Board Converting News, December 28, 2020

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years December 28, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 52

Year In Review, Part II: Industry Bounces Back From COVID-19 BY LEN PRAZYCH The nation, along with the corrugated and folding carton industries, continued to adjust to the “new normal” that was living with a pandem- ic. While millions of jobs were lost, mostly in the service and hospitality sectors, manufacturing in general and box making specifically, began its recovery from the slowdown of the prior months.

AICC Celebrates Member Achievements, Milestones AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, has announced that it is accepting sub- missions to the Member Milestone Program and the Independent Safe Shop Awards. The Member Milestone Program is an an- nual opportunity to recognize member com- panies, boxmakers and suppliers, celebrating significant anniversaries, such as 50, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90, 100 (and so on) years of continual operation. Members in good standing that wish to be included in this recognition, should be cele- brating an anniversary in 2020 or 2021 and will need to provide a 2-3-minute video pre- sentation featuring the history of their compa- ny and describing their growth. The members that submit qualifying vid- eos by the deadline will be recognized by AICC. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26, 2021. Additionally, each year, AICC recognizes Member Companies for outstanding perfor- mance in plant safety through the Indepen- dent Safe Shop Awards. Participation in the Independent Safe Shop Awards generates greater awareness, enthusiasm, and pride for

A survey of corrugated and folding carton converters revealed that virtually all of them have never been busier. Acquisitions and machine purchases continued and it was back to business, much better than usual. The fact that a containerboard price increase by integrateds -- the first in more than two years -- was not met with resistance from independent box makers is proof. That said, here are the items that made headlines in the second half of 2020: JULY • SCT Acquires Honeymoon Paper Products: Chattanooga, Tennes- see based Southern Champion Tray (SCT), acquired the assets of Fairfield, Ohio based Honeymoon Paper Products, Inc. • DS Smith Ready To Produce Cardboard Cutouts To Fill Empty Sports Stadiums : DS Smith has readied production of recyclable cardboard replacement fans for use at arenas forced to limit atten- dance of the real thing. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 Board Converting News continues its annual ‘Year in Review’ feature with the second of two parts.


WHAT’S INSIDE 6 Cascades: Greenpac Mill LLC Successfully Refinances Debt 12 Building Industry Knowledge And Resources 14 Diamond Packaging Introduces Packaging For Marijuana 36 Dura-Fibre To Provide Specialty Packaging For COVID Vaccine


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AICC Celebrates (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

the safety accomplishments companies and their employ- ees have achieved. It also allows companies to showcase their efforts and recognize individuals who are responsi- ble for the good safety record. This annual recognition is given to all member compa- nies that meet the following criteria: • 2020 OSHA Recordable Incident Rate is less than 2.5 • 2020 OSHA Lost Work Days Incident Rate = 0 (zero) • All rates (Recordable Incident Rate and the Lost Work Days Incident Rate) will be calculated by AICC using a company’s signed OSHA 300A. All members that meet the criteria will be recognized by AICC. To apply for the award, companies must submit the application and fee, along with their signed 2020 OSHA 300A by Friday, February 26, 2021. Visit for more information on both the Membership Milestone Program and the Safe Shop Awards. Due to the cancellation of AICC’s 2020 Spring Meeting, the member companies that submitted and qualified in 2020 will be recognized in 2021. Questions about award programs and National Meet- ings can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or Laura Mihalick, AICC Senior Meetings Manager, at lmihalick@aic- or (703) 836-2422.

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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indi- cated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

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#

Semi-Chem Medium

East West

$920.00 $965.00

$910.00 $945.00


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Cascades: Greenpac Mill LLC Successfully Refinances Debt

Kingsey Falls, Quebec based Cascades has announced that its 86.3 percent owned subsidiary, Greenpac Mill, LLC has entered into an agreement to amend and restate its existing term loan and revolving credit facility that were scheduled to mature in May 2021. The amended credit fa- cilities will mature in December 2023. Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fen- ner & Smith Incorporated served as Co-Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners on the amended credit facilities, which consist of a $75 million term loan and a $50 million revolver. The principal amount outstanding under the term loan was reduced from $121 million to $75 million in con- nection with the amendment to the credit facilities. Greenpac operates a state-of-the-art lightweight con- tainerboard mill, located in Niagara Falls, New York, which manufactures lightweight linerboard made with 100 per- cent recycled fibres. The mill has an annual production capacity of 540,000 short tons and employs 168 people. Founded in 1964, Cascades offers sustainable, inno- vative and value-added packaging, hygiene and recovery solutions. The company employs approximately 12,000 women and men across a network of close to 90 facilities in North America and Europe.

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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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FBA Social Media Promotes E-Commerce, Recycling For Holidays This holiday season, Fibre Box Association (FBA) is working to promote corrugated box recycling. Corrugated packag- ing is a part of daily life, especially with e-commerce pur- chases landing on doorsteps everywhere this time of year. Look for messaging about corrugated packaging’s essen- tial role in holiday e-commerce, along with reminders and how-to information on recycling holiday boxes. To finish out the year, we’ll continue our strong focus on boxes as the backbone of e-commerce. We’ve adapted our e-commerce ad (see page 16) for the holidays and will focus our attention on happy holiday deliveries made pos- sible by corrugated packaging and ask consumers to gift us back, by recycling their boxes. We have been and will continue to share messages, infographics, key facts and short videos on our social media platforms throughout the month. In addition, we’ll be amplifying the corrugated recycling messages shared through the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Paper + Packaging Board’s holiday campaigns to ensure the broadest reach across all target audiences. We encourage you to follow, like, share and re-share these important messages. Find specific examples in FBA marketing coordinator Tricia’s “Trending Now” article at .

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



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

33.612 32.060


8.845 8.437


Industry Total

Year-to Date

November 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

371.553 362.151


8.008 7.839


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.6756 2.5847


30.3291 29.7345


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Nov. Oct.

1.7912 1.8156


2.5 2.6


Shipping Days




2020 2019

19 19

232 231

SOURCE: Fibre Box Association


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AICC Opens Registration For Facility, Maintenance Assessment Webinar AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for Maintenance - Facility Assess- ment, a new webinar taking place on Friday, January 22 at 2:00 pm EST, with Electrical Engineer Craig Gast. This webinar will review techniques used to assess the condition of your facility’s maintenance program. Starting with a global view and drilling down to the department processes, these techniques will examine facility mainte- nance from a holistic perspective. Participants will learn to establish a facility overview, conduct work center assess- ments, audit maintenance programs, and more. Craig Gast is an electrical engineer with 34 years of experience in the corrugated container industry, working with both independent and fully integrated corporations. His primary career focus has been to safely maximize as- set up time while maintaining a low cost of ownership. Specializing in the maintenance and reliability elements of this industry, Gast has served as a Technician, Mainte- nance Supervisor, Maintenance Manager, Plant Engineer and Capital Projects Engineer. His broad experience in the manufacturing processes includes, but is not limited to, corrugation, flexo folder gluers, rotary die cut, lithographs, flat bed die cutting, litho lamination, sheeting and folding cartons.

In the facility leadership roles, aside from day to day de- partment operations, Gast has implemented standardiza- tion maintenance processes, maintenance team, training programs and PM/PPM programs. As a projects engineer he has worked extensively with major industry equipment manufacturers on the specification, purchase, integration, installation and training of process work centers. Gast is a Navy veteran, serving in the submarine service after com- pleting Nuclear Power School. Registration for Maintenance - Facility Assessment is $250 for members and $500 for non-members. This we- binar is part of the All Access Pass. Pass holders can use their promo code to register at no additional cost. AICC members lower training costs and streamline payments with the All Access Pass. For one payment of $1,695, participating companies are given a code that all employees can use to register for every webinar sched- uled through August 2021. Each company also receives a recording of each webinar. With more than 50 webi- nars scheduled, the All Access Pass represents a value of $12,500. Learn more at . Visit to register for Main- tenance - Facility Assessment. Questions about training and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development, at, or Chelsea May, Education and Train- ing Manager, at or (703) 836-2422.

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Building Industry Knowledge And Resources BY MARY DRAIN

Ben Frank, Director of Materials Research and Innova- tion for Packaging Corporation of America and FBA Tech- nical Committee Chairman, recently spoke with TAPPI on the importance of standards for the industry and the val- ue of participating in Standards development. All TAPPI and ASTM D10 members are eligible to help develop new Standards for the industry and update old ones. This is a very rewarding foray for junior members of technical, en- vironmental and safety teams both for personal develop- ment and keeping informed of standards your customers and vendors may be channeling. In addition to our committee work, FBA is also team- ing up with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) to help update the Corrugated Fibreboard chapter in the next edition of the Packaging Fundamentals textbook. This textbook is a peer-reviewed reference for university-level packaging students and industry professionals. Here at FBA, we strongly believe in the importance of continuing education and collaborative efforts to build in- dustry knowledge and resources. Participation is key, and we encourage all to get involved. Participating does not require as much time as you think, and the benefits of volunteering are substantial. Reach out if you are interested in joining one of our com- mittees. We’re always looking for additional expertise and another friendly face to see every six weeks. Mary Alice Drain is the Director of Technical Services at Fibre Box Association. Reach her at

As winter approaches and many of us continue to work from home and not travel, there are still opportunities to

interact with peers and build in- dustry knowledge and resources. FBA has adapted by recently changing the structure of some of our committee meetings. Instead of holding half day in person meet- ings two times per year, we have shifted our Technical and Safety & Health Committee meetings to

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WestRock Names Colander Chief Sustainability Officer

vance our work to imagine and deliver a more sustainable future. I am very pleased that she is joining us on our sus- tainability journey.” Colander brings to WestRock a cross-section of expe- rience that spans the private, government and nonprofit sectors. Colander was most recently a principal at The Ra- ben Group, leading teams to advance client public policy goals. She has worked as head of external relations with Charter Communications, where she created diverse part- nerships and oversaw philanthropic investments. Colander has also served as a Deputy Assistant Secre- tary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Depart- ment of the Interior and Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, advising on environmental laws and policies across federal agen- cies with diverse stakeholders. Before joining the Execu- tive Office of the President, she was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Norcross, Georgia based WestRock has named Brandi Colander to its executive leadership team as Chief Sus-

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“I’m very pleased to be joining the West- Rock team, a company that recognizes the important role it has to play in realizing a sus- tainable future,” said Colander. “As we contin- ue to meet the needs of evolving consump- tion trends and behaviors, we are listening to the customers, consumers and other critical stakeholders who expect us to operate with future generations in mind. Aligning our en- vironmental, social and governance priori- ties with the products we produce inherently drives efficiency and market value. That is the circular economy at work.” MacDermid Adds Schimmack As Sales Director, EMEA Atlanta, Georgia based MacDermid Graphics Solutions has announce the appointment of Dirk Schimmack as Sales Distribution Direc- tor, EMEA. With this appointment, MacDermid adds a strategic resource for MacDermid’s network of distributors throughout the re- gion. Most recently, Schimmack held the Re- gional Sales Director role at Flint Group. He has over 17 years in the graphics supply chain with significant experience in flexographic printing plates and workflows and interna- tional distributor management. “We have an aggressive strategy to grow MacDermid in the EMEA region and our dis- tributors are key to this growth,” said Matt Bennett, Vice President, EMEA of MacDer- mid Graphics Solutions. “With the addition of Dirk, we can now better partner with our dis- tributors to provide value to our customers and the entire graphics supply chain.”

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Year in Review: Part II (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

• John Carman Of Stand Fast, Dies At 90 : John S. Car- man, former owner and president of Stand Fast Pack- aging Products (now Stand Fast Group) in Carol Stream, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, July 2, at 90. • McLean Packaging Commits To Completely Renew- able Energy : Moorestown, New Jersey based McLean Packaging has contracted with national energy advi- sory firm 5 and ENGIE Resources, LLC on a five-year energy agreement that supports the development of renewables. • AICC Is First Association Partner Of ConneXion : Following the announcement from Brunton Business Publications Ltd regarding the launch of ConneXion, AICC, The Independent Packaging Association — has become the first Association Partner. • Checkoff Campaign Reaches Record High Engage- ment : The award-winning marketing program from the paper and packaging industry, Paper & Packaging –

• Menasha Packaging Wins 14 Shop! Retail Association Awards : Wisconsin based Menasha Packaging Com- pany was awarded one gold, four silver, seven bronze, and two budget OMA Awards on June 22-25 from Shop!, the global trade association • SERRA Grows By Tripling Its Manufacturing Floor : Barcelona, Spain based SERRA has inaugurated its new facilities, tripling the size of its manufacturing floor. • Hood Container To Invest $50M For Expansion In LA : Atlanta, Georgia based Hood Container announced it is expanding and upgrading its paper mill in West Feli- ciana Parish, near St. Francisville, Louisiana. • RISI Names Pratt North American CEO Of The Year : Fastmarkets RISI has announced that Anthony Pratt, Ex- ecutive Chairman of Pratt Industries USA and has been named the 2020 North American CEO of the Year.

How Life Unfolds, reported record high consumer engagement and stronger con- sumer preference for products and pack- aging made of paper in its 2020 State of the Campaign Report. • Triumph Sheets Sets Production Record On BHS Corrugator : Triumph Sheets, a sheet feeder in Cleveland, Tennessee, set a company lineal record for one shift, av- eraging 1,074 fpm, running a total of 5.456 million square-feet. of board during an eight-hour shift on its 132-inch BHS Cor- rugator AUGUST • Sonoco To Invest $83M In SC Facility Upgrades : Sonoco announced plans to upgrade its corrugated medium machine in Hartsville, South Carolina, with an in- vestment of $83 million. • Cascades To Close Ontario Container- board Packaging Plant : Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada based Cascades Inc. announced that it will close its Etobicoke, Ontario Containerboard packaging facility as part of the strategic repositioning of its Containerboard platform in Ontario. • American Carton Expands Folding Car- ton Capabilities : Mansfield, Texas based American Carton Company has installed a six-color Komori Lithrone GX40 press with both conventional UV and UV LED to increase its folding carton print capacity. • Saica To Enter U.S. Market In New $72M Facility In OH : Zaragoza, Spain based Sa- ica Group (pronounced SAY-ka), a major European manufacturer of recycled pa- per for corrugated packaging, announced

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550,000-square-foot corrugator plant in Tulsa, Oklaho- ma. Construction is set to begin on September 1, 2020, with operational start up scheduled for October 2021. • DS Smith Introduces ‘Circular Design’ Principles To Eliminate Waste : As pandemic-induced online shopping has boosted demand for boxes, DS Smith launched its Circular Design Principles, citing compa- ny research that shows better packaging design could save the industry $46 billion a year in logistics costs globally. • AICC To Offer Its First Hybrid Event : The Leadership Mirror: AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has opened registration for its first ever hybrid event, • J ames Kowall, Founder And First President Of AICC, Dies At 94 : James Lionel Kowall, a principal founder and first president of AICC, passed away on Monday, August 17, in Bellaire, Michigan. He was 94. • Stafford Corrugated Products Breaks Ground On New Facility : Indian Trail, North Carolina based Staf- ford Corrugated Products has broken ground on its new 50,000-square-foot headquarters. This facility will replace the current 21,000-square-foot headquarters it has operated for the past six years. SEPTEMBER • Mill Rock Packaging Acquires TrojanLitho : New York City based Mill Rock Packaging Partners, LLC, a new platform created by Mill Rock Capital, a private equity firm, announced that it has acquired Renton, Washing- ton based Trojan Lithograph Corporation from Arbor Investments. • IP To Invest $175M In Eastover, SC Mil l: Memphis, Ten- nessee based International Paper (IP) reported that it will invest $175 million during the next 10 years in its Eastover, South Carolina mill. • Graphic Packaging Invests $180M In LA Consolida- tion : Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging has in- vested $180 million to consolidate two plants and three offsite warehouses into one of the largest folding car- ton operations in the world. • ISOWA Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Adven- ture, Rebrand, New Logo : Thanks to the continuous and warm support of its customers, Aichi, Japan based ISOWA is celebrating 100th year anniversary in 2020. • Young Shin Adds To Product Line With SuperFeed Prefeeders : Phillip Mack, Vice President of Young Shin USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South Kore- an-based Young Shin Industries, has announced the latest addition to the company’s diecutter product line. • Chicago Electric Establishes NewManagement Team : Carol Stream, Illinois based Chicago Electric Sales, Inc. has announced the establishment of a new Manage- ment team with the addition of Christopher Clark as President and Christopher McIlroy as VP of Operations



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• Rusken Packaging Adds Two New K&L Machines In AL Headquarters : Rusken Packaging has announced the expansion of capabilities at its Cullman, Alabama headquarters with the addition of two new K&L ma- chines. OCTOBER • USC To Build $80M Plant In DE, Close NJ Operation : U.S. Corrugated (USC) reported that it plans to build an approximately $80 million corrugated cardboard box plant near Dover, Delaware, while relocating its long- standing operations in Newark, New Jersey, to the First State. • Rusken Packaging Consolidates Two Facilities Into One In GA : Cullman, Alabama based Rusken Packag- ing has opened a new facility in Conyers, Georgia, con- solidating two existing locations in nearby Canton and Conyers into one new facility, bringing all assets and personnel under one roof. • ND Packaging Opens Corrugated Plant In WI : Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin based ND Packaging, a subsidiary of Hong Kong, China based ND Paper, Inc. (Nine Drag- ons Paper Holdings Limited), has opened a new corru- gated plant in Mount Pleasant. • Cascades Launches 100 Percent Recycled Thermo- formed Cardboard Food Tray : Kingsey Falls, Quebec, based Cascades is launching the first 100 percent re- cycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard tray designed for fresh food packers. • GBP Acquires Third Dimension : Green Bay, Wisconsin based Green Bay Packaging (GBP) announced that it acquired Geneva, Ohio based Third Dimension Inc. on October 1. • Flint Group Packaging Inks Acquires Poteet Printing Systems LLC : Luxembourg based Flint Group Packag- ing Inks has announced the acquisition of Charlotte, North Carolina based Poteet Printing Systems LLC. • Durst Acquires Majority Stake In Vanguard Digital Printing : Brixen, Italy based Durst has strengthened its position in the U.S. Graphics Industry with the acqui- sition of a majority stake in Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, headquartered in Lawrenceville, Georgia. • Opus Packaging Acquires Arvco’s Assets In Indiana : Opus Packaging – Indianapolis has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Arvco Container Corporation’s Indianapolis location (Arvco Indianapolis) and has offered employment to all current Arvco Indianapolis employees, effective Octo- ber 5, 2020. • Sonoco Announces Price Hike For Corrugated Medi- um Grades : Hartsville, South Carolina based Sonoco announced that it is implementing a $50/ton increase on all domestic and export corrugating medium grades shipping from its Hartsville mill.


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