Clearwater Paper Is ICG Supplier of the Year

NEWTOWN, CT | The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 19 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers, announces that Clearwater Paper Corporation is the recipient of its Supplier of the Year Award for 2015. 

L to R: Jason Varney, sales manager, Clearwater Paper; Robbin Rodgers, director of sales, Clearwater Paper; Jay Willie, executive director, Independent Carton Group; Patrick Burke, senior VP group President of the Consumer Products and Pulp and Paperboard Divisions

“The ICG is one of our most valuable customers, and it’s a huge honor to receive this recognition from the group’s members,” says Robbin Rodgers, Clearwater’s director of sales. “The deeply engrained relationships we’ve formed with the individual member companies—from their plant floors to their leadership teams—have been the cornerstone of our success, and we thank the ICG for their long-standing partnership.”

Clearwater says its commitment to the ICG is evident in both its participation in group events and in its collaboration with individual members, adding that its dedicated sales managers deliver personalized service to ICG members across the nation, while its converting solutions team helps members troubleshoot, innovate and optimize operations.

“Clearwater Paper’s involvement is above and beyond what we expect from our suppliers, and it shows,” says Jay Willie, executive director of the ICG. “They not only provide superior quality and service, but they’re also a nonintegrated paper manufacturer working with our nonintegrated carton manufacturers, so they never compete with our members. In fact, it’s clear that they share in our spirit of independent operation and have a genuine desire to help our members succeed.”

Clearwater supplies ICG members with solid bleached sulfate (SBS) paperboard for use in the production of folding cartons and other paperboard packaging products. The supplier contract was first inked in January 2002. Today, it is one of roughly 40 such contracts the ICG maintains with reputable suppliers of equipment and consumables used in its members’ operations.

The Supplier of the Year Award has been presented annually since 2012 to the ICG supplier that receives the highest marks on performance evaluations completed by ICG members for the prior calendar year. Members rate suppliers on quality, delivery, accuracy, service, expertise, and other key performance metrics. Evaluations are used both as the basis for selecting the award recipient and as a means of assessing suppliers and sharing feedback to strengthen partnerships.

This marks the third time in the past five years that Clearwater Paper has received the award.

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