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more than any other educational program I’ve been a part of,” says Akey. “Just being around those people, network- ing and having access to their knowledge made me real-
ize I don’t really need to know everything, I just need to know who to call. I know someone in the group has the an- swer I’m looking for. Hanging around with these high-level business leaders for the past 20 years was really how I got my education.” Maxxed Out In Chicago Akey sits for an interview in the office of Akers Pack- aging’s Chicago facility. Not coincidentally, the circa-1943 building was his grandfather’s first acquisition, from Pot- lach in 1975, and over the last five decades has been filled with about as much equipment that can fit in the low-ceilinged 120,000-square-foot structure. The compa- A 3-color Apstar flexo folder gluer from Haire Group has a die cut section and adds capacity to Akers production lines.
The Alliance jumbo Mark5 ™ XT specialty folder gluer handles boxes up to 210 inches. Applications include pallet wraps, jumbo boxes, and 2-piece boxes. It also is designed for specialty boxes such as lock bottoms, trays, displays, tubes, and tear tape applications. The J&L Mark5 XT Jumbo can handle them.
ny’s machinery includes an original Langston 100 fingered corrugator, which Akey says may be the oldest operating corrugator in America. (Today’s modern corrugators have two rolls pushing the medium together but on the old Akers Packaging’s Langston 100 fingered corrugator, one of the oldest in North America.
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