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Monday, December 13, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge Honored at 11th Annual Sustainable Design Awards

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Interstate Container Cambridge received Global Green’s 1st CoRR Pioneer Award for GREENCOAT® on 6 December 2010.


Interstate Container Cambridge, Maryland-based corrugated manufacturer, received the Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) 1st Pioneer Award for its environmentally-friendly wax alternative GREENCOAT® corrugated boxes for poultry packaging. GREENCOAT® wax-free coating can also be used in meat and seafood packaging.

Receiving the award were Jim Morgan, Interstate Resources CEO; Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager; Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Cambridge National Sales & Marketing Manager; and Scott Caldwell, Interstate Container Cambridge Business Development Manager.


Watch Interstate Container Cambridge Design Award
Interview Video with Global Green




Interstate Container Cambridge’s GREENCOAT® coating uses alternative recyclable resources, instead of wax, cutting down immensely the amount of unrecyclable packaging ending up in landfills. Waxed corrugated packaging cannot be recycled.

Global Green USA's 2010 Sustainable Design Awards ceremony took place at Chelsea Piers, New York City and was hosted by Sam Champion of Good Morning America. [1]


The award ceremony recognizes and celebrates the achievements of individuals and companies in media, building, industry, and public policy paving the way for positive changes. Furthermore, the event serves as a channel to increase awareness and funds in support of Global Green USA initiatives.

Global Green USA is an American non-profit organization branching from Green Cross International. The organization’s goal is to foster improvement in the global climate and make positive changes by promoting households, schools, and cities to take green energy-efficient initiatives.[2]

Interstate Container Cambridge is a member of Interstate Resources Container Division a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

To request information about GREENCOAT® wax alternative boxes, contact: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com.

References:

[1] http://www.globalgreen.org/press/167
[2] http://www.globalgreen.org/about/

Contact Information

Interstate Container Cambridge
903 Woods Road Cambridge, MD 21613 903

Tel: 410-221-7777
Fax: 410-221-7766

E-mail:
greencoat@interstatecontainer.com
Web: http://www.interstatecontainer.com/ 
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge Achieves United Way Fundraising Target

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Cambridge, Maryland-based corrugated manufacturer celebrates ‘Live United’ initiative in support of United Way’s 2010 campaign.


Interstate Container Cambridge members before the plant’s new
‘Live United’ mural, painted by local artist, Michael Rosato


On Friday, 29 October, Interstate Container Cambridge members celebrated their achievement of contributing $35,000 to 2010 United Way Campaign. Employees wore black ‘Live United’ shirts demonstrating the corrugated packaging manufacturer’s support of United Way. United Way board members joined in the celebration.

‘Live United’ Campaign

For the past three consecutive years, Interstate Container Cambridge has held an employee campaign to raise funds for United Way. This campaign allows employees to contribute funds to the cause through payroll deductions, one-time donations, or donations billed to a credit card over a period of one year.

United Way, a non-profit organization, focuses on improving the quality of life and directs efforts and donations into the three main building blocks of a good life: education, health, and income. The organization also engages in disaster recovery, including the ongoing program along the Gulf
Coast since the devastating hurricanes of 2005.

Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, states,

"I'm extremely proud of the employees and the way they've stepped up and contributed, the employees are the ones that made this happen. I'm extremely thankful for what they've done."

The mural, painted by Rosato, on Cambridge office premises, expressed through art Interstate Container Cambridge’s commitment to ‘Live United’. It depicted the essence of the manufacturer’s dedication to supporting the community and proactively protecting the environment through eco-friendly initiatives.




(L-R): Joe Ruark, United Way; Amy Luppen, United Way; Michael Rosato, artist;
Interstate Container Inc.: Pete Bugas, Lisa Hibble;
Gage Thomas, United Way



Back Row (L-R): Joe Ruark, United Way; Interstate Container Inc.:
Pete Bugas, Bill Boyd, Bryan Abbott, Rob Pedersen, Walter Miller
Front Row (L-R): Interstate Container Inc.: Kelly Hurley, Fredia Stanley



(L-R): Interstate Container Inc.: Mike Krolick, John Czyzia, Denny Harold


(L-R): Interstate Container Inc.: Jerome Cephas, George Ames,
Kevin Harris, John Foran, Pete Bugas, Chip Potterton;
Michael Rosato, artist; Lee Ralph, Dynell Thompson




Interstate Container Cambridge is a member of Interstate Resources Container Division a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.


For More Information

Pete Bugas, General Manager
Interstate Container Cambridge
903 Woods Road Cambridge, MD 21613 903

Tel: 410-221-7777
Fax: 410-221-7766
E-mail:
Pete.Bugas[at]interstatecontainer.com
Web: http://www.interstateresources.com/


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Monday, November 8, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: GREENCOAT™. . .Strength and Sustainability

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S. corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at: http://www.interstateresources.com/PDF/Interstate-Resources-Greencoat-Strength-Sustainability.pdf






Challenge:

How can a packaging supplier “green” their impact on the wholesale transfer packaging supply chain and make a positive impact on the environment? If there is a solution, how can the packaging supplier distinguish themselves from all other packaging suppliers?

Solution:

Packaging supplier Interstate Container Cambridge collaborated with major poultry processor Mountaire Farms to develop a patent pending, high-performance, wax replacement, recyclable box. This box has excellent meat release properties and, in tandem with a change from ice pack boxes to modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), has lowered costs, streamlined the supply chainand reduced an estimated 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases for Mountaire Farms. This is equivalent to a yearly savings of greenhouse gas emissions from 364,262 passenger vehicles.




Interstate Container Cambridge created GREENCOAT, a unique name that ideally portrays the application. GREENCOAT is environmentally sensitive in many ways. This brand is at the forefront of recyclable, greener packaging methods and initiatives.

Interstate Container Cambridge needed to positively represent their wax replacement brand to illustrate its strength, water resistance, sustainability, and characteristics. When you see an elephant holding an umbrella, think of Interstate Container Cambridge. The logo represents toughness and durability while also portraying smart water repellant technology and environmental sustainability.

Considerable capital and many years were devoted to researching and developing their new GREENCOAT process. This cost neutral wax replacement procedure meets or exceeds most waxed box performance and is recyclable, repulpable and compostable. Custom retailer possibilities are endless when packing poultry, produce, seafood and many other products.

So look for the GREENCOAT elephant holding an umbrella, the new standard in wax replacement packaging.

You and GREENCOAT, working in tandem to help preserve the future.

Interstate Container Cambridge, located in Cambridge, Maryland, is a member of Interstate Resources Container Division a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Interstate Resources to Attend PACK EXPO International 2010

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Executives from Interstate Resources, Inc. will attend PACK EXPO 2010 from 31 October – 3 November 2010 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.


Interstate Resources operates 12 manufacturing plants producing kraft linerboard, recycled medium, corrugated sheet and corrugated converting products in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Corrugated packaging includes retail ready packaging, shelf ready packaging, POP displays, wax alternative corrugated packaging, and corrugated cartons.

PACK EXPO International, the annual packaging and processing show, brings together companies from all over the world to showcase eco-friendly and other solutions for operational needs. The show targets a large array of industries, ranging from flexible packing, beverage and food, pharmaceutical and medical, cleaning substances and soaps, and so forth.


Interstate Resources, Inc. is a member of
INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interstate Executives Attend SGIA Expo 2010

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Interstate Resources Executives attend Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo 2010 held in Las Vegas Convention Center.


The three-day event, which took place from 13-15 October 2010, attracted visitors from a large array of industries. The annual SGIA Expo presents innovative printing and imaging technologies and appeals to an audience interested in specialty imaging technologies and trends. [1]



Interstate Resources operates plants manufacturing kraft linerboard, recycled medium, corrugated sheet and corrugated converting products in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Corrugated packaging produced include point-of-puchase displays, retail ready and shelf ready packaging, wax alternative corrugated packaging, and corrugated cartons.


Interstate Resources, Inc. is a member of
INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.


Reference

[1]
http://www.biztradeshows.com/trade-events/sgia-expo.html
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Packaging Services Wins Honors in CorrPak 2010 Structural Category

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

During
Corrugated Week 2010, PSI Packaging Services received high honors in the structure category of CorrPak® 2010 competition. The event took place from 4-8 October in Baltimore, Maryland.


PSI Packaging Services took 1st place in both the Counter Displays-Product and Floor Displays-Product sub-sections. Since 2006, the corrugated packaging manufacturer based in Greeneville, Tennessee, has consistently received a top-three position in the CorrPak® competition.

Judges assessed point-of-purchase (POP) display effectiveness, overall design, innovation, effortlessness of in-store set-up and assembly, as well as ability to display and support the product. [1]




CorrPak® 2010 Corrugated Packaging Competition

CorrPak® 2010, a biennial competition sponsored by TAPPI’s Corrugated Packaging Division, selects and awards the finest commercially produced corrugated products in the industry. [2] The event brings together corrugated package makers from around the world.

The competition covers three domains of corrugated packaging: [3]

Structure
Product protection
Self shipper displays
Displays

Printing
Flexo-printing combined brown board
Flexo-printing on white liner combined board
Flexo-preprinted liner - not corrugated/combined

Combined Techniques
Innovative use
Promotional

All entries in the competition, except for those entered into the 'Combined Techniques - Promotional' category, were required to be for commercial use. [4]

PSI Packaging Services is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc.

References

[1]
http://www.corrugatedweek.org/pdf/CorrPak_Brochure.pdf
[2] http://www.corrugatedweek.org/corrpak.asp
[3] http://www.corrugatedweek.org/pdf/CorrPak_Brochure.pdf
[4] http://www.corrugatedweek.org/pdf/CorrPak_Brochure.pdf

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Interstate Professionals Serve as Judges in CorrPak® 2010 Competition

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

CorrPak® 2010 competition awards the finest commercially produced corrugated products in the industry. The competition took place during Corrugated Week 2010 on 4-8 October in Baltimore, Maryland USA.



Dave Doberstein, Interstate Container Reading Plant Manager, served as one of five structural judges, while George Salloum, Interstate Resources Graphics and Design Development Engineer, served as one of the five judges for printing awards.

CorrPak® reviews the world's most innovative and high-ranked commercial corrugated packages. Interstate professionals were invited to judge the biennial competition due to their knowledge and experience in packaging design and printing.




Insterstate Container Reading manufactures corrugated retail-ready packaging (RRP), shelf ready packaging (SRP), point-of-purchase (POP) displays, counter displays, corrugated and specialty sheets.

The annual convention, Corrugated Week 2010, organised by the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI) and Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC), gathers decision makers in the corrugated industry. The event provides an arena for networking, training, problem solving, one-on-one communicating and exhibiting.[1]


Interstate Container Reading of Reading, Pennsylvania is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.


References
[1] http://www.corrugatedweek.org/why-you-should-attend.asp


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: GREENCOAT™. . .No Wax Allowed

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S. corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at:
http://www.interstateresources.com/PDF/Interstate-Resources-Greencoat-No-Wax-Allowed.pdf




Challenge:


A box industry challenge was to provide a viable alternative for waxed boxes. Traditional paraffin waxed boxes are on a path to extinction due primarily to their inability to recycle. Consequently they end up in landfills (or are burned as fuel).

Since 2005, many leading retailers and grocers, including Wal-Mart and Albertsons, have been demanding an environmentally friendly alternative to wax coated boxes from their suppliers. In addition, New York City and other major metropolitan areas are also considering bans on waxed boxes.

The future is clear – wax replacement packaging of poultry, seafood, produce, frozen food and floral products will become a necessity. Moist environments create challenging conditions for any wax replacement box. Performance is critical, as is the price point.



Solution:

Interstate Container Cambridge did the improbable. They created GREENCOAT, a patent-pending wax replacement that is effective, sustainable, 100% recyclable and cost effective. GREENCOAT meets or exceeds many wax performance benchmarks while remaining totally environmentally friendly.

Global Green USA, a non-profit organization committed to addressing some of the greatest challenges facing humanity, praised the development in a recent press release. The announcement discussed Hunt’s Point, NY, the world’s largest food distribution center’s move from non-recyclable transfer packaging to recyclable packaging.


Unlike traditional wax boxes, GREENCOAT wax alternative:

  • Is 100% recyclable and repulpable

  • Meets or exceeds most current waxed box performance

  • Features state of the art high performance

  • Integrates multiple use applications

  • Provides proven moist condition tolerance

  • Is compostable

  • Immediately promotes environmental and sustainability efforts

  • Saves customers disposal fees

  • And is cost neutral


Additional benefits include reduced carbon footprints by eliminating pre-steps required for traditional wax coated or cascaded corrugated packaging, as well as by minimizing supply chain steps.

Let Interstate Container Cambridge work with your team to solve your custom ice pack and moist environment corrugated box needs.


Interstate Container Cambridge, located in Cambridge, Maryland, is a member of Interstate Resources Container Divisiona member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Interstate Container Reading Acquires SFI Certification

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Bureau Veritas recognizes Reading, Pennsylvania corrugated packaging manufacturer for its high professionalism and commitment to consistent quality standards.


Interstate Container Reading received Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification from the third-party certification body,
Bureau Veritas North America on 17 August 2010. Interstate Container Reading met the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program requirements for fiber sourcing, chain of custody, and product labels.

This certification demonstrates Interstate Container Reading’s social responsibility and commitment to fulfilling customer requirements.

The
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an internationally recognized standard established by SFI Inc., a non-profit organization, to promote responsible forestry practices. This standard is continuously developed to integrate the most recent scientific information and up-to-date market issues.[1]

Steps Undertaken to Acquire SFI Certification

Interstate Container Reading undertook numerous steps to be eligible for the SFI certification. In January 2010, Jeff Coleman, Vice President - Key Accounts & Strategic Growth, submitted an application requesting Interstate Container Reading be audited to receive SFI certification.

In March 2010, Georges Salloum, Graphics & Design Development Engineer, began working with a consultant and plant employees to prepare for the SFI audit on 1 and 2 June 2010. Key individuals, mostly in customer service, accounting and operations underwent training.

SFI also required Interstate Container Reading to write a policy statement and procedures, as well as ensure that paper rolls purchased to make corrugated boxes come from certified paper mills. For future audits, Interstate Container Reading must trace all paper rolls used to responsible sources, whether SFI-certified or not.





The Significance of SFI Certification

Consumers demand environmentally friendly products and support companies that exhibit social responsibility and environmental awareness. The SFI-label assures customers that a product is eco-friendly and that the manufacturer cares about forest management.

Interstate Container Reading demonstrated corporate citizenship by attaining SFI certification, supporting its customers
Wal-Mart and Hershey Foods Corporation in their quest to be more environmentally-conscious and to promote eco-friendly packaging practices.

Through SFI labels, Interstate Container Reading offers customers transparency concerning fiber used to make the packaging products. Customers are assured that paper and wood fibers used in the corrugated packaging come from a legal and responsible source.

What is the SFI Certification?

SFI standard can be broken down into three parts:

  • SFI forest certification

  • SFI chain-of-custody certification

  • SFI fiber sourcing certification

The SFI forest certification is granted to companies that have forest land and adhere to SFI requirements for conscientious forestry practices.[2]

The SFI chain-of-custody certification tracks forest product manufacturing down the supply chain, from raw materials to end product. A manufacturer through this certification can track what percentage of its product contains fibers from certified forest lands and recycled materials.
[3]

The SFI fiber sourcing certification addresses the percentage of materials that come from non-certified sources. A manufacturer must demonstrate that its non-certified supplier is socially responsible and follows legal procedures.

Interstate Container Reading purchases from sister companies: kraft linerboard fom
Interstate Paper in Riceboro, GA and recycled medium from United Corrstack in Reading, PA.


Interstate Container Reading, Interstate Paper and United Corrstack are members of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group.


[1] http://www.sfiprogram.org/sustainable_forestry_initiative_standard.php
[2] http://www.sfiprogram.org/sfi-standard/index.php
[3] http://www.sfiprogram.org/sfi-standard/index.php
http://www.sfiprogram.org/sustainable_forestry_initiative_standard.php



Contact Information

George K. Salloum
Graphics & Design Development Engineer
Interstate Container Reading, LLC
100 Grace Street Reading, PA 19611

Tel: + 610-208-9301
Web:
www.interstateresources.com
Email:
george.salloum[at]interstatecontainer.com

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: Easy Set-Up POP Displays Assembled in 6 Seconds

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com


Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S. corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at
http://www.interstateresources.com/PDF/Interstate-Resources-Easy-POP.pdf




Challenge

Millions of dollars are lost when over 50 percent of the corrugated point of purchase (POP) displays are wasted. Due to assembly complexities, time limitations or a transient workforce, many displays never get assembled.
Interstate Container Reading, the “go to” source for problem-solving, recognized the need for better, retail friendly, easily assembled displays.

Solution

By simplifying display designs and using a fresh, differentiated approach, Interstate Container Reading is able to create innovative, easy to use, holistic displays that can be customized to individual customer needs.

Today’s retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are focused on reducing packaging costs, problem-solving, eliminating waste and using fossil fuel alternatives. Interstate Container Reading brings a high level of commitment, creativity and responsibility to find the right, customized display solution for each customer’s situation.

Using their Pacific 3.0 with the Polyjoiner module, the Interstate Container Reading creative design team has developed dozens of new displays, taking as little as six seconds or less to pop into place. Easy POP customers reduce waste and get a strong return on investment since their high impact displays are assembled and deployed within the retail setting, leading to greater product placement visibility.





Retailers and CPG companies are enthusiastic about the Easy POP display configurations, simplicity and increased product visibility. The customized display offers function, quality and aesthetics.

The patented Easy POP display units can be custom printed in up to four colors. Let Interstate Container Reading help you present your product with an eyecatching display.

Capabilities

Interstate Container Reading’s equipment includes: Pacific 3.0 and Polyjoiner/folder gluer, BHS corrugators, Bobst platen die-cutter and Bobst color press. These allow for award winning full-service graphic packaging and POP displays.


Interstate Container Reading is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: United Corrstack…Green Mill with a Vision

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S. corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at
http://www.interstateresources.com/PDF/Interstate-Resources-United-Corrstack-Green-Mill.pdf



Challenge

For years, corrugated box and paper customers required competitive pricing and customized service. However, more and more, today’s customers demand price, service…plus social responsibility and sustainability practices from their business to business partners. Environmental stewardship is a necessary and expected part of everyday business.

Solution

Today, United Corrstack integrates many environmental sustainability practices into its day-to-day workflow, resulting in extensive natural resource protection. Just this one location saves 6,000 acres of trees a year. Their corrugating medium is 100% recycled materials (98% post consumer and 2% pre consumer).

United Corrstack is Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified, providing another business advantage to its corrugated box customers. The SFI logo identifies environmentally responsible products, with third-party corroboration and separates their services from competitors without environmental verification. When purchasing SFI products, the customer is assured their products are produced with eco-friendly materials and practices.





Evergreen Community Power provides the paper mill with sustainable energy independence, impacting all aspects of the operation. United Corrstack receives clean electric and steam from renewable sources United Corrstack… Green Mill with a Vision generated by their nearby power plant compared to other paper mills using fossil fuel and purchasing electric from a large fossil fuel utility. By exploiting synergies between multiple Interstate Resources business units, there are seamless, green, closed loop sustainable energy and recycling systems in place.

Customers can positively impact their own carbon footprint, the environment and society by choosing to do business with United Corrstack.

Capabilities

United Corrstack produces recycled corrugating medium from 23# to 33# with their 166" paper machine. Customer service and reliability include available Just-in-Time inventory.


United Corrstack LLC is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: Interstate Paper Achieves 78% Fossil Fuel Reduction

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com/

Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S.corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at
www.interstateresources.com/PDF/Interstate-Resources-Reduction-for-Fossil-Fuels.pdf.



Challenge

In order to serve the customer, support the community and protect natural resources, Interstate Paper needed to find a way to develop environmentally friendly energy, maximize efficiencies and still produce a competitive product.

Solution

Interstate Paper has been improving their sustainable efforts for years. They’ve consistently reached past the “good enough” benchmark by constantly re-evaluating and adjusting their environmental focus and initiatives. These ongoing endeavors consist of maximizing current infrastructure and resources, investing in continuous improvements, and committing to future modifications.

Here’s a quick snapshot of successful initiatives toward safeguarding the environment:

Investments

  • Late 2003, Install Bubbling Fluidized Bed (BFB) Boiler

    - Provides 62% reduction in mill wide fossil fuel consumption
    - Supplies 45% of steam for mill
    - Utilizes a variety of non fossil fuels
    - Bark, wood waste
    - Green chips (pine plantation thinning)
    - Tire derived fuel (shredded discarded tires)
    - Sludge derived from recycling boxes / old corrugated containers (OCC)
    - Uses less than 10% fossil fuel for start-up, shutdown and stabilization

  • 2007, Upgrade BFB

    - Improves air system, fuel feed system and ash handling
    - Provides improved boiler efficiency
    - Reduces fossil fuel an additional 39% compared to the previous best in 2006

  • 2009, Upgrade Recovery Boiler Burner Management System

    - Improves boiler reliability
    - Provides 55% of the mill steam from black liquor (a tree by-product of producing pulp)
    - Uses less than 2% fossil fuel for start-up, shutdown and stabilization
    - Provides steam for the mill and recovers chemicals

  • 2010, Super Heater Replacement Project

    - Improves reliability
    - Initiate project in 2009 with 2010 Installation


Results


  • Fossil fuel, 78% reduction since 2003
  • Water, 14% reduction (9 ½ million gallons of water a day from 11 million gallons a day
  • Electricity, 40% from biomass
  • Sulfur dioxide (a major contributor to acid rain), 60% reduction since 2003
  • Steam reduction
  • Particulates emission (tiny solid particles), 38% reduction due to:
    - Better BFB air pollution controls
    - Ability to run the mill without the Power Boiler

Being a privately owned paper mill provides the opportunity to focus on investments for long-term growth and to aggressively pursue environmental sustainability improvements. This is truly a biomass driven paper mill since 2003, with less than 14% fossil fuel used to make steam.

Interstate Paper is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge Named WMDT/Mountaire Farms Environmental Star of the Month for July

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com


In a joint effort with Mountaire Farms, Interstate Container has developed a recyclable and compostable “GREENCOAT” box for use in packing and shipping poultry and other products, aimed at reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.


(Millsboro, DE) – ABC affiliated television station in Salisbury, MD, WMDT and Mountaire Farms are proud to name Interstate Container Cambridge, MD, as the recipient of the WMDT/Mountaire Farms Environmental Star of the Month Award for July. For over a decade the box industry has faced the challenge of finding a viable alternative to wax coated boxes.

Under mounting pressure from major metropolitan areas and retailers to develop an environmentally friendly option, Interstate Container of Cambridge, a subsidiary of Interstate Resources, did the improbable, meeting the challenge head on and developing their patent pending GREENCOAT box. This unique box maintains all the strengths of its wax coat counterpart and none of its weaknesses.




In comparison, the box size has been slightly smaller, allowing for a reduction in the amount of paper needed to produce the box, and the inner plastic bag and wax coating once used on all boxes was eliminated. These subtle, but highly effective changes make the biggest difference possible, the new GREENCOAT box is 100% recyclable and compostable, thus reducing the millions of tons of waste destined for landfills & greenhouse gas emissions once seen with wax coated boxes.

This new packaging has passed the ISO 16929 protocol for plastic disintegration in a pilot scale composting facility, which means it meets the government’s environmental standards. It is for this innovative excellence Interstate Container was chosen as an Environmental Star of the Month.

Mountaire Farms, a proud partner of Interstate Container, has fully integrated the GREENCOAT boxes into their production facilities for use in packing and shipping poultry product throughout the United States and abroad. It was through a joint effort with Interstate Container that the GREENCOAT prototype, and its state-of-the-art technology, was first developed and unveiled to the world.

Mountaire Farms is the first company to utilize the 100% recyclable containers, which are inline to replace all wax boxes used in the U.S. supply chain. This industry switch over as a whole will not only eliminate waste, but will also provide noticeable decreases in water and energy usage. And Interstate Container can proudly say they where the driving force behind this latest technological innovation, placing them at the forefront of the industry.

According to Pete Bugas, General Manager, Interstate Container,

“This a major step to permanently remove wax boxes throughout the supply chain in the United States. This box now provides the end-user with a recycling option; it also is certified compostable, which is yet another avenue to prevent boxes from being land-filled.”
Earlier this year the GREENCOAT boxes were first tested on Mountaire product destined for the New York City market, which runs through the Hunt’s Point Distribution facility in New York. Interstate Container, in partnership with Global Green USA and Mountaire, commenced the conversion of Mountaire’s New York City business to these FBA-certified recyclable boxes. This initial trial was implemented at Mountaire’s Lumber Bridge North Carolina facility, the largest poultry processing plant in the country.

By transitioning Mountaire’s business to GREENCOAT boxes, the New York City market alone will now be able to recycle over 6,000 tons of poultry boxes per year. If all of Mountaire’s boxes servicing New York City are recycled, greenhouses gases would be reduced by 21,000 mtCO2e per year, equivalent to removing 3,800 passenger cars off the road.


After witnessing these glowing results, it was an easy decision for Mountaire to formulate a plan to not only convert their existing modified atmosphere packaging to recyclable boxes, but also to convert their ice pack product to atmosphere packaging as well, in turn allowing for a complete transition of the entire product line to recyclable boxes. Full conversion of facilities in Lumber Bridge, NC, Selbyville, DE and Millsboro, DE has already been completed.
“Because we’re an agricultural company, we have an obligation to take care of the earth. In order to sustain our business, we need to have good soil, clean water, and clean air to grow our crops and raise our chickens. It is all part of our way of being.”- Larry Saywell, VP of Marketing, Mountaire Farms
The WMDT/Mountaire Environmental Star of the Month Award is designed to honor local individuals or groups for outstanding achievement in promoting environmentalism on Delmarva. Anyone contributing to the advancement, promotion, awareness and improvement of our Delmarva environment is eligible for this unique television and Mountaire tribute.

To request information about GREENCOAT wax alternative boxes, contact: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com.


Source: www.mountaire.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=2014&typeID=551
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sustainability at Interstate Resources: 6-Second Easy Point of Purchase Displays

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Interstate Resources has published a series of PDF files about the U.S.corrugated manufacturing group's sustainability efforts. Download this story at www.interstateresources.com/PDF/Interstate-Resources-Easy-POP.pdf.

Challenge

Millions of dollars are lost when over 50% of corrugated point-of-purchase (POP) displays are wasted. Due to assembly complexities, time limitations or a transient workforce, many displays never get assembled.

Interstate Container Reading, the “go-to” source for problem-solving, recognized the need for better, retail friendly, easily assembled displays.

Solution

By simplifying display designs and using a fresh, differentiated approach, Interstate Container Reading is able to create innovative, easy to use, holistic displays that can be customized to individual customer needs.

Today’s retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are focused on reducing packaging costs, problem-solving, eliminating waste and using fossil fuel alternatives. Interstate Container Reading brings a high level of commitment, creativity and responsibility to find the right, customized display solution for each customer’s situation.

Using their Pacific 3.0 with the Polyjoiner module, the Interstate Container Reading creative design team has developed dozens of new displays, taking as little as six seconds or less to pop into place. Easy POP customers reduce waste and get a strong return on investment since their high impact displays are assembled and deployed within the retail setting, leading to greater product placement visibility.

Retailers and CPG companies are enthusiastic about the Easy POP display configurations, simplicity and increased product visibility. The customized display offers function, quality and aesthetics.

The patented Easy POP display units can be custom printed in up to four colors. Let Interstate Container Reading help you present your product with an eye-catching display.

Capabilities

Interstate Container Reading’s equipment includes: Pacific 3.0 and Polyjoiner/folder gluer, BHS corrugators, Bobst platen die-cutter and Bobst color press. These allow for award winning full-service graphic packaging and POP displays.

Interstate Container Reading of Reading, Pennsylvania is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge to Present at 2010 NRA Show

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Global Green's Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) members will speak at the 2010 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago
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Pete Bugas of Interstate Container Cambridge, will discuss how restaurateurs can save money and launch green operations immediately through innovative recycling programs. Bugas is National Account Manager for the corrugated plant's innovative GREENCOAT corrugated wax alternative boxes.

"Turning Spent Food Packaging into Gold: The Next Frontier in Recycling"

24 May 2010

Room S403B
McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois


In addition to Bugas, other coalition speakers include:


CoRR program discussion areas include recyclable wholesale transfer packaging and recyclable paper foodservice packaging.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Outside-the-Wax Box Thinking: 'White Meat Goes Green’ with Mountaire Farms’ New Packaging Initiative

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Interstate Container Cambridge highlighted in Meat & Poultry Magazine's April issue.
Source: Petrak, L. (April 2010). Meat & Poultry Magazine. meatpoultry@sosland.com


We’re all in this together. That’s a common refrain these days, particularly this time of year as Earth Day approaches and as the environmental movement gains traction. But besides sounding catchy, the phrase aptly describes the important differences even small changes among committed groups working in tandem can make to the well-being of the planet.
Take, for example, something as seemingly straightforward as the shipment of poultry products. A recent collaboration between packaging supplier Interstate Container Cambridge, poultry processor Mountaire Farms and non-profit organization Global Green USA centered on the conversion of traditional wax-coated boxes to recyclable boxes for wholesale transfer packaging.
That change, along with a shift in packaging methods from ice-packed boxes to modified atmosphere (MAP) packaging, has led to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gases – estimated at more than 100,000 tons – and, in the process, lower costs and greater efficiency for the processor and end-user.

This white-meat-goes-green initiative has been in the works for awhile.

“We committed to it about five years ago,” says Pete Bugas, National Poultry Manager for Arlington, Va.-based Interstate Container, noting that Interstate first discussed the concept of wax-alternative boxes in the early 2000s and tapped into the work of Global Green by 2005. “They provided the format of bringing in vendors and suppliers and pushed and prodded for the program to succeed,” he recalls.



“Above all and no matter what, at the end of the day the box has to hold up.”

Mountaire Farms, a poultry processor in Millsboro, Del., joined the effort in its early phase, according to Larry Saywell, vice president of marketing. “Interstate is our corrugated supplier and brought the concept to us several years ago, so we’ve been going down that path together,” he says. At first blush, the concept was intriguing to Mountaire Farms because of its longtime focus on stewardship.“Ultimately, that’s what we do – we spend our time trying to take care of the land.”

After numerous discussions and exhaustive planning, Interstate Container Cambridge and Mountaire Farms began pioneering recyclable MAP about a year ago through the nation’s largest food distribution center, Hunt’s Point in the Bronx, N.Y. The pilot program, which ended in September, was part of Global Green’s effort to achieve 100-percent recyclable wholesale transfer packaging at that facility.

We wanted to use New York City as a test for a recycling program with national potential focusing in the foodservice industry, ”explains Annie White, director of the Coalition for Resource Recovery for Global Green USA. She says Hunt’s Point is an ideal microcosm of what can be done in this segment of the food chain. “In New York, there are 200 tons of waste a day coming from a combination of retail and food service and 700 tons of that is paper.” The use of corrugated boxes was seen as a particular opportunity, she says.

Proving Ground


It was a good chance for Interstate container to test its recyclable boxes, according to Bugas. “Above all and no matter what, at the end of the day the box has to hold up. Plant conditions are extremely wet, the product is put in coolers and reefers and when it gets to New York, it sits on the dock in the middle of the summertime,” he points out.

For Mountaire Farms, the New York City distribution center was a major hub for its food service business and was deemed an ideal place and time to act on the company’s commitment to greener packaging. “New York is a tough market and there is a lot of trash that leaves Manhattan every day,” Saywell says.


The change at Hunt’s Point began on a pallet-by-pallet basis, Saywell says, but the trial swiftly gained speed based on its immediate success. After a month or so of test runs, the switch was made to entirely recyclable wax-alternative boxes from Interstate Container.

Beyond the tangible differences to the New York City market, the Hunt’s Point trial has had a more widespread effect. “Food from all over the world is shipped through Hunt’s Point. When we reach 100 percent there, it will show a step change, and that has been our interest,” White says
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According to White, such a step-change actually could be a giant leap: 1.5 million tons of non recyclable wax-coated corrugated boxes are discarded in the U.S. each year. Replacing those boxes with corrugated recyclable boxes would have the same effect as removing 1 million passenger vehicles from the road, she points out. And the advantage wouldn’t only be for the Earth. According to Global Green’s estimates, U.S. grocers and restaurateurs would save up to $63million annually in disposal fees.

Extending the Green Line

Last year’s trial at Hunt’s Point went so smoothly that Mountaire Farms decided to extend the conversion company-wide. In the months since the pilot program ended, Mountaire Farms has converted the boxes and packaging methods at its main facility in Lumber Bridge. N.C. – the nation’s largest poultry plant – and is currently working on a change over its other plants in Delaware, according to Saywell.

During that short time frame Saywell reports that pivotal reductions have been achieved all around. “As we went to a drier packed product, we were also able to reduce the size of our boxes and ultimately use less water. That was another key piece of the equation for us,” he observes.


Wax replacement boxes for packing poultry & white meat

While Mountaire Farms moves toward recyclable packaging and greener packaging methods, it has tried to extend the message about the benefits of sustainability through its own chain. “We developed a kind of recyclable logo to put on all of our corrugated to make the customer aware that they don’t have to segregate the product anymore. And the customers have said they enjoy the change because it helps them, as well,” Saywell says.

“I think that the time has come because when a company can do something green and it makes business sense –that’s when it is a pretty easy decision
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At this point, with those throughout the food chain looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline distribution and pursue greener strategies, the decision to shift to recyclable wholesale MAP packaging may become a more popular one.

Saywell thinks it’s a proverbial no-brainer for all meat and poultry processors to jump on the recyclable box bandwagon. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. It’s very hard to not do the right thing when you have the opportunity,” he notes.

White, meanwhile, says that beyond processors that sell to wholesale, the entire food chain can literally think outside the box when it comes to sustainable packaging materials and methods. “I think that the time has come because when a company can do something green and it makes business sense – that’s when it is a pretty easy decision,” she says.

Right now, the timing is especially ripe for fresh food suppliers like meat and poultry processors and produce companies and for restaurateurs that are in the midst of a major green movement. Seizing the perfect-storm opportunity, Global Green made an earnest plea to the industry earlier this year, calling on food packagers to convert to this newly achievable green standard.

From a packaging supplier perspective, Bugas says the Hunt’s Point trial has already generated a buzz in other parts of the country. “I know Global Green has great interest in replicating this model in other metropolitan places,” he reports, citing urban areas like Chicago that currently use a lot of wax boxes in the wholesale distribution market. Interstate has received positive feedback as well and is fielding inquiries from other meat and poultry and fresh food companies.

Finally, Bugas notes that an all in-this-together philosophy has, in fact, emerged through this one type of packaging conversion: “This has made our own employees highly conscious of what we do with our waste, from how we discard our soda bottles to how we handle paper waste. It’s a neat trickle-down effect.”

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