Folding Carton Boot Camp

May 15 & 16, 2019 • PPC Headquarters, Springfield, MA 

The Folding Carton Boot Camp is ideal for anyone new to cartons (even if not new to the industry) and non-plant personnel with limited experience outside a single plant operation. From making paper to customer delivery and all “folding carton” points and processes in between, this comprehensive program is everything you wanted to know about folding cartons, but were afraid to ask.

Attendees start by learning how paper is made and what different grades of paperboard are used to make packaging. The types of presses used to put ink and coating on paper are next, and which machines best fit the end use. Next, industry experts introduce students to the complex prepress process, including an overview of CAD (computer aided design), color theory, and carton design. Finally, participants learn how cartons are cut, creased and finished, including windowing and gluing. 



PPC Members:                      $1,195
Brand Owners:                      $1,195
Students:                                $695
Non-Member Converters:    $1,795
5% discount for 3+ registrants per company.

Each participant receives a copy of the popular Ideas and Innovation Handbook (an $150 value!), as well as a binder full of paper and carton samples, instructional information, speaker presentations, a comprehensive glossary of printing terms, as well as a certificate of completion, ready for framing.

To register or for more information, contact Kate Smith or call 413-686-9191.


PPC World Headquarters, 1350 Main Street, 3rd Floor Community Room, Springfield, MA 01103-162


Tower Square Hotel

2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA 01115
Call Patti Chenevert at 413.750.3020 Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m.–6 pm EDT for our $127 nightly rate.
If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, you must give the hotel 24 hours notice.

Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01104

To receive the PPC discounted rate of $129/night, call Francesca Brodeur at 413.233.9161, or by email at Francesca Brodeur.

(You may also go online to Sheraton Springfield, enter the dates of your stay, and click “book now.” On the left hand side of the next page is a tool bar of rate options. Un-check all options except for “Corporate Rate/SET Code”, enter in the code 516096, and then click “update rate.” The next page will list rooms available at the PPC discounted rate.)

Lunch and Dinner on Tuesday and Breakfast and Lunch on Wednesday are included.

Bradley International Airport (BDL), Hartford, CT    

The Sheraton Springfield does not provide their own shuttle service, but private limousine and town car service can be reserved in advance. They both offer on- and off-site parking for $17 daily.

Springfield Limo and Coach (413) 732-3440 – A town car provides service for a max. of 4 people. One-way to hotel, including tax, is approx. $90. (does not include tip)

Earl's Limo (413) 739-7293 – A town car provides service for a max. of 3 people one-way to hotel. One-way to hotel, including tax, is approx. $65. (does not include tip)

Taxi Service from Bradley Int’l: Taxis depart from Southwest and Continental baggage claim areas at the ground level. See a Taxi Coordinator stationed at the taxi booth to locate the next taxi in line. Taxi fare one way to hotel is approx. $51.

Taxi Service from Springfield, MA:
Yellow Cab                        (413) 534-3333     
MYM Transportation         (413) 730-4443      

Business casual

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

7:20 am                        Doors open

7:30 - 8:00 am            Breakfast

8:00 am – Noon             Workshops
Noon – 1 p.m.                Lunch
1 – 5 p.m.                     Workshops
6 p.m.                           Dinner


7:15 a.m.                      Breakfast with Ben at The Tower Square Hotel
8 a.m. – Noon                Workshops
Noon – 1 p.m.                Lunch
1 – 3:00 p.m.                 Workshops

If you are unable to attend this upcoming Boot Camp, the next event will be held Fall 2019.


  • Raw Materials: Virgin and Recycled Paperboard, Inks and Coatings
  • Prepress: Structural Design, Graphics
  • Printing Processes/Formats: Web, Sheet, an Explanation of the Term “Format”
  • Sheeting
  • Printing: Rotogravure, Offset (Lithography), Flexography, Digital
  • Cutting: Tooling, Cutting, Blanking, Embossing, Stamping, Stripping
  • Finishing: Windowing, Folding and Gluing, etc.
  • Automatic Packaging Machinery
  • Rigid Box Manufacturing



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"The Boot Camp was professionally done; I would recommend this to anyone coming into the paperboard carton business.”
—Barry Fisher, Carded Graphics 

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