)
Corrugator Plants Only
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Can Employers Require Mandatory Vaccinations? BY JOEL GREENWALD
those that apply to flu vaccination and could compel a dif- ferent analysis. Is A Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policy Even Legally Per- missible? It CAN be. Absent a state or local law to the contrary, private employers are likely not prohibited from requiring employees to get a flu shot to keep the employees and the workplace safe. But as with most legal questions, there are some stipulations and limitations. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires an employer to maintain a workplace that is free of recognized hazards. Seemingly, this would permit an employer to require the flu vaccine to help protect the workplace. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits an employer’s ability to make medical-related inquires and/or conduct medical examinations of employ- ees — except in limited scenarios. Specifically, the medical exam or inquiry would need to be job-related and consis- tent with business necessity. This “necessity” would need to be based on a reasonable belief that an employee’s ability to perform essential job functions will be impaired by a medical condition, or the medical condition will pose a significant risk of substantial harm to workplace health or safety. The employer’s belief must be based on factu- al information, not just subjective perceptions or irrational fears of the medical condition. Essentially, there has to be a specific and reasonable basis to believe that requiring a
As winter approaches and the pandemic continues, many employers are considering mandating that their employ-
ees get vaccinated (most common- ly for the flu, and for COVID-19, if/ when the vaccine becomes avail- able). Aside from certain industries (like healthcare in some states) where a flu vaccine may be re- quired by governing agencies or laws, we are often asked whether a business can, or even should,
require employees to get a flu shot, and eventually the COVID-19 vaccine when available. We discuss here the le- gal nuances associated with such a mandate, and things to consider before deciding to implement a mandatory vaccination policy. Neither government agencies nor the courts have yet addressed whether a COVID-19 vaccination mandate at the workplace would be lawful. Therefore, the discussion here largely relates to flu vaccination issues, which may be instructive for when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes avail- able. We do note that the circumstances, law, and guid- ance relating to a COVID-19 vaccine may be different than
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Shedding Light On Electrical Safety In The Workplace BY MARY DRAIN
OSHA looks to the requirements of NFPA 70E to fulfill the performance-based requirements included in its stan- dards. NFPA 70E outlines ways to comply with OSHA’s electrical safety requirements. NFPA typically publishes updates to their standards every 3-5 years. A fact sheet created by NFPA addresses some of the major changes for the 2021 edition. These include: • Article 110 : Some requirements in Article 110 have been reorganized for a more logical progression, including moving general principles of lockout/tagout from Sec- tion 120.2 and general principles of an electrically safe work condition and energized work requirements from Section 130.2. New subsection 110.5(K) requires that an employer’s electrical safety program include a policy on establishing an electrically safe work condition. • Article 130 : Sections 130.1 and 130.2 have been rewrit- ten to accommodate the relocation of information from former Sections 130.2(A) to 110.3 and to keep the focus of Article 130 on requirements related to work involving electrical hazards.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released the 2021 edition of their 70E Standard for Elec-
trical Safety in the Workplace. The standard includes recommenda- tions for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing ex- posure to major electrical hazards. NFPA 70E helps companies avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast. And it assists
in complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Ad- ministration’s (OSHA) 1910 Subpart S and 1926 Subpart K.
• Table 130.5(C) : Revisions have been made to Table 130.5(C), which can be used to help estimate the likelihood of oc- currence of an arc flash incident, including a new entry for the initial circuit breaker or switch operation and again after mainte- nance, as each has a higher likelihood of an arc-flash event. • Section 350.9 : Energy thresholds for electrical equipment and systems in lab- oratories have been revised to accurately reflect the data in the Informational Note’s resource document, and the capacitive circuit threshold has been deleted to pre- vent duplication and potential confusion with new Article 360. • Article 360 : This new article on the safe- ty-related requirements for capacitors has been added For those who need to keep tuned-in to electrical safety in the workplace require- ments, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) will be holding a free webinar on Oc- tober 29, 2020. Presenters will identify the important changes, define why the changes were made and help you create an action plan for your workplace to begin the process of implementing the changes. Registration is available at onlinexperiences.com . Updates in the electrical industry are im- portant, so take the time to familiarize your- self with the new edition and be a resource for your company – lives depend on it. Mary Drain is the Director of Technical Ser- vices at the Fibre Box Association (FBA). Reach her at email@example.com.
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Paperboard Packaging Alliance Announces 2020 Student Design Challenge Winners The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) has announced the winners of its 2020 Student Design Challenge, a competition designed to foster awareness and appreciation of paperboard packaging with university educators and the next generation of packaging designers. A team of student designers from Ryerson University won first place; Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) took home second place; the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) received third place; and honorable
mention was given to an addi- tional team from Rochester In- stitute of Technology (RIT). Students were asked to de- sign an innovative packaging toolkit for educators to use as part of the Trees into Cartons, Cartons into Trees (TICCIT) program, which engages third through fifth graders in an ed- ucational activity, highlighting the renewability and sustain- ability of paper and paper- board packaging.
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The Student Design Challenge is an annual competition for university students in leading packaging design programs to show off their cre- ative talent, design skills and innovative approaches to meet real-world customer needs and marketing scenarios. “The Student Design Challenge is proof there is a vibrant and bright future ahead for an essential and sustainable industry, the paperboard packaging industry,” says Heidi Brock, AF&PA President & CEO. “Teams of students not only solved a challenge, but they also overcame obsta-
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CCCA To Launch Video Campaign To Reach Canadian Millennials Times have changed and we are all adapting to the new normal. The Canadian Corrugated & Containerboard As- sociation (CCCA) has been busy supporting the industry as boxes have become increasingly relied upon through- out the pandemic, both with customers on the B2B side and with consumers. To help Canadians learn more about the boxes, CCCA is launching an engaging video campaign through its Ins- tagram site at cccabox.org and its Twitter feed at @ccca- box.org that will reach Canadian millennials from coast to coast over the course of the next few weeks. The program consists of a professional series of four “cheeky,” yet edu- cational videos about our world of corrugated cardboard boxes told by “The Humble Box.” The four topics covered include: Being Canadian, Be- ing Essential, Being Recycled, and Being Sanitary. In ad- dition to being released on social media, the videos will be on the organization’s website at www.cccabox.org . The videos are also available in French. The Canadian Corrugated & Containerboard Associ- ation (CCCA) embraces sustainability in all its forms and advances the competitiveness of its members across Can- ada. It maintains communication to its customers, govern- ment bodies, academia and the public at large.
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