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Monday, April 23, 2007

Interstate Container Reading & United Corrstack Win Again with United Way

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007


The winning combination for United Way is the team of Interstate Container Reading and United Corrstack. This year, these two affiliates were honored with the Frank R. Palmer Corporate Citizen Award. Thanks to all who donate time, effort and money to United Way in the Reading area.

A special thanks to Lottie Fords on whose dedication as Loan Campaign Specialist was undeniably valuable in enhancing our reputation in the community.


“We were thrilled to present this award to everyone at Interstate Container and United Corrstack,” said Jessica Heil, Marketing/Communications Program Manager at United Way of Berks County.





Jeff Coleman, Lottie Fordson, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sidhu, Campaign Directors for 2006, Dana Nasados and Dave Stauffer





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Interstate Container Cambridge Runs Pre-Print Request

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007



The Interstate Container Cambridge (ICI) team recently ran its first pre-print order. Using ICI’s Cut-To-Mark capabilities, the test was a success and finished samples were presented to our largest customer, Mountaire Farms.

This capability will allow ICI to offer waxed packaging options not currently available to the poultry market. It will also allow us to offer innovative packing to other potential customers. This project was a joint effort between ICI, the ICR graphics team and INDEVCO’s Saudi Arabia printing operation.


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Interstate Container in the Spotlight of the Corrugated Companies

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007


In March, Pete Bugas, National Account Manager, was a key note speaker at the Sustainable Packaging Conference in Orlando, Florida. Other companies speaking about efforts to change to more sustainable products included Coca Cola, Dupont and Kraft.


Pete talked about our ground level success of using impregnating wax made from a renewable source, and putting a recycling program into our customers’ building. The response was fantastic and Pete’s efforts are to be commended.



Interstate was in the spotlight as the corrugated company furthest along in the elimination of a petroleum wax based product. IP and Smurfit also presented but spoke about their forestry efforts and ties to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Conferences like these are important to market Interstate’s name and the difference a small company can make.





Pete Bugas speaks at an industry conference



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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Interstate’s Lowell and Fitchburg Plants Awarded a Two Year Contract

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007


Interstate’s Lowell and Fitchburg plants won a two-year contract with Uno Foods. Interstate Lowell and Fitchburg will supply regular slotted containers (RSC’s), corrugated die-cut pads and trays, to a four color E-flute box with a cellophane window laminated inside.


Interstate Container Lowell (ICL) partnership with Uno Foods began in August 2006, but the history goes back over 15 years. Two key people currently at Uno Foods worked for Rich Products, which closed its doors in Marlborough, Massachusetts and moved to Virginia. These two people remembered ICL and, when the opportunity was right, they asked ICL to provide a proposal.

Interstate Container Lowell will produce all the Regular Slotted Container’s (RSC) and die-cuts, Interstate Container Fitchburg will produce the four-color graphics. Interstate Containers also partnered with a folding box company to apply the windows and glue the boxes. Recently, we were awarded the 16-inch corrugated pizza box that is also four-color and has a window laminated inside. Production begins in April on this item, with an estimated volume of 66,000 units per month. Uno Foods is growing rapidly, keeping our Production and Design departments in both Lowell and Fitchburg on their toes.

Uno Foods (retail division) began in a basement in one of their Boston restaurants and has grown into its present location in Brockton, Massachusetts. They produce 66,000 pizzas and related items per day. All products produced in Brockton are made by hand and use the same ingredients and recipes as their famous restaurants. Uno Foods products are sold in over 6,000 grocery stores and are served in hotels, stadiums, airports and schools across the country.

The Research and Development is done through Uno Foods, but the actual customer is Perkins Paper. Perkins Paper fits into this equation in that they warehouse and distribute many items for Uno’s and they work very closely with the Sales and Production team, reviewing Uno’s needs every week and then placing orders with us.

Perkins makes up to three deliveries per day to Uno Foods. In addition to the corrugated boxes Interstate provides, Perkins delivers all food-related items required by them.







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Interstate Container Cambridge Serves Poultry Producers

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007


Interstate Container - Cambridge, corrugated packaging manufacturer in the United States, primarily serves large volume poultry accounts. Last year, the team was successful in gaining a 100% supply position at Mountaire Farms, an account now worth over $25 million annually in sales.

This year, after a very tight competition, the Cambridge team was successful in winning the
Allen Family Foods business, which will add another $10 million in sales.

According to Jim Krahn, General Manager at Cambridge, “This was an all-around excellent effort by the entire Cambridge team. From production, to sales, to maintenance, to the front office, everyone played a role in winning this business.

This victory is exactly what we need to continue to profitably grow our business.” Allen Family Foods will start transitioning orders to Cambridge in April. The Cambridge team has their work cut out for them as sales and production will increase 25% in just 30 days.




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Interstate Resources Donates to Lebanese American University

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007

During a visit of the President of the Lebanese American University (LAU) to the Interstate Resources offices in Arlington, Charles Feghali, Interstate Resources President, presented a check to Joseph Jabbra, President of LAU.

LAU is a multi-campus career-oriented institution which prepares students for responsible living, fully aware of the rich heritage and multiple needs of their respective communities. With two campuses in Beirut and Byblos, the university is at the crossroads of many interacting educational systems. The student body represents over 50 nationalities.

LAU is a member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities.



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Interstate Resources Receives Vendor of the Year Award

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Source: Interstate News, Spring 2007


Joe Oswald, Interstate Resources Mill Sales Representative, accepted the Vendor of the Year Award from Weber Display and Packaging on behalf of the Interstate Resources. Weber’s Chairman, Jim Doherty, Sr., had the following comments during the presentation of the award:

This award has been presented by Weber for the last 16 years. In an e-mail to the many support personnel who help supply this customer, Joe said that the award reflected the unique synergy we share as a company. “Each mill team and each IRI staff member should know the value of their individual contributions. We obviously have seen a significant increase in volume, but we earned something that has unlimited value: respect.”




Interstate Resources is independent like we are . . . They have a culture that is alive and resonates with each employee as they exhibit their “can-do” attitude. Their exemplary quality and customer service isrefreshing. They exhibit a rare display of market sensitivity, flexibility and a willingness to solve any challenges . . . They exceed our expectations on a regular basis.

Congratulations to the entire team for earning the respect of Weber Display and Packaging.


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