Pittsburgh Chemical Day

Our very own Justin Jamison was lucky enough to win an autographed football at Pittsburgh Chemical Day! He was also able to meet Franco Harris and Phil Villapiano. Here he is pictured holding his trophy.

For the past few years, Justin has been on the board of Pittsburgh Chemical Day and has assisted with the planning of this historic event. This year, Pittsburgh Chemical Day celebrated it’s 50th year anniversary at Heinz Field. Dr. Antonis Papadourakis from Lanxess gave the keynote speech and the day program was chock full of value for many different chemical industry professionals. Many of Wolf’s customers that purchase performance minerals attend this event.

Justin joins a long tradition of history of our company’s employees contributing to Pittsburgh Chemical Day. Before Justin, other contributors include Linda Wolf, Patty Wolf, and Jack Jamison. Pittsburgh Chemical Day is important to the success of the chemical industry in Pittsburgh, and we will continue to support it in the future.

If you are interested in attending Pittsburgh Chemical Day in the future, please visit pittchemday.com and register to receive emails.

If you are interested in learning more about which performance minerals Wolf can offer, please call our office at 724-940-2222.

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New Rigid Packaging! Clear & Non-Round!

One of our biggest suppliers is now offering some exciting new packaging that is very on trend for the packaging industry. The picture immediately below shows the new clarified pint from Berry Plastics. We are currently selling this package and our customers are reporting strong demand for this beautiful packaging. What’s so exciting is what you don’t see… cracked and broken containers in the freezer section. We have samples of these containers and would be happy to share them with you. Testing data is also available upon request.

Another packaging innovation that we are currently offering is this new non-round packaging with photographic printing. These containers are pictured in white, but can also come in translucent (with contact clarity), or fully clarified (like glass). This package optimizes the packaging on the shelf at the retailer and allows 25% more product to be on the shelf at the retailer, and 30% more on a pallet throughout the distribution network. This Qubic packaging is an economically efficient alternative to IML packaging.

All of this was written up in Packaging Digest as well. Feel free to check out the link below.

Packaging Digest Article

Wolf Container – NEW HIRE!

Wolf Container & Chemical is pleased to announce the hiring of our first professional hockey player! Brendan Jamison has accepted an offer to work in our Sales organization. Brendan has joined the Wolf team to broaden our sales experience and to better serve our customers. He comes with a wealth of knowledge from various sales positions with companies such as Bank of New York Mellon and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Brendan earned dual bachelor degrees in Accounting & Finance from Robert Morris University with Magna Cum Laude honors, and also captained the Varsity hockey team. He comes to Wolf after retiring from his career in professional ice hockey. After graduating from RMU he played in the NHL’s minor league system for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. He then finished his career playing abroad with the Hull Stingrays of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.

Brendan will be joining Wolf Container & Chemical as an Account Executive and he will be working to come up to speed on a distinct group of customers as well as continuing Wolf’s recent success. Brendan comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within Wolf Container & Chemical, and I look forward to working with the team to further develop our business. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company within the industry.”

Linda Wolf, President & CEO said, “As a company it is important to continue to expand the team and invest in the future of our organization. Brendan will fit in very well with our company and work ethic, and we believe that the future of our company is brighter with him on our team. I’m confident that Brendan will play a key role in developing and providing quality solutions for our customers.”

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Non-Round Packaging

Here at Wolf Container & Chemical, we’re seeing increasingly fast developments in the area of non-round packaging, both in the form of new products from our suppliers and in demands from ourQubic customers. One of our favorite suppliers, Berry Plastics, has doubled down on their investment in this area with their new Qubic containers (pictured on the right), which are generating a lot of buzz from our customers as a cost effective non-round solution. You can learn more about these containers at www.QubicContainers.com. Across the marketplace, it seems that the growth in non-round (square and rectangle) In Mold Labeled (IML) containers has been amazing. Our sales team would love to discuss any of these options with you. Feel free to email wolfpack@wolfcontainer.com for samples of Qubic or IML packaging.

Why move to non-round packaging? Most people are aware of the logistics gains from this: fitting more product and packaging on a pallet, through warehousing, and in distribution is important, but what most customers don’t think about is the shelf set that consumers see. Non-round packaging allows your shelf facing to be defined, while round packaging isn’t always oriented the proper direction. Also, moving from round to non-round packaging also allows most customers to get more of their product on the shelf at the retailer, which reduces labor cost for restocking, as well as “in store, out of stock” situations when the shelf is empty, but the product is stored elsewhere.

For all of these reasons, square and rectangular packaging is appearing more and more on the shelves that the end customer looks at. Sometimes, like in the example of Walmart with margarine and spreads (see image below), customers are forced to adopt non-round packaging to please a large customer, but we like to get out in front of this before it becomes an (expensive) race to the finish line. There are many cost effective ways to pursue this exciting trend, give us a call or send us an email today!

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Resin Prices Going Down!

We’re sure this isn’t news to many of you, but indices such as Chem Data (CDI), CMAI, and Plastics News are all seeing broad declines in the costs of various resins. Polypropylene seems to be taking the hardest hit in the last two months, followed by PET, and PE. Not only are lower commodity prices due to the falling price of oil, but they are also falling because of large inventories and the strengthening U.S. dollar.

Most of our customers can’t wait to take advantage of falling resin prices, and are always extremely pleased when we pass through the savings from a lower resin cost. If your container or bottle supplier is not passing through these savings to you, please feel free to reach out to our sales team about a quote that’s tied to one of the benchmarks above. Transparency is a value of ours, and we always tell our customers the reasons for changes.

Some interesting things about the various benchmarks listed above: Chem Data and CMAI were the first to announce lower pricing, and Plastics News seems to be lagging a little bit. Generally, these indices are all very in tune with the market, but announce at different rates. Chem Data has always announced resin pricing as early as possible, even if it means that they have to go back and update the ‘actual’ price after one month. CMAI has always fallen between the other two, and is generally pretty accurate. Plastics News usually lags behind a little bit and is also extremely accurate, with minimal corrections.

If you have any questions about the various benchmarks we use, we are happy to answer your questions!

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Welcome to the new wolfcontainer.com!

Everyone at Wolf Container could not be more excited to announce and showcase our new website. It will bring new information and functionality to all of our customers. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the various sections of it, here is a basic rundown. The website provides a wealth of technical knowledge of minerals, plastic packaging, and the services that we offer. You can see detailed specification sheets for the various minerals that we offer which are Calcium Carbonate, Kaolin, Talc, and many more.

This blog is meant to be a way to communicate industry information to keep our current and future customers informed about new trends in the industries we serve. For instance, in the plastic packaging markets, we plan to post updates for resin market movements and predicted movements as well as information about new and upcoming package releases. As far as the industrial markets we serve, we plan to discuss information related to steel packaging indices and new packaging formats that are growing rapidly.

If you don’t want to wait for these longer, more detailed blog posts please feel free to contact our sales team directly on our ‘Sales Team’ page (include link). Each member of our dedicated sales team is very capable in these areas, and can tailor any discussion to your specific needs.