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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Interstate Container Highlights Coated, Wax-free Produce Boxes at the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

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With foodservice distributors, supermarkets, and restaurant chains mandating a shift to sustainable packaging, Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers and packers to transition from wax to wax-free coated Greencoat® produce boxes. During the SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Interstate Container will display a range of samples of the Fibre Box Association (FBA) certified recyclable and repulpable boxes at Booth # 437/439

Strong Boxes that Perform


Greencoat corrugated boxes are a unique solution for the produce industry as they are coated, strong and also 100% recyclable.  Interstate Container is the only company that offers a coated, recyclable option that can endure the rigors of packing, cooling and long-distance refrigerated shipping, mirroring the performance of wax-coated boxes. Interstate Container currently ships over 8 million Greencoat® boxes monthly from facilities in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC, as well as warehouses throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Southern US

Reduced Packaging Costs


Greencoat boxes cost less than traditional wax cascaded boxes, offering farmers savings combined with a product that works.  The administration burden, damage back charges and supply concerns associated with reusable plastic containers (RPCs) are also eliminated with Greencoat.  In addition, the end user can recycle the box instead of paying wax disposal fees of up to $50-70/ton, and instead generate a steady revenue stream of $70-100/ton.


Lower Carbon Footprint


Unlike wax boxes, which cannot be recycled, Greencoat boxes are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable. Recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs, as well as decreases greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

During the SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference 2017, growers and packers can schedule Greencoat trials alongside current packaging to test and compare strength and performance. In addition to double wall cabbage boxes in 10lb, 25lb, and 50lb sizes, Interstate Container produces ½ bushel, ¾ bushel, 1 1/9 bushel, green bean and many other produce packing options.


About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and as a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses. 

Contact Info

Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com
Website: www.interstatecontainer.comwww.greencoat.net



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Monday, December 5, 2016

Interstate Container Recognized as 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing

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Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland acknowledges Interstate Container as a champion in the category ‘Accelerating Product or Process Innovation’. ‘Accelerating Product or Process Innovation’ category recognizes organizations demonstrating the ability to innovate and deliver new products or processes to the market. RMI nominated Interstate Container for the innovative, FBA-certified, 100% recyclable and repulpable Greencoat® wax-free boxes. These boxes replace traditional wax boxes that are usually sent to landfills and take up to 100 years to degrade due to the unfriendly wax coating. 

RMIs Champions of Maryland nominates local manufacturers from across the state for their philanthropy, innovation, and products that enhance society.  The institute held a tribute dinner and celebration at Martin’s West in Baltimore County on 30 November 2016 to recognize all nominees for their positive impact on stakeholders. RMI featured all champions in the 2016 RMI Champions of Maryland Manufacturing yearbook





About Interstate Container 


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Interstate Container Helps Mountaire Farms Feed Less Fortunate on Thanksgiving

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Interstate Container supports Mountaire Farms’ 22nd annual ‘Thanksgiving for Thousands’ food drive.

The time has come once again to join together in Thanksgiving spirit, to spread good-will and give thanks. Staying true to their conviction that community is family, Interstate Container supports, for the fifth year, long-time partner, Mountaire Farms, in efforts to provide Thanksgiving meals to over 34,000 Delmarva residents and over 24,000 citizens in North Carolina.

Anne Potterton, Interstate Container Regional Sales Manager, expresses,

“We are proud and honored to support our partner Mountaire Farms in their efforts to serve those in need. What better use is there for our boxes than to provide a way to deliver food to people who may not be able enjoy Thanksgiving otherwise?”

Hundreds of volunteers, including employees from Mountaire and Interstate Container, came together in Selbyville, DE, Lumber Bridge, NC and Siler City, NC to pack 14,500 dinner boxes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. These packed boxes will be distributed to food pantries, governmental agencies, churches, and shut-ins the week of Thanksgiving.

The dinner boxes contain all the necessary ingredients for a wholesome and delicious Thanksgiving dinner for up to five people, including a Mountaire roaster, corn, string beans, yams, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce and brownie mix.

Interstate Container plants in Cambridge, MD and Greeneville, TN worked closely, with suppliers Mark/Trece, Inc. and Stafford Cutting Dies, Inc. to produce and donate 21,000 corrugated boxes needed for this food drive and other Mountaire initiatives throughout the year.

Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands program, launched 22 years ago, spreads community spirit, bringing together residents, organizations, and other contributors all along the Delmarva Peninsula. In more recent years, the program has expanded to Lumber Bridge and Siler City, NC where each year thousands are fed Thanksgiving meals. 

Mountaire Farms & Interstate Container: A History of Innovative Partnership


Throughout almost a decade, Mountaire and Interstate Container have joined forces numerous times to benefit a wider community. In 2009, Interstate Container Cambridge collaborated with Mountaire Farms to develop and test the innovative Greencoat® wax-free boxes as an alternative to traditional, unrecyclable wax boxes. Since Mountaire Farm shifted entirely to Greencoat® in 2010, the poultry processor has witnessed a significant reduction in carbon footprint, as well as streamlined its supply chain. The FBA-certified, 100% recyclable, repulpable and compostable box can be used to pack poultry, meat, seafood, fresh produce, floral, and stone products.

In 2010, WMDT/Mountaire Farms awarded Interstate Container Cambridge the Environmental Star of the Month Award for outstanding achievement in promoting environmentalism on the Delmarva Peninsula. In 2014, Mountaire Farms recognized Interstate Container with the 'Coveted Supplier Appreciation Award'.

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, produces award-winning sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for food processing industries; retail and shelf ready packaging; counter, pallet and POP displays; shipping and transport boxes, custom dunnage and packing materials; and corrugated boards and sheets.

Plants are located in Lowell and Westminster, MA; North Brunswick, NJ; Reading, PA; Cambridge, MD; Asheville and Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greeneville, TN.

Contact Information


Anne Potterton
Regional Sales Manager
Interstate Container 
Tel: 410.708.2929
       888-267-7722

Email: anne.potterton[at]InterstateContainer.com


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Paper and Packaging Board Members

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Interstate Resources, Inc. President and Chief Operations Officer, Jim Morgan, has been appointed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Paper and Packaging Board, which is overseen by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

PRESS RELEASE

Sourced from: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
www.ams.usda.gov/press-release/agriculture-secretary-vilsack-names-paper-and-packaging-board-members 


WASHINGTON Nov. 2, 2016 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today appointed six members to serve on the Paper and Packaging Board.

Members selected representing the South Region include: Paul LeBlanc, of Bensenville, Ill.; Ronald Zimbelman, of Atlanta, Ga.; Fred A. Towler, of Memphis, Tenn.; and James W. Morgan, of Arlington, Va. Each appointee will serve a 3-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2019.  

The member selected representing the Midwest Region is John W. Black Jr., of Combined Locks, Wis. He will serve a 2-year term of office beginning immediately through Dec. 31, 2018.

The member selected representing importers is Nina Happonen, of Norwalk, Conn. Her term of office begins immediately and last through Dec. 31, 2017.

The program is administered by board members who are selected by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight of the Paper and Packaging Board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 and the Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research, and Information Order. USDA encourages board membership that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by the programs.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards that are industry-funded and empower agricultural industries, including the forest products industry, with a framework to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders. 

For more information about research and promotion programs, visit the AMS website. For information on the Board, please contact Marlene Betts by phone: (202) 720-9915, or email Marlene.Betts@ams.usda.gov.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Info

Carl Purvis (202) 690-0488


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Photoblog: Interstate Container at PMA Fresh Summit 2016

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Interstate Container met with growers and packers at 2016 PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo to work Hand in Hand in the transition away from wax boxes to eco-friendly, FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable Greencoat® wax-free boxesThe summit took place from October 15 – 16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.









About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Contact Info

Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.comWebsite: www.interstatecontainer.comwww.greencoat.net

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Interstate Container Helps Growers Shift to Greencoat® Recyclable, Coated, Wax-Free Boxes at PMA Fresh Summit 2016

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Interstate Container will work Hand in Hand with growers to help transition from wax to Greencoat® boxes at Booth #3285 during PMA Fresh Summit 2016 from October 15 – 16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

October 4, 2016, Columbia, South Carolina – Interstate Container helps growers and packers shift away from unrecyclable wax boxes in response to the growing demand from foodservice distributors, supermarket, and restaurant chains to reduce carbon footprint. During 2016 PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, Interstate Container will be available at Booth #3285 to discuss and explore Greencoat® applications, benefits, and solutions to meet the needs of growers/packers and retailers.

By working Hand in Hand across the supply chain, Interstate Container makes the transition to Greencoat®, recyclable, coated, and wax-free boxes simple. Offering free trials alongside current packaging, Interstate Container provides growers and packers a chance to effectively test and compare Greencoat®’s strength and performance. These wax-free corrugated boxes are a durable, water resistant, less costly, and 100% recyclable option that meet customer needs.  Why use unrecyclable wax boxes, or dry boxes that don’t perform?  Greencoat® is the box that gives the farmer and retailer the best of both worlds, and saves both money.

Reasons for Growers to Transition to Greencoat


In addition to meeting customer needs for eco-friendly packaging, Greencoat® presents other key advantages for growers and packers.

Stronger & More Durable

Greencoat® corrugated boxes are a true hybrid offering for the industry as they are coated, strong, and also 100% recyclable.   Interstate Container is the only company that can offer a coated, recyclable option that can endure rigors of packing, cooling, and long distance refrigerated trucking to mirror wax corrugated boxes.

Improved Bottom Line

Greencoat® boxes cost less than traditional wax cascaded boxes, offering farmers savings combined with a product that works.  Farmers also don’t have the burden of the administration, damage back charges, and supply concerns that accompany reusable plastic crates (RPCs).

Food Safety


Hygiene is critical for packaging that comes in contact with food products, including fresh produce. A study conducted by researchers from the University of California Davis and the University of Guelph demonstrated that reusable plastic crates (RPC) frequently remain contaminated even when reaching produce packers. [2, 3] Greencoat® eliminates the food safety concerns of packing in unhygienic RPCs.

 Why Greencoat® is Ideal for Retailers


Produce Freshness & Quality

Without strong packaging and the right shipping conditions, fresh produce will reach retailers bruised and wilted. Greencoat® boxes provide the needed strength and water-resistance to ship vegetables in the right temperatures and conditions and maintain freshness and quality.

Revenue Generation

Grocers, foodservice distributors, supermarkets and restaurant chains no longer need to pay $50-70 / ton to landfill wax boxes. Greencoat enables retailers to generate new revenue of $70-100 / ton from recycling the boxes.  This is an enormous benefit to the end user that wax cascaded boxes and RPC’s cannot offer.

Lower Carbon Footprint

Fibre Box Association (FBA) certified, Greencoat® wax-free boxes are 100% recyclable and repulpable. 1,527 million BTUs can be saved by recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes, in addition to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Reference:

Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Interstate Container to Showcase Greencoat® Double Wall Cabbage Boxes at PMA Fresh Summit 2016

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Greencoat®’s new double-wall, coated, wax-free cabbage boxes for growers and packers offer farmers a strong, and cost effective solution to their packaging needs. Find Interstate Container in Booth #3285 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from October 15-16.


October 4, 2016, Columbia, South Carolina – After a successful Spring Interstate Container will display their strong, coated, Greencoat® double-wall cabbage boxes at Booth #3285 during the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida. Interstate Container is the only manufacturer that can offer this hybrid, coated and recyclable, box offering farmers a unique solution.

Working Hand in Hand with cabbage growers and packers, Interstate Container designed the new 50lb double-wall box to meet the packing and shipping requirements specifically for cabbage.

Greencoat® boxes are strong, water repellent, less expensive than wax, and a 100% recyclable replacement for boxes that commonly ship fresh produce. In addition to double wall cabbage boxes in 10lb, 25lb, and 50lb sizes, Interstate Container produces ½ bushel, ¾ bushel, 1 1/9 bushel, green bean, and many other produce packing options.

Increased Strength & Endurance


Packing and distributing cabbage requires additional strength. Greencoat® double-wall boxes provide 15% increased top to bottom compression strength and higher resistance to bulge.

Enhanced Shipping Performance


Farm-friendly, Greencoat® wax-free boxes protect vegetables from the field or packing shed to foodservice distributors, retailers, and restaurants. Greencoat’s strength and coating give the boxes the power to withstand wet cooler conditions and the strain of long-distance refrigerated trucking.

Reduced Packaging Costs


The packaging costs of Greencoat® boxes are less than wax cascaded boxes. Farmers see a tremendous financial benefit as Greencoat® boxes are less expensive to purchase than traditional wax cascaded boxes.  In addition, the end user can now recycle the box eliminating the need to pay up to $50-70/ton in pickup and landfill costs, while instead generating a steady revenue stream of $70-100/ton when recycling the boxes.

Furthermore, Greencoat® boxes eliminate the administration, damage chargebacks, food safety concerns, and supply issues associated with reusable plastic crates (RPCs).

Improved Grower / Retailer Brand Image


Foodservice distributors, retailers, restaurant chains, cities, and municipalities are increasingly pressuring growers to transition to sustainable packaging. Greencoat® wax-free boxes are 100% certified recyclable and repulpable by the Fibre Box Association (FBA). Recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

“Did you know that every truckload (770 boxes) shipped of cabbage, in wax boxes, has over one ton of material that has to go to the landfill? By transitioning to Greencoat® wax-free boxes, our customers and customers’ customers save money while drastically reducing their carbon footprint.” – Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container National Sales & Marketing Manager explains.

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the Eastern, Southern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern US.


Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Evergreen Community Power Energy-Saving Efforts Highlighted in Renewable Energy Magazine

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Renewable Energy from Waste Magazine discusses Evergreen Community Power’s efforts to help sister company in Reading, Pennsylvania reduce energy use and carbon footprint in the July/August 2016 issue.

Sourced from: http://magazine.rewmag.com/article/july-2016/energy-saving-paper-making.aspx 

Energy-Saving Paper Making

By Hilary Crisan 

The Evergreen Community Power plant is helping a Reading, Pennsylvania paper mill lower its carbon footprint.


Making paper takes up an expansive amount of steam and power. While most paper mills use separate heat and power—an on-site boiler for steam and power from the grid or from a power plant—Interstate Resources Inc., Arlington, Virginia, decided to take an alternative route toward combined heat and power (CHP) for its paper mill located in Reading, Pennsylvania. It built Evergreen Community Power LLC (ECP) to provide fuel and heat for its 100 percent recycled corrugated medium paper mill, United Corrstack (UCI).


Chady Zablit has been general manager of the power facility since it became operational in 2010. He began his career with Interstate Resources and in 1995 and managed the design and construction of ECP in 2006.

“Interstate’s mission spins around sustainability,” he says. “Its core beliefs are that industries can and should care for the environment. Simply put, Evergreen Community Power is one attempt for U.S. manufacturing companies to be less reliant on foreign oil, reduce our carbon footprint and have a diversified national energy source.”


CREATING THE ALTERNATIVE

UCI has the ability to produce 200,000 tons of corrugated medium each year. Each ton of paper requires about 6 million British thermal units (mmBtu) of energy.

ECP combusts two primary types of fuel in its boilers: alternative fuel (AF) and clean fuel (CF). AF is the result of a negative picking process where contaminants in the feedstock that increase ash, chlorine and sulfur are removed. The feedstock is shredded and screened before being delivered to ECP. AF is composed of 85 percent wood with the remainder being paper, some plastic and inerts, such as sand and gravel.


CF is the result of a positive picking process where clean and untreated wood is picked, shredded and finely screened out before being delivered to ECP. The plant also receives tire-derived fuel, shredded rail road ties, utility poles, paper mill rejects and sludge in limited quantities.


Since it opened, ECP has combusted more than 1.4 million tons of these fuels. Zablit says when the plant began operations, it had one local feedstock supplier that had all the permits to process the materials but no experience to produce it to the quality required. Over the years ECP geographically broadened its fuel supply mix with feedstock coming to the plant from several different states within a 200-mile radius, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.


“ECP constantly conducts search activities to identify potential feedstock suppliers through information available from the states and permits issued to processors and transfer stations,” Zablit says. Another way the plant discovers feedstock suppliers is through word of mouth among haulers, suppliers and contractors, he adds.


Once a new source is identified and deemed qualified, ECP builds a contractual relationship with the partner.


Since the feedstock is already brought to ECP as a processed material ready to be used as boiler fuel, the company coordinates with a supplier if it doesn’t have the proper equipment to process the feedstock, such as permit changes, adding a shredder or sorting line or introducing a new type of permitted feedstock, explains Zablit.


AT A GLANCE: EVERGREEN COMMUNITY POWER PLANT

Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Project cost: $175 million
Year opened: 2010
System type: circulated fluidized bed boiler
Fuel created: combined heat and power (CHP)
Purpose: Steam and power for United Corrstack’s papermaking process
Feedstock used: Wood waste, C&D debris, paper and some types of plastics
Carbon equivalent saved per year: 100,000 metric tons
Waste diverted from landfill: More than 1.4 million tons

As the plant progressed, feedstock quality from suppliers started to improve as well. Contaminants such as ash, chlorine and sulfur dropped sharply within ECP’s requirements, which was a result of “a combined effort of ECP’s team and our suppliers, who we value as stakeholders in our business,” says Zablit.


The feedstock’s quality also depends on the weather and several different markets. In the winter, obtaining feedstock is difficult because of the snow and freezing temperatures, and the spring causes a wood shortage due to mulch production.


The health of the housing market has its impact on the generation of feedstock materials from construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and industrial power plants using the same type of feedstock can cause unwanted competition.


HOW IT WORKS

The plant uses a circulated fluidized bed boiler to heat up the waste used as feedstock. This particular type of boiler, Zablit says, exceeds 99 percent combustion efficiency and is primarily used to fire solid feedstocks such as wood and coal. The temperature of the furnace is between 1,500 and 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The ECP boiler is rated at 300,000 pounds per hour of steam flow generation with 1,500 pounds per square inch gage pressure and a temperature of 840 degrees Fahrenheit.

The steam created from the boiler is fed to a 33-megawatt rated turbine equipped with three extractions at different pressure levels. These different pressure levels were implemented to support the steam demand of the plant and the paper mill, according to Zablit.


A water-cooled condenser is located at the exhaust of the turbine to cool down the balance of the steam exiting the turbine which becomes water and is fed back into the boiler to complete the steam-water cycle. The cold water is supplied from a cooling tower, which minimizes water needed from outside sources, Zablit says.


The turbine then drives an electric generator that provides electricity to the plant, the mill and to a grid belonging to PJM Interconnection LLC, a Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based regional transmission organization (RTO) that, according to its website, coordinates movement of wholesale electricity in the District of Columbia and 13 states, including Pennsylvania.


About 70 percent of what is produced at ECP is used for the plant and the mill, Zablit says. The rest is sold to the PJM grid for use in the surrounding area.


Zablit says ECP is currently evaluating the feasibility of adding a grinding operation to the plant, which would allow the company to source clean but oversized wood materials for feedstock.


THE DOWNS IN REVENUE

While ECP is saving about 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, competition is tough.

“Without Interstate Resource’s commitment to the mission and the raison d’ĂȘtre of ECP, I am afraid the plant would have been curtailed a long time ago,” Zablit says. “ECP is in a competitive market where others enjoy a much lower cost to operate and compete.” 

ECP has been working to get the ash generated from the combustion process to become integrated into beneficial use with certain applications, but a lack of interest and regulatory barriers add to the challenges.

“It’s very challenging to operate ECP profitably with the lack of incentives to support this renewable form of generating energy,” Zablit says. “Sales to the PJM grid comes with significant losses, and natural gas, which is the other alternative to generate energy for the paper mill, is also cheap.”

ECP has been running on less than 75 percent of its capacity due to the lack of cost-effective feedstock and a decrease in grid pricing.

“I believe that the public notion of ECP should be positive after converting so many million tons of what would have ended in landfills into a useful form of energy while meeting one of the most stringent air emission permits that regulators produced,” Zablit says. “Such a notion is needed to help establish some incentives and help ECP stay in business.”

The author is assistant editor of Renewable Energy from Waste and can be reached at hcrisan@gie.net.


Evergreen Community Power and United Corrstack are member companies of Interstate Resources, Inc. and INDEVCO.


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Photoblog: Interstate Container Offers Poultry Processors Strong Warehousing & Mechanical Packaging Services at IPPE 2016

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Interstate Container meets with poultry processors to promote sustainable packaging during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) from January 26 – 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 

During the exhibition, Interstate Container emphasized its expanded warehousing and services in the Southeast which support poultry industry growth and industry shift to wax-free boxes. The coated corrugated packaging manufacturer offers Mechanical Packaging Services dedicated to ensuring poultry processors' box rooms produce the best quality boxes to ship and store poultry.











About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions.

Contact Info

Mindy Myrick, Marketing Manager
Interstate Container

Tel: 410-251-9570
Email: Mindy.Myrick@interstatecontainer.com  Website: www.interstatecontainer.comwww.greencoat.net
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Interstate Container to Highlight Mechanical Packaging Services for Poultry Processors at IPPE 2016

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Interstate Container’s Mechanical Packaging Services provides technical support to poultry processors for box making and box room needs. The corrugated packaging manufacturer will exhibit at IPPE 2016 Booth #B7647 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from January 26 - 28.

Columbia, South Carolina. January 20, 2016 – Interstate Container’s Mechanical Packaging experts are singularly focused on one goal: to ensure that poultry processors’ box rooms produce the best quality boxes to ship and store poultry. The corrugated packaging manufacturer works hand-in-hand with poultry processors to transition, one phase at a time, from wax boxes to 100% recyclable and repulpable wax-free Greencoat boxes.

Interstate Container will exhibit its range of wax and no-wax coated poultry boxes and trays at Booth #B7647 at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) from January 26 – 28 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, members of the Mechanical Packaging team will be present at the show to discuss services for poultry processors.

Matt Clark, Mechanical Packaging Manager, explains, Our customers depend on quick responses to their needs, whether they’re having problems with their box forming machines, tray formers, case erectors, bliss machines, or their pneumatic and electric glue systems.”

Interstate Container’s Mechanical Packaging experts travel from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic to wherever their customers need. Technicians not only solve problems related to machinery but also evaluate the efficacy of box room design, provide training on packaging and palletizing, and recommend waste reduction measures.

Machine Inspection & Preventive Maintenance Planning


Mechanical Packaging works closely with the maintenance teams at poultry processing plants to identify and correct machine related issues. They issue machine inspection reports, assist with machine repair and set forth preventive maintenance planning. Interstate Container is able to expedite spare parts and provide troubleshooting support.

Machine Refurbishment


The Mechanical Packaging team evaluates and provides quotes for machine rebuild to be completed on-site or at Interstate Container's Mechanical Packaging Machine Shop in West Columbia, SC. Then the team provides installation assistance.

According to Clark,

“Our technical experience, combined with our equipment, allows us to offer high-quality refurbished machines as a much more affordable option than buying new machinery. From our machine shop, which is fully equipped with tooling and parts, we can refurbish a customer’s current box machines or procure used equipment and rebuild to a customer’s specifications.”


Box Room Efficiency Evaluation


In order to increase efficiencies and reduce waste, Mechanical Packaging experts systematically evaluate box room operations, and provide data and recommendations.  
They inspect poultry-packed boxes in the cooler and on the production floor to ensure no signs of crushing, popping, and box damage. Further, they examine such process handling issues as box handling, palletizing and stacking.  


Training


Production and maintenance teams at the poultry processor receive training from the Mechanical Packaging team. Says Clark, “We work with our customers to make sure they are familiar with what to expect from the box and the box forming equipment.”

Training topics for production teams include how to properly operate the box former and how to identify and troubleshoot packaging problems. Topics for maintenance staff include troubleshooting machine performance issues and proper diagnosis of problems.

Clark continues, “We offer recommendations on setting up preventive maintenance schedules to reduce downtime and optimize machine performance.”

Waste Reduction Measures


Interstate Container’s Mechanical Packaging team works closely with poultry processors’ plant, production, and maintenance personnel to effectively identify waste and troubleshoot its origin.

A key area for reducing waste begins with training about the box forming equipment. When equipment is properly operated and maintained, it provides more consistent product quality over time.

Poultry processors can meet members of Interstate Container’s Mechanical Packaging Services team at IPPE 2016’s Booth #B7647.


About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions.

Contact Info

Mindy Myrick, Marketing Manager
Interstate Container

Tel: 410-251-9570



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