We regret to inform you:
That Dan West passed away over the Easter Weekend.
To the right is a picture that we posted of our veterans this past year with Dan standing tall and proud with a huge grin on his face on the far right. We will miss having Dan in the office and all the jokes he would randomly throw in throughout the day. We will miss the exchanging of stories that he would have with Greg about their good ole days in the Navy. And most of all we will miss our friend and co-worker.
Rest in peace Dan, you will be missed.
Below we have a conglomeration of thoughts about Dan from a few of our managers here at Northwest Paper Box:
We at Northwest Paper Box are shocked and saddened by his unexpected death. We all will miss his excellent work and wonderful humor which he offered every day. -Rod Van Allen
Dan was a terrific guy who was known for his sense of humor and his incredible knowledge of the manufacturing and sourcing of materials associated with one of our main products Set-up Boxes. He was great with the zingers and was always a contender for the “Ugliest Christmas Sweater” competition. He loved the Ducks and the Yankees and we would frequently exchange jabs about his and my favorite teams. He will be missed greatly. We are all better for knowing him. -Brad Van Allen
I was fortunate enough to know Dan since 1987 when I went to work for Rundel Products. I worked there for 15 years until the company went out of business. We all went our separate ways but I was again fortunate to work with Dan at Northwest Paper Box for 9 years. I always enjoyed Dan’s honesty, humor, and sarcasm, he made me laugh on many occasions and I will miss this about him. Dan also knew his job very well and was a wealth of knowledge. I am truly sorry to see him go. My thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and grandchildren. May you rest in peace Dan. -Dave Shiffer
As of January 1st we are proud to announce the purchase of all the assets of Universal Paper Box, a rigid setup box manufacturer in Seattle WA. We hope to integrate their equipment, customers, and some of their employees into our business. Keep a look out for some awesome new opportunities and products we will have for you this upcoming year.
How social can we be?
We know boxes. For us boxes are as old as time, but social media is like an Apple watch without the instructions. We are trying to figure out what it does and most importantly what it can do for us. We have kept up on the latest machine technology, always looking to advance our footprint in the corrugated and Rigid set-up world but have fallen short on keeping up with things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Our employees use social media in their everyday life, our clients use it to promote their products, so why not combine the two ideas? Creating a social media outlet for Northwest Paper Box has allowed us to promote what we do best and offers clients a visual catalog of our work. Who doesn’t like cross advertising?
By rebranding our website we have focused in on our core capabilities. We have streamlined our corrugated, set-up, distribution, and fulfillment departments. We have removed the excess information and left you with a clean and easy to navigate website, unlike the Apple Watch (just a joke Tim Cook, I’m wearing the watch right now). We will be featuring a box of the month on our website, to spotlight exciting new designs, companies, or branding techniques. Follow us on social media (NW Paper Box) for a daily update on what is happening at our facility.
#NWPB #customcorrugated #setup #familyowned #portlandoregon
-John "Eye Candy" Van Allen, Vice President of Sales
Compliant to our customer’s needs :
As Northwest Paper Box has grown, the need to be more sophisticated in our processes and compliant with our customer’s requirements become evident. In working through the process we saw a need for all our packaging to comply with standards and guidelines, whether processing food (currently over 50% of our customers), manufacturing aerospace equipment or distributing wine. We take this very seriously and have committed ourselves to having 3rd party auditors (American Institute of Baking or AIB), certify both of our facilities, in 5 specific areas:
- Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
- Maintenance for Product Safety
- Cleaning Practices
- Integrated Pest Management
- Adequacy of Prerequisite and Product Safety Programs
Our most recent Audit was passed with a Score of 940. Leading our efforts to be compliant with AIB, is our Compliance officer Mark Fransham. Mark works with all of the Management team, to insure that we continue to keep our facilities and machinery clean and safe and that our employees are well trained in GMP (good manufacturing practices) and quality assurance. In the future, Nwpb will continue to move forward towards additional quality standards and certifications.
At Nwpb we recognize that Quality is a journey and not a destination so we are committed to continually strive to exceed our customers’ expectations through teamwork.
-Brad Van Allen, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Investing in our Future:
In the last 5 years, Northwest Paper Box has made numerous investments in equipment. In 2011, our company purchased a used Emba 2-color, mini, flexo-folder-gluer to make small corrugated cartons in pass through the machine. That same year we purchased a new Apstar 5-color rotary diecutter allowing to print process work directly onto corrugated. In 2012, we created an ink kitchen so we could formulate inks in-house so that we might match ink colors precisely. We also added capacity to the Rigid/Set Up side by purchasing an Emmeci 94 so that we could more quickly produce smaller rigid boxes. The following year we added a 6th print station to the Apstar and dryers so we could also seal the high-end printing with UV or other coatings in one pass. Later in 2013, we found and purchased another Emmeci with the capabilities of making deeper Rigid boxes (7 31/64” tall) as well as clamshell and slipcase boxes. Last year we purchased our 4th Emmeci line to complement our other 94. In May 2016 we just completed the installation of an Eterna Platen diecutter to replace our aging Bobst diecutter. With the Eterna, we expect to achieve greater registration as well as additional sheet size and speed.
Northwest Paper Box continues to invest in other facets of the business including upgrading its fleet of tractors, trailers and other material handling equipment. In 2012, we began using Arden Impact CAD software which is quicker and more efficient than our previous design software. Impact also allows us to create 3D renderings using customer’s supplied artwork. For estimating/accounting and processing orders, we will be switching to Amtech software later in 2016. This software will provide real time information from the plant and provide valuable manufacturing information for review.
There have been many other smaller improvements and we will continue to make changes to improve our quality, capabilities and efficiencies in all areas of Northwest Paper Box. Thank you for your support.
- Rod Van Allen, Vice President of Production
More than 270 companies in the state from a variety of sectors participated in this year’s survey. Now in its 22nd year, Oregon Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon survey continues to highlight best workplace practices that get businesses ahead.
NWPB was chosen as one of the best companies to work for in Oregon in 2015!
Thank you to everyone who participates daily in making Northwest Paper Box a great place to work.