Derek’s outBOX – October 18, 2021

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  1. The 2021 VPC Corrugated Olympics begins at noon today! We will start with Corrugated Box Toss.   All events are 2 person competitions so find yourself a teammate and come out to the Heroes Wall at noon for some fun competition.  You don’t have to sign up in advance and you don’t have to commit to every day.  Come check it out, and I am sure you’ll have fun and want to play again the next day. 


  1. For those who haven’t heard, after 5-straight 17-hour days driving 1,600 miles equating to more than 70 hours traveling the Maine woods, I was able to get a 582-pound bull moose with about a 3-foot rack. It isn’t a giant, but it is all I needed to make it one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done.


  1. We have decided, in an effort to avoid confusion between the companies, to change the name of our contract packaging business in Sanford to Volk Paxit. The official change will be made as soon as we get the okay from the attorney.


  1. Saco Park & Rec, in an effort to raise money for diabetes research, is hosting a Co-Ed Dodgeball Tournament on October 30. If there are 6-10 VPC Associates who would like to participate, I would be happy to sponsor the team.  Let me know if you are interested.


  1. Prices continue to rise. The Consumer Reports Index is now reporting Inflation at 5.4%.  That is a 20 year high!   I am already hearing that paper prices will be going up again in early 2022.   One of our long and loyal customers, Maine Bucket in Auburn, just closed their doors for good.   As crazy as it is to have so much business, please keep in mind that too much business to handle and the stress of overtime is still better than closing the doors and losing our jobs.  The glass at Volk Packaging is definitely half full.


  1. We have our new VPC Dog Park set up outside of the office near the Heroes Wall. Feel free to bring your dog over to play.   Please do not leave a dog out there alone for long, but if you are looking to have a place for your dog to train or play after-hours or on weekends, our little dog park is a fun and safe option.


          Me with my moose, named “Freddy” by my daughter Serena