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BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 37 years October 11, 2021 VOL. 37, NO. 41

CompanyBox Completes Major Investment, Expands Capacity

Shorr Packaging Appoints Cavin CCO, Kucera COO Aurora, Illinois based Shorr Packaging has announced the promotions of Steve Cavin and Ken Kucera as the company’s Chief Com- mercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, effective immediately. In his new role, Cavin will oversee sales and marketing and will be responsible for the organization’s commercial strategy and leadership. Kucera will be responsible for driving the packaging giant’s organizational excellence – focused on driving incremental value for Shorr’s cus- tomers. Both will report to CEO Rob Onorato. “Both Steve and Ken bring decades of ex- perience to their roles and have demonstrat- ed an unwavering commitment to both Shorr’s customers and continued advancement and growth. Their deep industry knowledge and sound business judgment make them an ex- cellent choice for our senior leadership team during this unprecedented period of growth at Shorr Packaging,” Onorato said. Shorr Packaging is an award-winning dis- tributor of packaging products, equipment and services. It represents some of the best- known brands in the industry and is one of the largest independent packaging distributors in the nation.


Charlotte, North Carolina based CompanyBox, a corrugated packaging company, has completed a significant expansion in capacity and na- tionwide corrugated digital print solutions with the multi-million dollar investment in a second HP C500 press. The purchase adds to the ro- bust suite of digital equipment and further strengthens capabilities for all sizes of business. The new C500 is equipped with a state-of-the-art stacker that al- lows CompanyBox to run small jobs continuously with larger runs with- out slowing up the press. “Combined with our platform and technology,

we are providing our customers with new and innovative ways to capture the consumer’s at- tention,” says Louie DeJesus, CompanyBox CEO. “The pack- age can now become a commu- nication piece; personalized and targeted to specific geographic markets and events. Gone are the barriers and long lead times inherent in traditional platforms.” The press, known for its flex- ibility on small to large runs, de- livers sharp text, barcodes, and

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smooth tone transitions, all in vivid colors. As a true replacement to litho, the print resolution can be viewed in accurate detail. “Customers do not need to settle for ‘close enough’ to get all the benefits digital packaging has to offer,” notes Kyle DeJesus, CompanyBox President. “Our suite of world class printers allows us to work with brands like Polaroid, Lowe’s, and SnackMagic.” As a minority partner, Green Bay Packaging is invested in its growth. “CompanyBox is an industry leader in digital printing, service and quali- ty. This investment builds on the platform that CompanyBox established by being a pioneer in digital printing. Green Bay Packaging is excited to be a part of this investment and taking the next step in the journey,” says Bryan Hollenbach, Executive VP at Green Bay Packaging. Added Capacity CompanyBox is the first in the world to run two C500s in the same building. The Charlotte location recently added a second CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 4 Jackie Schultz, Editor Of CORRUGATED Today, To Retire 10 Paperboard Packaging Council To Host Fall Meeting In GA PACK EXPO Las Vegas A Successful Event 32 Using LinkedIn Social Selling To Feed Your Pipeline

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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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

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$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#



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$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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Jackie Schultz, Venerable Editor Of CORRUGATED Today, To Retire Industry veteran Jackie Schultz, Editor of CORRUGATED Today , has announced her retirement with the publication

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At SuperCorrExpo 2004, she was approached by the late Michael Brunton and his son Dan, Managing Director of Brunton Business Publications, along with the late Ted and Tom Vilardi, founder and owners of NV Business Pub- lishers, to join their companies and launch CORRUGAT- ED Today . Despite the gloomy economic prospects at the time, both the Vilardis and the Bruntons saw the value and efficacy of a glossy technical magazine to be published six times per year for the North American corrugated packag- ing industry; the logical person to spearhead this venture would be Jackie. She took the reins of the publication with the publication of the Jan/Feb 2005 launch issue. Having earned a following in the industry from her pre- vious 13-year tenure with a competitor, Jackie made COR- RUGATED Today a success from the get-go. And she and the magazine only got better. In addition to her responsi-

Tom,” recounted Jeneane Vilardi. “She was concerned she might not live up to their expectations, but she had nothing to worry about! Her industry knowledge and report- ing skills made her the ultimate asset!” “It is a really tough decision, as CORRU- GATED Today was one of my first business ideas I pitched to Ted, Tom and Mike,” add- ed Brunton. “They were not 100 percent convinced it would work, but time proved otherwise. We have had a fantastic run, but the way in which we are sharing content and reporting has changed massively, par- ticularly over the last 18 months and Jackie was becoming increasingly aware that con- tent could become stale if we had to wait 8 weeks for the next issue. Although CORRU- GATED Today will conclude with the Nov/ Dec issue, rest assured that NV Business Publishers and Brunton Business Publica- tions will continue with their primary role of keeping converters in the North American market up to speed with all the latest news.” “I have worked with Jackie since she be- came the editor of Paperboard Packaging in 1991,” said NV’s President/Publisher Robyn Smith. “Her writing skills and commitment to excellence have always been top notch. We had success with PB and OBM and held our own against the NV/Brunton powerhouse. What a delight for both of us to become part of that team! In the past 30 years we have forged not only a formidable business rela- tionship but also a personal friendship. I will miss being part of CORRUGATED Today but won’t say that I’ll miss Jackie as I foresee our friendship continuing. I look forward to hear- ing about her plans and ventures with Steve as they learn to relax and enjoy retirement.”


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



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


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2021 2020

22 22

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Forest Management Is Essential To Canadian Packaging Industry BY RACHEL KAGAN Sustainable forest management is a fundamental pillar for PPEC and its members and is essential to the Canadian

that is harvested must be successfully regenerated. Ac- cording to Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) most re- cent State of Canada’s Forestsannual report, at least 427 million seedlings were planted across Canada in 2018 – that’s 48,744 seedlings planted every hour. In addition, all PPEC-member mills have independent, third-party certification that verifies that their paper fibre sources – which include recycled fibres, wood chips, and sawmill residues – are responsibly sourced. Each mill member has independent chain-of-custody certification for their operations in Canada by one of the three feder- ally-recognised forest certification systems: the Canadi- an Standards Association (CSA), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI); the CSA and SFI systems are endorsed by the internation- al umbrella organization called the Programme for the En- dorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). These third-party forest management certification or-

paper-based packaging industry. And what better time to talk about that then during National Forest Week, which took place last week. While most paper packaging made in Canada is made with re- cycled content, the paper fibres it was originally made from came from a tree. However, less than

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half of one percent of Canadian commercial forests are harvested for paper-based packaging, and every hectare

ganizations assess forestry operations against standards for sustainable forest management, which includes ensuring the conservation of biodiversity ecological processes, and differ- ent species of plants and animals), and com- plements Canada’s rigorous forest manage- ment laws and regulations. When you add it up, the Canadian pa- per-based packaging industry hardly uses any freshly cut trees to make paper packaging, and the little that is harvested, 0.2 percent in 2018 according to NRCan, is regenerated. So how are paper-based packaging prod- ucts made in Canada? Primarily from recycled content! According to PPEC’s most recent Re- cycled Content Survey, the average recycled content of the three major paper packaging grades made by Canadian mills – container- board (used to make corrugated boxes), box- board (used to make boxboard cartons), and kraft paper (used to make paper bags) – is collectively 81.7 percent. The remaining 18 per- cent is made up of wood chips, shavings, or sawmill residue left over from lumber opera- tions, and trees. Recycled content is a critical component to the paper-based packaging industry’s circular economy. As Canadians actively recycle their paper-based packaging, that content makes its way back to the mill, and is remade into new paper packaging products again and again. And yet while we know that the pa- per-based packaging made by PPEC members is made primarily from recycled paper fibres, there is some confusion about our industry and deforestation (when forest land is perma- nently cleared to make way for a new, non-for- est land use). The most recent data available



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ment, recreation, and transportation) sectors, who togeth- er represent 94 percent of Canada’s deforestation rate. But we know it’s important to monitor deforestation, as forest loss affects biodiversity, soil, air and water quality, and wildlife habitat. And forests are a vital part of the car- bon cycle, storing and releasing carbon during the process

from NRCan reports that 34,257 hectares of Canada’s total forest area (346,964,664) was permanently converted to other land uses, representing a less than 0.01 percent de- forestation rate. The forestry sector’s (which includes pulp and paper manufacturing and the wood product manufacturing sub-

sectors) share of deforestation represents 1,494 hectares, or approximately 0.0004 percent of total deforestation in Canada. And given that our industry doesn’t use much in the way of freshly cut trees, the little that is harvested – that 0.2 percent – must be successfully regenerated, making packaging’s share of deforestation zero. The main causes of deforestation are by the Mining, oil and gas, Agriculture, and Built-up (industrial, institutional or commercial developments, municipal urban develop-

growth, decay, disturbance and renewal: “Over the past four decades, forests have moderated climate change by absorbing about one-quarter of the carbon emitted by hu- man activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and the changing of land uses,” according to NRCan. Sustainable forest management practices can help sequester carbon (the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide) with forests acting as either


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carbon sources or carbon sinks: a forest is considered to be a carbon source if it releases more carbon than it ab- sorbs, which can result from old age, fire, or insects; or it’s considered to be a carbon sink if it absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases through photosyn- thesis. According to NRCan, Canada’s managed forests have primarily been a carbon sink, but recently there has been a shift and they have become carbon sources, releasing more carbon than storing it, due in large part to wildfires and insect outbreaks, a likely result of a changing climate. This year’s National Forest Week’s theme is “Our for- ests – continually giving,” and the Canadian Institute of Forestry has a number of resources to learn more about the value of forests and the importance of protecting and conserving them. PPEC is pleased to have celebrated National Forest Week, but it’s important to recognize that every day our members are continually working with recycled fibres, continually replanting and regenerating the little that is harvested, and continually adhering to sustainable forest management practices in their operations. Rachel Kagan is Executive Director Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC). Contact her at

65,000-square-foott facility and now has 180,000-square- foot completely dedicated to digital packaging. The ex- pansion offers enough capacity and redundancy to serve customer’s needs within a 10-day window.

The two presses operate side by side, linked via an au- tomated conveyor system. “We can now automate two-sid- ed digital printing utilizing the two HP C500’s with our fully conveyorized facility. About 30 percent of the business is two-sided printing,” explains Louis DeJesus. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 Known for its flexibility on small to large runs, the C500 de- livers sharp text, barcodes, and smooth tone transitions, all in vivid colors.


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ny offers customers a one-stop shop packaging platform through . The site enables businesses to order high-graphic custom packaging along with an in- novative suite of customizable packaging products online. CompanyBox will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony in November 2021. AICC Tip: Looking For Employees? Consider Paying Their Student Debt Congress gave employers a big reason to help pay down student debt with passage of the Consolidated Appropri- ations Act of 2021. Section 2206 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), expands the definition of educational assistance to include certain employer payments of student loans paid after March 27, 2020. The exclusion applies to the payment by an employ- er, whether paid to the employee or to a lender, of principal or interest on any qualified education loan incurred by the employee for the employee’s education. Qualified educa- tion loans are defined in chapter 11 of Pub. 970 Publication 970 (2020), Tax Benefits for Education. This exclusion ex- pires January 1, 2026, unless extended. You can exclude up to $5,250 of educational assistance you provide to an employee under an educational assistance program from the employee’s wages each year. This could serve as a valuable incentive when hiring.

To support the added capacity, additional converting equipment was installed, including two new Eterna diecut- ters from Brausse Group, a 2-piece stitcher gluer from Stitching and Gluing Solutions (S&G), a Vega Altair spe- cialty gluer with a SG20044 Easypack Unitizer supplied and installed by S&G, a rotary diecutter, and a Balemaster

central scrap system. “This investment will make what we believe to be the largest totally digital post print packaging company in the U.S.,” DeJesus says. He says the markets currently driving the most growth for digital printing include point-of-purchase in the bev- erage and spirits markets and e-commerce. The compa-

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FBA To Host Webinars On Cyberattacks

bersecurity attacks. The committee meets monthly and has had many valuable experts speak on industry hot top- ics including: • FBI SSA presentation on the current threat landscape and what to expect when engaging law enforcement. • The risks and options associated with IT and OT net- works; • And a panel discussion on cyber insurance. In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – observed every October – FBA will be holding a free webinar on cybersecurity end-user awareness train- ing. Members of the FBA Cybersecurity Committee, Ryan Bowen of Schwarz Partners/The Royal Group and Dwight Garraway of The Central Group will help users and em- ployees understand the role they play in helping to com- bat information security breaches. The webinar is open to all companies/employees in the corrugated industry. FBA will also be increasing the number of articles and information we share on cybersecurity and the manufac- turing industry during October on all our social media channels. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. It is FBA’s hope that these efforts will make our industry much less of a target for future attacks, or at least much more prepared when they occur. If you are an FBA member company with interest in having a representative on the Cybersecurity Committee, reach out to Caitlin Salaverria at

The manufacturing sector is facing a heightened threat landscape when it comes to cyberattacks. Ransomware attacks this year alone at three or more different Fibre Box Association (FBA) member companies prove that our in- dustry has become a prime target for cybercriminals and attack groups. By continuing to adopt greater levels of

technology and connectivity, we create new points of vul- nerability that can be exploited. FBA is working to combat this through a new committee and increased cybersecuri- ty information sharing with our membership. In March, FBA created a Cybersecurity Committee to share up-to-date technology and information available to help protect corrugated industry companies against cy-

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