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A Hands-On Exploration of Corrugated

Friday, December 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Corrugated Packaging Essentials 

Early Bird Deadline: January 24, 2020

December 12, 2019 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering its popular seminar Corrugated Essentials, Wednesday, March 11-Thursday, March 12, 2020, at StandFast Packaging in Carol Stream, IL.

This seminar is a comprehensive, interactive exploration of corrugated packaging technologies. Attendees will analyze various packaging solutions, examine the performance attributes of containerboard and corrugated board, including appearance, printability, and runability. They will learn about everything from raw material choices to packaging design, printing, converting, sustainability, and end-use.

"Great presentation materials, especially the 'take-home' samples we worked on that were provided to each of us," said Oliver Enneking, Sales Representative, The Lawrence Paper Company.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on with containerboard production, corrugated products, characteristic test comparisons, and much more.

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.

"I loved the hands-on experience guided by a diverse group of experts," said Alan Ferrara, Production Manager, Cajas De Carton Sultana, S.A. de C.V.

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.

The Seminar will include a tour of StandFast Packaging, a leading provider of corrugated packaging, retail displays, retail packaging, graphic packaging, and fulfillment services. Creativity, design, service, and sustainability are interwoven into each and every one of their

interactions. With a network of manufacturing plants and sales offices throughout the United States and Canada, StandFast provides customers with customized solutions that protect and market their products. Founded in 1967, StandFast continues to be a privately-held, family-owned business with Midwestern family values.

Registrations received on or before Friday, January 24 will receive the early bird rate of $895 for individual registrations and $795 per person if three or more from the same location register, a $400 savings.

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.