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A box for you!

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Corrpak's cardboard-box ice cooler will keep ice hard all day. - Contributed
Corrpak's fish tank in a box. - photo by Barbara Ellington
Howard Mitchell, executive chairman of Corrpak Jamaica shows off his cardboard-box fish tank at the JMA/JEA Expo Jamaica 2012 themed 'Brand Jamaica to the World' at the National Arena in Kingston, on April 29. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Chances are if you can imagine it fashioned from cardboard, Corrpak can make it. Right now, the cardboard-box manufacturing company makes everything from boxes to carry baby chicks to nails. And attracting quite a bit of interest at the recent JMA/JEA Expo staged at the National Arena were cardboard boxes that can double as ice coolers for an entire day as well as a box capable of keeping fish from your tank for up to a week (if you wanted a temporary holding area).

We asked General Manager Shelly Sterling to share the range of boxes produced at the Spanish Town Road plant, and these are among the lot:

Put it in a box

Agricultural produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs

Baby chicks

Alcohol-based products

Canned bagged and bottled goods

Chemicals and paints

Cigars and coffee


Cookies,crackers, bread and bun and eggs

Document storage, exercise books

Flavourings and fragrances

Flowers and plants

Honey, ice cream

Moving boxes,

Hardware items

Cups, labels, plastic and glass bottles, and bags.

Pillows and bedding,

Poultry, seafood and meat

Seasonings and spices

Skincare and hair-care items

Stationery, toilet paper, napkins and paper towels

Water, syrup and other drinks

"We supply approximately 415 customers in Jamaica and expect to exceed J$400 million in sales in 2012. Most of our inventory was being imported when we started operation almost six years ago, and allowed us to employ roughly 90 persons. We export our paper waste for recycling to places as far as India, Thailand and Italy," Sterling said.

Self-styled as a "little(ish) company with big ambitions to make a real difference in people's lives and in the life of our country,"Corrpak has invested and continues to invest heavily in equipment and training. Part of that training includes ISO certification set to be a reality in the next few months. Technical training for its team members and literacy/numeracy training to help them develop the tools to grow is also ongoing.

Corrpak's recent community-outreach efforts include donating sewing machines, popcorn machines and furniture towards skills training and job creation in several of its neighbouring communities.

For more information about this company, contact Corrpak Jamaica Limited, 154 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 13. Tel 876 923- 8637, Fax 876 937-1925.