Ivex Industrial Crepe Paper Repurposed for ThunderBolt’s Crafty Online Customers


Ivex Industrial Crepe Paper Repurposed for ThunderBolt’s Crafty Online Customers

Peoria, IL, 14th May, 2018 – In the last decade, a “repurposing” trend has emerged amongst consumers. Innovative spirit borrows products and services from one market and lends them to another industry in a valuable way. Ivex Specialty Papers has teamed up with ThunderBolt Paper to offer their industrial heavyweight crepe paper to a consumer craft market on Amazon. Ivex’s 100 year history has deep roots in industrial markets like bag tape closure, filtering and ticket stock, selling products in the form of large, half-ton rolls of paper. ThunderBolt Paper has repurposed the industrial paper by offering it in smaller sizes and quantities, making it accessible for creative consumers looking for something unique.

Paper has always been a large part of ThunderBolt CEO Arlette Child’s life. She says, “I wanted to bring unique papers out of my small format print shop and into an online marketplace. When I saw and touched Ivex’s industrial crepe paper, I was sold and knew customers would love it too.”

According to Bill Platt, GM of Ivex Specialty Papers, “We have always loved the look and feel of our industrial crepe sheet – it’s both soft and strong and there’s really nothing else like it out there! We can’t wait to see all the beautiful applications consumers come up with now that Arlette’s made it available in so many sizes.”

New Soft Touch Designer CREPE is sold online through ThunderBolt’s Amazon storefront. It is offered in 5 colors (white, natural, black, blue and yellow), 2 weights (80# Text and Cover) and over 12 sizes ranging from 4” x 4” squares to full 12” x 18” sheets. Customers can buy in quantities ranging from 25-500 and can get the product in 2 days with Amazon Prime.

About Ivex Specialty Paper

Ivex Specialty Paper was acquired by New-Indy Containerboard June 30, 2015.   New-Indy is a joint venture that was formed in 2012 by the Kraft Group and Schwarz Partners, LP, two family-owned companies with long histories in paper and packaging. The Ivex operation in Peoria is over 100 years old and consists of a Paper Machine along with an Off-Machine Coater and a Converting Department. The Mill produces Bleached, Natural and Colored Crepe and Kraft Papers with Basis Weights ranging from 40# to 140# per 3,000 square feet. Machine Crepe has been the base product with the Mill producing Crepe Papers for over half a century.

About ThunderBolt Paper

ThunderBolt Paper started as a small format print shop and has grown into an online paper store, offering over 3700 items. ThunderBolt Paper provides a wide range of chipboards as well as fine papers of different types, textures, colors, and weights in cut sizes packaged in quantities to fit larger or smaller use needs. On Amazon, the company has a 99% positive rating (100% in the last 12 months) based on 907 reviews.


Press Contact: For more information, please email Michelle Witt at michelle.witt@new-indycb.com.

5 Before & After Paper Transformations You Have to See

Coatings have the ability to transform and even ADD functionality. Think about it – a fresh coat of paint can make a room look clean and bright, a powder coating can prevent corrosion, and an anti-reflective coating can keep your spectacles free of glare. Paper is no exception. Through the use of machine chemistry and/or coatings, paper is transformed and capable of entirely different end-use applications. Check out some of the before and after paper transformations below.

1. Silicone Coated

A silicone coating prevents sticking of one object/material to another. There are varying methods for applying this type of coating, with a roll coater and air knife coater being two of the common machines used in the industry. Ivex utilizes an air knife coater to apply a thin, even layer onto our paper for several applications where a 40-140# sheet is needed. In our carpet seaming tape, the silicone coating on the non-glue side prevents blocking – a situation where the hot melt glue sticks to the back side of the sheet when rolled up. There is also the added benefit of reduced friction properties, allowing the seam to move easily across the floor.

2. Grease Resistance

Whether it’s from the bag of your last-minute, drive-thru meal or a car part, there’s nothing more frustrating than stubborn grease leaking through onto your car seat! Our grease resistant coatings keep grease on the inside of packaging. One of the uses for this practical coating is as a closure for dog food. You’ll even find it in several colors like blue, black and white.

3. Anti-Skid

Anti-skid/Anti-slip coatings are used to create additional friction between two objects to prevent sliding. They are especially useful in creating a much larger slide angle between stacked boxes on pallets. Ivex has produced paper with an anti-skid coating for use in disposable paper footwear to prevent workers from sliding on slick floors. Although some coating is ideal for anti-skid pallet sheets, our crepe paper is being trialed and tested for use without a coating. The texture and structure of our heavyweight crepe contains a higher built-in slide angle than a kraft sheet, which may serve as a more cost-effective, environmentally-friendly option.

4. Wet Strength

A common, fun experiment to test wet strength is with paper towels. However, you can imagine this same functionality is useful in heavyweight paper applications as well. Think of lawn bags holding up to wet grass, trimmings and other yard debris, or industrial processing applications that require handling of materials despite large amounts of water present. Recently, Ivex has seen an increased need for cellulose filter paper with wet strength. Our crepe paper fits this bill and comes with two rare benefits – low lead times and impeccable customer service.

5. Anti-Wicking

While capillary action makes for a fun science experiment, it can wreak havoc on paper products, especially packaging. Paper linerboards/trays with anti-wicking properties are especially useful in frozen food storage applications. As temperatures fluctuate, a barrier is needed to protect food products from water that is produced– which is where anti-wicking paper comes in. The “after” picture above shows Ivex anti-wicking paper in action. After 7 days, there was less than 2% wicking. In our trials, our paper prevented any substantial wicking for up to 3 weeks.

At the risk of sounding too much like a weight-loss commercial, YOU TOO CAN GET THESE RESULTS! All joking aside, Ivex is capable of creating customized grades with chemistry and coatings to provide customers with the products they need. The combination of small mill size, in-house knowledge and, frankly, just plain willingness to do it, have kept us in business for 105 years and counting.

Let us know how you’d like to transform your paper it the comments below or request a sample folder customized to your needs!

Ivex Back Stand upgrade 2016


In 2016 we will be installing three shaftless backstands at our Duplex tape machine, #94 and #93 converting machines. We purchased the backstands from our “Corporate Cousins” Flutes, after searching for some time for a suitable fit. These backstands will eliminate the lifting, pulling, and bending over that would certainly have led to injury from dealing with the heavy shafts that are currently in use. Our maintenance department is currently fabricating specialty parts for and rebuilding the first unit to fit the needs of the #94 winder. These will make for a fantastic improvement to the safety and efficiency of our operators and their machines.


New-Indy Containerboard Acquires Ivex Specialty Paper


Ivex Specialty Paper was acquired by New-Indy Containerboard (NICB) June 30, 2015.   New-Indy is a joint venture that was formed in 2012 by the Kraft Group and Schwarz Partners, LP, two family-owned companies with long histories in paper and packaging. NICB uses 100% recycled fiber in our manufacturing process. The mills receive over 100 truckloads of Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) on a daily basis. This material is reduced to a slurry and then re-formed to create new brown paper. The recycled paper is then sent to box plants throughout our local markets.

NICB owns four mills: One in Ontario, Oxnard, Hartford City, and of course, Peoria. Over the years, the mills have undergone major improvements, including installation of advanced air emissions control equipment (which reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides), waste-water treatment plants (which clean and recycle waste-water) and numerous other upgrades.

New Indy Ivex Specialty Papers is excited for this change and we have been enjoying working with our new owners so far!