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; programs like the launch of a new pilot with FBA & AICC to assist corrugated manufacturers in preparing local high school students for the plant floor, various work with colleges and universities to advance and maintain corrugated packaging curricula, and the recruiting of students and graduates with educational backgrounds in corrugated packaging design, sales, graphic design, packaging engineering, chemical engineering, supply chain management and business.

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.  ICPF welcomes donations of surplus CAD tables, corrugated testing equipment and other resources for college packaging labs.  Most recently, Arden Software provided ICPF with design software for Appalachian State’s packaging lab and JB Machinery installed a new KleenPlate System on the WorkHorse press that ICPF earlier placed at Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin. Vanguard Packaging donated a CAD table to ICPF that was used to jumpstart the packaging design track at University of Texas – Arlington.  Gerber Innovations donated parts, installation assistance and training for the faculty.

Consider serving as a class room speaker on corrugated packaging at one of ICPF's 22 university partners.  Many of the speakers provided by ICPF additionally organize plant tours, provide student internships and serve as advisors and mentors to students and faculty.  ICPF also recruits manufacturing executives who can serve as industry speakers at its annual Careers in Corrugated Packaging Teleconference, in which over 500 students and faculty from 18 campuses participated earlier this year.  Though more regional in attendance, ICPF additionally seeks executive  speakers for the Student Packaging Jamboree that  is organized and conducted by packaging students at a different  campus each year. Some of the companies recently providing teleconference and jamboree speakers include Mid-Atlantic Packaging, WestRock, Green Bay Packaging, NEWW Packaging & Display, Wasatch Container, Georgia Pacific, PCA, Smurfit Kappa, StandFast Packaging, Greif, Liberty Diversified International, Jamestown Container and Landaal Packaging,

ICPF corporate partners use ICPF’s career portal to recruit new graduates and student interns who, by ICPF design, usually evolve into full time employees upon graduation. Throughout the graduation season, (February to early June) an average of seven qualified upcoming graduates apply to each opening posted.  This fall is a perfect time to post openings for upcoming December graduates, for next season’s spring graduates and to recruit student interns for next summer. 

ICPF’s corporate partners annually send executives to ICPF’s Student /Executive Dialogue Dinner where they help in promoting corrugated packaging & displays careers.  Many of the participating students accept student internships and full time openings upon graduation that are offered by the executives they meet there. Several of the recent participants have included KapStone Paper & Packaging, Welch Packaging, Green Bay Packaging, Mid-Atlantic Packaging, WestRock, Georgia Pacific, Buckeye Corrugated Inc., Landaal Packaging, Greif, Liberty Diversified International, Tavens Packaging, and Pratt Industries.

There are many firms that annually participate, sponsor and promote ICPF’s Holiday Weekend in New York. In fact, there are too many firms to list here. It is a special weekend when manufacturing and supplier executives, with their spouses or guests, can support ICPF while socializing and enjoying the best of New York City during the holiday season.  This year’s event (December 8-10, 2017) includes the latest Broadway play hit, and receptions and dinner at the renowned New York restaurants, Sardis and Le Cirque.  As of this writing, space remains available for additional couples.  E-mail registration@icpfbox.org for more information on the event.

Individual firms also have hosted independent fundraisers for ICPF (most recently Harris Packaging, Bay Cites and BW Papersystems) that have ranged from a Texas Band Benefit, to a California Cruise, to a Karaoke Singathon. Other firms or their executives have supported ICPF by nominating a deserving executive to ICPF's Circle of Distinguished Leaders, by providing gifts of stock or cash at the end of the year, and by naming ICPF as beneficiary of a trust, IRA, 401k or will.  All donations are tax deductible. ICPF is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation co-sponsored by AICC and the Fibre Box Association.  If you wish to learn more about these opportunities or would like to consider becoming an ICPF corporate partner, visit www.careersincorrugated.org or contact info@icpfbox.org.  It is through the assistance provided by firms like yours that enables ICPF to continue expansion of its outreach in educating and influencing the career decisions of talented, upcoming high school and college graduates.