Our New Normal
At this point, we really hope the world is turning a corner with the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope things are bouncing back, having experienced great challenges to the health and safety of our families, friends, businesses, and the economy. Despite all of the changes in how we live and work together, we hope that things are coming closer to business as we knew it a few years ago. And as always, all of us at Mid America Paper Recycling are committed to helping you and our recycling community navigate effectively. We appreciate your continued trust in us to serve your recycling needs and grow the worth of your waste.
Well into our “new normal,” we are working smart to provide the products and services our customers and suppliers depend on while being mindful of the health and safety of our customers, employees, and communities. We appreciate their continued partnership, as well as their understanding of the measures we have taken to serve them safely and responsibly.
Of course, safety has never been more critical to operating a business, and we have made safety a daily top priority as we look out for one another. Mid America regularly issues and updates safety documents for suppliers, customers and our internal organization to have and review, including the safety messages from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Now halfway over, 2021 has so far been as a year of action, reaction and opportunities for U.S. paper mills, the recyclers and recycling service providers with whom they work. The many challenges of the past year aren’t exactly going away; they’re simply changing. There are, new issues in the now-expanding manufacturing sector, such as longer lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products. Yet at the same time, there is optimism in the recycling industry.
According to the ISM’s Manufacturing Business Survey (https://www.ismworld.org), the manufacturing index for new orders has grown for the past 12 months, and grew at a faster rate in May, than in April advancing 2.7 points to 67.0 percent. The production index fell four points to 58.5 percent, which points to continued growth at a slower rate: like the main index, production has grown consistently since April of last year, a full year of expansion. But there are difficulties with the supply of both labor and materials. Said one analyst, “business is good, but labor and raw materials are becoming very problematic, driving increases in costs.”
Even during our new normal, we remain positive and see positive signs for better tomorrows. We at Mid America Paper Recycling are focused on action and working with you to make you even more successful. We’d love to show you how we’re generating more value for our strategic partners. So, give us a call at 773/890-5454 (https://midamericapaper.com/contact/), and find out why Mid America Paper Recycling is at the forefront of post-industrial paper recycling.