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McKinley Packaging To Add New Plant In Lancaster, TX Dallas, Texas based McKinley Packaging, a sustainably operated paper and packaging company, announced the addition of its sev- enth packaging plant. The 500,000 square- foot rail-served building in Lancaster, Texas, will create 100 jobs in total when running at full capacity across three shifts, Monday through Friday. “We started looking at properties back in July 2020 and decided, as a company, that Lancaster is a market we want to grow in,” said Anthony Garcia, McKinley’s Vice Presi- dent of Operations. The Lancaster expansion marks another significant milestone for the Bio Pappel sub- sidiary. Known as the largest manufacturer of paper and corrugated materials in Latin Amer- ica, Bio Pappel launched expansion efforts in the United States seven years ago. Since then, McKinley Packaging has represented the company’s strategic growth success with its now seven plants, two paper mills, and five recycling centers across the U.S. markets. Efforts to locate the ideal market for McKinley’s seventh packaging plant were spearheaded by Global Site Location Indus-
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tries (GSLI), a Dallas based site selection consultant and economic development marketing agency. “GSLI’s process provided us with the opportunity to truly evaluate multiple markets that had the potential to support our company strategies, helping us identify the right location first,” Garcia adds. “In addition, GSLI was very valuable in helping us review incentive packages and navigating the negotiation process. The team providing insight on how different incentives compared across dif- ferent communities as we determined location.” Driven by its emphasis on sustainable operations and recycled materials, McKinley Packaging continues to aim for zero-discharge water operations upon reaching capac- ity. This is one example of how McKinley Packaging contin- ues the “green” legacy of the company’s history. “Mckinley Packaging has been great to assist in the finalization of their site and incentives,” adds Eric Klein- sorge, GSLI’s CEO and Chairman. “Lancaster wasn’t a “first-thought” choice, but after conducting our Road Show Tour and analysis they were definitely the right choice. Shane Shepard and his Lancaster Team were excellent and responsive when working with the city. This made a big impact for McKinley. We look forward to working with them on future expansions and are excited about the breaking ground of this new facility.” Visit mckinleypackaging.com for more information.
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“Our customers will find that Dallas Container Corp. is an excellent fit into our packaging business portfolio in the southern U.S.” Fiterman said Dallas Container Corp. and its brands will become part of LDI’s Liberty Packaging group, South Re- gion. He said existing management will continue to play key roles in the company. Dallas Container owner, Rod Tur- nipseed, will serve in an ambassador role with the compa- ny and his daughter, Tami Cullen, will continue in a key role with Liberty Packaging Dallas. “As part of Liberty Packaging, we will continue to meet our long-term goals of providing customers with superior products and service through caring customer service, on- time delivery and innovation,” said Turnipseed. Added Fiterman, “The addition of Dallas Container is part of our strategy to expand our reach and serve cus- tomers throughout the region. We welcome the talent and capacity this acquisition brings.”
Minneapolis, Minnesota based Liberty Diversified Interna- tional (LDI) has announced its acquisition of Dallas, Texas based Dallas Container Corporation, which also does busi- ness as Amarillo Custom Box Company. The acquisition marks the accelerating growth of the Liberty Packaging business unit in the LDI family of companies. Dallas Container has approximately 100 employees and is a strong player in the corrugated packaging market in Dallas, Amarillo and beyond. The company has manu- factured corrugated boxes, die cuts, displays (POP) and foam packaging since 1977. The Dallas Container and Am- arillo Custom Box employees will become part of the Lib- erty Packaging team. According to Mike Fiterman, LDI’s Chairman and CEO,
Liberty Packaging is a nationally recog- nized designer and manufacturer of corru- gated packaging containers and point-of- purchase displays. As both companies are privately held, purchase price was not disclosed. The Royal Group Names Kevin Miller President Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Kevin Miller will as- sume the role of president for The Royal Group (TRG) based in Cicero, Illinois. Miller, who previously served as General Manager of TRG’s Eastern region, will retain his cur- rent duties and continue to report to TRG’s CEO Bob McIlvaine. “Kevin has proven himself in every role he has held with our company,” said McIl- vaine. “Our future depends on bright young leaders like Kevin to carry on our vision for the future.” Miller began his career with TRG as a sales representative in 2006. After leav- ing TRG to run a consulting firm focused on helping CEO’s and their companies find, train, and develop talent, he rejoined TRG in 2017. Since his return, Miller has held several roles, including Vice President of Business Development, Vice President and Mid-Atlan- tic General Manager and Vice President and Eastern Regional General Manager. “Our family would like to congratulate Kevin,” said John Schwarz, general partner of TRG’s parent company, Schwarz Partners. “We look forward to TRG’s continued suc- cess.” Visit teamtrg.com for more information.
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WestRock Achieves Record Net Sales In FY 2021
Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month September 2021
Atlanta, Georgia based WestRock Company achieved re- cord net sales for its 2021 fiscal year, which ended Sep- tember 30. According to its latest earnings report, the company achieved net sales of $18.7 billion in 2021, up seven percent compared to $17.6 billion for its 2020 fiscal year. The company achieved net sales of $5.1 billion for Q4, up 14 percent compared to $4.5 billion in the Q4 2020. The company earned net income of $838 million in the 2021 fiscal year compared with a net loss of $691 million in 2020. For Q4, WestRock achieved a net income of $324 million compared to a net loss of $1,156 million in the pri- or-year quarter, which included a $1,314 million goodwill impairment net of tax. WestRock’s adjusted segment EBIT- DA was $3 billion in its 2021 fiscal year compared to $2.8 billion in its 2020 fiscal year, and adjusted segment EBIT- DA was at $878 million in Q4, up 22 percent compared with $721 million in the prior-year quarter. “The WestRock team delivered strong results in fiscal 2021, with record net sales,” said David B. Sewell, CEO of WestRock. “We executed on our capital allocation pri- orities, and I’m pleased to say that we reached our target net leverage ratio in the quarter. In addition, we recently announced another increase to our dividend, which will result in a 25 percent increase since February.”
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Kruger Packaging Continues Work On KY Packaging Plant
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Montreal, Canada based Kruger Inc. reported that con- struction is ongoing at its first ever American packaging plant — Kruger Packaging —in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. A family-owned and operated company with more than 117 years of history, Kruger is a North American leader in eco-friendly packaging that strives every day to build bet- ter boxes and deliver smarter solutions. Kruger Packaging’s new $114 million state-of-the-art, cli- mate-controlled facility will be among the most advanced packaging plants in the United States. Once complete, the plant will utilize both robotic and automated technology to build better boxes and deliver smarter solutions for scores of well-known brands such as Little Caesars and Tim Hor- tons, as well as countless medium and small businesses throughout Kentucky. “As our motto makes clear, we work hard to be better than we were the day before,” said John Keith, General Manager of the Elizabethtown plant. With our new pack- aging plant, we continue to build on that mission. Not only will the plant provide us a leg up on the competition, but E’town and the surrounding communities will help us be that much better too. The area has a strong, diverse, tal- ented workforce and is an ideal location to start and grow a business.”
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Gerrity Corrugated Paper Products Installs SUN Automation Group Jumbo RDC In ON Glen Arm, Maryland based SUN Automation Group (SUN), an innovative solution provider to the global corrugated industry, announced that it has placed a Latitude Machinery Corporation (LMC) Jumbo Rotary Die Cutter (RDC) P-Series at Gerrity Corrugated Paper Products Ltd. in Concord, On- tario, Canada.
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Supply Chain Snarl-Up: The State Of Play For The Paper Industry BY DEAN COROBOLOTTI The current supply chain bottlenecks are among the worst the industry has ever seen. And virtually no business sec-
As we move towards the hectic year-end period and try to navigate the existing supply chain environment, now is the time for the paper and pulp industries to examine the current state of play and what it can do to rectify issues and hopefully expedite a quick recovery. Here are a few considerations that can prove beneficial for shippers throughout the paper and pulp industries. Labor Shortages Impair Shipping Efficiency For all the headlines around containers piling up and back-ups at warehouses, one of the issues flying some- what under the radar during this supply chain crunch is the labor shortage. Simply put, there just isn’t enough labor in the manufacturing process or at third-party warehouse locations to enable the quick manufacturing, loading and unloading of products. In addition to the delays that labor shortages are causing, dock delays are resulting in ship- pers falling afoul of OTD promises, which is leading to de- tention fees and other financial penalties. Retooling Causes Hiccups And Delays
tor has been left untouched -- including in paper and pulp. From sourcing chal- lenges to procurement, the paper and pulp industries have been on the front- lines of the supply chain’s woes since the beginning of the COVID pandemic nearly two years ago. And unfortunate-
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How AI And Machine Learning Helps Operations During Labor Shortages BY MATT MILLER Labor shortages are a major challenge for many industries in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cor-
Role Of AI And Machine Learning It is a major misconception that AI and Machine Learn- ing is code for replacing human jobs with robots. In the corrugated space, there is a major role for human over- sight and direction, as well as the maintenance and up- keep of the machines. But the AI and Machine Learning role fits into increased efficiency of the operation by op- timizing output, minimizing downtime, and intelligently monitoring the need for routine maintenance. A tailored AI tool for corrugated, is able to monitor the box making process process. While running thousands of kicks worth of throughput daily, each machine generates tens of thousands of data points. In the midst of all of these data points, certain idiosyncrasies, or anomalies, take place. These anomalies can be anything from a strange sound to a jam or a pause. Some of them may mean little to nothing, but others may be early stage indications of an issue in the making. With the help of humans reviewing each of these anom- alies and indicating whether or not they are significant, the AI tool can, over time, begin to predict when a machine is in need of maintenance or at risk of larger-scale failure. This results in effectively stopping problems before they occur. The monitoring tool also provides up-to-date in- sights about performance and the health of the machines in a given operation, which can be accessed and moni- tored remotely and in real-time.
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and maintenance. This is putting additional and unnec- essary pressure and reliance on the existing workforce, whose individuals were already beginning to phase them- selves out even before the pandemic through the retire- ment trend known as the “silver tsunami.” Although Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are not a magic bullet that can instantly solve staffing chal- lenges, when they are deployed properly, they can help keep operations running smoothly, by improving efficien- cy of operations and decreasing reliance on highly spe- cialized staff that are increasingly spread thin and hard to replace. This means more funding and budget to hire the necessary individuals and to retain those central to the success of the operation.
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Labor Shortage Implications Access to the data and the insights of an AI platform tai- lored for corrugated, decreases an operation’s dependen- cy on individuals with very specialized institutional knowl- edge, experience, and training. In an operation that is not outfitted with AI, the pressure would fall squarely on the shoulders of experienced technicians to optimize machine throughput and to detect and adjust maintenance-relat- ed issues. With these individuals increasingly harder and harder to find, keep and train, many operations are not performing at the highest level, or are at risk for major malfunction. And even the most highly skilled and experi- enced people in these roles are still not able to detect and predict issues with the degree of accuracy and foresight of AI tools. This means that even if these individuals are able to be found and hired, it is not guaranteeing the maximum throughput, uptime, and efficiency within the operation. With real data to inform replacement of parts and main- tenance, the operation is able to save money by eliminat- ing dependence on recommended maintenance intervals for components. Relying on recommendations instead of data, may be prompting technicians to replace perfectly good components before they wear. It can also lead to operating with parts that need to be replaced prior to the recommended interval. All of this is able to be monitored from anywhere, in real time, meaning once again, no need
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Stopping ransomware includes three key areas: Cyber- security hygiene of your employees, proper practices by your IT department, and your data backup strategy. Here are 8 ways to prevent a ransomware attack, and 8 ways to recover from an attack if you fall victim to one: Ransomware Defenses to Help Prevent Attacks: 1. Add Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on all of your company’s email accounts and on all external access to your network (VPN, TeamViewer, WebEx, etc.). This will help prevent a cybercriminal from taking over an email ac- count using a compromised username/password. 2. If your company uses Windows Active Directory, do NOT log in to computers with Domain Admin accounts. There is an attack called “Pass the Hash” that will steal encrypted (hashed) credentials left behind. If you must log in with a Domain Admin account, change the password. 3. Patch your PCs. Workstations and servers. Every month. No exceptions. That includes conference room PCs, loaner PCs, HVAC computers, etc. 4. Patch your networking gear. Firewalls, switches, UPSs, phone system, etc. 5. Install good antivirus software everywhere. All PCs. All Macs. All servers. Everywhere. 6. Geofilter your Internet traffic and emails. If you don’t do business with a foreign country, block traffic and emails to/from it. It keeps out lazy cybercriminals. No, it won’t
password for every workstation, then if one machine gets compromised, it’s very easy for them to all get compro- mised. 8. If your users have local admin credentials, you may want to rethink that. Today. Right now. If a cybercriminal compromises a computer, they normally inherit the permis- sions of the user for that computer. If that user is a local CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
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administrator, the bad guys are going to use that access to do more damage. In case you fall victim to ransomware, you need the fol- lowing. Please note that most of these need to be done before the attack takes place: 1. OFFLINE backups. These are backups that are kept off of your network. Cybercriminals try to delete your back- ups. If your backups are not on your network, the bad guys can’t destroy them. 2. Tested restore procedures. If you try to restore your backups only when you need them, you are rolling the dice every time you are in a real bind. 3. Offline restore methodology. Don’t begin a restore with your network still attached to the Internet. Ransom- ware cases often unfold where the cybercriminals still have hooks into a company’s network, and they destroy
the used-to-be-offline backups as soon as the restore pro- cess begins. 4. Workstation reimages. You need a clean workstation image to restore workstations quickly if you suspect they have been compromised. 5. Server rebuilds. You need a clean server image to recreate your servers quickly. 6. Pre-negotiated incident response team contract. Find a cyber incident response company and get a con-
tract in place. That way you will know how to “call in the cavalry” very quickly as opposed to going through contract negotiations in the middle of a crisis. 7. 35 percent free drive space on all net- work drives. Ransomware often bloats the data on the drives it encrypts. As soon as a drive fills up, the process will keep trying to move forward, but every file it encrypts after the drive is full will be unrecoverable. 8. If you have cybersecurity liability insur- ance, call your insurance company ASAP! There are many stories of insurance policies with a clause stating the customer must inform their insurance company of a suspected inci- dent within 24 hours of the initial discovery. If they take a few days to confirm that the inci- dent was real, it can be an expensive mistake. If all companies followed the specific rec- ommendations above, ransomware cyber- criminals would become a thing of the past. With proactive action and a good cybersecu- rity awareness training program for your em- ployees, cybercrime is a solvable problem! Bryce Austin is the CEO of TCE Strategy, an internationally-recognized professional speaker on technology and cybersecurity
issues, and author of the book “Secure Enough? 20 Questions on Cybersecu- rity for Business Owners and Executives.” He is the named Chief Information Security Officer for compa-
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DS Smith Launches New Circular Economy Educational Resource Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith has launched a down- loadable lesson plan for the next generation as part of its ambition to lead the transition to the circular economy. De- veloped for ages 11 to 14, the “Let’s Go Circular!” lesson plan provides a teachers and anyone working with young people a free resource to introduce them to the concept of the circular economy.
plain the difference between a linear and circular econo- my. It is designed to help the next generation understand the importance of recycling as part of protecting our finite natural resources. The “Let’s Go Circular” lesson plan includes: • A lesson plan to prepare the teacher • A PowerPoint presentation to show the class • A pack of speaker notes to help deliver lessons • Activities to engage the students The “Let’s Go Circular” lesson plan was launched at The New York Times Climate Hub’s Ellen MacArthur Foun- dation Café at COP26. Since 2019, DS Smith has worked closely with the Foundation as a Strategic Partner to build its strategy, operations and packaging solutions around the circular economy. “We want to lead the way by inspiring young people and equipping them with the knowledge and resources they need to both understand what the circular economy is and the role that they can play in helping to protect the world’s natural resources,” said Allison Berg, Sustainability Manager for DS Smith North America. The delivery of school lesson plans and community projects, allied with putting sustainability at the heart of its communication strategy, has already helped DS Smith engage over 1 million people on the circular economy. As part of its “Now and Next” sustainability strategy, the company has pledged to engage five million people on the circular economy by 2030.
Providing a guide on how we can all play a part in pro- tecting the planet’s natural resources, the fun and engag- ing “Let’s Go Circular!” pack is available for download on the company’s website. The lesson plan includes a variety of everyday exam- ples, entertaining activities and engaging videos to ex-
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