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Sonoco To Close Mill In Hutchinson, KS
According to multiple media sources, Harts- ville, South Carolina based Sonoco Products Company will permanently close its paper mill in Hutchinson, Kansas, affecting some 116 em- ployees. The closure was confirmed in a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifi- cation Act) notice that the company filed on March 7. The WARN act is a US labor law that helps ensure that employees receive ad- vance notice in the event of plant closings and mass layoffs. The Hutchinson plant, in operation since 1909, had been a longtime employer in the area. The mill took in about 320 tons of pa- per and cardboard a day, with about 295 tons becoming products, according to the The Hutchinson News . Sonoco acquired the Hutchinson paper mill from the privately-held Republic Group LLC in an all-cash purchase in 2001. Sonoco said in a release at the time that the Hutchin- son Mill, which had annualized sales through September 30, 2001, of approximately $30 million, had two pressure former paper ma- chines and employed about 145 personnel.
A Google search for the term, “As Strong as an Ox,” will result in several colorful descriptions that include strong, powerful, able-bodied, tough, hardy, rugged and “as hard as nails.” A search for OxBox, the Addison, Illinois based fourth-generation independent corrugated box maker and wood crate manufacturer, will take you to the company’s compre-
hensive website where customers have been flocking in increasing numbers for their enormous heavy-duty, triplewall corrugated boxes, to which the aforementioned ox-like descriptors can be applied. “Pretty much all we do is heavy duty and jumbo corrugated boxes,” says Guy Ockerlund, who assumed leadership and 50 percent owner- ship of OxBox in 1993 and acquired full ownership 2005. “We still have a wood products department but it’s less of our overall business than it used to be. I thought we’d lose at least 30 percent of our corrugated business after Covid. I also thought a lot of the customers who found us on our website would have gone back to their big suppliers but shockingly, they haven’t. Like other box makers, we got stretched way out and that was uncomfortable, but we’ve come back strong and we continue to see impressive demand for our big boxes.” The strength Ockerlund speaks of is drawn from knowing OxBox has the machinery – and the personnel – on its production floor to han- CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Guy Ockerlund, right, owner of Addison, Illinois based OxBox, with his son and Production Manager Eric Ockerlund, center, and Ricardo Altimarano, an operator on the company’s new Makina Jumbo.
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WHAT’S INSIDE 6 AICC Announces Launch Of New Podcast: AICC Update 10 ISM: Manufacturing Contracts For Fourth Straight Month 14 Adventures Await Attendees Of FBA Annual Meeting In Alberta 42 Inland Packaging Invests In Koenig & Bauer Rapida Coater
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Sonoco To Close (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)
“Sonoco was the mill’s largest customer, purchasing paperboard for composite cans, primarily for refrigerated dough products, and for tubes,” the release said. Sonoco, a global provider of packaging products, was founded in 1899 and has about 22,000 employees. Its net sales in 2022 was approximately $7.3 billion, according to the company website. AICC Drops New Breaking Down Boxes Episode ‘Anything Is Possible’ Hosts Gene Marino, Executive Vice President, Akers Pack- aging Service Group, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of “Kim is a competitor ‘through and through’ which speaks to her drive as a leader, but her transparency and honesty is what makes her an exceptional leader,” Marino said. Rather than pursuing a career in law as she had planned, Nelson returned home when her father, the founder of Royal Containers, called. It was supposed to be temporary, but she turned it into her career and found her passion in trying to build and grow what her father had created. “Joe and Gene were bang-on when they said, ‘Let’s have a candid conversation about your career in the pack- aging business.’ The interview turned out to be a reveal- ing discussion, and that is because these guys are sincere and authentic,” Nelson said. Founder Ross Nelson, after a rough start causing the family to lose everything, built Royal into a strong com- pany. Several years after the next generation came into the business a decision had to be made about the com- pany’s direction. Kim Nelson looked at the company as a business, and if it were run as a successful business could benefit the family. Her father agreed and knew the com- pany had to grow, but others in the family thought differ- ently. Kim honestly shares the challenges her family faced during this transition. “Kim is an extraordinary leader, a role model, and a pi- oneer in our industry and in our Association,” said Mike D’Angelo, AICC President. “All that comes shining through in this latest compelling episode of Breaking Down Boxes.” Nelson’s belief in being authentic and her leadership skills helped build the company from a one plant operation to a multi-plant company with stakes in a mill and a sheet feeder. Her story is one that will encourage anyone in the industry. Subscribe to Breaking Down Boxes on all podcast plat- forms or visit www.AICCbox.org/Boxes . Sales and Marketing, Huston Patter- son Printers and Lewisburg Printing Co., speak with Kim Nelson, President and CEO, Royal Containers, in Any- thing is Possible, the latest episode of Breaking Down Boxes. Kim Nelson
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AICC Announces Launch Of New Podcast: ‘AICC Update’ AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, an- nounced the launch of a new weekly podcast, AICC Up- date. Each week in less than five minutes, members can learn about upcoming AICC events and new benefits. AICC member companies are investing in their team by offering access to AICC member benefits. AICC Update is another way for everyone to know those benefits better. “The Association offers so much to members that it can be difficult to be aware of everything. We wanted to give our members a quick reference to stay on top of the ways AICC can help team members and their company grow,” said Virginia Humphrey, Director of Membership & Market- ing at AICC and the host of the podcast. The podcast will remind members of event deadlines, upcoming learning opportunities, and member benefits. AICC President Mike D’Angelo said, “AICC is constantly working to keep our members out front. We always offer something new. This podcast will be impactful because in a few short minutes, members can be updated and ready to access programs that will help them achieve success.” The first episode will be available on March 23 with new episodes dropping every Thursday. Subscribe to AICC Update on all major podcast platforms or visit www. AICCbox.org/Update .
Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2022
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Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)
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ISM: Manufacturing Contracts For Fourth Straight Month
“The New Orders Index remained in contraction territo- ry at 47 percent, 4.5 percentage points higher than the fig- ure of 42.5 percent recorded in January. The Production Index reading of 47.3 percent is a 0.7-percentage point decrease compared to January’s figure of 48 percent. The Prices Index registered 51.3 percent, up 6.8 percentage points compared to the January figure of 44.5 percent. “The Backlog of Orders Index registered 45.1 percent, 1.7 percentage points higher than the January reading of 43.4 percent. The Employment Index dropped into con- traction territory, registering 49.1 percent, down 1.5 per- centage points from January’s 50.6 percent. “The Supplier Deliveries Index figure of 45.2 percent is 0.4 percentage point lower than the 45.6 percent re- corded in January; readings from the last three months are the index’s lowest since March 2009 (43.2 percent). The Inventories Index registered 50.1 percent, 0.1 percent- age point lower than the January reading of 50.2 percent.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in February for the fourth consecutive month following a 28-month period of growth, say the nation’s supply execu- tives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manu- facturing Business Survey Committee: “The February Manufacturing PMI registered 47.7 per- cent, 0.3 percentage point higher than the 47.4 percent recorded in January. Regarding the overall economy, this figure indicates a third month of contraction after a 30-month period of expansion. In the last two months, the Manufacturing PMI has been at its lowest levels since May 2020, when it registered 43.5 percent.
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erlund, who led the initiative to find a machine that would be able to bridge the capacity gap. Ockerlund & Son lo- cated a pre-owned Maramatsu 85-inch by 185-inch Jum- bo that “hadn’t been running for a while” and was in dire need of reconditioning. Being naturally gifted in all things mechanical, Eric, with the help of an OxBox maintenance
dle whatever next big order for ultra-big boxes comes its way. No machine has been more impactful than OxBox’s new Makina 110-inch by 197-inch 2-color Jumbo with a ro- tary die cutter/slotter, the first installation of its kind in the United States and a purchase that strengthens OxBox’s grasp on the Midwest’s big box market. A Stitching & Gluing Solution Ockerlund learned of the machine from Jeff Jensen, president of Cincinnati, Ohio based Stitching & Gluing Solutions, LLC (S&G), with whom he has a long and mu- tually beneficial relationship. When Ockerlund expressed his desire for more “horsepower” to satisfy post-Covid de- mand on OxBox’s busy production floor, Jensen suggest- ed he consider Makina, a Turkish company making unique converting equipment brand new to the U.S. market. (Mak- ina’s primary market is Germany, where they’ve sold a lot of flexos but not a lot of Jumbos.) “We knew that pulling our old Jumbo out and prepping the floor for the new machine meant we would be down for at least 30 days and there’s no way we were going to run without a Jumbo press for 30 days,” says Ockerlund. We already had a Solarco Boxmatic, which is a very good and very capable machine, but we needed more to ‘bridge the gap’ while the new Makina was being installed.” Enter Guy Ockerlund’s son, OxBox’s fourth-generation Production Manager and AICC Emerging Leader, Eric Ock-
tech, rebuilt the entire machine, including the hydraulic stacker. More remarkably, the pair performed the job by using five photographs as their installation guide. They successfully had the old machine churning out Jumbo box- es as demand warranted. Production Manager Eric Ockerlund and a maintenance tech- nician reconditioned a used Maramatsu Jumbo to help ‘bridge the gap” while waiting for its new Makina.
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To accommodate the massive weight of the 2800 Mod- el Makina – the machine weighs more than a quarter of a million pounds, more than 125 tons – prepping the floor for the behemoth required a trench four-foot deep filled with rebar and concrete running the entire length of the machine, with a center trough that feeds out for washups.
“One of the things we love about this machine is that it’s not about looks, it’s not about technology, and it’s not about throwing all these crazy features on it like new ma- chines have,” says Eric. “It’s farmyard machinery, it’s like a
piece of agricultural equipment. It doesn’t require a team of technicians to run it or fix it, but it got the job done for us and it continues to provide good redundancy on our floor. For about two months, we were running just about everything on it.” With a weight of more than 125 tons, the Makina is equipped with a servo feeder, a servo die cutter, an auto-set slotter and full Sauer attachments.
The machine is equipped with a servo feeder, a servo die cutter, an auto-set slotter and full Sauer attachments. “The Makina has the biggest print and die cut cylinder you can buy, probably in the world,” says Ockerlund. “It’s run- ning amazingly, as promised and as expected. If we were getting out 800 pieces an hour out of our old jumbo, that
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was considered a pretty good day. The Makina is clipping out at 2,400 pieces an hour. With our Maramatsu and three really strong finishing machines, we’re well positioned for the future.” Additional Investments The other “really strong finishing machines” Ockerlund refers to are a fully automatic 188-inch Jumbo Stitcher/Hot Melt Gluer by the French manufacturer Gazella, purchased from S&G in 2018. That machine was installed next to Ox-
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systems. Ockerlund is also quick to commend Jeff Jensen and the team at Stitching & Gluing for their professionalism and responsiveness throughout. “It’s been a really great partnership that will only continue,” he says. Suprisingly, or maybe not, OxBox doesn’t have a full time sales staff. Virtually all its orders come from repeat customers, “word of mouth,” or via the company’s web- site, which makes it clear that if a potential customer needs Jumbo boxes within a 3–5-day window, OxBox is the box maker of choice. “We’ve been told we’ve delivered a com- plete order in the time it took to get a quote from a larger manufacturer,” says Ockerlund. Also surprisingly, or not, OxBox has no scrap system to speak of. Maintenance techs moved the company’s baler and BloApCo hogger to the attached warehouse because they were taking up valuable real estate in the production area. Says Ockerlund, “We’re still manually hauling scrap over to the BloApCo but at some point, probably when we pick up more die cut work on our new big press, it’s going to have to be addressed, but for right now we’re sur- viving without it.” To alleviate potential dust issues, Oxbox installed Zehnder ventilation units in several locations on the production floor. ‘Eric’s Kingdom’ From the observation deck that overlooks several pieces of cutting-edge Jumbo converting and finishing machinery on OxBox’s production floor, Guy Ockerlund
Ockerlund isn’t shy about divulging his investment into the company. “We will have invested just under $4 million on the shop floor in the last three years, which is a lot of money for a small company like ours. It paid off as we’ve
BCN(US)202209(QS1025)(o)(出血5mm).pdf 1 2022/8/30 下午 02:02:46 He attributes the success to the hard work and dedica- tion of OxBox’s 40 employees, especially the administra- tive team who have fine-tuned the company’s operating more than doubled our sales volume since Covid. We’re very proud of that.” OxBox’s Bahmuller Double Champion Stitcher Gluer, which has been running efficiently since 2005.
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