International Paper in 40th year at HIP
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.
International Paper at 533 Forest Road in Humboldt Industrial Park.