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Friday, March 13, 2009

Interstate Resources Nominated for 2009 Freedom Award

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Secretary of Defense Employer Support, Freedom Award, March 13, 2009

Interstate Resources has been nominated for the 2009 Freedom Award. Employers across the nation nominated for superior support to national guard and reserve employees.

116 Virginia National Guardsmen and Reservists nominated their employers to receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

The Freedom Award is particularly significant because only members of the National Guard and Reserve or their family members are eligible to nominate their employers for the award.

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1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, Virginia, 22209 -2145 USA

Telephone: 703-243-3355
Fax: 703-243-4681


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Monday, March 9, 2009

Evergreen Community Power Project Wins 2008 BE Award of Excellence

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Bentley Systems is a worldwide provider of project design and management software solutions supporting the engineering and construction industry. Bentley Systems issues an annual summary of worldwide “inspiring infrastructure projects” that employ its software solutions.

The 2008 summary was recently issued and ESI Inc. of Tennessee was awarded the 2008 BE Award of Excellence for its work at Evergreen Community Power (ECP) in Reading, Pennsylvania, member of Interstate Resources Inc. Additionally, under the section of “Innovation in Power Generation,” ECP has been nominated in the special category of “Sustaining Our Environment.”

ESI Inc. of Tennessee submitted the ECP project for consideration of the award of excellence. ESI employed the Bentley 3-D modeling software when it was commissioned to engineer and design a renewable-energy circulating fluidized bed boiler with a 33-megawatt turbine to replace the existing fossil fuel-fired boiler at ECP.

The ECP facility will convert biomass-derived material into electricity for United Corrstack, a host paper mill based in Reading, Pennsylvania. ESI designed the system with leading-edge air pollution control equipment to ensure that all emissions are as low as possible for a facility the size of ECP.

Evergreen Community Power (ECP) in Reading, Pennsylvania

Congratulations to ESI Inc. of Tennessee for winning the 2008 Be Award of Excellence for its work at ECP and to ECP for its nomination in the category of “Sustaining Our Environment.

Contact Information

Evergreen Community Power, Inc
720 Laurel Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19602 USA

Tel: 610 374-3000
Fax: 610-376-8215

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Charles Feghali Heads List of Speakers at AICC 2009 Spring Meeting

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Source: OUTBOUND e-newsletter, 9 March 2009

Charles Feghali of Managing Director of
Interstate Resources, Inc. and INDEVCO North America is slated to give the Industry presentation at the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) 2009 Spring Meeting in Washington DC from 1-3 April 2009.

With U.S. headquarters based in Arlington, VA, Interstate Resources is a group of 11 companies- paper mills and converting operations - supplying kraft linerboard, recycled medium, graphic displays, corrugated and waxed cartons between Massachusetts and Georgia and west to Tennessee.

Feghali has spent 27 years in the paper and packaging business. From 1995 to 2007, he served as President of Interstate Resources, opening the group's first recycled paper mill, adding four new operations and two joint ventures. In 2007, Feghali took charge of the construction of the state-of-the-art energy facility, Evergreen Community Power (ECP) in Reading, PA.

Ahead of the AICC 2009 Spring Meeting,
Board Converting News published an interview with Feghali in its 23 February 2009 issue (Volume 25, No. 8).

Interstate Resources Inc. is a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group.

Click for more information about the AICC 2009 Spring Meeting.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Interstate Container Takes Part in Recyclable Shipping-Case Initiative

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GP Greener Package, March 2, 2009

Posted by: Anne Marie Mohan, Managing Editor

Global Green USA has announced the launch of an initiative with the Hunts Point Distribution Center in New York City, the world’s largest food DC, to substitute all of its nonrecyclable transfer packaging with recyclable packaging.

If successful, the program is expected to divert 30,000 tons per year of corrugated from landfills, reduce greenhouse gases by 103,000mtCO2e (metric ton carbon dioxide equivalent) per year, which is equal to taking 19,000 cars off the road - and save businesses $3 million-plus per year. Global Green also hopes the initiative will set the standard for “greening” transfer packaging throughout the world.

Recyclable corrugated cartons for fresh fruits & vegetables from Interstate Resources

As part of the program, Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery CORR, along with participating businesses, will conduct recyclable box demonstrations at the Hunts Point DC to prove and document the performance, cost-savings, and environmental benefits of these boxes for a range of product, poultry, and seafood applications distributed throughout wholesale channels in New York City. Currently, Hunts Point uses 30,000 tons of waxed, nonrecyclable, corrugated boxes per year.

According to CORR Director Annie White, it is estimated that with the Hunts Point switch to recyclable corrugated, New York City businesses may save $3 million to $6 million per year through reduced landfill fees and the sale of corrugated initially procured through Hunts Point.

CORR notes that with scale and with the increased price of wax due to the closure of refining operations, the number of cost-competitive recyclable box options is increasing rapidly.

Interstate, Mountaire lead way with poultry packaging

The launch of the program also included an announcement by Global Green CORR Founder’s Circle member Interstate Container
and its business partner, Mountaire, that they are conducting field trials on boxes used to ship poultry through wholesale channels.

In the fourth quarter of 2008,
Mountaire’s export business transitioned to recyclable boxes from Interstate. Boxes destined for export are exposed to moist conditions prior to the product entering freezers, requiring even greater performance than those shipped to domestic grocers. Interstate and Mountaire are the only companies to have made this transition, relates CORR.

Converting boxes for the domestic wholesale market will complete the transition and is the greatest challenge, CORR reports. Poultry destined for restaurants and bodegas is often packed in ice or shipped in close proximity to product that is ice-packed, and this moist environment creates the most trying conditions for poultry transfer packaging.

“Demonstrating that recyclable packaging meets the rigorous performance criteria of wholesale distribution channels is an important first step in the recyclable box transition,” says White. “Our next step is to coordinate trials for all packaging applications and food types, including meat, poultry, seafood, and produce to demonstrate these boxes can work in a range of applications.”

Initiative is the latest step in greening process CORR notes that its Hunts Point initiative is just the most recent step in the process to eliminate wax boxes.

In 2005 and 2006, grocers such as Albertsons and Walmart worked with their supply chains to eliminate wax-coated poultry boxes. These grocers quickly realized a cost savings due to the switch because they could now sell the old corrugated cardboard (OCC) rather than paying to have it hauled away with trash.

Initiatives have also been supported by the development of the Fibre Box Association’s voluntary protocol and standard, which certifies that boxes with alternative coatings as recyclable within the existing OCC recycling stream. Since these early trials and the development of the recyclability certification, CORR relates, there has been a steady progression to test products under more trying conditions, such as those tested by Interstate and Mountaire.

The Hunt's Point Demonstration Project is but one of several of Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery dedicated to generating business value through creating a sustainable, zero waste New York City.

Coalition members include: Action Carting, Chemol, Interstate Container, Plasma Waste Recycling, Pratt Industries, Spectra-Kote, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Tomra. Meeting sponsors include: Coalition members and Ciba, Green Bay Packaging, Mountaire, Packaging Products Corporation, Salsberg Group, and Temple Inland. Additional funding has been provided by the Turner Foundation.

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