Thursday, July 03, 2014

Good things are happening at “The Box”…

I sit here reflecting and am filled with such gratitude.

On June 19th 2014, IPB thew open the doors and welcomed customers and suppliers inside to see all of the great investments we have made in our workflow over the last 2 years.  June 19th is a day I will never forget.

I knew the day we purchased the KBA, that we needed to host an open for customers and suppliers.  Just looking at the new press in action is exciting - The KBA is a beast, and looks like a rocket ship – such a beautiful piece of machinery. Not only does the KBA look great, it does the most amazing stuff!  When we bought it, I knew the magnitude of what was coming and what it would do for us.  It was our time to shine and put IPB in the spotlight!

What started with just a concept very quickly turned into an extraordinary event.
On a plane ride home from a show in New York - Jess and I put the finishing touches on the invitations.  It was at the same show that we saw fancy coffee and tea served that we thought we should do the same thing at IPB with a ‘travelling Barista!’.  The ideas just started rolling and everyone was eager to get involved.  From one great idea to another- the event was starting to take shape.   My brother and sister-in-law offered to play swanky jazz music (live and in person!).  Everyone agreed we needed to design and do our own printed promo items to help show our guests just how incredible this new press is.  

A fellow print industry friend suggested we have a guest speaker and referred us to Eric Frank, VP of Marketing and Product Development at KBA. The theme of the day was VIP – Value in Packaging, Value in Partnership.  Eric’s talk during the day hit on both of those aspects.  He spoke of the investments IPB has made not only in KBA, but over the last 5 years, in our company, in the community and in our people.  He was truly an inspiration. 

During the planning process, one of our suppliers approached me because they had heard we were going to do something special in the coming months.  They wanted to help and be a part of it in some way.  I was blown away by the request and thought, “what a great way to get everyone involved!”  We asked other partners that we have worked with over the years to be a part of the day as well. What an overwhelming response we had.  Suppliers are a key component to running a successful business; and our suppliers have been a part of the day-to-day business at IPB for years, and what a great way for them to learn about what we have been doing!  And be a part of our success.

It was the positive response from our customers that really helped push this event forward!  We had close to 75 customers walk through the front doors during our open house event.  I was thrilled that they would make the time to drive to our facility and spend a couple of hours with us. 

It was 92 years ago that Ingersoll Paper Box Co. Limited was started.  We will never forget where we came from, and are always looking ahead to our future .   With great employees, customers and suppliers we have with us - I am again filled with such gratitude.

From the bottom of my heart – I wanted to say to thanks to everyone who joined us and helped make IPB what it is today.