Greg Storat


COOPERSBURG, PA (June 15, 2023) – The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the winners of its annual Safety Awards Program for paper shipping sack manufacturing plants in 2022.  These awards were presented to company representatives at the PSSMA’s Production Managers’ Seminar, held May 18, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. PSSMA Chairman Dale Stevens, Hood Packaging, noted the industry’s safety incidence rate of 2.6 reported for 2022 was one of the lowest achieved in recent years.

The Best Annual Safety Experience awards were determined on the basis of lowest total recordable incidence rate in each of the four annual manhour categories in 2022.  The paper shipping sack manufacturing plants that achieved the Best Annual Safety Experience in 2022 in the man-hour categories shown are:

Less than 150,000 manhours – A tie: Bag Supply Company, Moody, Alabama Plant; Hood Packaging Corporation, Hazleton, Pennsylvania Plant; Northeast Packaging Company, Caribou, Maine Plant 

150,000 to 220,000 manhours – SeaTac Packaging Mfg. Corp., Puyallup, Washington Plant

220,000 to 320,000 manhours – A tie: Mondi Bags USA, Romeoville, Illinois Plant; Mondi Bags USA, Wellsburg, West Virginia Plant

Over 320,000 manhours – Hood Packaging Corporation, Crossett, Arkansas Plant

The Greatest Annual Safety Improvement awards were determined on the basis of greatest decrease in total recordable incidence rates reported in 2022 compared to 2021. The paper shipping sack manufacturing plants that achieved the Greatest Annual Safety Improvementin 2022 in the man-hour categories shown are:

Less than 150,000 manhours – Langston Companies, West Memphis, Arkansas Plant 

150,000 to 220,000 manhours – Hood Packaging Corporation, Hanford, California Plant

220,000 to 320,000 manhours – Hood Packaging Corporation, Hamlet, North Carolina Plant

Over 320,000 manhours – Bancroft Bag, Inc., West Monroe, Louisiana Plant

The following 7 paper shipping sack manufacturing plants were recognized for having zero recordable incidence rates in 2022:

  • Bag Supply Company’s Moody, Alabama Plant
  • Hood Packaging Corporation’s Crossett, Arkansas Plant
  • Hood Packaging Corporation’s Hazleton, Pennsylvania Plant
  • Mondi Bags USA’s Romeoville, Illinois Plant
  • Mondi Bags USA’s Wellsburg, West Virginia Plant
  • Northeast Packaging Company’s Caribou, Maine Plant
  • SeaTac Packaging Mfg. Corp’s Puyallup, Washington Plant

N.B.  For photographs of winners accepting plaques, contact: