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Why work in the corrugated box industry


  • The industry is large.

Corrugated packaging and display is a multi- billion a year industry that is vital to U.S. distribution systems. It is the most frequently used shipping material because it is cost-effective, lightweight, functional and versatile. Over 90% of all products in North America are delivered or displayed in corrugated packaging at some point in their life cycle.

In 2021, the industry manufactured 416 billion square feet of material used to make boxes and displays. This equated to approximately 41 billion packages that safely shipped and protected food, clothing and durable goods for delivery to millions of domestic and worldwide customers.

  • Employment opportunities are everywhere.

There are approximately 1143 corrugated manufacturing and design facilities promoting continuous innovation, competition and providing jobs and benefits to more than 100,000 employees in nearly 1,000 cities and towns throughout the U.S.

  • Corrugated Packaging is a “Sustainable” Industry.

Corrugated is the most recovered form of packaging, with 92% percent of all containers produced being reclaimed for recycling in 2019. And that’s what happens after it has been used and reused several times to store and move items around the home, retailer and office. Old corrugated containers are bundled and sold back to the manufacturers to make the next generation of corrugated packages. In fact, the average box consists of 50% recycled fiber.

In addition, the forest products industry plants twice as many trees as are harvested on an annual basis. There are 1.7 million new trees planted every day, contributing to the long-term viability of North American forests, preserving wildlife habitats, sequestering carbon dioxide and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.

Less Is More. Manufacturers have learned to make stronger packaging using less raw materials. Environmentalists call this source reduction - using less raw materials and generating less waste at the source.

The corrugated packaging industry practices continuous source reduction. Between 2000 and 2019 the amount of corrugated required to ship a unit of industrial production has declined by 15%. Corrugated manufacturers have contributed significantly to this reduction by designing more efficient packages, stronger papers and improving converting processes at the design and manufacturing facilities.

  • Corrugated is the single most dominant force in the packaging world.

It is vital to distribution systems in the US. It is sourced by businesses and is the most frequently used shipping material because it is cost-effective, lightweight, functional, innovative, versatile and sustainable.

Corrugated packaging is economically viable. One of the least expensive containers ever developed, the overall cost of corrugated shipping containers is usually between one percent and four percent of the value of the goods carried. Its use contributes to more cost-efficient and fuel-efficient packaging of products from point of origin to point of sale and end use.

The ultimate contribution to cost reduction is when corrugated is used as an all- in-one shipping, storage, advertising and display medium - a growing trend both in warehouse and other retail stores.

  • The corrugated packaging and display industry offers an exciting, challenging, fast paced career. 


Diverse and challenging career opportunities are available at all levels

And a career in the industry offers variety.  Corrugated packaging is the final answer for just about every type of packaging need. It's durable, versatile, lightweight, innovative, and cost-effective.

Source: International Corrugated Packaging Foundation