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Atlantic 2020 Year In Review

Atlantic 2020 Year In Review

We look back on the year 2020 at Atlantic and reflect on the challenges, the hardships, the triumphs, and the gratitude we feel as the end of the year approaches.

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and safe new year in 2021!

Wes Carter Named Top 100 Influencer by Wilmington Business Journal

Wes Carter Named Top 100 Influencer by Wilmington Business Journal

 

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal is dedicated to business news, outlook, and perspective in the Wilmington, NC area.  Every year, they compile a list of the area’s Top 100 Influencers.  The people on this list are singled out as the real changemakers in our community, in front of or behind the scenes.

We’re so proud to announce that Atlantic Packaging President, Wes Carter, has made the Top 100 list for 2020.

It was a challenging year for everyone around the world.  Business leaders were presented with special challenges of how to run a company successfully and keep people employed while also keeping people safe during a pandemic.  Wes and Rusty Carter rose to the occasion, leading Atlantic through this period with grace, empathy, and a clear voice.

Looking beyond this pandemic year, Wes has moved the Wilmington HQ-based company to a national footprint with the ability to serve the nation’s largest CPG manufacturers.  In addition, he’s making intentional and strategic moves towards sustainability both within the company operations and as a packaging supplier and consultant.  Atlantic has earned influence in the marketplace to help guide customers to the sustainable packaging products and processes they’re looking to create.

Thank you to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for recognizing Wes and Atlantic in their list of the Top 100 Influencers in the community. It is an honor to be among such great company.

See the full WilmingtonBiz 100 list here.

 

Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Friend & Employee

Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Friend & Employee

One of our longest serving and most loyal employees, Dwane Hammond of Tabor City, North Carolina, died tragically Sunday afternoon, June 12th, 2020.

Dwane was a wonderful person and an asset to our company; he has been a friend to so many for so long. The Hammond family is part of our history and our unique fabric.  Dwane has managed our Tabor City warehouse operations for over 35 years of his 42 years with Atlantic and supported virtually every branch. He was honored for 40 years of service only a short time ago.

On Wednesday, July 15th, employees of Atlantic lined both sides of 5th Street in Tabor City as the procession from the funeral home passed by to honor our dear friend and coworker and to show our support for his family.

Dwane was one of our finest and such a true friend to so many.

Dwane Hammond
1957 – 2020
Forever Missed, Never Forgotten.

Dwane Hammond and Family

Essential Operations at Atlantic Caribbean

Essential Operations at Atlantic Caribbean

Atlantic Caribbean is the Dominican Republic branch of US-headquartered Atlantic Packaging. Based in the Free Trade Zone in Boca Chica, Atlantic Caribbean produces a broad range of packaging and converted paper products, including essential materials for the food, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. The facility maintains an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification, making it a specialized manufacturer for products that require specific standards for safety and cleanliness.

As quarantine procedures began in March in response to the COVID-19 virus, Atlantic Caribbean took precautions to ensure the facility and workforce would remain safe and able to continue producing the critical medical and food supply packaging needed to keep the supply chain running.

Regional Director, Yajira Giron, also welcomed support from The Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA), the National Council of Free Export Zones (CNZFE), and the Dominican government for helping Atlantic maintain its essential production operations. “The FASE plan implemented by the government has really helped industry, helped us reduce the concerns of the whole sector, of the employees, their homes, and how to help them,” said Giron.

Rodriguez Marchena Shares News about Atlantic Caribbean

Beyond supplying needed protective packaging for producers, Atlantic Caribbean used its supply infrastructure to help distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns to employees and their families, as well as members of their local community who needed the gear to stay safe. These distribution drives are the most recent example of the deep community involvement and investment from Atlantic Caribbean. (See: Atlantic Caribbean Serving in the Community.)

While many businesses explore how to safely resume their daily operations, Atlantic Caribbean acts as a case study of best practices to keep employees and surrounding areas safe while still conducting business. ADOZONA, CNZFE, and the government of the Dominican Republic make it possible to operate safely and keep essential products moving to distributors and consumers throughout the Caribbean.

Thanks to the FASE plan, significant uncertainty about worker security was reduced, and Atlantic Caribbean has been able to serve critical manufacturers reliably throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Atlantic Caribbean Serving in the Community

Atlantic Caribbean Serving in the Community

Atlantic Caribbean is giving back to their community in need

The pandemic is causing hard times for people and communities around the globe, especially for vulnerable populations.  The US News and World Report reports that “the Dominican Republic has been the Caribbean nation hardest hit by the pandemic so far” with “more than 8,400 cases of and 350 deaths caused by COVID-19, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.”*

There is an effort throughout the country to mobilize relief efforts at the local level with the belief that working with a bottom-up approach will more quickly and efficiently bring about the help people need.  With the right measures, this may also help to ease the spread of the virus.

Atlantic Caribbean has been deemed an essential business, engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of key packaging materials for the pharmaceutical, food, and medical devices industries – all critical products and services in the time of COVID-19 worldwide.   As such, Atlantic Caribbean has stayed in operation even as other businesses had to close their doors (See: Free zones company clarifies work with responsibility against Covid-19).

Recognizing that their access to resources could be of help and service to their local community, Atlantic Caribbean got to work addressing immediate needs where they could. They help the church next door to their facility by providing protective supplies including gloves, sanitizer, and masks for the priest and church workers. They provide these supplies for the local police as well, as pictured here.

Atlantic Caribbean Community Service

When a local woman took in vulnerable children in need, even while she had her own real needs as well, Atlantic Caribbean saw how they could help her run her homeschool.  They provide protective supplies to help keep them safe and food to keep them strong and healthy.

Sales Manager and company representative, Yajaira Giron, commented:

“We are working with our community and helping those in more need and who are vulnerable…We are trying to help as much as we can! These are very hard times specially for children and vulnerable people.”

Thank you to everyone at Atlantic Caribbean for stepping in and helping where and when you can.  It makes a real difference for your company, your community, and beyond.

*Source: The Dominican Republic Responds to COVID-19 Locally

Atlantic Adapts to New Realities

Atlantic Adapts to New Realities

 

Companies around the world are having to adapt to the new reality of life and business in the time of COVID-19.  The Greater Wilmington Business Journal recently profiled companies who are making adjustments in the workplace in response to this pandemic.  Atlantic Packaging and our President, Wes Carter, are featured here discussing the measures we’re taking and the importance of evaluating, re-evaluating, and implementing health and safety protocols necessary to keep our part of the national supply chain up and running.

We have manufacturing operations that are critical to this supply chain as well as warehousing and distribution networks that need to stay moving. With 1,200 employees across the company and across a vast geographic region, Atlantic management has prioritized the protection of our people using clear, actionable communications to respond as conditions relating to the pandemic evolve.

“The consumer goods supply chain is complex and critical to every American. We are a part of that supply chain and take our responsibility to its effective functioning very seriously,” Carter said. “That begins with doing our utmost to protect our people, communicating clearly to our own organization and customers, staying calm and taking action to get prepared to respond quickly to an ever-evolving situation.”

Atlantic supplies the packaging materials and equipment needs for many major consumer product manufacturers, including those that make items necessary during this global crisis such as towels and tissue, food, beverage, and medical and cleaning supplies. Our ability to keep up our part in the packaging supply chain helps those manufacturers get their product to distribution centers and stores for consumers.

“We feel very confident at this point that we will remain in operation,” Carter said. “I don’t foresee us having any interruption in service at all, but we’ve had to be relatively aggressive on the front of this thing out of a high level of responsibility to our customers and the general public.”

You can see more about our response to the COVID-19 crisis here and read the full GWBJ article here.