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Members in the News – March/April 2023

By AICC Staff

March 20, 2023


Koenig & Bauer’s MetalCoat 470 free-standing coating line.

Koenig & Bauer’s MetalCoat 470 free-standing coating line will be installed at Massilly North America Inc., a Brantford, Ontario, global metal packaging manufacturing and distribution company.

“Our clientele is a variety of customers in Canada, the U.S., and Central/South America, from small producers to national co-packers, all the way to major multinational distributors and brands that require metal twist-off closures for the North American market,” said Garnet Lasby, president of Massilly North America. “To satisfy the high demands of our customers who require accurate register of spot-coated metal sheets, we chose to invest in the MetalCoat 470.”

“Our flat-sheet drying technology is ideally suited for organizations that wish to produce large volumes of products as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible,” said Koenig & Bauer’s Sam Pernice, director of sales and service for North America. “The heavy-duty design … ensures Massilly of many years of producing the highest quality.”

In other Koenig & Bauer news, Lugoff, South Carolina-based Protective Packaging is “astonishing its customers with its new generation mid-format Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 six-color press,” according to a Koenig & Bauer news release.

The press was delivered in Protective Packaging’s 130,000-square-foot facility in summer 2022, installed alongside another Rapida.

“Our customers depend on us to deliver the highest quality folding cartons with ultra-short delivery times,” said Tom Price, president of Protective Packaging. “We’re able to answer those demands with the new Rapida’s higher speeds and much faster make-ready. Due to all of the high-end features on the press, we’re at least 30% more efficient and can turn our jobs much faster.

width=300Rusken Packaging hired Joe Rogers as its new corporate director of strategic markets.

Rogers comes to Rusken with 30 years of corrugated industry experience, starting as a sales representative in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1993.

“I am excited to welcome Joe to Rusken,” said Randy Whiteaker, chief operations officer, in a statement. “Joe will fill a need in our existing strategic initiatives as well as help develop and guide us into new areas. Joe is a proven leader, and I look forward to Joe’s insight and fresh perspective in his new role.”


Chuck Slingerland

Durst North America named Chuck Slingerland as the company’s new corrugated sales manager.

Slingerland brings over two decades of experience in the packaging industry at several notable companies.

“Chuck brings a wealth of experience and a positive growth-oriented mindset to Durst, which has always been and will continue to be at the forefront of digital printing technology,” said Tim Saur, CEO and managing director at Durst North America, in a statement. “We strongly believe the market will continue to expand rapidly and are thrilled to have Chuck as a part of our team in North America.”

In other Durst news, Sheet Labels Inc., based in Queensbury, New York, purchased a new Durst Tay RSC E.

“I needed quality, flexibility, and speed,” said Alan Etheridge, senior vice president of Sheet Labels, in a statement, “but most importantly, I needed a UV inkjet asset and a support structure for that technology that I could rely on in order to continue to deliver superior service to our new and existing clients.”

“The Tau RSC line is incredibly versatile, and a perfect fit for what Sheet Labels Inc is envisioning for their future,” said Steve Lynn, Durst’s director of labels and packaging–sales, in a statement. “We look forward to their continued success and our growing partnership.”


Kathleen Stark

Mid America Paper Recycling (MAPR) appointed Kathleen Stark to its leadership team as controller, a new company position.

Stark joins MAPR after a 26-year financial career as a controller, auditor, and in other financial management roles. As a certified public accountant, she will oversee financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, auditing, and other strategic initiatives.

“Kathleen has been a great addition to the executive team,” said MAPR President Paul Pirkle, in a release. “Not only does she bring excellent knowledge to this role, but she is a great person. Although Kathleen has been here for a short time, she fit into our culture immediately, rolling up her sleeves right away to learn about our business. Her natural curiosity for the recycling business coupled with her exceptional understanding of business best practices will serve all of us well.”

Apex International announced a sponsorship of WQED’s Inquire Within education TV programs, a yearlong initiative between WQED TV and multiple community organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, and western Maryland.

Inquire Within features “impactful out-of-school programming designed to encourage family engagement and the love of learning through hands-on activities,” according to an Apex news release.

“When looking for ways to give back to our local community, we couldn’t think of a better way than to support this awesome educational program for local kids and families,” said Farrah Nuzzo, Apex’s global marketing coordinator, in a realease. “Skills in STEM will always be important in manufacturing, and the Inquire Within program keeps kids engaged in this field with fun, challenging, and collaborative programs. That is something we are proud to stand behind.”

To learn more about Inquire Within, visit


Johan Danielsson

EMBA Machinery appointed Johan Danielsson as president.

Daniellson comes to EMBA with an extensive background from ABB and Hitachi Energy, working in numerous positions.

He will report to Anders Berg, Chair of EMBA Machinery and founder of the Berg Group.

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.”