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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.
Texas Instruments' Bill Allen with the company's box-embedded RFID solution.
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An RFID World of technology

Technology showcased at RFID World ranged from portable RFID readers to sensor-equipped RFID tags the size of credit cards.
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Club stores consider sustainable packaging

Environmentally friendly developments gain momentum at Sam's Club and other club stores.
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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.
RFID tags like these are wending their way into packaging. Pallets and cases will get them first, but eventually even primary pa
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when'

The potential to track and trace helps establish a package's 'pedigree' and uncover tampering.
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Smurfit-Stone wins award

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. earned two awards at the 61st annual National Paperboard Packaging Council, becoming only the second company to win both honors with a single package design.
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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

New or enhanced Web 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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Investment firm to buy Jefferson Smurfit

Chicago-based Madison Dearborn Partners agreed to buy Jefferson Smurfit Group PLC (Dublin, Ireland) for US$3.5 billion.
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.
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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International agreements

Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) has joined forces with Erca-Formseal (Les Vlis, France) and A+F (Kirchlengern, Germany) to offer thermoformer flexibility and end-of-line packaging to their customers.
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Relocations, expansions

Mitsubishi Polyester Film (Greer, SC) broke ground for a new film production facility in Greer, SC, on April 18, 2001. —EaglePack Corp.
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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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Appointments, promotions

KoSa (Charlotte, NC): George B. Gregory, president, CEO.
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International agreements

Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) has acquired Dixie Union (Kempten, Germany).
Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AR) has completed a new 22,000 sq' design, development and reliability laboratory. The laborato
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Relocations, expansions

DT Industries Packaging Group (Springfield, MO) has created DT Eng. Services, a service that enables its customers to tap the resources of engineers from the 18 global mfg.
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Achievements

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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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Chevron Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) and Phillips Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) have merged to form a new joint venture co.
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Packaging economics' pendulum swinging back

Not long after listening to (at least part of) President Clinton’s State of the Union address and my own governor’s State of the State speech in January, I was reminded just how pervasive is the role of economics.
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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.
Slim Stick packs for ConAgra?s Sidewalk Café are produced five/cycle (above) on Japanese equipment at contract manufacturer
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Equipment 'Powers' stick-pack production

Fullerton, CA-based ConAgra Grocery is among the first to use a slim stick pack, for its Sidewalk Caf/ instant cappuccino. Contract manufacturer/packager The Power Group packs the product on Japanese equipment.
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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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Procter & Gamble touts recycled paperboard content

Cincinnati based Procter & Gamble has not only joined The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (New York, NY), but it's now adding the group's symbol to folding cartons of its Puffs tissues.
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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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Sidewalk Cafe pack 'sticks' out

In Target department stores nationwide, Fullerton, CA-based Hunt-Wesson is testing 1-oz Slim Stick(TM) packs of Swiss Miss® Sidewalk Caf/® instant cappuccino in six-count cartons.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

Marvin Stone, founder and chairman emeritus of Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), passed away Feb. 14 at age 89.
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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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Smurfit-Stone merger closed

Dublin, Ireland-based Jefferson Smurfit Corp. and Chicago-based Stone Container Corp. announced November 18 the consummation of the merger between a wholy owned subsidiary of Jefferson Smurfit and Stone Container.
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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.
A stand-up pouch with a pour spout is expected to help Nu Skin?s SportaGEL energy gel stand apart from the competition when it?s
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets

A stand-up, spouted pouch for an energy gel filled in the U.S. and sold in Japan, a first-of-its-kind milk pouch in Germany, and a stand-up frozen fruit pouch MAP-packed in Costa Rica illustrate the global power of the pouch.
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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.
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Supplier news: Retirements

Ira N. Stone retired from Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL). He began at Stone Container at the age of 13, working during summer vacations, and ended his 45-year career there as sr vp, mktg.
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Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) opened an 80ꯠ sq' box plant in Seattle, WA.
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Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL): Matthew S. Kaplan, sr vp, North American operations.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Marino Technologies (Opa Locka, FL), represented by Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL), acquired Walpole, Inc. (Mount Holly, NJ), a manufacturer of bulk bags.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Bagcraft Corp. of America (Northfield, IL) bought AB Specialty Holding Co. (Hialeah, FL) from Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) and also acquired the Alfred J.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) has relocated its specialty packaging plant to Louisville, KY, and expanded with a W&H Stella flexographic press and additional rotogravure printing capability.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) and Gaylord Container Corp. (Deerfield, IL) have agreed to combine their retail packaging operations to form S&G Packaging Co.