Corrugated packaging & displays is a $30.5 billion a year industry that is vital to U.S. distribution systems. It is the most frequently used shipping material because it is cost-effective, lightweight, functional, innovative, versatile and sustainable.
Employment opportunities for new graduates across the U.S. Over 1,166 corrugated manufacturing and design facilities promote innovation and provide new careers in almost 1,000 U.S. cities and towns.
Corrugated packaging & displays is a green industry. It, and its allied industries, plant twice as many trees as are harvested, contributing to preserving wildlife habitats, sequestering carbon dioxide and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.
Corrugated packaging & displays is a "sustainable" industry. Corrugated is the most recovered form of packaging with 93% of all containers produced being reclaimed for recycling.
Through ICPF, the corrugated industry seeks student interns and new graduates with majors in packaging, graphic design, marketing & sales, business, engineering, supply chain management, environmental science and related fields.
ICPF - A business opportunity
If you follow packaging industry news, you are well aware of a number of ongoing and new initiatives that the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) conducts throughout the year. These initiatives would not be possible without the contributions and time provided by individual companies. And, there are many ways to get involved and help support ICPF's mission.
SkillsUSA pilot for plant floor workforce – first stage showing success
As previously reported, an exciting new partnership has been launched with SkillsUSA to test the potential for corrugated packaging plants, working with local SkillsUSA chapters, to prepare area high school students for plant floor operations and maintenance. Over the past year, ICPF has been working in conjunction with FBA and AICC to explore the potential for a SkillsUSA prototype that may possibly be duplicated around the country.
ICPF & Arden Donate Software to Appalachian State Packaging Lab
This month, Appalachian State packaging design students will arrive on campus to discover new design software in their university's packaging lab. Over the summer, Arden Software donated 22 seats and faculty training to the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) for use in Appalachian State's packaging design lab in North Carolina.
On February 24, the evening before ICPF's 2017 Teleconference, 20 select students from Bowling Green State University, Clemson University, Michigan State University and Virginia Tech joined visiting executives from Green Bay Packaging, KapStone, Pratt Industries, Mid-Atlantic Packaging, Welch Packaging and WestRock for ICPF's student dialogue on corrugated packaging careers.
Sign up early for ICPF's Holiday Weekend in New York (Friday-Sunday, December 8 - 10, 2017) to ensure space is available. Bring your spouse or guest for holiday shopping, touring, dining, Broadway plays, and enjoying New York's holiday season. All while supporting ICPF’s educational mission.
SKILLSUSA “PLANT FLOOR” PILOT FOR HS STUDENTS LAUNCHED
This January, February and March, several pilot programs are being initiated at high schools throughout the Chicago area to determine if a local model to prepare students for careers in plant operations and maintenance can be created through a partnership with SkillsUSA.
Several weeks ago, over 70 students and faculty from Clemson, Michigan State, RIT, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin-Stout participated in the 2017 Student Packaging Jamboree that was hosted by the RIT packaging school in Rochester, New York.
With a grant provided by Clemson University, the Clemson Packaging program continued a systematic expansion of its packaging lab this past summer that included both the update and expansion of the lab's corrugated testing equipment.