Boise Inc. has announced key investments in the converting operations of its Packaging business. The largest capital improvement is the installation of a new 110-inch corrugator at the company's Central Texas Corrugated (CTC) sheet feeder facility in Waco, TX, which is expected to start up in third quarter 2013.
"We're excited about this new corrugator and several other investment projects, which are aimed at reducing operating costs, improving quality, and increasing production capabilities," said Dave Kunz, vice president of Packaging. "Once installed, the new CTC corrugator will replace two existing corrugators, which will improve our operating efficiency and lower our costs. We expect the new corrugator will add 180,000 msf of low-cost production capacity, while simultaneously allowing us to reduce operating costs."
The company has also completed a recent rebuild of its corrugator at its converting facility in Salt Lake City, UT. This rebuild has substantially increased the speed and throughput of the machine, reduced waste, and improved product quality. Additionally, the company has installed a new high-speed flexo machine at its converting facility in Wallula, WA. This new machine replaces two older converting machines and improves our efficiency through reduced set up time, along with lower operating costs.
"These investments are an important part of our plan to grow our Packaging business. We plan to continue making these types of investments in our Packaging system to meet changing customer needs, grow with our customers, and ensure that our facilities are safe, efficient, and cost competitive," said Alexander Toeldte, president and chief executive officer of Boise.