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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

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.


Sourced from: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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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