July is UV Safety Month!

Skin cancer is the most common cancer. About 5.4 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed each year. Though the statistics are sobering, skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer! There are many ways to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation, and you need more than 1 step for full protection. People should follow as many tips as possible:

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slop on sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Wrap in sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin
  • Use the UV Index forecast to know your UV exposure risk. (A higher UV Index on a scale from 1 to 11+ means more skin damaging UV radiation is reaching earth).
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in the direct sun, especially when the sun’s rays are the strongest, generally from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Wear protective clothing when you’re out in the sun, including long sleeves, sunglasses, and a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears.
  • Wear sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of 30 or higher on all skin that isn’t covered.
  • Never loo directly at the sun.
  • Use extra caution when near water, snow, and sand.
  • Use an umbrella for shade from the sun.

 

Did you know? Most people don’t realize that dogs with short legs are susceptible to sunburn than other dogs. This is because their bellies are closer to the ground, therefore it’s easier for the tummy area to get sunburn from the sunlight being reflected off of the ground.

  • Apply a dog sunscreen. Put it on your dog’s nose, belly, ears, and groin. Any spot that is normally “pink” on your dog – including any skin that shows when your dog is shaved – should be protected with sunscreen prior to being outdoors for long.  Avoid using dog sunscreen around the eyes.
  • Keep your dog indoors during the hottest part of the day. This applies year-round because sun exposure is sun exposure, whether it’s summer, winter, spring, or fall. If your dog will be in the backyard for long periods of time, make sure to provide some shade for your dog.
  • Don’t cut your dog’s fur too short. Your dog’s hair is one of the things that helps to protect the skin from sun exposure. If your dog have at least half-an-inch of fur, then it would be highly unlikely that sunburn would ever occur. However, if your dog is shaved, then be very careful whenever he is exposed to the sun. That said, fur alone isn’t the best source of sun protection.
  • Buy sun protection dog clothes. In addition to mid-length dog shirts, look for a full-body dog sun suit. Ideally, you want at least 30+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). Dog sun suits with 50+ UPF are best.
  • Protect your dog;s eyes. The eyes are a common spot for canine melanoma. That’s why doggie sunglasses, like Doggles, are so popular.

New Indy – Ontario Mill

Just like Ivex Specialty Papers, New Indy also owns the Ontario Mill, which is located in Ontario with a population of 165,000 and is located 35 miles east of Los Angeles and 65 miles Northwest of Palm Springs. This mill was built by Temple-Inland in 1984 and started up in 1985 as a 500 tpd mill with 2 pulpers and is located on 57 acres of land. The plant provides jobs for 160 full-time employees and the mill operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It was originally designed to produce 550 tons per day, but the mill now produces in excess of 1,000 tons per day. The mill also carries SFI certification and will soon have its’ FSC certification.

The Ontario Mill was acquired by New Indy in 2012. Since the formation of New-Indy, the Ontario plant has climbed into the top 10% of the containerboard industry in overall machine efficiency ranking, and has also made substantial capital investments that have resulted in significant improvements in both our sheet appearance and performance.

Ontario uses 100% recycled fiber in our manufacturing process. In addition, the mill purchase recycled water from the local utility and our processes conserve water by recycling it multiple times. The mill receives almost 60 truckloads of Old Corrugated Containers [OCC] on a daily basis.

The mill has had no environmental violations in over a decade and they believe their focus on environmentally conscious manufacturing processes and supply chain solutions will enable them to maintain a strong business presence in the state of California for many years to come. The environmentally conscious Ontario mill uses 100% recycled fiber to produce 375,000 tons of medium and linerboard each year off of a single 264 inch, two-ply machine that makes a range of grades from 23# medium to 56# liner. They use essentially 100% post-consumer recycled fiber in our manufacturing process.  The mill consumes 400,000 tons of recycled material annually.

Ontario has a 35 MW cogeneration power plant that not only provides 100% of the mill’s electrical power needs, but also supplies power to our neighboring IP box plant and thousands of CA homes and businesses through our partnership with Southern California Edison.  We can generate enough excess electricity to power over 8,000 homes.

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Open House Fun!

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On Friday, June 10th, New Indy Ivex Specialty Paper held an Open House employees’ friends and family! The Open House Started at 2:00 pm and lasted until about 7:00 pm and there were over 80 participants. All afternoon, families and friends visited the mill, and learned a thing or two! The visitors were given a tour of the mill by their loved one, or by another Ivex employee. During this tour, the visitors walked through the mill as the employee explained to them how to make paper! After the tour, the friends and family were invited to eat some hot dogs, bratwursts, chips, and desserts with us. During this time, the visitors talked with the employees, asked questions, and even watched a video filmed in our mill a few years ago! Before our friends and family walked out the door, each person was able to enter in a drawing to win various prizes! We had toys and games for children of various ages, and even had a patio umbrella to raffle off for the adults. And since there would only be four winners, we had New Indy Ivex Specialty Paper hats, water bottles, sticky notes, and pens for people to take home and remember this experience! The idea behind this Open House was to show our employees’ friends and family that we are proud of WHAT we do, HOW we do it, and WHO we do it with!

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National Safety Month

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New Indy Ivex Specialty Paper’s number one priority in the workplace is safety for everyone, and June is our favorite month because it is National Safety Month! Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages, and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe, prevent injuries, and spread the word. Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards. This June, Ivex encourages you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls. All types of jobs – even desk jobs – can lead to injuries, so please be aware of the precautions to take and the ways to improve safety in your workplace.

 

The National Safety Month website provides a list of tips for protecting against accidental falls, both at home and at work:

  • Aisles, stairs, and walkways should be clutter-free; spills should be wiped, dropped objects should be picked up, and cabinet drawers must be closed when not in use.
  • Use handrails in stairways; take one step at a time and report or repair broken stair coverings.
  • Apply nonskid floor coatings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely. Slow down and take small steps when walking on a wet or slippery surface.
  • Inspect ladders before and after every use.
  • Wear proper footwear. Athletic shoes greatly reduce the risk of falls among the elderly. The risk of falling increases if in stocking feet or barefoot.
  • Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce chances of slipping linoleum.
  • Store frequently used items in easy-to-reach areas.
  • Exercise regularly. The stronger the body, the more likely a person is to sustain a fall with minimal injury.

Following these tips, as well as other tips on the National Safety Month website, promotes safety around the home, on the road, and in the workplace.

There are also ways to help spread the word! You can add information about safety to your newsletter, Tweet about National Safety Month, host a community event where families can learn about the many ways to prevent injuries, add a web badge to your website, blog, or social networking profiles, etc. You can also encourage your employees to take the SafeAtWork Pledge!

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New Indy – Oxnard Mill

The Oxnard paper mill was built in 1955 on the Southern California coast. It was one of the first paper mills to use 100 percent recycled fiber in the country. In the 1980s, the Oxnard mill was rebuilt. A new secondary fiber plant and package boiler was added to supply 335 tons per day of corrugating medium. The line shaft drive was replaced with electric drives, and an energy-efficient cogeneration plant was built. The cogeneration plant included an aero derivative gas turbine — the same engine you find hanging from a jet wing — to power and provide steam to the plant as well as the first air emissions control equipment utilizing a Selective Catalytic Reduction unit to ensure low emissions of nitrogen oxides.

The plant continued to make improvements throughout the ’90s. It purchased seven acres, making it a 19-acre site. An activated sludge wastewater treatment plant was added. And a Voith Sulzer shoe press was installed as well as a more efficient gas turbine, with a capacity of 29 MW. In 2000, the plant added a new pulper, storage tanks, reject handling equipment and a chiller for the power plant to allow future expansion in the paper mill.

Today, the modern mill employs more than 100 individuals. It uses 100 percent recycled fiber from old corrugated boxes it collects from the Los Angeles area. Those boxes are taken from the waste stream, allowing Oxnard to produce 200,000 tons of high-quality corrugated medium a year.

The Oxnard paper mill is unique in that it isn’t located on a river. Because water isn’t readily available, it has created a “water closed” system. It uses much less water than other systems, and what it does use, it recycles numerous times. The mill needs only 14 MW to operate but produces 29 MW. It sells the additional energy — enough to power 10,500 homes. The Oxnard team is both skilled and knowledgeable. It has more than 50 years’ experience responding to its customers’ needs and supplying them with a consistent and quality product.

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National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month!

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! It’s a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate others. Asthma affects 24 million Americas, this More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies — pollen, skin, latex, etc.

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. An asthma attack happens in your body’s airways, which are the paths that carry air to your lungs. During an asthma attack, the sides of the airways in your lungs swell and the airways shrink. Less air gets in and our of your lungs, and mucous that your body makes clogs up the airways even more. Control your asthma and avoid an attack by taking your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you and by staying away from things that can trigger an attack.

Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, and other bothersome symptoms.To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergy signs and symptoms: stay indoors on dry, windy days; Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling, and other gardening chores that stir up allergens; Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from skin and hair; Don’t hang laundry outside; Take extra steps when pollen counts are high.Don’t forget to check your local TV, radio station, newspaper, or the internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels. To learn more about how you can prepare in advance of your allergy season, visit allergyprep.aafa.org.

Learn more here.

 

New Indy – Hartford City Recycling

hc rec 3A few weeks ago, we shared information of New Indy’s Hartford City Mill. Another one of Ivex’s sister companies is Hartford City Recycling – which is actually a recycling facility, rather than a mill! Hartford City Recycling was acquired by New Indy in June of 2015 as part of the Forest Resources acquisition. The Kendallville, Indiana facility first opened as a paper recycling facility in 1977, (Migler, Inc) with three employees. Over the years the facility changed ownership from Migler to Pratt Industries to HCP Recycling and now New-Indy Hartford City Recycling. In the formative years the facility processed and shipped with its small trucking fleet approximately 2,500 tons per month. The facility employ 16 drivers, 3 mechanics, 2 warehouse employees, 2 office administrators, an Operations Manager and a General Manager. Now with a fleet of 16 trucks and drivers, NIHCR ships on average 11,000 tons of OCC into the Hartford City mill. They currently bale around 250 tons per month of OCC at our plant. The facility delivers on our trucks roughly 85% to 90% of the Hartford City Mill’s OCC needs which equals around 11,000 tons of OCC each month.

 

New Color Gauge

In March, New Indy Ivex Specialty Paper put a new color gauge in our Peoria Mill! This color gauge is the Xi-Rite Pantone Ci7600 Sphere Spectrophotometer. What this machine does is collect data to archive color specifications of each production run to assure color match of papers already on the customer’s operating floors. Why is this important? That’s because this machine ensures color matching and control to meet everyone of our customer’s needs and color requirements for their order! It reduces color variation during a production run, as well as, reduces variation from one production run to another. The Ci7600 also keeps track of current and historical data to refer back to. Come to Ivex for all of our color capabilities! Learn more about the X-Rite Ci7600 here at  http://www.xrite.com/ci7600-Benchtop.

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

New Indy sends out a monthly newsletter, which contains updates from other mills, healthy habits, etc. In addition, the newsletter features the month’s health awareness! April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

What is it? Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder in which neurons in a region of the brain that controls movement deteriorate.The deterioration of the neurons results in a shortage of dopamine, a brain-signaling chemical, which causes problems with movement. Parkinson’s Disease affects close to 1 million Americans. Symptoms, which typically progress over time, include tremor (trembling or shaking), slow movement, rigid limbs, stooped posture, an inability to move, reduced facial expressions and a shuffling gait. The condition can also cause depression, dementia, speech impairments, personality changes and sexual difficulties. Currently, there is much research being done to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but there are currently no known cure for PD.

10 early signs of Parkinson’s Disease: Tremor/Shaking, small handwriting, loss of smell, trouble sleeping, trouble moving/walking, constipation, a soft/low voice, masked face, dizziness/fainting, or stooping/hunching over. If you or a loved one exhibit one or multiple of these systems, you should see your physician as soon as possible.

How to reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease: There is no way to fully prevent PD, but there are things you can do to prevent or delay the onset of the disease: Eat fresh, raw vegetables, avoid pesticides and petrochemical solvents, and avoid excess iron.

Visit www.pdf.org/april for more information!

Earth Day at IVEX

Earth day is an annual event celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. Why does this apply to Ivex? That’s because Everyday is Earth Day at New Indy Ivex Specialty Paper! On Earth day, people make promises to help the environment and make positive changes in their community, but that is something New Indy Ivex has been doing since 1913. Our dedication to sustainability is one of our main priorities. Our paper is produced from recycled fibers and is 100% recyclable. We have made the promise to help the environment through our Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Chain of Custody Standard; the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Standard and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) Standard Certifications.

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