May 11, 2011 – by Young Teck Kim
Students in Dr. Bush’s Principles of Packaging course and Dr. Kim’s Paper and Paperboard Packaging course met with representatives from Triad Packaging, Inc. (www.triadpkg.com) on March 17th.
Triad Packaging CFO/COO, Mike McFerrin and Marketing Manager Tina Hogue discussed the corrugated packaging industry with the students and described opportunities for employment in the field. Triad Packaging, Inc. is a corrugated fiberboard converting and printing business with locations in Bristol, Tennessee and Gastonia, North Carolina. The company makes several types of corrugated packaging products but specializes in retail point-of-purchase displays. The company has sales of approximately $15 million annually and employs 75 people. Ms. Hogue and Mr. McFerrin are interested
in hosting an intern from Virginia Tech and plan to help with our recruiting efforts.
Students learned about the structure and size of the corrugated packaging industry, careers in the industry, and about recent trends. Trends include a growing emphasis on sustainability in packaging products, changing raw material (board) types, and “zero-crush” manufacturing technology.
The visit was arranged by Dr. Kim and was supported by the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.