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Members in the News – January/February 2023

By AICC Staff

January 30, 2023

width=300Copar has rebranded and is now named CoparSolutions.

“Since new ownership and management have taken over, nearly every aspect of the company has been updated or is well along in the process of being updated,” a company news release stated.

The name change “reflects the company moving in new directions and developing new innovations,” according to the release.

Lewisburg Printing Co. (LPC), LPC TX Visual, and Huston Patterson promoted Kirk Kelso and Joseph Morelli to new positions.

Kelso was promoted to executive vice president of business development for LPC and LPC TX Visual. He will also oversee corporate and integrated accounts and lead multi-year commercial strategies with a primary focus on folding carton business.

Morelli was promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing for all litho and top sheet sales at HPx and LPC. He will oversee all LPC and HPx sales associates and develop go-to-market strategies for both sales teams.

“This new structure will position us to better serve our clients more strategically, while continuing to balance growth in a profitable fashion that allows us greater flexibility in our ability to respond to market changes,” said LPC CEO Hale Hawkins IV, to whom Kelso and Morelli will now report. “I am excited to have such a great team of individuals all working on our common goals and look forward to the future with great anticipation.”

Bay Cities started its fourth sustainability initiative of 2022 by partnering with Homeboy Industries for electronics waste (e-waste) disposal.

All Bay Cities’ e-waste will be transferred and properly disposed of or reused where applicable, according to a company news release.

“Our team is looking forward to continuing our partnership with Homeboy industries,” said Jesus Ortiz, Bay Cities’ sustainability and safety coordinator. “We are excited about this journey and excited to support the message Homeboy Industries seeks to achieve and obtain.”

Durst installed its a P5 350 HS press at Icon Digital’s facility in Toronto.

It’s the fifth Durst press that’s been installed at Icon Digital, the first of which was added around 15 years ago.

“It is a true testament to Durst innovation when a customer continues to turn to us for the latest technology.,” said Tim Saur, CEO and manging director of Durst North America. “Our relationship with Icon is built on trust, collaboration, and our commitment to providing best-in-class production technology, so they can continue to offer the best to their customers. We are proud to have Icon Digital as a partner and friend and look forward to the future together.”


Caitlin Salaverria

Caitlin Salaverria, director of marketing and communications at the Fibre Box Association (FBA), was named president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF).

She succeeds Richard Flaherty, who retired this past October after serving 16 years in the role.

“I look forward to leading ICPF and taking on the necessary and important responsibility of growing the corrugated packaging industry’s labor force,” Salaverria said. “I’m excited to expand the work ICPF is doing by building partnerships with the education community, establishing relationships with local governments and apprenticeship programs, and developing marketing and communications tools to promote the many benefits of choosing a career in corrugated packaging.”

For the past 12 years, Salaverria has worked in FBA’s marketing department, where she enhanced FBA’s general communications, developed the strategy for paid and organic social media advertising efforts, cultivated relationships with other industry associations, managed committee work, and initiated partnerships for ICPF with career organizations.

Koenig & Bauer recently acquired a 49% stake in Celmacch Group, an Italian corrugated industry equipment manufacturer.

The new partnership, which is known as Koenig & Bauer Celmacch, expands the Koenig & Bauer Group’s portfolio to include its ChromaCUT X Pro and Celmacch’s line of equipment, including its two die cutters: the ChromaCUT High Tech and ChromaCUT Smart.

“This partnership is providing positive energy in the market and opening many doors for us to display our complete line of equipment,” said Tom Fitzgerald, director of Koenig & Bauer’s corrugated and post-press products. “[T]his new partnership blends the strength of Koenig & Bauer’s global leadership with its own foothold in the corrugated printing and converting markets and our presses that are widely known for highly productive production of rotary die-cut boxes and printed corrugated sheets, along with Celmacch’s fine reputation in the corrugated market.”

Mid America Paper Recycling recently released its State of the Commodities Market report on its website.

According to a company news release, CEO Don Gaines said the industry experienced a fairly strong economy prior to the pandemic. “But now, everything is different,” he said. “As prices began rising on consumer goods, including food, vehicles, and general merchandise, as well as construction, energy, utilities, and transportation, prices for OCC quickly declined.”

Read the report here.

The Royal Group (TRG) announced two promotions at Package Craft: Chris Rebuck took over as general manager, and Cassie Penland was named sales and customer service manager.

Rebuck, who replaced General Manager Craig Roberts after 23 years in the role, brings with him many years of experience in B2B sales and operations management, including his sales role at TRG since 2019.

Penland has been part of the Package Craft team for over 14 years, working in multiple positions in her time with the company.

Larsen Packaging Products Inc. named Danny Thomas as the company’s first national sales manager in its history.

Thomas brings with him 30 years of experience in sales throughout various industries.

“We welcome Danny to lead our growing sales team,” said President and CEO Bill Larsen. “Danny’s passion for excellence, his experience leading national sales efforts, and his ability to problem solve on behalf of his clients make him a tremendous addition to our organization.”


John McQueary

CST Systems appointed John McQueary as its new vice president of sales.

McQueary has been with CST Systems since 2017, where he has held the positions of southeast regional sales representative, national accounts manager, and national sales manager.


Dac Austin, creative director at Rabbit Hole Distillery, highlights work done by Independent II and the Domino X630i press.

In a recent Domino video, Dac Austin, creative director at Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisvill, Kentucky, highlights the company’s relationship with Independent II and recent work done on Domino’s X630i digital press.

Austin talks about Independent II’s responsiveness, attention to detail, and more, and touts the effectiveness and efficiency of the Domino press, diving into why a recent project was so successful.

“One of the relationships that we’ve built is one with Independent II, who is our ship case provider,” Austin said. “Their responsivity that we receive from their team is excellent, and that really resonates with what we do with our ship cases, and what we’re able to produce.”

He continued, “All I had to do for this was create a new file, run it through the machine (Domino X630i digital aqueous inkjet corrugated press), and it’s instantaneous. There’s no mixing of inks, there’s no wipe-up or clean-up for the machinery. It’s just moving the board through, and it works effectively and efficiently. That is something that is magnificent in what we’re able to do. And it shows the merger of the digital and corrugated world.”