KapStone fired up its largest paper machine Monday as union members entered their fifth day of the strike. “Our number 10 machine and all associated equipment (are) on line,” officials with KapStone Paper and Packaging said in a statement. “Our box plant is up and all scheduled equipment is running. We are shipping product according to plan, in accordance with all of our safety and environmental policies and procedures,” the company added. The length of strike might hinge on how much of the plant the company can run without its 800 union members by using salaried workers, contractors and replacement workers. Union leaders, in fact, questioned whether the No. 10 was really operational.
Greif, a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, has announced an increase in pricing on steel drums due to escalating raw material and other input costs. Existing customers have been advised of the 5.0% increase on steel drums. New market pricing goes into effect with shipments in the U.S. and Canada beginning on March 09, 2017.
“We want to assure our customers that we are doing everything possible to mitigate the volatility in costs. Greif continues its dedication to providing its customers with the best quality, service, and overall value for their industrial packaging requirements,” explains Ole Rosgaard, Division President, Americas.