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Smurfit-Stone reorganizes display/graphics business

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has reorganized its North American display and graphics business as Smurfit-Stone Image Pac.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Pro Mach, Inc. has acquired Allpax Products, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sterilization, material handling and automated controls systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  The acquisition will add retort and sterilization capabilities to Pro Mach's diverse portfolio of packaging equipment solutions.
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William Henderson, Automation and Motion Div., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., was elected to the executive board of the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Packaging Workgroup.
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Embedded RFID

Should consumer packaged goods companies consider using packaging materials with RFID tags built in?
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Companies

Schneider Electric’s Industrial Automation Controls Group created an Applications Solutions Department to develop customized solutions that meet and exceed the requirements of equipment manufacturers and their customers.
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Weber Marking Systems announced that its subsidiary company, Tape & Label Engineering, will be consolidated as a Weber label manufacturing facility.
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CompaniesAmpac Packaging has completed its acqusition of Kapak Co.
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People

Bimal Kalvani was named president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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International Paper launched a new business unit, Global Custom Services, that will manage the packaging supply chain for its customers.
M&H Plastics (UK) opened its first U.S. state-of-the-art blow molding and decorating plant in Winchester, VA.
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Companies

ID Technology has been signed as exclusive national distributor for MASCA Marking and Coding Laser Systems. ID Technology has also added an RFID business unit to its overall operations.
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China's voracious packaging appetite

To be sure, an alarming number of American manufacturing jobs have gone to plants in China and other offshore locations. Lots of people are wringing their hands over this and, in the case of politicians, trying to develop plans to counter it.
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Achievements

Ampersand Label (Garden Grove, CA) is the winner of the 2002 Most Innovative Component of the Year award from the Tube Council.
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Achievements

Nine of ExxonMobil’s (Houston, TX) facilities have been recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program for excellent safety performance.
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Web Plus: Sites

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People

Pechiney Plastic Packaging (Chicago, IL) hired Scott Lamerand (above) as product manager for food flexible packaging.
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Web Plus: Sites

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Companies

Klöckner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA) unveils a new logo moving into 2003.
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Achievements

Masco Corp. named Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) as the winner of its Masco Supplier Team Award Recognition 2001 Program.
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Achievements

Masco Corp. (Taylor, MI) honored Smurfit-Stone (Chicago, IL) with its Mastar Supplier award.
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Container companies survive recession

In the planning stage that led to our coverage of the Recession Survey, I learned about a specialist management consulting company that has developed some interesting measurements of packaging company performance.
LMC Intl. (Elmhurst, IL) appointed John Molinaro to the position of regional sales manager.
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People

TricorBraun (St. Louis, MO) hired Mark Polivka as the vp of supply chain management.
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Companies

–Marconi Data Systems (Wood Dale, IL) was acquired by Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC), and the company will do business as Videojet Technologies Inc..
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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Miller Brewing Co. awarded Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA) one of its "Partners in Excellence" awards for 2000 for its Crosby,  MN
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Achievements

Glenroy, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI) collected two gold awards and one bronze award from the Flexographic Technical Assn. —The Westpack 2001 Packaging Person of the Year was James Murphy (Lomita, CA) from Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., DI-NA-CAL Label Group.
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Achievements

Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, named NorthStar Print Group (Watertown, WI) Supplier of the Year for 2000. John Bowlin, president/CEO of Miller, presents the award to DickGasper, NorthStar president/CEO.
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Westvaco (New York, NY) has received the wildlife stewardship and forest management awards which are presented annually by the American Forest and Paper Assn.
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Precise Technology (North Versailles, PA) was awarded its sixth Omnimark Award for outstanding quality and service performance by The Gillette Co. (Boston, MA).
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Supplier news: Achievements

Packaging Concepts + Design (Madison Heights, MI) was recognized by Johnson Controls Corp. for its outstanding performance in 1999 and was awarded the North American Supplier Leadership bronze award.—Sertapak Group (Woodstock, Ontario, Canada) received ISTA Certification for its testing laboratory facility.—Industry Week magazine has named Multisorb (West Seneca, NY) as one of the IW Growing Companies 25: America’s Most Successful Small Manufacturers for 1999.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Schaumburg, IL, Atlanta-East, Mishawaka, IN, and Milpitas, CA, flexible and corrugated plants; QPF LLC (Streamwood, IL); International Paper (Purchase, NY), for its Fond du Lac, WI, container plant; Collamat Stralfors AG (Basel, Switzerland); Fanuc Robotics North America, Inc.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Mark R. O'Bryan, vp, purchasing.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) will discontinue operations at its Dallas-North corrugated container plant. Operations will be consolidated with the co.'s Dallas-South, Grand Prairie and Fort Worth operations.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

In order to reflect its position as a joint venture equally owned by Chicago-based Smurfit-Stone and Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smufit Group plc, MacMillan Bathurst (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has changed its name to Smurfit-MBI.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Baltimore, MD, corrugated plant; Artcraft Converters, Inc. (Memphis, TN).
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: Atlas Box & Crating (Sutton, MA); Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), for its Columbus, IN, Keokuk, IA, Little Rock, AR, and San Jose, CA, corrugated plants.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Rieke Corp. (Auburn, IN): Donald J. Laipple, vp, gen. mgr.-Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Peter F.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Roger Stone, president, CEO; James D. Duncan, vp, gen. mgr., specialty packaging div.; Gordon L.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Jefferson Smurfit Corp. (Dublin, Ireland) and Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) have signed a definitive merger agreement to create one of the world's largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging products.