Board Converting News, July 20, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years July 20, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 29

Balancing Clean Air & Reopening Amid New COVID-19 Guidelines BY MONA KELLEY In the aftermath of sweeping stay-at-home orders and a three-month shutdown of many businesses, life in a post-COVID world is going through a “new normal” – a different way of doing things than were done in the past. With a wide range of challenges facing commercial building owners as a result of the coronavirus, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and related industries are no exception.

Hood Container To Invest $50M For Expansion In LA Atlanta, Georgia based Hood Container an- nounced it is expanding and upgrading its pa- per mill in West Feliciana Parish, near St. Fran- cisville, Louisiana. The company and the state announced the $50 million project last week. It is expected to support 75 construction jobs. Hood Container acquired the 61-year-old former Crown Zellerbach and Tembec mill in 2015, after it emerged from federal bankrupt- cy protection filed by an interim owner. Since the acquisition, Hood has committed more than $100 million in capital investments to up- grade the facilities. The project will increase the efficiency of the facility’s pulp-refining operation through the installation of two digester blow-line refin- ers. The expansion also will include installa- tion of a secondary headbox and additional dryer cans, which will allow increased paper production with better paper quality. The state offered the company a $200,000 Modernization Tax Credit to be allocated over a five-year period. Hood Container also is ex- pected to utilize the state’s Industrial Tax Ex- emption Program. Hood plans to retain 306 existing employees and a $23 million annual payroll at the mill.

COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on indoor air quality and ventila- tion. It seems clear that business owners, employees, and customers with chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma, COPD, and emphysema all benefit from improved indoor air quality and whole building ventila- tion. This is true even outside of the flu and respiratory illness season. Short and long-term exposure to any poor air quality can not only cause exacerbations of chronic respiratory illness and reduce lung function, these same factors have been associated with increased se- verity of COVID-19 pneumonia and increased risk of contracting air- borne illnesses in people both with and people WITHOUT chronic re- spiratory illnesses. As a result of these factors relating to COVID concerns, experts from the commercial building industry, US EPA Energy Star program, and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) met in May to discuss how to best operate HVAC and related systems, and to offer recommendations on Building HVAC Operations amid COVID-19. Takeaways and Q & A included:


6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x 4 AICC Crafts Business Interruption Template 6 NAM: Job Openings Improve But Well Below 2019 Levels 0 John S. Carman, Formerly Of Stand Fast, Dies At 90 12 McLean Packaging Commits To Full Renewable Energy


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.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

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

$820.00-850.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $835.00-855.00 $865.00-875.00 $838.00-858.00

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





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#

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East West

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AICC Crafts Business Interruption Template

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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has craft- ed a template that can serve as an agreement between an AICC member and another in the event that the mem- ber company cannot complete work due to pandemic, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances. This template, crafted by AICC legal counsel Da- vid Goch, of the firm Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, is meant to serve as a guide for an AICC member compa- ny to complete customer commitments with the support of another converter in the event of a business interrup- tion, while also respecting all applicable fair trade and anti-trust laws. AICC recommends that this document be reviewed and modified to suit by the member’s attorney. This downloadable template is available under “white- papers” at free of charge to AICC members and for $250.00 to non-members. David Goch will speak about the need for a business interruption agreement and best practices for utilizing such a document during the next AICC packaging indus- try COVID-19 videoconference on Friday, July 24, at 2:00 pm EST. More information about the videoconference is available at . A recording of the videoconference will be available the following Monday, July 27.

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NAM: Job Openings Improve But Well Below 2019 Levels BY CHAD MOUTRAY

The COVID-19 outbreak has altered the manufacturing labor market dramatically. Manufacturers hired 426,000 workers in May, the most since April 2001. At the same time, total separations have declined from an all-time high of 804,000 in March, to 762,000 in April, to 284,000 in May, the lowest since November 2016. Net hiring was 142,000 in May, rebounding after net declines of 505,000 and 436,000 in March and April, respectively. There were 1,314,000 initial unemployment claims for the week ending July 4, continuing to decelerate after peaking at 6,867,000 for the week ending March 28 but remaining highly elevated. Meanwhile, 18,062,000 Ameri- cans received unemployment insurance for the week end- ing June 27, or 12.4 percent of the workforce. U.S. consumer credit outstanding fell 5.3 percent in May, with Americans pulling back sharply on spending during the COVID-19 pandemic for the third straight month. In May, revolving credit (which includes credit cards and

There were 328,000 manufacturing job openings in May, up from 315,000 in April and improving for the sec- ond straight month after dropping to 310,000 postings in

March, which was the slowest pace since October 2016, according to Chad Moutray, Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufactur- ers (NAM). For comparison purpos- es, there were 482,000 postings one year ago. In the larger economy, non-

farm business job openings rose from 4,996,000 in April, the slowest pace since December 2014, to 5,397,000 in May, increasing after two months of declines. Chad Moutray

other credit lines) plummeted 28.6 percent, reflecting the anxiousness of the consumer and the extent to which purchases—at least those done on credit—have fallen sharply. Over the past 12 months, consumer credit outstanding has risen just 0.9 per- cent. Nonrevolving credit (which includes auto and student loans) increased 3.8 per- cent year-over-year, but revolving credit dropped 7.2 percent year-over-year. Producer prices for final demand goods and services declined for the fourth time in the past five months, down 0.2 percent in June. At the same time, producer prices for final demand goods increased 0.2 percent in June, extending the 1.6 percent growth in May. Core inflation for raw material goods, which excludes food and energy, edged up 0.1 percent in June. There continue to be deflationary pres- sures in the economy, even with some sta- bilization, due to COVID-19 and the global recession. Over the past 12 months, pro- ducer prices for final demand goods and services have decreased 0.8 percent, the same pace as in May and remaining the lowest since December 2015. At the same time, core producer prices were flat year- over-year in June (seasonally adjusted), up from being down 0.4 percent in May. Real value-added output in the manu- facturing sector declined an annualized 4.9 percent in the first quarter, pulling back for the second straight quarter from the all-time high in the third quarter of 2019. Manufac- turing continued to account for 11 percent of real GDP in the first quarter. Chad Moutray Ph.D. is Chief Economist at NAM.


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Fastmarkets RISI Names Pratt North American CEO Of The Year Fastmarkets RISI has announced that Anthony Pratt, Ex- ecutive Chairman of Pratt Industries USA and Visy of Aus-

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month May 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

31.283 34.474


7.821 7.835


Industry Total

tralia, has been named the 2020 North American CEO of the Year. Pratt will accept the award and give a keynote address during the Virtu- al North American Conference on October 6, 2020, on iVent. Pratt’s U.S. company, Pratt Indus- tries, was the fifth largest U.S. box-

Year-to Date

May 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

162.228 162.018


7.725 7.642


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)

Anthony Pratt



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

maker in 2019 with a seven percent market share and an estimated 27.5 billion square-feet of shipments. The boxes are made mostly out of low-cost mixed paper. Pratt’s five containerboard mills with 1.91 million tons TPY of 100 per- cent recycled-content containerboard capacity are nearly fully integrated to 70 Pratt corrugated plants, including 30 sheet plants. Pratt U.S. last year generated more than $3 billion in sales and $550 million in EBITDA. The Fastmarkets RISI North American Conference will be conducted virtually on October 5-7 on iVent, a digi- tal event platform enabled to provide delegates with live and on-demand presentations and panel discussions, as well as open and round-table networking features. Along with Pratt, other executives will speak.

2020 2019

2.4591 2.8461


13.3153 13.3401


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

May Apr.

2.3246 2.2914


3.8 3.6


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 22

105 106

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John S. Carman, Formerly Of Stand Fast, Dies At 90

He was a founding member of AICC in 1974 and was active on AICC’s Board of Directors in the 1980s, first as Regional Vice President of AICC’s Region Six (Illinois and Wisconsin) and then as a Director at Large. He served on the Membership and Containerboard and Sheet Supply committees. He was also a founder and member of what was known as the Sheet Plant Owners and Operators Club, aka, the “SPOOC Group,” an informal club of AICC members whose primary purpose was an annual ski out- ing in Vail, Colorado. In addition to Carman, the club’s members included Bill Mazzaco of Packaging Innovators; Jerry Hardison, Lone Star Container Corp.; Douglas Volk, Volk Packaging and Jim Nelson of Nelson Container Corp. Recognizing the success of Stand Fast Packaging Products, the University of Illinois Institute for Entrepre- neurship Studies in 1985 named John to the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia; five sons, John Jr., Jay, Keith, Scott and Jeffrey; a daughter Kristin; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family c/o, Stand Fast Group, 710 Kimberly Drive, Carol Stream, Illi- nois, 60188. Memorial remembrances may be made to Chicago Alzheimer’s Association via or to Mercy Home in Chicago via https://www.mercy- .

John S. Carman, former owner and president, Stand Fast Packaging Products (now Stand Fast Group) in Carol Stream, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, July 2, at 90. Born on April 18, 1930, in Chicago, Carman graduated from St. Gregory’s High School and Loyola University. He

was a U.S. Army veter- an and served in the Korean War from 1953- 1955. After his military service he began his career in the corrugat- ed packaging business working with Geor- gia Pacific. In 1967, he joined his colleague John Morris and found- ed Stand Fast Packag- ing Products in Addi- son, Illinois, beginning only with a bandsaw set up in his basement.

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July 20, 2020

McLean Packaging Commits To Completely Renewable Energy

Moorestown, New Jersey based McLean Packaging, a turnkey provider of rigid set boxes, folding cartons, corrugated displays and thermoformed packaging solutions with emphasis on the beauty and personal care sec- tors, has contracted with national energy advisory firm 5 and ENGIE Re- sources, LLC on a five-year energy agreement that supports the develop- ment of renewables. The deal supports McLean’s zero carbon transition and sustainability goals which include sourcing 100 percent of its electric- ity from renewable resources.

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McLean Packaging’s manufacturing footprint is robust – the compa- ny has three production facilities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania totaling nearly half a million square-feet – making its commitment to 100 percent green energy substantial. McLean utilizes a lengthy lineup of so- phisticated equipment – including industrial printing presses, folder/glu- ers, thermoformers, rigid box converters, and more – to meet its growing demands for concept-to-completion packaging solutions for customers in the beauty, personal care, confectionary, and other sectors. McLean’s usage will be 100 percent matched by Green-e certified Re- newable Energy Credits (RECs), as determined by the Center for Resource Solutions. The independently-verified credits play a critical role in making green power possible for electricity consumers nationwide, by providing revenue to support new projects. The RECs in this agreement include off- shore wind credits, representing environmental benefits equal to remov- ing more than 6,500 gasoline-powered passenger cars from U.S. roads. “From installing more than 75,000 solar panels to utilizing paper prod- ucts certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forest Initiative, sustainability has been at the forefront of McLean Packaging’s operations for years,” said Jeff Besnick, Vice President of McLean Packag- ing. “As consumers continue to demand products that espouse eco-friend- liness, we are proud to play our part in providing packaging with as small a carbon footprint as possible – from power sourcing to materials.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 McLean Packaging entered a five-year agreement that supports its car- bon transition and sustainability goals, which include sourcing 100 per- cent of its electricity from renewable sources.



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July 20, 2020

Peachtree Packaging Invests In Poteet Printing Ink Kitchen

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Various industry partners are joining AF&PA in the call for consumers to recycle their pizza boxes: “When speaking at recycling conferences, the question I’m asked most often is: ‘Are pizza boxes recyclable,’” said Dennis Colley, President and CEO of the Fibre Box Asso- ciation. “This guidance from AF&PA should give munici- palities, recycling centers and households the information they need to confidently recycle pizza boxes.” “AICC applauds the work of AF&PA, its members and our fellow organizations in continuing to provide clarify- ing information on this topic,” said Michael M. D’Angelo, President of AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion. “It’s important for consumers to understand that the container of one of America’s favorite foods is recyclable. We are pleased to participate in the confirmation of the recyclability of the pizza box and encourage consumers to recycle them as they would any other box.” “TAPPI is proud to join with AF&PA to clarify the facts on recycling pizza boxes,” said TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague. “Billions of pizzas are sold in the U.S. every year, which means a lot of pizza boxes need to be recycled. Corrugated pizza boxes are a great fiber source for feedstock in many of our mills today.” For more information about the recyclability of pizza boxes, including AF&PA’s Pizza Box Recycling Statement, visit .

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ness owners to abandon their long- term strategic plans while they deal with the near-term realities that the pandemic has brought. In fact, mak- ing the right responses now could leave a business in better shape for the future than it would be if noth- ing had happened and the need for

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change hadn’t been as urgent. This is consistent with the duty of a business leader in good times as well as bad: to take whatever steps are necessary to insure that the organization survives. As we see it, business owners have three priority tasks ahead of them in the present circumstances. These are protecting the health and well-being of their employees; securing fi- nancial assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); and managing head count in the interest of greater profitability for the company. First on the list is to keep employees safe by follow- ing mandates and protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The COVID-19 Resource Chan- nel from PRINTING United Alliance, its PIA affiliates, and NAPCO Media offers valuable advice along these lines. As conditions return to normal, owners can broaden the focus to include safeguarding the health of their busi- nesses. We think they have an exceptional opportunity to strengthen their positions by taking correct advantage of the PPP, a relief package established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. By now, the PPP is well known as a provider of forgiv- able cash loans for struggling businesses and, sometimes, as a source of confusion and frustration for business own- ers seeking its assistance. Fortunately, an amendment called the PPP Flexibility Act (PPPFA) aligns its terms and requirements more closely with the actual needs of busi- ness owners, making it a friendlier resource to work with. Wider Window For Recipients One of the most important changes is that those who qualify for loans now have 24 weeks over which to use the money – three times as many weeks as applicants were given in the beginning. Those who received their disbursements prior to the PPPFA adjustment can either keep their original eight-week term or opt for the longer period, which concludes on December 31, 2020. Another beneficial change is that it’s no longer man- datory to spend 75 percent of the loan amount on pay- roll in order to qualify for forgiveness, a requirement that many owners saw as unrealistic. Now, the stipulated set- aside for payroll is 60 percent, leaving the remainder to

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here that we see the opportunity to tie PPP support to the third priority: management of labor costs. We regard this as the single most important step a business can take to protect its profitability not just now, but in the post-COVID rebound to come. We recommend continually taking an objective look at staffing and making the necessary decisions about which positions are and are not essential to the functioning of the business. We know that some company cultures don’t permit laying off employees, and we respect those senti- ments. Keeping everyone on the payroll is acceptable as long as it doesn’t threaten the company’s survival. Unfor- tunately, and especially in a business climate like the one we are now in, the two aims are often incompatible. This makes it a mistake, in our view, to maintain staffing at 100 percent when sales are significantly less than 100% of normal. An even bigger error would be to try to cover payroll for non-essential positions with a PPP loan. Why? Because eventually, that money will be exhaust- ed, and though the loan may not have to be repaid, for- giveness comes at the cost of keeping positions that the business does not need – and thus act as a drag on prof- itability. Since there is no sure way of knowing what busi- ness conditions will be like at the end of the loan period, those positions could be just as burdensome to the com- pany as they were when it began. A better response would be to make judicious staff cuts

be used for the other eligible expenses: rent, utilities, and mortgage interest. PPP applicants can receive loans worth up to two-and-a-half times their average monthly payroll costs, subject to restrictions. The program’s most notable feature is its forgivability. This occurs if the average number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees per month remains the same at the loan’s FTE measurement date as it was in an FTE reference peri- od prior to receipt of the funds. Then, the loan is 100 per- cent forgivable. Borrowers can choose either of two FTE reference pe- riods to compare against: February 15, 2019, through June 30, 2019, or January 1, 2020, to February 29, 2020. You have several options for choosing a measurement date, the latest of which is December 31, 2020. Maintaining the original FTE count at the FTE measure- ment date is the best-case scenario, as it may fully elimi- nate debt. If the FTE count is smaller at the measurement date, forgiveness is reduced proportionately, and the loan recipient will have to repay the difference – but at a very low rate of interest, and with up to five years to settle. How Not To Use PPP Funding This is a simplified explanation of how PPP lending works. Owners are urged to consult with their accountants to forecast eligible expenses and to find ways of maximiz- ing FTE counts at the FTE measurement date. It is precisely


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Advantzware provides a flexible and comprehensive sys- tem to address the business management needs of the in- dependent box business, as well as the ERP requirements of full scale packaging plants and integrated companies. With modules for estimating, scheduling, production, inven- tory and accounting, this scalable system supports packag- ing plants that produce corrugated boxes, folding cartons, point of purchase displays, assembled partitions, paper- board products, foam fabrication, as well as distribution of packaging supplies. Advantzware has been in operation for over 25 years and continually enhances our system to ad- dress the needs of the industry. AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION www.accfi Air Conveying Corporation has been designing, manufac- turing, and installing state of the art trim removal systems for the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Printing industries for more than 49 years. Contact us today.


Albany International has a corrugator belt for every appli- cation. Our reputation for durable performance is the trade- mark of the most dependable belts in service today.


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Amtech offers the industry’s most innovative and compre- hensive corrugated and packaging ERP, integrated sched- uling software, and engineered automation technology. For over 30 years, Amtech has remained at the backbone of successful businesses from the independent box makers to the largest integrateds. We keep our customers competitive in an ever-changing economy with options such as custom- er digital storefronts and workflows, business intelligence, automated scheduling for corrugators, converting and ship- ping, proactive roll stock and inventory management, and so much more in an integrated, single vendor environment. APEX INTERNATIONAL World’s largest Anilox and Glue & Metering roll manufac- turer, providing the widest selection of corrugated engrav- ings and complementary services. Anilox engraving options available from our North American manufacturing facility include elongated 75°, 60°, 45°, plus Apex’s patented GTT technology. Glue rolls are produced with Hardened Stain- less Steel and a max TIR of 10 µ for Single, Double Facers.



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since many viruses, including COVID-19, are spread by airborne transmission, HVAC measures should be tak- en to reduce potential exposure. • HVAC can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by incorporating evolving best practices that focus on SMART whole building ventilation in order to dilute airborne viruses and filtration to remove dust and air- borne particulates. This can be accomplished by: a) Increasing whole building ventilation using SMART ventilations controllers that compare indoor and outdoor air quality, control outdoor air intake to prevent mold growth while maintaining minimum outside air flow to re- duce the risk of airborne illness transmission. b) Improving filtration to MERV-13 or the highest effi- ciency level feasible, and ensuring that filters are sealed properly to prevent bypass. c) Using SMART whole building ventilations controllers to provide outside air for several hours both before and after occupancy each day. d) Consider adding UV sanitizers to the HVAC system as a secondary method to the fundamental measures list- ed above. Pointing out that post-COVID-19 ventilation standards will increase energy usage (though not cost) with a SMART controller -- Experts analyzed the energy use impact of three measures to reduce virus transmission risk and rec- ommended: • Extending HVAC hours to provide additional outside air for several hours both before and after occupancy each day; • Upgrading to MERV 13 from MERV 8 filters; and • Letting in an additional 50 percent outside air above minimum standards. Experts found that these changes would result in a three to five percent increase in building energy usage, depending on the climate and region. SMART whole building ventilation controllers, however, yield up to 30 percent energy savings. Therefore, implementing new post-COVID-19 ventilation standards with a SMART whole building ventilation controller will still yield a net energy savings. With a professionally installed whole building ventila- tion and annual maintenance, any HVAC system can and will remove airborne viruses and other indoor pollutants before they impact the health of employees, customers, and families. Health measures have never been more im- portant than in a post-COVID 19 world.

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Mona Kelley, RN, MSN is Managing Member & Regulatory Affairs Spe- cialist with the Lake Wales, Florida based Natural Air E-Controls, LLC. Visit for more information


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