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Carlson Celebrates 50 Years in Corrugated Industry

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This Saturday, June 14, Dave Carlson, Fibre Box Association (FBA) technical manager (Elk Grove Village, Ill., USA), will celebrate 50 years in the corrugated industry. Carlson’s career began in 1964 as an engineer and production manager at Container Corp. of America, where he remained until 1973. He subsequently worked at Hoerner Waldorf as an engineer, Champion International as manager of quality assurance, Stone Container Corp. as manager of quality assurance, and Smurfit-Stone as director of quality assurance and technical director. The years from 1973 to 2007 are "continuous employment" with company names changed as the result of mergers and acquisitions. In June, 2007, Carlson joined FBA as technical and environmental manager.
Carlson’s technical accomplishments include the areas of bar code printing, statistical process control, working with TAPPI’s Technical Information Papers and Test Methods, Alternate Rule 41, and box compression theory. Dave has written guidelines used by TAPPI, the Fibre Box Association, and the Uniform Code Council for direct printing of bar codes on corrugated. He also was instrumental in developing TAPPI’s SPC video training series and taught TAPPI’s SPC education course.  
A TAPPI member since 1978, Carlson has been active in the association’s Corrugated Packaging Division, as well as the Chicago Local Section. He has served as chairman and continues to serve as a member on multiple TAPPI committees and councils, served on the TAPPI Board of Directors from 1997-2000, and was technical editor of TAPPI’s Corrugating International (CI) Magazine from 1995 to 2007. He is a TAPPI Fellow and has been honored by TAPPI with multiple awards in recognition of his service, including the TAPPI Corrugated Packaging Division Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to his TAPPI activities, Carlson has published articles in several industry publications, including Paperboard Packaging, Package Engineering, Flexo, and International Paperboard Industry.  
Congratulatory emails to Carlson should be sent to dcarlson@fibrebox.org


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