Shorewood Packaging and Burt Rigid Box, Inc. Form Manufacturing Alliance

ONEONTA, New York -- November 22, 2010 -- Shorewood Packaging, a business of International Paper, and Burt Rigid Box, Inc., are pleased to announce that they have joined forces in rigid box production. Under their agreement, Burt Rigid Box will manufacture rigid boxes for Shorewood Packaging’s customers at its Oneonta, N.Y., facility, while Shorewood’s sales and creative teams will continue to provide exceptional service to their clients.

“Both Shorewood Packaging and Burt Rigid Box have a long standing heritage of delivering innovation, creative design and quality packaging to their respective customers,” said Mike Ukropina, President, Shorewood Packaging. “By aligning together, we will be able to offer the best of both companies to our customers.”

“We are proud to form this dynamic alliance with Shorewood Packaging,” said Ron Blaird, Vice President, Burt Rigid Box. “We look forward to supporting Shorewood’s excellent sales team and their clients with the full resources of our company.”

In addition to working with Shorewood Packaging through this new agreement, Burt Rigid Box will maintain its own sales force and continue to provide its existing customers with high quality rigid box packaging. Rigid box equipment acquired in the deal will be transferred from Shorewood’s Thorofare, N.J., facility to Burt’s plant in Oneonta, N.Y. over the next few weeks.

Burt Rigid Box, Inc. manufactures rigid set-up boxes for the cosmetics, confectionery, publishing, promotional, tobacco, and other industries. With an emphasis on understanding the brand identity of its customers, Burt provides exceptional customer service and quality through innovative production approaches. Burt maintains a manufacturing facility in New York State, as well as printing and production capability in China. Both locations offer specialty round and oval boxes as well as rectangles, slipcases, drums, and fulfillment services. For more information about Burt, visit

Shorewood Packaging, a business of International Paper, is a leading value-added provider of high- quality creative, printing, packaging and retail display products that help customers enhance their brands in the global marketplace. Shorewood serves a diverse range of customers in the home entertainment and tobacco industries, in addition to healthcare, cosmetics & fragrances, candy & confectionary, beverage, distilled spirits, sporting goods and private label customers in the consumer products industry. Shorewood Packaging is a business of International Paper and has multiple manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more about Shorewood and its products and services, visit