Six color process is a system where a color image is separated into six different color values. On the press, the colors are applied one at a time to achieve a finished printed image.

Interstate Packaging Awards

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry Environmental Award

Interstate Packaging was the recipient of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry awards for outstanding environmental accomplishments at the annual Tennessee chamber Environmental conference. Interstate Packaging of White Bluff is a flexible packaging printing facility and has 185 employees. Interstate is a converter of flexible packaging up to 55 inches and 10 colors, and labels up to 16 inches and 11 colors. The waste inks and solvents from their operations are distilled so the solvents can be reused and the residual bottoms materials can be land-filled as the materials are non-hazardous. They recently upgraded the process to be fully automated.  The facility only generated one 55-gallon drum of hazardous waste material in 2002 and will not generate any in 2003. These modifications not only eliminated the generation of hazardous wastes but also reduced the 40 tons of VOCs.  Still not satisfied, the company has installed a new regenerative thermal oxidizer and controls and the output of VOCs now will be about 14 tons per year. Interstate Packaging was also presented achievement certificates for their success in reducing the VOC emissions and for their continuing pursuit of environmental excellence.The awards and achievement certificates, presented during the 21st annual Tennessee Chamber Environmental Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park, cited manufacturers for successes in the areas of air quality, water quality, solid waste management, and hazardous waste management.  Awards are given on the basis of past performance, innovation and compliance beyond legal requirements for companies with less than 250 employees and those with more than 250 employees. Karl Kendrick, Plant Manager, accepted the award and certificates for Interstate Packaging. “All of the companies receiving recognition have gone the extra mile to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and to make our environment a cleaner and safer place to live,” said Wayne Scharber, Vice-President for Environmental Affairs for the Tennessee Chamber.  “They are excellent examples of how Tennessee companies work to preserve the environment.”