E-Newsletter - A Publication of Interstate Resources

Monday, February 27, 2012

Interstate Container & Mid South Packaging Present Sustainable & Efficient ComboPAC™ Bins

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Producer of innovative GREENCOAT® wax-free boxes, Interstate Container, introduces ComboPAC™ bulk bins, a new sustainable corrugated packaging product manufactured by Mid South Packaging.

Interstate Container, in partnership with Mid South Packaging, offers customers and prospects a strong, user and environmentally-friendly corrugated bulk bin that is cost and time-efficient. ComboPAC™ bins are suited to pack processed turkey and all types of poultry, providing more strength than a strapped bin and offering a more economical packaging solution.

Interstate Container plants in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC manufacture eco-friendly GREENCOAT® wax-replacement corrugated boxes.

Discover ComboPAC™ Bulk Bins

ComboPAC™ bulk bins provide an easy-to-assemble, non wax-coated, 100% recyclable packaging solution. The environmentally- sustainable bulk bin helps customers take the necessary step towards green packaging.

With an integrated lining that ensures strength, the bulk container withstands packaging, loading and unloading without leaking. The tough, waterproof polyethylene (PE) outer-woven sleeve increases ComboPAC™ durability and helps eliminate damage. Furthermore, the sleeve tucks underneath the bin to secure the container and provide full bottom support.

ComboPAC™ bins offer customers substantial cost savings by:

Reducing use of paper while providing more stability
Requiring less warehouse space thus decreasing storage costs
Weighing less than other bulk bins thus lowering transportation costs with more containers per truckload
Using a PE woven sleeve which eliminates bulging, bursting and spills

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container manufacturing plants are members of Interstate Resources Container Division. Interstate Container Cambridge, established in 1996, is a corrugated packaging manufacturer in Maryland, USA.  The award winning manufacturer produces wax-alternative coated (GREENCOAT®) corrugated packaging and sheets.

Established in 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina, Interstate Container Columbia also manufactures GREENCOAT® wax-replacement corrugated packaging for poultry, meat, seafood, and fresh produce, floral and other refrigerated and frozen products.

For More Information 

Interstate Container 
Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager

Mid South Packaging
Bryan Bowen
ComboPAC Sales Manager
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Interstate Container Executives Talk about GREENCOAT® Wax-Free Corrugated Cartons

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Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, and Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container National Sales & Marketing Manager, speak about Interstate Container, its current products and people, and the future of GREENCOAT® wax-alternative boxes.

Q: What do you want customers/partners to know about Interstate Container Cambridge?

A: Pete Bugas
It took over 5 years of intensive Research & Development to bring GREENCOAT® to the market. It was a collaborative effort that took place entirely at our Cambridge, MD facility. We believe that GREENCOAT® surpasses other wax-replacement boxes in the market in strength.

A: Jeff Cormier
Interstate Container Cambridge is the largest wax-alternative and wax box facility north of the Carolinas. Interstate Container does not simply sell the same stock boxes to every company within an industry. We treat each processing plant/customer as its own cost-center and look to custom-size their packaging to reduce cost. Understanding our customers operations is key and we service from many levels including sales, mechanical packaging representatives, and management to accomplish this. The more we know the harder we can work to save our customers money.

Q: What makes GREENCOAT® better?

A: Pete Bugas
GREENCOAT® is a very cost-efficient wax-alternative box with optimum performance for packing and transporting poultry, seafood, and fresh produce. Most importantly, GREENCOAT® is sustainable. Interstate Container takes a three-tiered approach to sustainability. We ensure that the raw materials we use and our final products are environmentally-friendly, recyclable, and made with renewable resources. Our products and raw materials are certified and validated by third-party testing.

Furthermore, we are economically competitive and cost-neutral to wax boxes. We understand that no one wants to pay more, even for green products. Our plants in Cambridge and Columbia do not outsource the coating of paper to third parties. This means we account for 100% of GREENCOAT® boxes manufacturing process and this increases cost-efficiency and effectiveness.

Finally, we believe that we have a social responsibility to our surrounding community. This is both a local and corporate value…. “What is good for the community is good for the company”. And we live that every day.

A: Jeff Cormier
GREENCOAT® is a wax-replacement product that is just as strong as wax boxes, but it can be recycled. The price of GREENCOAT® is the same as any other wax box purchasable, and recycling actually allows you to make money.

While most companies pay for their conventional wax boxes to be disposed of, our customers get paid to recycle GREENCOAT®. GREENCOAT® creates a new revenue stream, while most boxes are just an expense. From a processing plant standpoint, it is easier to glue than wax, which decreases substantially box room waste and saves on glue costs.

Q: What is the future for GREENCOAT®? 

A: Pete Bugas
Making a name in the fresh produce sector and expanding knowledge into a wider customer base. Currently, the fresh fruit and vegetable industry consumes approximately 49% of the 1.5 million tons of wax boxes per year. These 1.5 million tons are non-recyclable waste, and typically end up in a landfill.

A: Jeff Cormier
Growth… and lots of it. We just launched Interstate Container Columbia in South Carolina, which produces GREENCOAT® boxes. We are now the second largest poultry box supplier in the nation. I would like two to four more plants as we continue to grow. Furthermore, we will continue to innovate with GREENCOAT® to tackle extremely harsh and wet environments head on.

Q: Is there anything else you would like add?

A: Pete Bugas
We invite companies to try our GREENCOAT® boxes and run side-by-side trials. Too often companies are offered a limited selection of products from existing suppliers, unaware that products like GREENCOAT® are available to them.

A: Jeff Cormier
We have had no failed trials in poultry, out to California and everywhere in between. Interstate Container now runs over 3 million GREENCOAT® boxes per month. We are working with Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to get grocery store chains, hotel chains, and distributors to drive the effort towards green packaging and understand the benefits that come with GREENCOAT®.

Q: What is your favorite part of working at Interstate Container?

A: Pete Bugas
The people and their creativity.

A: Jeff Cormier
The people. 

About GREENCOAT® Wax-Replacement Corrugated Boxes

Compostable GREENCOAT® boxes are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable. The eco-friendly corrugated box packs poultry, meat, seafood, floral and fresh fruit and vegetable produce, as well as all products that require durable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging.

GREENCOAT® boxes withstand high exposure to rough handling, long storage, transportation, and shifts from cold-to-hot environmental conditions. GREENCOAT® boxes offer the same strength of traditional cascaded wax boxes and curtain coated wax boxes without the carbon footprint.

Contact Information

Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container

Tel: 410-221-1508
E-mail: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com
Website: www.greencoat.net  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/GREENCOATboxes
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GREENCOATboxes
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/interstate-container

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Photoblog: Interstate Container Displays GREENCOAT® Wax-Free Boxes at International Poultry Expo 2012

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Environmentally-friendly GREENCOAT® wax-free boxes meet poultry processors and packers’ sustainability initiatives.

With poultry companies seeking to shift away from waxed boxes, Interstate Container’s innovative and sustainable GREENCOAT® boxes grabbed attention at the International Poultry Expo 2012. GREENCOAT® wax-alternative boxes offer a fully-recyclable, strong and moisture-resistant packaging solution for the transport of fresh, frozen and other poultry products.

Interstate Container manufacturing companies in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC exhibited at Booth # 5069 during the world’s largest poultry and egg exhibition. Attendees of the event met with Interstate Container representatives to learn more about the sustainable packaging solution, and had the chance to view first-hand the strength and water-resistance of GREENCOAT® boxes.

The 3-day annual event, held at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, took place from January 24 - 26, 2012.

GREENCOAT® Wax-Free 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 eco-friendly box can withstand shifts from cold-to-hot environmental conditions, high exposure to moisture, rough handling, long storage and transportation.

The innovative durable corrugated container offers the same strength as waxed boxes, without the carbon footprint and disposal costs by reducing packaging that ends up in landfills. GREENCOAT® corrugated boxes pack poultry, meat, seafood, floral, and fresh fruit produce.

Interstate Container Cambridge in Cambridge, Maryland, and Interstate Container Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina manufacture GREENCOAT® boxes.

Interested parties can request more information about GREENCOAT® at: GREENCOAT@interstatecontainer.com

As the ice melts in the GREENCOAT® box
the corrugated packaging maintains integrity

Interstate Container’s busy booth

GREENCOAT® boxes displayed holding water

(L-R): Interstate Container representatives, Anne Potterton,
Sales Account Manager, and Jeff Cormier, National Sales
 & Marketing Manager, demonstrating
GREENCOAT® box strength

Interstate Container GREENCOAT® display

Interstate Container is a division of Interstate Resources Inc.

For More Information

Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
Tel: 888-267-7722 Ext. 2019
E-mail: Jeff.Cormier[at]InterstateContainer.com
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