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AICC Northeast Summit Recap

Monday, August 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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AICC Northeast Summit|  August 17 – 18, 2017 | Atlantic City, NJ

The VP of Operations of an independent corrugator plant sticks his head in the president’s doorway.  "We’ve lost another operator.”  "How is that possible?” "His wife just gave birth and he’s taking FMLA time.”  "How long is that?”  "Sixty days.”  "Sixty days?  How is that possible? My father’s a box maker. I didn’t meet him until I was 5 years old!”

AICC Region 9 Director Larry Grossbard of President Container Group opened the AICC Northeast Summit with that story.  More than 70 attendees convened at the fabulous Borgata Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ,  August 17 and 18.  What they got was a strong two-day program that addressed and united two over-arching themes that have value to all in the packaging industry – technology and finding and keeping the best people.

After that great welcome, Steve Young, President of AICC gave an update on the Association’s activities, with an emphasis on member participation, education, and upcoming events.  AICC Chairman Tony Schleich, President of the Lawrence Paper Company’s American Packaging Division, presented tenets of his theme for this year, "Principled Leadership”.

Next up on the agenda was a combination of presentations and panel discussion Q & A on the topic of High-Speed Flexo Folder Gluers (FFG).  Dick Olsen of MHI; Marc Farrar of Bobst North America and Scott Sander of Isowa America presented the latest in FFG technology-focused on set up, changeover and run speed improvements and trends.  The point was made that investing in the latest technology can eliminate some of the people challenges that all plants face.  To help guide the members through technology investment, Mitch Klingher of Klinger Nadler LLP followed the panel discussion with a walk through how return on investment approach and consideration has evolved with technology and is not necessarily matched to the criteria utilized a short 10 years ago.

A networking reception overlooking the Borgata’s pool closed the day 1 program.

Joe Hodges, Operations Manager at Mid-Atlantic Packaging and AICC Region Director opened the day 2 program.  Gene Marks, Principal at the Marks Group, a noted Columnist and Author took the crowd through "Trends and Issues that Will Impact Your Cash Flow & Profits in the Next Four Years.”  This was a timely review of the current impact that Washington D.C. and policy flow are having on member’s businesses.  Gene showed who the decision-makers are and what the trends mean.  He is always engaging and entertaining and leaves you with a clear understanding of complex issues.

A second-panel discussion closed the morning program.  Gene Marks moderated "Your People – Trends and Best Practices for Finding & Keeping the Best People.”  The panel included  the following AICC members:

  • Jeremy Cohen – Engineering & Facilities Manager at Acme Corrugated Box 
  • Joe Hodges – Operations Manager at Mid-Atlantic Packaging
  • Rich Goldberg –  VP Operations at President Container Group
  • Kelly Hynes – Weber Display & Packaging

Over the next hour, these panelists graciously shared valuable information, and stories of how they’ve built successful human organizations, explained in detail the challenges faced in recruiting and training, and took several questions from the audience.

Both days’ panel discussions brought tremendous audience participation and openness, a hallmark of the nature of AICC general and associate members. Thanks to all who had something to say.

Then it was off to the golf course. The Pines Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club was the site of a noon shotgun start for 30 golfers in a scramble format.  The winning team of Tony Battaglia, Jeremy Cohen, Dan Santhouse and Rich Goldberg shot 64.  The second-place team of Marc Farrar, Mike Fireman, Lance Head and Tim Tuerk also shot 64.  The Pines Course tiebreaker starts with back 9 scoring, where the winners shot 30 versus the runners-up at 32.  The third-place team of Allie O’Brien, Dave Burgess, John Burgess and Steve Erhard shot 70.

AICC would like to thank all sponsors of these events:

  • Platinum Sponsor: Latitude Machine Corp 
  • Gold Sponsors: Bobst and Hycorr
  • Silver Sponsors: Alliance Machine Systems, Haire Group, MHI and Poteet
  • Networking Reception Sponsor: EFI
  • Breakfast Sponsor: Sun Automation
  • Lunch Sponsors: Kruger and Central National- Gottesman
  • Golf Sponsors
    • Absolute  
    • A.G. Stacker
    • Alliance Machine Systems
    • Automatan
    • EAM-Mosca
    • Fosber
    • Global Boxmachine
    • Haire Group
    • Hycorr
    • JB Machinery
    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    • Pamarco
AICC would also like to thank John Jordan of JM Fry for organizing the golf outing and Huston Patterson Printing for providing all the signage.