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Corrugated Packaging Fundamentals Hits the West Coast

Friday, March 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is once again offering its popular Corrugated Packaging Fundamentals Seminar, Wednesday, June 19 - Thursday, June 20, at Pacific Southwest Container, LLC, in Modesto, CA. The seminar gives attendees the opportunity to understand everything corrugated, from raw material choices to end use.

Oliver Enneking, Sales, Lawrence Paper Company said, the course offered "great presentation materials, especially the 'take home' samples we worked on that were provided to each of us.”

Corrugated Packaging Fundamentals combines hands-on activities with classroom learning, to allow attendees to immediately use their new understanding.

Seminar topics include:

  • Containerboard Substrates & Applications
  • Manufacturing Variations
  • Sustainability
  • Package Design
  • Prepress
  • Printing & Converting

Hands-on activities include:

  • Container Board Production
  • Manufacturing Effects
  • Corrugated Products
  • Characteristic Test Comparisons
  • Printing Comparisons
  •  Die Cutting and Scoring

Instructors Dan Malenke, President, PKGPRO, LLC, and Ralph Young, AICC Corrugated Technical Advisor, bring nearly 50 years of experience to the lectern and hands-on activities offered during the course.

“Ralph and Dan provided extremely valuable information in regard to industry, print, and personal experience. They were able to not only present but demonstrate the complex material in a simple, practical way. The seminars information has already proven to be a competitive advantage in my career,” said Will Tillo, Account Representative, MaxPak Inc.

Dan is an accomplished practitioner, solutions provider, educator, and author with extensive coast-to-coast and international experience in leading technology-rich seminars for the printing and packaging industries. He is particularly adept at creating synchronous courses of study from highly fragmented parts. Dan holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Ralph serves as Corrugated Technical Advisor to AICC members and is the wisdom and

expertise behind ASKRALPH. With a BS in Forest Management and an MBA, his entire corporate career is in the forest products industry. Companies include Champion International, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper and Mead Containerboard. Ralph is a well-known speaker and expert on the technical aspects of corrugated packaging and box engineering.

Attendees will also receive a tour of Pacific Southwest Container (PSC). PCS is a premier provider of packaging solutions in the Western United States. Their “One Stop Shop” approach allows companies to source all of their paper-based packaging requirements with an eye towards functionality and aesthetic appeal. Whether it is a one-color corrugated shipper, a nine-color folding carton with foil stamping and embossing, or Point of Purchase displays, PSC can assist from start to finish. In-house structural and graphic design gets the process started, and a wide variety of converting capabilities gives our customers flexibility and speed to market. By controlling the process from concept to marketplace, PSC provides customers with unmatched quality and service.

Registrations received on or before Friday, May 3, 2019, will receive the early bird rate of $1,095.

More information about the seminar can be found at Questions about seminars or webinars and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development,, or Chelsea May, Education and Training Manager, or 703.836.2422.


About AICC, The Independent Packaging Association

We are a growing membership association which has served independents since 1974, by providing access to education and information in print, in person, and online. AICC membership is for the full company- join and all employees at all locations have access to member benefits. In April 2017 AICC began offering free online education to all members to help the individual maximize their potential and the member company maximize its profit. When companies invest and engage, AICC will deliver success.