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Innovator of the Year
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  • Bay Cities - Smart phone app for interactive product and craft assembly instructions (Product name AssemBLAR) (1st Place)
  • Great Lakes Packaging - Label Stock Inverter (2nd Place)
  • Acme Corrugated Box Inc. - A Fully Integrated Finished Goods Conveyor System (3rd Place)


The AICC - Board Converting News / Corrugated Today Innovator of the Year Competition is designed to recognize innovative solutions created by both AICC box plant and supplier members that enhance the efficiencies, productivity, product quality and bottom line profitability of the independent box plant.

Developed over twenty years ago as a forum for box makers and suppliers to put forward their best innovations, the Innovator of the Year has since evolved into a highly competitive arena that highlights the technological innovations of AICC members in production, material handling, manufacturing, training, and administration. Each year, the AICC Plant Innovations Committee holds a call for entries and after reviewing the submissions received from AICC members determines the finalist entries that are then voted on by AICC Annual Meeting attendees. Cosponsored by Board Converting News, the competition alternates its focus between box makers, suppliers, and non-machinery aspects of the converting industry.

An Innovator of the Year is awarded every year in the fall, in four rotating categories.

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