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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Interstate Launches GREENCOAT® Website for Sustainable Packaging Buyers

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

GREENCOATâ website (www.greencoat.net) makes requesting information and samples of wax-alternative corrugated boxes easy for packaging buyers in the poultry, meat, seafood, fresh produce, floral, and landscaping industries.


Interstate Container has released a website for GREENCOATâ wax-free boxes, a corrugated packaging solution for companies in need of strong and sustainable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging. Interstate Container Cambridge and Interstate Container Columbia ship over 3.2 million wax-alternative boxes each month. The boxes are compostable and FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable.

From the website, visitors can call or submit a quick form to request GREENCOATâ samples to run in side-by-side trials with their current packaging. The website also offers PDF downloads, links to upcoming trade shows and to social media channels.


About GREENCOATâ Wax-Replacement Boxes 

GREENCOATâ boxes provide the same strength than traditional cascaded wax boxes and curtain coated wax boxes. They withstand high exposure to moisture, rough handling, long storage, transportation, and shifts from cold-to-hot environmental conditions. GREENCOATâ boxes are also easier to glue than waxed boxes.

Interstate Container controls 100% of GREENCOATâ’s manufacturing process; the company does not outsource the coating of paper to third parties, which increases cost effectiveness. Likewise, customers experience cost savings, when they no longer have to pay landfill disposal fees.

Interstate Container Cambridge invested 5 years of R&D to develop and successfully trial GREENCOATâ wax-alternative boxes with leading poultry processor, Mountaire Farms. GREENCOATâ has reduced an estimated 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases for Mountaire Farms, lowered costs and streamlined Mountaire Farm’s supply chain.

Award-Winning & Socially Conscious Corrugated Packaging

Interstate Container has received awards for GREENCOATâ and for its contributions to its local communities. Dorchester Chamber of Commerce named Interstate Container Cambridge 2011 Large Chamber Business of the Year for its good standing with obligations and active support of the community and chamber activities.  

At the 11th Annual Sustainable Design Awards, Global Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering global climate improvement, awarded 1st Pioneer Award to Interstate Container for its advancements with GREENCOATâ

Mountaire Farms and WMDT, ABC-affiliated television station in Salisbury, MD, named Interstate Container Cambridge as the recipient of the WMDT/Mountaire Farms Environmental Star of the Month Award for July 2010. 

Interstate Container is a member of Delmarva Poultry Industry, Global Green Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), North Carolina Poultry Federation, Produce Marketing Association, and Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com  

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Interstate Container to Exhibit GREENCOAT® Boxes at SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012

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

Interstate Container will display eco-friendly corrugated wax-replacement packaging at Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference.


Interstate Container plants in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC will exhibit GREENCOAT® boxes for packing fresh produce at SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012, Booth # 226 & 228 in Savannah, GA.  The annual event from January 5 – 8, 2012 is the largest educational conference and trade show in the southeastern US for fresh produce growers, packers, vendors and suppliers. 

Interstate Container representatives attending the event include Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Frank Bridges, National Produce Account Manager, and Elyse Cristos, Sales Representative. 


GREENCOAT® Corrugated Boxes 

Attendees can gather information about environmentally friendly GREENCOAT® corrugated boxes. GREENCOAT® is a compostable, FBA-certified, 100% recyclable and repulpable packaging solution for transporting products that require durable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging.

The wax-free corrugated box, developed by Interstate Container Cambridge team and successfully trialed by Mountaire Farms, packs such products as fresh produce, floral products, poultry, meat, and seafood. Mountaire Farms is a Delaware-based poultry processing company.

About SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012

SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012 will gather over 2,200 producers, buyers, sellers, decision makers and industry leaders in the fresh produce sector. The event addresses food safety, production practices and increased yields, marketing strategies, and how to improve crop production and grow business. 

Attendees of the event will find new products and services on the trade show floor, as well as learn about the latest produce trends and legislative updates from Washington, DC.  


Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com   


GREENCOAT® is manufactured by Interstate Container Cambridge in Cambridge, Maryland, and Interstate Container Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina.

For More Information
 
Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
 
Tel: 888-267-7722 Ext. 2019
       443-523-4925
E-mail: Jeff.Cormier[at]InterstateContainer.com
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Interstate Container Cambridge GM Speaks at Delmarva Poultry Summit 2011

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

Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, discusses the positive impact of supplying the poultry industry with GREENCOAT® wax-replacement boxes from Cambridge, MD.


Delmarva Poultry Summit 2011 focused on the importance of the poultry industry to Maryland and the entire Delmarva Peninsula. During the summit, Bugas spoke on a panel of top business leaders about how the poultry industry affects their companies. The summit took place on December 14, 2011 at Salisbury University, Franklin Perdue School of Business Auditorium, in Salisbury, Maryland.

 

(L-R) Interstate Container Cambridge Representatives:
Frank Biskach, Technical Service Representative,
Pete Bugas, General Manager
& Anne Potterton, Sales Account Executive

GREENCOAT® wax-replacement boxes were developed entirely by Interstate Container Cambridge team and successfully trialed with Mountaire Farms, a Delaware-based poultry processing company. GREENCOAT® is a compostable, 100% recyclable and repulpable packaging solution.

The award-winning corrugated box tackles the environmental problems of traditional waxed boxes, while offering the same strength and sustainability. Global Green USA, a non-profit organization committed to making positive changes to foster global climate improvement, awarded GREENCOAT® the 1st Pioneer Award at the 11th Annual Sustainable Design Awards.

The eco-friendly corrugated box is also used for transporting fresh produce, meat, seafood, and floral products. GREENCOAT® is suitable for products that require durable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging that meet sustainability goals.

Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com  

Interstate Container Cambridge Contributes to Local Community

Bugas discussed Interstate Container Cambridge’s relationship with the poultry industry and its impact on the local economy, community, and environment.

The corrugated packaging manufacturer employs 103 citizens in Dorchester County, pumping income and buying power into the local economy. Furthermore, Interstate Container Cambridge purchases products and services from approximately 128 suppliers in the Virginia and Washington DC area, as well as a significant amount of paper from suppliers on the East Coast.

Interstate Container Cambridge believes in giving back to the community and society. Its employees are heavily involved with United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and actively participate in Habitat Choptank, Adopt-a-Highway, Lee National Denim Day, March of Dimes, and A.C.E.S. program. The company contributes regularly to fundraisers and smaller charities.

About Delmarva Poultry Summit

Delmarva Poultry Summit explores various topics concerning the poultry industry, including the economic impact of the Maryland poultry industry on the Eastern Shore and challenges faced.  The goal of the summit is to create public awareness about the importance and deep reach of the poultry industry.

Delmarva Poultry Summit was organized by Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors included the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, AHPharma, and Bay Bank.


Interstate Container Columbia is a member of the Container Division of Interstate Resources, Inc.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Photoblog: Opening of Interstate Container Columbia GREENCOAT® Manufacturing Plant

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

Beginning December 2011, Interstate Container Columbia plant in Columbia, South Carolina, launched production of GREENCOAT® wax-replacement corrugated boxes. Eco-friendly GREENCOAT® moisture-resistant boxes pack poultry, meat, seafood, fresh produce, floral and other refrigerated and frozen products. 

Interstate Container Columbia’s opening event brought together top executives. Read more about the new plant.


   (L-R):
       Elie Njeim, Phoenix Machinery Tissue & Paper Department Line Manager,
       Susan Newman, Interstate Resources Human Resources Vice President,
       Neemat Frem, Interstate Resources CEO,
       Jim Krahn, Interstate Container Leader for Process & Product Innovation,
       Jim Morgan, Interstate Resources President & COO,
       Antoine Frem, Interstate Resources Chairman of the Board of Directors,
       Antoine Douaiher, INDEVCO Paper Containers Business Development Director
 
 
   (L-R):
       Antoine Douaiher, INDEVCO Paper Containers Business Development Director,
       Neemat Frem, Interstate Resources CEO,
       Antoine Frem, Interstate Resources Chairman of the Board of Directors,
       Tamer Elsokkary, Interstate Resources Director of Global Infrastructure Support




                         (L-R) Interstate Container Columbia team:
                         Lena Lewis, Eric Kreush, Arthur Reeves & Reedy Townsend














GREENCOAT® wax-free corrugated box offers strength of traditional waxed boxes while providing 100% recyclability, repulpability, and compostability.

Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com


Interstate Container Columbia is a member of Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, Inc.


For More Information

Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container

Tel: 443-523-4925
       888-267-7722 Ext. 2019
E-mail: Jeff.Cormier[at]InterstateContainer.com
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Interstate Container Launches GREENCOAT® Production in Columbia, SC

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

GREENCOAT® wax-replacement corrugated boxes are specially suited for packing poultry, meat, seafood, fresh produce, floral and other refrigerated and frozen products.


Interstate Container Columbia began manufacturing eco-friendly wax-free corrugated packaging on December 1. South Carolina offers a key location and market access to target segments.

“Lexington County offered us a great location and has the positive business environment we are seeking”, states Jim Krahn, Interstate Container Leader for Process & Product Innovation. Krahn, responsible for Interstate Container Columbia’s launch, anticipates creating up to 100 jobs in Columbia within a year.

Krahn continues,
 
“I have never been more proud of a team in my 33-year career. The start up with a performance like this is phenomenal. The best equipment, highly motivated teams and good coaching from our leaders and suppliers make for a great recipe for success.”
 
 
Click here to view more photos from the opening   


John Cristos, Interstate Container Columbia Site Leader, states,
 
“The hard work that the team has put over the last several months is paying off. We are off to a good start and looking forward to an outstanding 2012.” 

GREENCOAT® Wax Alternative Cartons

GREENCOAT®’s moisture-resistant boxes are 100% recyclable, repulpable, and compostable. The eco-friendly corrugated boxes meet performance standards of traditional waxed boxes without the carbon footprint and save customers disposal fees. Interstate Container Cambridge also produces GREENCOAT® in Cambridge, Maryland.

Last year, GREENCOAT® was recognized with the 1st Pioneer Award from Global Green USA, a non-profit organization committed to making positive changes to foster global climate improvement, at the 11th Annual Sustainable Design Awards.

Interstate Container Cambridge and leading poultry processor, Mountaire Farms collaborated on recyclable wholesale transfer packaging to develop GREENCOAT® wax-replacement boxes. This sustainable packaging has streamlined Mountaire Farm’s supply chain, lowered costs, and reduced an estimated 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases for Mountaire Farms.

Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com

Interstate Container Columbia is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc..

For More Information

Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container

Tel: 888-267-7722 Ext. 2019
      443-523-4925 
E-mail: Jeff.Cormier[at]InterstateContainer.com
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com

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