News Ticker – July 20, 2010


Pactiv invests $14.5 million in sustainable molded-fiber packaging
Pactive EarthChoice Fiber-Blend Foodservice PackagingThe Lake Forest, IL-based converter completed the first three phases of a $14.5-million project to produce molded-fiber foodservice packaging at its Moorhead, MN, facility. The three new EarthChoice™ Fiber Blend Hingeware manufacturing lines add 25 jobs. Pactiv’s proprietary technology is said to result in lightweight, strong foodservice-carryout containers made from a blend of wood-pulp fibers from sustainable and renewable resources. EarthChoice™ products are ASTM D6868-certified, Cedar Grove Composting-approved and are processed without chlorine. More info

Graphic Packaging hikes prices on coated unbleached kraft paperboard
The Marietta, GA-based substrate provider and converter will increase prices $50 per ton on its SUS® Coated Unbleached Kraft paperboard, effective Aug. 23. The price hike affects GPI’s coated folding-carton grades, Pearl-Kote® and Omni-Kote®, as well as the Aqua-Kote® carrier grade. GPI had raised prices on its SUS paperboards by $40 to $45 per ton back on May 31. More info

Laptop donation restores a link home for National Guard unit
A months-long deployment to Afghanistan for some South Carolina National Guard members has become a lot more tolerable after the engineering unit received 10 new laptop computers donated by anilox-roll supplier Harper Corp. of America. Since arriving in January, the Fort Mill, SC-based 1222 Engineer Co. Guardsmen have been housed in tents at the Kandahar Airfield. But heavy rains in February swept through their wooden-floored quarters. The deluge destroyed the laptop computers, cell phones and iPods the soldiers use to stay connected with family and friends back home. To support the soldiers and their families, Harper Corp. underwrote the purchase of 10 new laptop computers equipped with the latest Internet access and shipped them to the unit’s base camp back in March. Donations to cover more replacement computers are encouraged. Email: jkluttz@harperimage.com

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