Published in the September 2019 issue of Arden Hills Notes, the city's newsletter.
Made in Arden Hills Features International Paper Company's Corrugated Box & Packaging Plant at 1300 Red Fox Road.
International Paper’s Arden Hills plant manufactures corrugated boxes and displays and is celebrating its 50-year anniversary this year. The plant is part of International Paper Company, one of the world's leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper.
Three things to know
The facility converts rolls of kraft or white liner board and medium into flat sheets for further processing on a machine called a corrugator. From there, seven pieces of converting equipment convert the flat sheets into boxes of all shapes and sizes, from small shipping boxes to jumbo sized boxes able to hold a refrigerator or large piece of furniture. The process involves printing, cutting, folding, gluing and stacking –all in one pass from start to finish.
The facility has more than 1,000 different specifications that are produced regularly. No job is identical and every day is different in the box plant.
The Arden Hills location services many of the top box users in the industry. Customers come from many diverse industries such as food packaging, furniture and window manufacturers, dry goods shippers, electronics manufacturers, chemical manufacturers and many others.
The plant operates 24 hours a day, five days per week. It opened in 1969 and currently employees 104 people.