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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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Monday, January 18, 2016

Photoblog: Interstate Container Shares Expertise on Sustainable Packaging at SERFVC 2016

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Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® wax-free boxes, exhibits the benefits of wax-free sustainable boxes and helps growers and packers understand the top three things to look for when selecting eco-friendly produce boxes during the 2016 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC).

Visitors witnessed the strength of Greencoat boxes through a live demonstration of the famous elephant ice sculpture melting over the wax-free coated boxes over the course of the 4-day exhibition.





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.com

Website: www.interstatecontainer.comwww.greencoat.net
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Interstate Container at IPPE 2016: Expanding Warehousing & Distribution across the Southeast

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Interstate Container expands warehousing and distribution to support the poultry industry growth and shift to wax-free boxes. Interstate Container will exhibit at booth #B7647 during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA on January 26 - 28.


Columbia, South Carolina. January 14, 2016 – Interstate Container, coated corrugated packaging manufacturer, has expanded warehousing and distribution across the Southeast to better serve the poultry industry. Exhibiting wax and wax-free poultry boxes at Booth #B7647, Interstate Container will be available to meet with poultry processors during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) from January 26 – 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Interstate Container supplies coated wax and wax-free boxes through its fully-equipped and integrated network of warehouses. The corrugated manufacturer leverages warehouse proximity to processing plants in order to work hand-in-hand with poultry processors to shift phase by phase to Greencoat wax–free boxes. Currently, Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million sustainable boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD.

Pete Bugas, Greencoat Global Director, explains,

“We continue to expand the availability of Greencoat, as the poultry industry throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast increasingly turns to Greencoat as an alternative to wax boxes. Using Greencoat, poultry processors can transition, one phase at a time, to remove those wax boxes entirely from their supply chain without compromising quality.  Then their customers, the national retail supermarket chains and restaurant chains, can recycle Greencoat boxes rather than pay to land-fill the wax boxes they currently receive. Both the poultry processor and the end customer win.”

Warehousing & Distribution Services

Interstate Container offers poultry processors just in time delivery by expanding its warehousing and distribution network from Cambridge, MD and Wooster, OH to Albertville, AL, Gainesville, GA, Jackson, MS, Lumberton, NC, and West Columbia, SC.

Interstate Container warehouses are equipped with effective inventory management systems, as well as offer additional value-generating services including drop tailors, palletizing, stretch wrapping, and the distribution of adhesives for boxes.

Evolution to Sustainable Packaging

With the poultry industry continuously evolving and growing, Interstate Container helps poultry processors drive the evolution to sustainable packaging and make a change that will positively impact future generations. By transitioning to Greencoat, poultry processors receive high-performing and cost-effective packaging without the carbon footprint.

Greencoat boxes are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable. 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.

Pete Bugas, Greencoat Global Director, explains,

At Interstate Container, we expanded our distribution and warehousing network across the Southeast, which facilitated the proliferation of Greencoat. As a result, both our and our customers’ sustainability scorecards have improved.”

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.com; www.greencoat.net
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