MATERIAL COST INCREASES ANNOUNCED
March 15, 2021
To our Valued Customers:
We have recently received notifications from all our preferred paper suppliers and many other material suppliers of upcoming price increases. Raw materials affected include white paper, carbonless paper, security paper, label stocks, ink, film, shrink wrap and all corrugated products including cartons and chipboard.
Although North American consumption of white paper and carbonless paper continues to decline, paper manufacturers have chosen to reduce capacity by either shutting down white paper mills or converting them to make products in growth areas to keep mill operating rates high. This, coupled with the rapid consolidation of major paper mills, has allowed the mills to successfully raise prices despite the decline in paper consumption. The recent acquisition of Appvion papers by Pixelle will leave us with one North American supplier of carbonless paper.
As a result of these announcements, we have no choice but to pass along these increases. Beginning today, our quotes will reflect these new costs. However, as a 30-day courtesy notice, we will provide upon request a quote reflecting the current paper price. These quotes would be valid through April 14, 2021, and our 30-day quote validity policy would not apply.
We understand that it can be difficult to communicate these price increases to your clients. We have posted PDF copies of the increase announcement letters from a variety of suppliers below to assist you in conversations with your clients about product pricing. Please let us know if there are other ways we may assist you in passing along this information.
We thank you for your business and continued support. Together, we can continue to succeed in this rapidly changing industry.
Pixelle Carbonless-Security-Uncoated Announcement
Pixelle Book-Converting Announcement
Pixelle Uncoated-Envelope-CutSize Announcement
UPM Raflatac Announcement
Avery Dennison/ACPO Announcement
WestRock Container Announcement
ROYAL IS OPEN and ready to help
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Royal is fully operational and ready to serve our distributor partners during the impact of COVID-19. Our goal still remains to support you as best we can. We plan on staying open as an essential business should the Governor of Minnesota issue a shelter-in-place order. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any custom print products that you are needing to source. We are here to support you. Together, we will succeed through this challenging time.
steve johnson celebrates 40 years
February 26, 2020 - Steve Johnson has reached an exciting milestone of 40 years of service at Royal. Steve started as a Press Operator and is now our Purchasing Agent/Production Coordinator. Steve is responsible for all of the purchasing that goes on at Royal. In his spare time, Steve thoroughly enjoys watching sports and playing golf. Thank you Steve for your 40 years of dedicated service!
RISING STAR AWARD WINNER
February 14, 2020 - We are pleased to announce that we were recognized at the American Solutions for Business national conference with a Rising Star award. The Rising Star Vendor awards are presented to those partner vendors who have shown significant growth with ASB sales associates. Tim Urness, President and Owner, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award.
tim van norman CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
March 19, 2019 - Tim Van Norman, Production Manager, has reached an exciting milestone of 40 years of service at Royal. While attending North Hennepin Technical College, Tim started his career with Royal in 1979 as a Press Operator. After many years as a dedicated Press Operator, Tim became a Production Supervisor and is currently Royal’s Production Manager. Tim is in charge of scheduling and monitoring all phases of the production process, and is also one of the leaders on our Process Improvement Committee. Tim lives in Champlin, MN with his wife Julie, and enjoys golfing and fishing. Thank you Tim for your 40 years of dedicated service!
ROYAL ANNOUNCES NEW OWNER
February 6, 2019 – Royal, one of the Midwest’s leading independent print manufacturers, announced today that Tim Urness is now the sole managing owner of the company, effective immediately. Tim succeeds Ron Urness, who was the company’s founder in 1977 and has successfully led Royal since that time.
Tim has held many positions at Royal over the past 25 years. While working on his Business Management Degree at the University of St. Thomas, Tim worked as a plate maker and Customer Service Representative. After graduating, Tim worked as an Account Manager, Sales Manager, Vice President, and most recently, President. Tim’s history with the company has given him the vision to understand and implement customer-driven solutions. He enjoys working with the sales team on new business opportunities and on long-term business planning.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to serve as Royal’s second owner,” Tim said. “With our company’s distinguished 40-year history of serving print distributors, I look forward to continuing to find ways to grow our brand, move our company forward and deliver the highest level of service possible to our customers.”
“I am very pleased to welcome Tim as Royal’s new owner,” said Ron Urness, the company’s previous owner. “His vision will ensure the future success of the company.”
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