Utah PaperBox Welcomes the Next Generation, Honors Legacy of Paul Keyser

01/06/2023

Kennesaw, Ga. – With a keen focus on the future, Utah PaperBox (UPB), a family-owned packaging company in Salt Lake City, UT, recently installed a new Speedmaster XL 106 from HEIDELBERG. The XL 106, which is the company’s first HEIDELBERG press, starts a new chapter at UPB as the company also recently welcomed its fifth generation of family ownership.

Sustainability for the Next Generation

UPB’s new XL 106, which was installed in June 2022, replaced a twenty year old press of competitive technology and more than doubles the production speed of folding cartons for the food, confectionery, health and beauty, cosmetic, and automotive industries. “Our clients are acutely focused on quality and color consistency,” said Steve Keyser, CEO of UPB. “When we decided to purchase a new press, we knew we needed HEIDELBERG’s Inpress Control, which we consider the best color control technology available.” Prinect Inpress Control 3 is the industry’s leading inline spectrophotometer that measures and controls color and registers on the fly at any speed, delivering the first measurable result in less than 60 sheets. “Inpress Control is really exceeding our expectations,” said Mike Salazar, Vice President of Operations for UPB. By automating the color control process, sheets get up to color much faster at the beginning of each job than with UPB’s previous press.

The fast start-up drastically cuts the number of waste sheets, which helps not only with lowering material costs but also with UPB’s numerous sustainability initiatives. The company’s Salt Lake City plant is equipped with 1000 solar panels on the roof and is LEED Gold Certified, which means it has met rigorous sustainability requirements to ensure efficient use of resources such as energy and water. Additionally, UPB will be the first company in Utah to have an electric-powered semitruck deliver products to its customers. Keyser made the decision to also purchase the carbon neutral XL 106 model, which means CO2 emissions that are generated during press production are compensated for by purchasing climate protection certificates (Gold Standard). “Sustainability is one of six core values we live by as we look to preserving our world for the next generation,” said Keyser.

The next generation at UPB started in late 2022 when the company brought Madison Keyser on board. Madison recently received her Master’s Degree in Project Management from Boston University and completed three months of apprenticeships at print shops in Germany. Madison’s onboarding sadly coincides with the passing of her grandfather, Paul Keyser, the former Chairman of the Board and third generation owner of UPB. Paul ran UPB for 57 years and helped transform the business into one of the largest packaging plants in Utah. Known for fostering a family environment within all of his professional relationships, “Paul valued suppliers as he did his family,” said John Dowey, Account Manager for HEIDELBERG USA, “with interest in who they were, respect for what they knew, and appreciation for what they did. I have never met anyone like him in my professional life.”

According to Madison, “I’m excited to continue my grandfather’s legacy with UPB. He was always passionate about making UPB the best it could be. I know he was excited about staying on the cutting edge with technology like the new XL 106.” The press includes innovative features like autonomous Push-to-Stop technology, AutoPlate Pro, and a completely new operating philosophy, the Heidelberg User Experience, which together with the patented Intellistart 3 and other assistance systems, ensure short makeready times and the best possible support for press operators.

First Class Products, First Class People

The XL 106 runs using Saphira Consumables and Prinect Production Manager, which generates performance reports with important statistics like average run speed, run length, makeready time, and waste sheets. “We use these numbers to help our team improve,” said Keyser. “This is the first time for them running a HEIDELBERG machine, so having this information at start-up is essential.” UPB can also access these production stats through Heidelberg Assistant, an interactive communication platform available via computer, tablet, or smart phone, which is convenient when Keyser and the management team need to access this information easily on the go when travelling to customer sites.

Prior to purchasing the XL 106, UPB, whose only other HEIDELBERG machine is a Diana Eye offline inspection device, spoke with peers in the industry. “When we told them the two presses we were deciding between, they said hands down the HEIDELBERG,” said Keyser. “HEIDELBERG has that reputation in the industry – first class products and first class people, and that has been our experience so far. I know my father was excited about what this latest investment would mean to the future of UPB.”

About Utah PaperBox

Utah PaperBox traces its roots to 1914, when the company was known as Union Label. Purchased in 1922 by George Keyser and renamed Utah PaperBox, its primary focus for the next five decades was the rigid box business. In the 1970s, the company added offset printing and platen die cutting capabilities when the market shifted to folding cartons. Although rigid box production remains an important business component, Utah PaperBox grew substantially in folding cartons, and by the 1990s, folding cartons accounted for 85% of the company’s business. In the last decade, the company has expanded its facilities and services to include cold foil and digital printing with many in house capabilities like design, prepress, printing, die cutting, stamping, and finishing. Using the latest technology, Utah PaperBox is fully equipped to bring its customers the best packaging for their money.

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Erin Judge
Media Relations

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