BUYING INITIATIVES ARE going to kill the folding carton industry, says Alan Crane, 76, president of Crane Carton Co., a premier independent folding carton facility in business close to 40 years. Their growing influence is a key reason why he decided to sell his business to Caraustar Industries, Austell, Ga., last October.
MIKE FLINN, PRESIDENT of Scope Packaging Inc., receives monthly solicitation offers to sell his family's Orange, Calif., sheet plant, but he chooses to remain independent. Why? "We're a family business. My dad and mother would never want to sell this place," he says. "This company supports a lot of families that have worked here for a long time."
CAN ANY BOX plant apply graphics to a corrugated sheet? That depends on the definition of graphics, says Buckeye Container Division President Terry Shea. "Graphics," says Shea, "is a direct printed container that the average box plant might have difficulty printing. It could be kraft with a screen print, and anything that has a litho label on it."