Independence Day is right around the corner. That means fireworks, family, and, of course, celebrating the freedoms we enjoy each day. But here at PPC, the upcoming holiday has us thinking about something else worth celebrating: our independent converter members. These smaller, usually family-owned businesses make up a large majority of our industry. They keep our association vibrant and they all have a story to tell.
Here are five reasons to celebrate independent paperboard packaging manufacturers!
1. Taking Pride in Community
With usually one or two main locations, independent converters value and support the communities where they operate. They care about the people who live in those communities and the wellbeing of the local economy—after all, local communities are the places independents call home! Caring also means giving back. Beyond other charitable activities, many independents participate in PPC’s TICCIT program each year, educating the children in their communities about recycling and the benefits of trees.
2. Creating Jobs and Opportunities
Each day, independents employ and empower countless individuals. Offering good-paying jobs and skills training in modern manufacturing facilities, independents ensure the livelihoods of so many in their communities and beyond. And since most of these companies are smaller, employees have a greater opportunity to move up in the organization, building lifelong careers.
3. Advancing the Craft
Many independent paperboard packaging manufacturers get the opportunity to do small-volume, high-end jobs. This means working with unique structures, exquisite finishing materials, and other design techniques that give the “wow” factor. In short, independents are constantly honing the craft, advancing what a folding carton or rigid box can do or be. We see so many exciting designs from independents in our annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition!
4. Supporting Family
Family is at the core of many independents. Ownership is often passed down from generation to generation, making a rich investment in their family legacies. In keeping the company in the family, they propel their values and history through time. This makes their long-term investment in community, people, and craft all the more meaningful. For a few snapshots of PPC’s family-owned member companies, check out this blog.
5. Creating a Diverse Industry
Scattered across North America and beyond, independent paperboard packaging manufacturers give our industry a great amount of diversity. They operate in urban areas and rural areas. They serve different regions, each with different needs and identities. Each company also offers its own story of growth, challenges, and success. Independents add depth and breadth to the whole we call our industry, and that’s certainly a virtue.
Before you disconnect to enjoy the 4th of July holiday, take a moment to celebrate our industry, independents and all. We thank you for all you do!