In­ter­na­tional Pa­per in 40th year at HIP

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - BUSINESS -

In­ter­na­tional Pa­per’s box plant in Hum­boldt In­dus­trial Park re­cently marked its 40th year of op­er­a­tion.

The plant is among nearly 190 North Amer­i­can Con­tainer fa­cil­i­ties that are part of the com­pany’s largest busi­ness, in­dus­trial pack­ag­ing. In­ter­na­tional Pa­per man­u­fac­tures con­tainer­board and cor­ru­gated pack­ag­ing.

Hav­ing opened for busi­ness Dec. 13, 1976, as an In­land Con­tainer plant, which was later ac­quired by In­ter­na­tional Pa­per, the fa­cil­ity was one of only four in op­er­a­tion in CAN DO’s Hum­boldt park at the time. In con­trast, 67 large-scale busi­nesses now op­er­ate in the park.

Bobby Sun­dra, pres­i­dent of Ha­zle­ton Box Plant Lo­cal 1531, has been em­ployed at the fa­cil­ity since its first day of op­er­a­tion.

In a news re­lease from the com­pany, he re­called that in 1976 the plant pro­duced about 350 lin­eal feet per minute off the cor­ru­ga­tor ma­chine, and other sites were call­ing the plant to ask how the team was able to do it.

The plant ini­tially ran one shift with 15 pro­duc­tion team mem­bers and a fourper­son main­te­nance crew. In March 1977, the plant added a se­cond shift and, in July of that year, the fa­cil­ity ex­panded to a three-shift op­er­a­tion. To­day, the plant runs boxes for the bot­tling and tis­sue in­dus­tries, among other cus­tomers.

“While much has changed over the years, with­out a doubt the plant con­tin­ues to thrive due to its ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion of safety, qual­ity and ser­vice and a ded­i­cated team that cares about each other’s safety and our cus­tomers,” com­plex general man­ager Mark New­ton said. “I am priv­i­leged to work with such a com­mit­ted team of peo­ple and to be part of our 40-year cel­e­bra­tion.”

In­ter­na­tional Pa­per is head­quar­tered in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, and em­ploys about 55,000 peo­ple in more than 24 coun­tries.

Net sales for 2015 were $22 bil­lion.

ELLEN F. O’CON­NELL/Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

In­ter­na­tional Pa­per at 533 For­est Road in Hum­boldt In­dus­trial Park.

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