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Complete Design & Packaging Enjoys Digital Printing Growth BY JACKIE SCHULTZ For corrugated manufacturers interested in how the addition of a pro- duction digital printer impacts a plant’s product mix and work flow, look no further than Complete Design & Packaging (CDP). It has been three years since the mid-sized independent in Concord, North Carolina, installed an EFI Nozomi singlepass corrugated printer, the first in the U.S. Since then, many changes were implemented and new equipment added as digital printing became a larger share of the product mix.

SupplyOne, Inc. Acquires Wilheit Packaging, LLC Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, based Sup- plyOne, Inc., one of the largest independent suppliers of corrugated and other value-add- ed packaging products and services in the U.S., announced last week it acquired Wilheit Packaging, LLC., a privately-held distributor of shipping, packaging and maintenance prod- ucts headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia. Founded in 1953, by Tom Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging got its start supplying packaging for the poultry and textile industries in Geor- gia. Under the leadership of Philip Wilheit, Sr., the company has become a leading supplier to the Georgia, Alabama and Carolina market- place, and a strong presence in corrugated, poly films and end-of-line packaging. Today the company serves food processors and in- dustrial manufacturers alike in more than 15 states from their facilities in Gainesville and Atlanta, Georgia; Wilmington and Warsaw, North Carolina; and Arab, Alabama. As the company has grown, Wilheit Pack- aging has maintained a reputation for its for- ward-thinking, customer-focused approach to its customers’ packaging challenges. As an early leader in sustainability, the company

Prior to installing the Nozomi, CDP did minimal digital printing, pri- marily for short runs and prototypes. Today, digitally printed packaging and displays account for about 50 percent of the entire portfolio. The remainder is industrial packaging, which includes flexo up to four-color, litho top sheets, and partitions, dividers, shrouds and caps. The com- pany also has an EFI VUTEk® h5 multi-pass digital printer for running short run business, anywhere from 50 to 500 pieces. Most of the litho and all of the six-color flexo jobs have been con- verted to digital, says President Howard Bertram. “But that’s not why we got the Nozomi. We got it to grow our model and add new busi- ness.” And grow it has. Compared to three years ago, the company is 40 percent larger from a sales and personnel standpoint. Fifty-six people were hired just within the last year and there are now seven employees in pre-press versus only one a few years ago. In addition, a second shift was recently added and major facility renovations were CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Howard Bertram with his daughter, Sarah Mozingo, and son, Ross, who both work at the company.


WHAT’S INSIDE 8 Haire Group’s Muller Inducted Into AICC/RISI Hall Of Fame 10 Sonoco’s Project Horizon To Be Completed In 2022 14 Vanguard Co. Wins Gold, Silver At Box Manufacturing Olympics 36 Esko Makes Education Donation To Support Future Generations


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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.

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

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$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

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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.

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distinguished itself through logistics and waste diversion solutions in partnership with several waste and recycling centers. “Our expanded capabilities mean new growth opportu- nities for our employees and new efficiencies and savings for our customers,” said Philip Wilheit, CEO of Wilheit Pack- aging. “As a SupplyOne company, we will deliver even more benefits to our customers through access to corru- gated converting capabilities, packaging automation, and for our food processing customers, the broadest range of primary packaging solutions available.” The acquisition of Wilheit Packaging is SupplyOne’s third this year. The addition further expands SupplyOne’s footprint in the region and enhances the value created for customers by offering manufacturers and processors the benefits of custom manufacturing, packaging products, packaging equipment, services, and programs from a sin- gle point of contact. “Wilheit Packaging’s focus on helping their customers be more profitable mirrors our own. The synergies that re- sult from combining SupplyOne’s manufacturing expertise, services, and programs with Wilheit’s impressive distribu- tion capabilities position the company well for continued growth,” said William Leith, CEO and President of Supply- One. “We are delighted to welcome their exceptional em- ployees into the SupplyOne family.”


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Fastmarkets: OCC Prices Hit Four-Year High

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

For the third consecutive month, US recovered paper pric- ing has increased in every domestic region for all grades, according to industry pricing analysts at Fastmarkets. High demand and low supply shot up old corrugated container (OCC) pricing by $40 per ton at the FOB seller’s dock in the South. The August rise is the 10th month in a row for US OCC pricing hikes in North America. OCC’s national average, at $159 per ton at the FOB seller’s dock in August, is at its highest pricing point in four years. This month marks the seventh month in four years that OCC’s US average has surpassed $100 per ton, and the third month in a row since July’s $129 per ton and June’s $109 per ton. Average pricing for OCC in August has increased $30 per ton compared with July’s $129 per ton. It is up 174 per- cent compared to August 2020. While all U.S. mills contin- ue to have demand for bulk grades. According to Fastmar- kets sources, one of the largest consumers of recovered fiber sought tons off both US coasts for its mills in the US interior. This action competes with the export market to keep tons domestic. In addition to major U.S. mills seeking OCC tons, sourc- es said mills in Mexico were pulling tons from the US Mid- west via truck and paying premiums, up to $40 per ton.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

35.963 34.395


8.173 7.817


Industry Total

Year-to Date

June 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

208.632 196.828


8.279 7.749


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.9450 2.8182


14.1095 13.3029


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Jun. May

2.1046 1.9962


3.1 2.9


Shipping Days




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Haire Group’s Muller Inducted Into AICC/RISI Fastmarkets Hall Of Fame Douglas J. Muller of Merrillville, Indiana based Haire Group was inducted into the AICC/RISI Fastmarkets Hall of Fame during the third general session of SuperCorrExpo 2021 on Wednesday, August 11, in Orlando, Florida.

friends were peppered with anecdotes that portrayed him as the lovable, loyal and caring professional he is. Muller’s first job out of college was with Tom Haire, who’d just started his own company in Indiana. Muller joined the fledging Haire Group as its first salesman and its second employee. As the company grew, Muller took on more responsibilities, eventually becoming General Manager in 1981. In 1986, Haire expanded into its offices and manufacturing space in Merrillville, Indiana. Tom Haire retired and Muller took over what was then a 10-person company, which continued to grow. Under Muller’s lead- ership, Haire Group formed a partnership with Dong Fang in 2005 and as the company’s sole North American repre- sentative, Haire Group put more than 100 Apstar die cut- ters and flexo folder gluers into service. “There are so many people I want to thank for their friendship, their guidance and their support throughout my career,” said Muller in his acceptance speech. “I certainly want to thank Tom Haire, who took a chance on a young man right out of college, newly married and who needed a job. I must also thank the most important person in my life – I hit the jackpot 47 years ago when I married Linda – and she deserves this award as much as I do. I’m a very blessed individual. I’m also the guy who feels he never deserves the recognition, but I’ll take it.” Haire Group held a celebration dinner in Muller’s hon- or at the Capital Grille in Orlando, where over 90 people celebrated one of the corrugated industry’s true leaders.

Muller was introduced by way of 10-minute video that documented his more than 45 years in the industry. Ac- colades from Muller’s employees, industry colleagues and AICC Chairman Gene Marino, right, presents Doug Muller of Haire Group with a plaque honoring him as the newest induct- ee into the AICC/RISI Fastmarkets Hall of Fame.

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Oregon’s Governor Signs EPR Bill Into Law

Sonoco’s Project Horizon To Be Completed In 2022

Oregon SB 582, the extended producer responsibility (EPR) for paper and packaging bill, was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on August 6, 2021. The bill will require that packaging and printing & writing papers be re- cycled through one or more producer responsibility orga- nizations (PROs). AF&PA will work with its Oregon contract lobbyist to develop a strategy for engaging the Depart- ment of Environmental Quality in the regulatory process. On July 9th, AF&PA submitted a letter to the Governor raising our concerns with the bill and requesting that the paper industry be engaged in the regulatory process and have representation on the newly established Oregon Re- cycling System Advisory Council. Contact with questions.

Project Horizon, Sonoco’s $115 million investment to transform its corrugated medium machine in Hartsville, South Carolina, to a state-of-the-art uncoated recycled paperboard operation with annual production capacity of 180,000 tons, is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2022, the company reported. A key element is construction of a new stock prep sys- tem to provide approximately 650 tons per day of recycled fiber to the rebuilt #10 machine and other Hartsville cyl- inder machines. The new system will allow for increased consumption of lower-cost mixed paper, along with OCC and should be operational in October 2021. To reduce paper finishing and warehouse complexity and cost, Sonoco is also building a new offline winding

operation and 102,000-square-foot finished goods warehouse in the Hartsville complex. Sonoco will be exiting the corrugated medium market by early 2022 and expects URB capacity through its U.S. and Cana- da mill network to remain neutral at ap- proximately 1.2 million tons. Based on the progress of Project Horizon, the company now expects to permanently shut down its Hartsville #1 and #9 URB cylinder machines which will reduce annual capacity by ap- proximately 70,000 tons. The exact timing of the closures will depend on market con- ditions as well as the start-up of the convert- ed Hartsville #10 machine. In 2020, Sonoco permanently shut down a 30,000 tons/year machine in Hartsville and its 95,000 tons/ year Trent Valley, Ontario, Canada mill. The new Hartsville machine is being de- signed with the goal of being the lowest cost URB machine in the world, with the capabil- ity of producing a wide range of high-value paper grades to service Sonoco’s industrial and consumer converted products busi- nesses and external trade customers. Proj- ect Horizon is projected to drive $30 million in annual cost savings by 2023, ensure the long-term viability of the Hartsville mill com- plex and place its U.S. and Canada URB mill system into the top quartile of performance. Sonoco is one of the world’s leading pro- ducers of URB with the capability of produc- ing approximately two million tons annually. The company is also one of the largest URB producers in the U.S. and Canada operating 11 mills and 18 machines in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Massachusetts, Kan- sas, Wisconsin, California, Washington and Ontario, Canada.

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AF&PA Applauds Senate For Passing Bipartisan Infrastructure Package The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Presi- dent and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in response to the Senate passage of the bipartisan infra- structure package:“The paper and wood products industry values bipartisan leadership and we commend this agree- ment. The bipartisan infrastructure package seeks to build a more sustainable future by modernizing our nation’s in- frastructure and investing in U.S. manufacturing jobs. “Sustainable practices are the foundation of our indus- try. AF&PA members and their employees—the approxi- mately 950,000 individuals who make up the forest prod- ucts industry—create innovative and essential products made from renewable and recyclable resources. “Senate passage of this landmark agreement is an im- portant step for our industry and our nation. But there is still work to do. House leaders must move the bipartisan infrastructure package over the finish line, and quickly. We need this legislation passed, to strengthen American jobs and manufacturing, supply chains, as well as the broader circular economy.” “We applaud the legislation which addresses a number of key infrastructure priorities for AF&PA including Trans- portation, Energy Infrastructure, and Waste Management/ Recycling Infrastructure.”

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Kansas City, Missouri based Vanguard Companies won two gold awards and one silver award in the first-ever 2021 Box Manufacturing Olympics. TAPPI’s CorrPak Competition and AICC’s Package Design Competition joined forces to create the new competition. The competition was open to all TAPPI and AICC members from around the globe who produce corrugated, rigid box, and folding car- tons, as well as their suppliers. Entries were evaluated on a number of levels, including design, quality, graphic excellence, technical difficulty and innovative application. “Creating award winning packaging and displays require great cus- tomer collaboration, innovation and teamwork. Congratulations to our valued customers and the entire team at Vanguard Companies for mak- ing awesome happen,” said Chris Stoler, Vanguard Companies CEO. “This was truly a team effort—from the collaboration of our sales team with their clients, through the design phase, planning and manufactur- ing. Vanguard Companies delivers award winning results for our cus- tomers.” Vanguard and Remington, from Spectrum Brands, won a Gold Award in the Innovative Structural Design Consumer Focus category and a Gold Award in the Best Application of Spot or Full Label category for their Remington iLight IPL3500VDN for Costco Canada. Costco requested the Remington iLight product come in a large package for their stores. Due to the small size of the product and it hav- secondary package design had an integrated insert to hold the product package in place and allow for the Med- ical Certification Serial Num- ber to be seen through a cutout on the bottom of the package. The design also allowed for easy setup and assembly along with easy locking of the product pack- age inside. The reduced fill- ers and inserts also made it quick and easy for the customer to access and remove the product. Vanguard and Manna Pro Products won a Silver Award in the Digi- tal Printing—Containers and Displays - Ink Jet/Digital category for their Manna Pro Flock Party TSC End Cap. Manna Pro, creator of Flock Party, had a vision to design an eye catching semi-permanent end cap that would build brand awareness, support new product launches, and drive consumers in-line to explore every-day products. Manna Pro’s overall goal was to grow annual sales through incremental shelf placement at Tractor Supply. The objective ing a Medical Certification with a specific serial num- ber, it was cost effective to place original product pack- age into a larger secondary package. The unique All-in-One

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Case Paper Completes Large Solar Installation At Chicago Facility Harrison, New York based Case Paper has announced that it has completed a large solar panel installation on the roof of its Chicago facility. The solar panels cover over 60,000 square feet and will provide 90 percent of the en- ergy needed to run Case’s Chicago plant. This project is

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ICG Awards Supplier Of The Year To W.H. Leary Company, Inc. The Independent Carton Group (ICG) has announced that it has presented its 2020 Supplier of the Year Award to W. H. Leary Co., Inc. The presentation was made during ICG’s quarterly meeting held on August 5th. The ICG and its members rate over 30 suppliers on a biannual basis on a series of criteria including: Timeliness of delivery, quality of materials, quality of service, exper- tise of staff, contractual compliance, administration/invoic- ing accuracy, compliance with shipping instructions, and reporting & payments. Through the evaluation process, ICG leadership works with national account managers from all their suppliers to improve the quality of service each supplier brings to ICG members. “The bottom line is to get Best-in-Class sup- pliers serving our members and that is what this awards program is helping to assure our members of,” said Jay Willie, ICG Executive Director. “Especially in 2020 with all the COVID restrictions and supply chain challenges all our suppliers came through for our members but Leary really excelled.”

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entrance in the sales and marketing room, which was re- cently renovated and expanded with cubicles and a large display of digital, flexo and litho printed samples. In addition to the facility renovations, the growth in dig- ital printing prompted major changes on the production floor with several machines being replaced. There are now fewer machines producing more throughput.

completed, including relocating the fulfillment staging area to a separate building a few blocks away. Founded in 2002, CDP specializes in high-end graph- ic packaging and POP displays, a niche for which digital printing is well suited. The quick turnaround of litho quality printed sheets is helping the company to expand into new markets, such as e-commerce, and is widening the geo- graphic reach. “We were already in the print market, but it opened up a new customer base and new opportunity,” Bertram says. “Now we sell coast to coast. Before, if we couldn’t drive to a customer, someone in the next town five hours away would and should be running the job.” Facility Upgrades The Nozomi is an imposing machine, measuring 120- feet long — about one-third the length of a football field. CDP’s printer is installed in the main production area, just around the corner from the analog equipment, on the op- posite side of the 120,000-square-foot building. A sepa- rate outside entrance with an attractive lobby and large conference area was built for customers and visitors inter- ested in learning more about digital printing. The VUTEk is also located on the production floor in a temperature controlled room, just steps away from the Kongsberg C44 and C64 cutting tables. A third Kongsberg C44 will be in- stalled later this year. A second conference area is located closer to the main

Bertram admits to a certain fascination with new tech- nology and recognizes the value in upgrading and switch- ing out equipment regularly. Within the last two to three years CDP removed a label laminator, a flatbed diecutter Mike Mason, who has become an expert in digital printing, op- erates the EFI VUTEk for short run business.


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downstackers from A.G. Stacker. Having identical Apstars with interchangeable anilox rolls helps from a setup and maintenance standpoint. CDP adheres to a strict preventive maintenance schedule. “We’re down every single week on every single machine a minimum of four hours for preventative maintenance,” Bertram says. “Since these are the same machines they are easier to maintain and repair.” Keith Furr, Plant Manag- er, adds, “It’s very rare for a machine to go down and it be a surprise. We plan when they’re down.” The second Apstar and the Young Shin diecutter were installed in the last 12 months along with a Felix XY glue plotter from Poland. The Zenith diecutter offers large for- mat capability of 82.5- x 59.05-inch, rapid makeready and can run up to 5000 sheets per hour. It was purchased to diecut the output from the Nozomi and VUTEk. The Felix gluer replaced a hand gluer and is used pri- marily to glue displays. It uses both hot and cold glue. “We can use it on jobs that would previously take three min- utes to hand glue. This machine can do it in under one minute,” Bertram says. “The beauty of it is dispensing the same amount of glue and the same exact position every single time.” For high-speed specialty gluing the company has a Magnus 230 specialty gluer from Duran Machinery of Tur- key with an EAM Mosca bundler with SONIXS strapping technology. CDP also has a Langston flexo folder-gluer.

and two rotary diecutters, replacing them with a Young Shin high-speed flatbed Zenith 210 Plus diecutter and a second Apstar HG 1628 rotary diecutter from Haire Group. Two print stations from the existing six-color Apstar were moved to the new Apstar so the company now has a four-color and a two-color rotary diecutter. “Why did we

do that? Because the six-color was collecting dust,” Ber- tram says. “Since we added digital, we haven’t purchased a print plate set that’s more than three colors.” Both Apstars have KleenPlate printing defect and plate wash eliminators and IR dryers from JB Machinery and A second Apstar rotary diecutter was installed last year.


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To shift from that to digital and have everyone on board, it was tough. We all were on board but the learning curve was hard. We’ve come a long way.” Indeed, the company is now a go-to source for many still learning about digital printing. It is not unusual for fel- low board converters to reach out to Bertram to get more information. “People who visit the plant often say, ‘You’ve

to put up better numbers than previous shifts. It also cre- ates a less harried work environment. Yates agrees. “It’s all about finding a rhythm, especially with your operators and setup guys.” Bryan Allman, Operations Manager, encourages the operators to approach setups like a NASCAR pit crew, a fitting analogy since the Charlotte Motor Speedway is just eight miles away. “Just get in and get out,” he says. “That’s another thing with ScoreKeeper, when it starts the run time they know if they have time or have to make time up.” Family Culture The level of investment and commitment to produc- ing a quality product translates to high morale and pride among the employees, which is clearly evident to anyone who visits. “We are all family. I don’t own this company, but I’m going to treat it like I do,” says Christy. Furr agrees. “We all take care of each other.” When Bertram talks about CDP’s success he is often overwhelmed with emotion. He is humbled and exceed- ingly proud of the culture and the way employees have embraced the new technology. However, he does not sugar coat the challenges faced in 2018 and 2019. “When we installed the Nozomi we only had one Gerber sample table and it was in the room we’re sitting in (the sales and marketing room). We also had a six-color Apstar and we installed the new Duran Magnus specialty gluer in 2017.

got this figured out.’ A lot of it is our maintenance. Those printers don’t last forever. You have to take care of them,” he says. “You need to clean print heads. They don’t clean themselves. These machines don’t fix themselves.” Next year CDP will commemorate its 20th anniversary. There is a lot to celebrate and be thankful for, first and foremost the employees. Bertram emphasizes that the company’s growth and achievements are the result of a winning team effort. There is a strong core group of veter- an employees as well as many rising stars. “We’re in good hands,” he says.

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