Supporting each other as a team is something every employee does each day, and as an organization we want to say thank you. Over the past year many of us have faced new challenges in every aspect of our lives, but the dedication that our team, the Hood Container team, has shown has been remarkable. Thank you for all your talent, expertise, commitment, and drive to become the best.
Hood Container Corporation recently kicked off another session of its sales development and training efforts. Welcoming our second class of sales representatives to this program is incredibly exciting and we look forward to supporting them with the necessary experience and skills to be future leaders in the corrugated industry.
Jeff Craig, VP of Sales and Marketing said, “I’m personally thrilled to have Haley Melvin, Thomas Phan, and Keenan Sullivan as part of our team. I believe each of them will bring new and creative ideas to our organization and industry. The development of our future leaders is something we take seriously at Hood Container. This program and these individuals will continue to set us apart in the marketplace.”
Our sales training program started fall of 2020 and is designed to develop top talent for sales specific to the paper and packaging industry. We designed a robust year long program in which participants gain an understanding of the goals and needs of the organization through mentorship and their experiences.
First class sales representative Annie Schaubel said, “The sales training program at Hood Container has been a unique and rewarding experience so far. I know that I have all of the tools and resources I need to be successful and learn as much as possible.”
We look forward to many more classes to follow and welcome Haley, Keenan, and Tommy to the Hood family.
Since coming onboard with Hood Container in 2020, Director of Compliance Bridget Hawkins has lead the charge on implementing a code of conduct, enforcing anti- discrimination policies, and bringing Diversity and Inclusion to the forefront of discussions. Today, leadership throughout the organization engaged in roundtable discussion highlighting how diversity in leadership has a connection to innovation and profitability in the bottom line.
Our Innovation Core Value states that “We are forward focused on solutions.” One of those solutions is creating a diverse and inclusive experience for our customers and employees. Diversity and Inclusion undeniably drives innovation. Thought provoking, insightful, and open conversations like these pave the way for implementing policy and changing mindsets that shape company culture. This discussion has been just one of many over the last months helping to educate employees and start a dialogue that promoting Diversity and Inclusion.
Did you know? Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the Father of Black History Month, is a Historian who recognized an absence in the educational system of impacts made by African Americans in the United States and sought to change that fact by creating Black History Week in 1915. Carter kicked it off with the “Journal of Negro History” in 1916. The February week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. The week was celebrated and spread by HBCUs until it grew into a month. Black History Month has been officially celebrated in the US when President Gerald Ford declared it Black History Month in 1976.
Hood Container recognizes Black History month and the many contributions that African Americans have made across the US and at Hood Container.
Hood Container’s very own Jeff Craig, VP of Marketing and Sales, recently participated in International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF)’s VIRTUAL Student /Executive Dialogue Dinner Series, the first of which was hosted on December 16th, 2020. As a response to the pandemic, moving this series to a virtual platform allowed for over 35 students from 10 universities across the country to participate. These students all have education or interest in packaging engineering & production, sales, packaging design, graphic design, chemical engineering, supply chain management and related areas. Jeff Craig joined in the panel discussion and break out sessions in which students were able to gain executive level insight into the industry. Of the experience, Jeff commented “I was thoroughly impressed by the students who attended the virtual event. It gives me great hope for our company and industry. I believe we owe it to the industry to mentor such talent in order to see continued success.”
ICPF’s dialogue dinners are directed towards enabling top students who already have interest in corrugated packaging to learn more about the industry and its operations. Many of the participating students in each of the eight past years were recruited for internships and full time positions through the company contacts they made during the dialogues, and through referral to ICPF’s Career Portal.
Through the ICPF Career Portal, Hood Container has already recruited several hires for our early career programs and we look forward to continuing to provide training and learning opportunities to students. Engaging in these type of discussions to foster new talent in the industry is one of many ways Hood Container is investing in a new generation of corrugated professionals.
On December 9th Hood Container hosted it’s first ever virtual hiring event with great success. Partnering with Indeed, we sourced 77 interviews and made offers to 37 new team members. This event was coordinated through our Human Resources departments across nine different facilities in order to recruit talented machine operators. Due to such a positive response, other team members from other non-participating facilities also jumped in to lend a hand screening applicants. With such overwhelming interest and hiring outcome, stay tuned for more events like this from Hood Container in the future. Growing with a company committed to current and potential employees’ safety is essential and we are proud to offer such virtual opportunities now and in the future.
Today we would like to take a moment to thank and acknowledge all who have served this country, but in particular all of our veterans within Hood Container. We would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation to our veterans for their brave service to our country. We acknowledge the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make, as well as the sacrifices of their families. We offer our heartfelt thanks for their commitment to duty, selfless service to this country, and their courage to protect our freedom and liberty. From all of us at Hood Container, we honor you.
Hood Container is now Amazon certified to design frustration free packaging! Now listed on their website, Hood Container can offer frustration free packaging to those looking to meet those qualifications. With the goal of lowering costs, enhancing sustainability efforts, decreasing environmental impact and enhancing customer experience, Amazon has made this a growing need. Frustration free packaging carries the requirements of protecting against damage, designed to reduce waste, recyclable, and easy to open. While Hood Container has always designed our products with these goals in mind, we are proud to have participated in Amazon’s Frustration – Free Packaging Program and look forward to offering those solutions to our customers.
Hood Container continues to invest in our future growth. Introducing our newest installation, a state of the art 98” Fosber Corrugator. This investment will allow us to better serve our clients with a greater breadth of products and faster speed to market.
We can provide:
Corrugated Sheets – multiple flutes
Rod Coated Sheets – capability to provide full coverage printed sheets
Asitrade – capability to provide top-sheeted stock for sheet plants
Digital – capability to provide digitally printed sheets to sheet plants
This month kicked off Hood Container’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month spotlighting the importance of preventative and diagnostic screening. Bringing attention to this topic is personal to so many of our employees as Breast Cancer affects 1 out of every 8 women. To highlight awareness, each team member received a HCC pink logoed water bottle with a handout on key information about screening and the importance of not waiting to see a doctor. Employee wellbeing is of the utmost importance as a company and keeping everyone educated and informed helps everyone stay healthy.
“Never underestimate the power of a simple card, text or message to someone fighting cancer. The outpouring of support from my family, friends and HCC family helped me stay strong and positive in my fight against breast cancer. Thank you all!”