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International Paper shows off their operations

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 18, 2015

CMTA recently visited International Paper’s box plant in Elk Grove for a fantastic tour that coincided with International Paper’s Legislative Day at the state capitol. The tour provided us with a clear picture of their talented people, innovative products and sustainable operations.  
International Paper employs approximately 2,500 people in California who work across the state at 27 sites, resulting in a large economic footprint in our state. The majority of the company’s California operations are part of its Industrial Packaging business which includes corrugated boxes, retail displays, bulk packaging, kraft paper bags and recycling. Their products are used as conventional shipping containers, product marketing and eye-catching retail displays for a wide range of industries. As consumers, we see corrugated containers pretty much everywhere we look. Pizza comes in corrugated boxes, as do new appliances, new audio and video equipment, plus all the orders you receive after shopping online.  We also see corrugated displays at big-box retailers, especially during high volume shopping times like Black Friday and back to school.
The company also has a Foodservice plant that manufactures paper cups, food containers, plates and other single-use packaging used by many well-known quick-service restaurants. Although not manufactured in California, International Paper also creates high quality printing papers such as Hammermill™ and produces market and fluff pulp that is used by other companies to produce a wide range of absorbent hygiene, paper and tissue products used by millions of consumers every day.
International Paper’s Elk Grove plant has 125 employees and makes corrugated boxes for fresh produce, processed foods, light industrial, and e-commerce marketing segments.  A few months ago, many of the employees volunteered over the course of two weekends to assist the Sacramento Tree Foundation with an effort to reforest areas in the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge with native trees.
Some additional interesting things we learned:
  • They can produce more than 200 boxes a minute.
  • Corrugated is the most frequently used shipping material because it is cost-effective, lightweight, functional and versatile.
  • The whole industry has a 63 percent recovery rate on paper and 90 percent on boxes.
  • One individual we met was actually on his last day of work before retirement. He had been with the company for 41 years. Who says these aren’t highly coveted middle class jobs?
  • One of their biggest workforce needs is skilled maintenance technicians.
CMTA is proud to represent such an impressive company and operation that delivers highly popular and sustainable consumer products and high wage middle class opportunities.
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