Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager Takes Part in Leadership Maryland Program 2013

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Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, will partake in the Leadership Maryland program, discussing current pressing issues, obstacles, and opportunities the state and its diverse regions face.

Leadership Maryland, a significant statewide leadership program in the United States, selected Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, as one of 52 accomplished and talented Maryland leaders to participate in an eight-month leadership program.

The program focuses on building relationships between leaders in the region and inspiring them to make a difference. Leadership Maryland helps leaders understand and appreciate diversity, enrich personal values, as well as investigate the correlation between issues in Maryland and promote positive changes.

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Leadership Maryland Selects Peter A. Bugas for its Class of 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Peter A. Bugas, General Manager, Interstate Container Cambridge, has been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2013.  Bugas, a resident of Salisbury, is one of 52 accomplished and talented Maryland leaders selected to participate in the eight-month program. Leadership Maryland is one of 34 state leadership programs nationwide and has graduated over 900 statewide leaders. 

“The participants represent a broad spectrum of highly qualified executives from an extraordinary group of statewide applicants,” said Nancy Minieri, founding president and CEO of Leadership Maryland.  “After participating in a comprehensive range of experiences during this milestone anniversary year, these leaders will serve as important participants in the unified effort to shape Maryland’s future.” 

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, participants will attend five two-day, and one one-day intense sessions focusing on issues, such as, economic development, education, health and human services, criminal and juvenile justice, environment, and multiculturalism/diversity.  More than 100 top experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, non-profit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions. 

For further information, visit our website at or contact Nancy Minieri at (410) 841-2101.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, produces award-winning sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for food processing industries; retail and shelf ready packaging; counter, pallet and POP displays; shipping and transport boxes, custom dunnage and packing materials; and corrugated boards and sheets. 

Plants are located in Lowell and Westminster, MA; North Brunswick, NJ; Reading, PA; Cambridge, MD; Asheville and Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greeneville, TN

Leadership Maryland Contact:

Nancy Minieri
Holiday Court, Suite 218      
Annapolis, MD 21401      

Tel: +410-841 2101
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Phoenix Machinery & Erhardt+Leimer to Exhibit Printing & Packaging Solutions at Gulf Print & Pack 2013

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Phoenix Machinery, Lebanese-machine manufacturer, joins leading printing & packaging industry suppliers at Gulf Print & Pack 2013 in Dubai from 8 - 11 April 2013.

As an exclusive agent of Erhardt & Leimer (E+L) technologies in Lebanon and the Middle East, 
Phoenix Machinery will join the system solutions and automation technology supplier at Booth # M8 during Gulf Print & Pack 2013. The event, dedicated to commercial and package printing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, will be held at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC) within the World Trade Centre district.

Francois Khawaja, Phoenix Machinery Sales Representative, will be available at Booth # M8 to meet with regional customers and prospects of E+L control, guiding, and inspection systems for the paper, corrugating, and printing industries.

At Gulf Print & Pack 2013, Phoenix Machinery will keep up-to-date with the latest printing and packaging technologies, as well as meet printing professionals, buyers of printed products and design agencies, as well as network with world's leading industry experts.

About Gulf Print & Pack 2013

Gulf Print & Pack is the only dedicated event for the printing and packaging markets in the MENA region that reaches top packaging and printing houses, as well as brand owners. The event showcases new developments in machinery and materials and offers attendees and exhibitors opportunities to invest in top quality equipment. 

About Phoenix Machinery

Phoenix Machinery in Safra, Lebanon manufactures hygiene and tissue converting machines, high precision CNC components and machined parts, as well as develops and integrates machinery automation, process automation and power distribution solutions.

The industrial machine manufacturer is a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. Phoenix Machinery exports to Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE, Egypt, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Haiti, USA and Africa.

Phoenix Machinery is a member of Phoenix Group of Companies and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New SOS Paper Bag Machine with Flat Handle Improves Product Quality & Delivery

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New self-opening sack (SOS) flat handle machine at National Paper Products Company enhances paper bag quality and delivery.
National Paper Products Company installs new SOS flat handle paper bag machine to meet growing market demand for high-quality consumer packaging. The new machine runs with 1 or 2-ply paper, producing thicker and stronger SOS paper bags which better secure flat handle properties. The new SOS flat handle paper bag machine also improves specially precut bottom shape which facilitates opening, filling, and reclosing bags.

The top-of-the line, US-made SOS paper bag making machine increases output at National Paper Products Company’s Dammam-based plant. The acquisition of the new machine enables National Paper Products Company to meet a wide range of customer demands and ensure on-time delivery with the machine offering faster production.
The paper packaging manufacturer produces self-opening sacks - regular with flat handle for the retail and catering sectors in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Middle East and Africa.  
About National Paper Products Company 
National Paper Products Company, located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, meets customer paper packaging needs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Established since 1956, National Paper Products Company was the first manufacturing plant of paper bags, cement bags, tissue rolls, and plastic crates in Saudi Arabia.
National Paper Products Company is a Napco company and a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of INDEVCO Group.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

INDEVCO & Napco to Gain Insight into the Middle East Food Industry at Gulfood 2013

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INDEVCO Flexible Packaging division and Napco representatives will meet with prospects, customers, and potential partners at Gulfood 2013 from 25 – 28 February 2013.

INDEVCO Flexible Packaging division and Napco representatives will stay abreast of the latest developments in the food industry during Gulfood 2013, held at Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, U.A.E. The event provides key market indicators and industry trends to help keep up with and meet changing customer demands.

INDEVCO Flexible Packaging division and Napco companies manufacture polyethylene (PE) films and plastic bags, paper bags, multi-wall paper sacks, composite packaging serving the food sector. INDEVCO is the managing partner of Napco, a leading Middle Eastern group of manufacturing companies based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Gulfood 2013 Attendees

Co–extruded and printed plastic film producer
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Products for the food sector: PA / PE vacuum bags; PE bags, thermoformable film, PE bags, and PE meat sleeves


George Saba, Sales Manager
Email: George.saba[at]

Wassim Barakat, Product Specialist
Email: Wassim.Barakat[at]

Also at the event will be Napco NEMA (Near East, Middle East & Asia) Regional Unit Country Managers, Hisham Khattab and George Barakat. 

About INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division 

INDEVCO Flexible Packaging plants manufacture polyethylene (PE) films, as well as plastic and paper bags and rolls for the agricultural and horticultural, beverage, building and construction, catering, chemical and petrochemical, food, household, hygiene and tissue disposables, industrial, pharmaceutical, soap and detergent sectors.
Members of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division include Masterpak in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon; Napco Modern -Sack DivisionNapco Modern - Technical DivisionNational Paper Products Company, and COMPACT in Dammam, Saudi Arabia; as well as United Plastic Products Company (UPPC), Napco Packaging Systems Co. Ltd. (Uniplast), and Multipak in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Annual Meat Conference 2013 Provides Insight into Meat Industry Trends

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Interstate Container, the nation’s second largest poultry packaging supplier, to meet with industry professionals at the 2013 Meat Conference in Nashville, TN.

Two key members of the Interstate Container sales team will meet with industry professionals from all over the country at the 2013 Meat Conference in Nashville, TN from 24 - 26 February (Gaylord Opryland Resort). Jeff Cormier, National Sales and Marketing Manager, and Anne Potterton, Sales Account Manager, will be on hand to offer insights on how meat producers can pull costs out of their packaging supply chain without compromising strength or quality.

As creators of the pioneering Greencoat® wax-free corrugated packaging solution, Interstate Container is well-qualified to educate meat industry professionals on a variety of topics, including:

  • Generating revenue through recycling corrugated waste
  • Identifying and improving packaging inefficiencies that are stealing from the bottom line
  • Designing customized boxes to meet specific packaging needs more intelligently
  • Applying the concept of sustainability throughout the supply chain
  • Understanding the differences between competing approaches to “wax-free” packaging

Cormier and Potterton will also be able to speak to the differences between traditional and wax-free corrugated boxes, and why more and more meat processors are responding to increasing customer demand and enhancing their own profits by choosing eco-friendly packaging.

To learn more about these and other surprising benefits of Interstate Container’s wax-free packaging solutions, checkout 8 Reasons To Go With Greencoat®.

About Interstate Container 

Interstate Container’s manufacturing plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD produce 100% of the innovative Greencoat® corrugated packaging in-house without sourcing from third parties. Interstate Container also produces corrugated retail ready packaging, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, protective packaging and industrial packaging in Lowell and Westminster, MA; Brunswick, NJ; and Reading, PA with sister companies in Asheboro and Greensboro, NC and Greeneville, TN.

Contact Information

Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
Tel: 443-523-4925
Email: jeff.cormier[at]

Anne Potterton
Sales Account Manager
Interstate Container
Tel: 410-708-2929
Email:  anne.potterton[at]

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Responsible Business Magazine Case Study - "Sanita: Still Believing in the Beauty of Lebanon"

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Learn about Sanita's corporate social responsibility and commitment to the community and environment in a case study featured in CSR Lebanon's Responsible Business Magazine, the Middle East magazine for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The Jan - March 2013 Issue, featuring the Sanita article on page 58 - 59,  is now on sale at bookstores throughout the Middle East.

Still Believing in the Beauty of Lebanon

By Gacia Apikian - INDEVCO Group


Imagine soft clean sand under your feet, cool clear water lapping against the shore, and a peaceful Lebanon, where a drive into the mountains features nature over trash and billboards.

With the country reaching a peak of uncleanliness and disorganization, Sanita refuses to abandon its dream for Lebanon, a large part of which relates to the integrity and hygiene of our surroundings.

While Sanita’s leading brands of personal care, household, and institutional products are known re­gionally, few are aware of Sanita’s raison d’être. Like other INDEVCO companies, Sanita was founded to meet a basic need in the community: the urgent need for hygiene disposables products in the late 1970s.

Since its establishment, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been an integral part of Sanita’s strategy and business model, continuously spreading positive messages in times of need. Bassam Khoueiry, Sanita Deputy General Manager, explains, “Based on INDEVCO’s mission, I believe, as a company, our respon­sibility extends two ways: the inter­nal, focusing on securing a brighter future through a clear career path for every one of our employees; and the external, maintaining and strengthen­ing our good relationships with both the consumers and the community, as well as striving to make a better environment. When the environment is harmed, so is our community and indirectly our consumers, and this is why we (Sanita) aim to always pio­neer environmental initiatives.”

Community Activism: For a Stronger Lebanon

Cleaning Lebanon
Sanita plays an active role in the com­munity, regularly launching national campaigns to increase environmental awareness. In line with one of the key environmental campaigns, ‘Ta Ydal El Hala Enna’, Sanita sponsors and works with large clean-up initiatives to help bring back Lebanon’s natural beauty and to educate Lebanese citi­zens about eco-friendly hygiene.
Since 1997, Sanita has annually co-sponsored ‘Operation Big Blue’ National Beach & Sea Cleaning Campaign. In 2008, it also spon­sored ‘Clean Up the Med’ cam­paign, a 21-country Mediterranean initiative focused on responsible citizenship. Furthermore, the com­pany launched ‘1.2.Tree’campaign during the Lebanon Development Marketplace 2005, encouraging planting across Lebanon.
During clean-up initiatives, San­ita donates biodegradable trash bags and recyclable trash bins, as well as other hygiene dispos­able products for waste removal. Furthermore, executives and em­ployees volunteer, investing time and effort to remove garbage from Lebanese shores and streets, while distributing flyers, stickers, and educational materials. The com­pany holds nationwide health and hygiene awareness programs, such as trash segregation and recycling campaigns in universities and in over 1400 Lebanese schools.
Sanita distributes products and pamphlets and promotes idea gen­eration from students and the com­munity for a better environment.
Furthermore, as a corporate citizen, Sanita undertakes waste manage­ment initiatives at its manufacturing plants in Halat and Zouk Mosbeh, sorting waste and sending paper waste back into production of recy­cled pulp.

Strengthening Lebanon

When developing CSR initiatives, Sanita evaluates existing economi­cal and political issues in the coun­try to ensure that campaigns com­municate out the right messages at the right time.
In November 2008, Sanita launched the ‘Shouf Halak bi Leb­nan’ TV campaign to stir a sense of nationalism and belonging prior to Lebanese Independence Day. Every year since, the campaign spreads messages of unity, faith, and attachment to Lebanese iden­tity and roots.
In 2006, following the July war, Sanita launched the ‘T3alak bi Baladak’ campaign on TV, calling on Lebanese to stay in the country and not abandon their dreams.
In the 1990s, as the civil war came to an end, a dire need to boost Leba­nese morale arose. As the fire fueling political turmoil slowly died down, Sanita shared its vision for a beautiful and prosperous Lebanon. 
Sanita launched the ‘Ktishfo Day­a3na’ campaign, in an effort to promote internal tourism. Sanita distributed pamphlets and broad­casted TV documentaries about different Lebanese villages. 
Furthermore, the ‘Akhi Loubnani Moustakbalouka Sone3 Yadeyka’ and ‘Ouwetna Wehdetna’ cam­paigns promoted active participa­tion in the reconstruction of Leba­non and encouraged Lebanese unity after 3 decades of being divided.
In the mid-1980s, citizens had be­gun to use U.S. dollars as the main currency, due to a lack of trust in the Lebanese pound. In order to support the economy and boost the Lebanese currency, Sanita launched the ‘La2annaha 3omlatouna w Li2­annana Nahtam’ campaign.

Product Development: A Greener Community

As a manufacturer, Sanita is devel­oping sustainable hygiene dispos­able products to help the public go green.
Since the mid-1990s, Sanita has manufactured sustainable recycled tissue products for institutions and restaurants ready to go green. In line with market readiness in 2011, Sanita launched the Natura brand of 100% and partially-recycled fa­cial and toilet tissue disposables, as well as table napkins for con­sumers. 
In 2011-2012, Sanita launched a new line of oxo-biodegradable (OBD) d2w tie and trash bags, as well as polywrap to pack its tissue products. OBD bags completely decompose in three years without harming the environment and with­out emitting methane or odors.

Corporate Responsibility... Not an Obligation

At the heart of every country is its youth, the promise of a better, brighter future. Sanita’s responsi­bility program focuses on creat­ing over 800 jobs in rural areas to reduce migration to Beirut. The Lebanese manufacturer also sup­ports over 300 disabled centers and provides job opportunities to people with disabilities.
Additionally, Sanita supports and offers donations to non-profit community-based organizations, educational institutions, scouts, parishes, municipalities, and com­munity associations. Some recipi­ents include Caritas, Lebanese Red Cross, and Scout du Liban.

A Comprehensive CSR Approach and Mission

Sanita is working to develop a com­prehensive approach to its corpo­rate social responsibility. Corporate citizenship is an incremental part of its mission, strategy and goals. This is in line with INDEVCO Group’s mission: “What is good for the community is good for the com­pany”, a philosophy that resonates with and shapes each member of Sanita’s team.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Photoblog: Masterpak Displayed Horticultural & Agricultural PE Films at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2013

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Masterpak representatives met with customers and prospects and learned more about the latest market and industry trends at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2013.

Business leaders from around the world interested in flexible packaging for fresh produce visited Masterpak booth #B-13 at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2013. Booth visitors learned more about the polyethylene (PE) film manufacturer and its large array of agricultural and horticultural PE films, including greenhouse covers, soil disinfection films, and silage covers.

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2013, the world’s leading trade fair for fresh produce, took place from 6 – 8 February 2013, at Hall 8.2 in Messe Berlin, Germany.

Masterpak Booth  #B-13

L-R: Rania Rached, Senior B2B Campaign Specialist - INDEVCO Online Marketing Department, Operations Unit
Bassam Bou Samra, Country Manager, Agricultural Sector - INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division
Karim Souidi, Area Sales Manager Spain & Portugal - INDEVCO Flexible Packaging Division Europe
Cynthia El Asmar, Online Search Marketer - INDEVCO Online Marketing Department, Operations Unit
Rany Sfeir, Market Manager for Horticultural & Agricultural Film – Masterpak

Rania Rached and Cynthia El Asmar at Masterpak booth

 Masterpak representatives meeting with booth visitors

 Karim Souidi and Bassam Bou Samra with customers and prospects

Rany Sfeir and Bassam Bou Samra engaged in conversation with an interested visitor

About Masterpak

 produces high-quality co-extruded polyethylene (PE) films and bags. The Lebanese polyethylene manufacturer serves the agricultural, industrial, construction, catering, food, beverage, hygiene and tissue, soap and detergent, petrochemical and chemical, in addition to retail and household plastics sectors in Europe, the Arabian Gulf, the Middle East, Africa, America and Australia.  Established in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon in 1974, Masterpak is a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group.
Masterpak provides the agricultural and horticultural industry with: compost and forage bags, greenhouse covers, ground cover film, hydroponic gully film, low tunnel film, mulch film, silage covers, soil disinfection film, water membrane and banana bags.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Photoblog: Greencoat® Wax-Free Boxes Attract Environmentally-Conscious IPPE 2013 Attendees

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Poultry processors and producers at IPPE 2013 experience first-hand the strength and durability of sustainable wax-free Greencoat® boxes at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

During IPPE 2013, Interstate Container booth visitors tested Greencoat®’s strength and water-resistant properties by walking across a life-size Greencoat® corrugated bridge and pond display, as well as watching videos about the corrugated box’s properties. Visitors learned how Greencoat® can reduce costs and cut box room waste in half at the event, which took place from January 29 - 31 at Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, GA.

Interstate Container representatives also met with IPPE attendees to discuss and evaluate current sustainability program, as well as look into how Greencoat® can improve their environmental impact. At the event, attendees learned about Interstate’s new Columbia, SC facility, as well as how Interstate Container has expanded into locations in Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio.

Interstate Container Greencoat® booth
Demonstating the strength of Greencoat®
(L-R): Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager;
Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container National Sales & Marketing Manager;
Mark Buff,
Interstate Container Account Representative

John Cristos, Interstate Container Columbia Site Manager,
 meeting with booth visitors

Bugas & Cormier with interested attendees

Booth visitors with Greencoat give-aways

Interstate Container thanks all visitors!
About Interstate Container

Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, produces award-winning sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for food processing industries; retail and shelf ready packaging; counter, pallet and POP displays; shipping and transport boxes, custom dunnage and packing materials; and corrugated boards and sheets.

Plants are located in Lowell and Westminster, MA; North Brunswick, NJ; Reading, PA; Cambridge, MD; Asheville and Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greeneville, TN.

Interstate Container is a member of Interstate Resources Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group.
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