Carter Paper & Packaging, Dunder Mifflin of the Midwest

Years ago, when I was religiously watching Michael Scott lead the colorful team at Dunder-Mifflin, I had no idea that one day I would be working for a paper company myself. When I tell someone that I work at Carter Paper & Packaging, their response generally involves a correlation to “The Office” and the question, “So which character are you?”  I’d like to say that I identify mostly with Jim, however, I do occasionally part my hair down the middle and get a bit over-excited about paper product details, so perhaps there’s some Dwight in there too.

The truth is everyone here at Carter has a little bit of each of the beloved Scranton characters inside us. I find that we regularly utter phrases that could have been written in the show. In an effort to illustrate this, I would like to share five quotes from “The Office” that could have been said by Carter Paper employees.

 

“I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.”  -Dwight Schrute

I must say the Carter team is a tenacious bunch, ready to help our customers solve their problems and think outside the box. You really won’t find anyone more passionate about cardboard and toilet paper. Can’t decide on a ply, just stop on by!

 

“I don’t understand the desire to push sweet potato fries on me. I just want regular fries.” – Jim Halpert

There are two rules regarding food in our office. Number one, always, every time, and for every circumstance bring food to the office when you visit. Number two, never, at all, under any circumstance bring in healthy food. Certainly, there have been attempts to diet, but our team has come to learn that critical thinking skills are honed best by consuming copious amounts of doughnuts. Cake will also be accepted.

 

“Yes, we will be delivering a shipment of paper today, but I will also be delivering you a big shipment of fun!” -Dwight Schrute

Sure, you can Amazon prime a box of tape and get two-day free shipping, but where’s the fun in that? Order the Carter way and get next day free local delivery, amazing customer service reps that remember your name better than Sam Malone, and a free air guitar with every purchase!

 

Ken World's Best Boss“Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.” -Michael Scott

In this office, we dance. More often than that, we bust out in random song and bob back and forth. This simple practice heightens morale, fights obesity, and entertains any doughnut bearing visitors. Win, win, win.

 

“It’s never too early for ice cream” – Michael Scott

I lied, there are actually three food-related rules in our office, and the ice cream rule is possibly the most important. Let me rephrase, I didn’t lie; I misspoke. A Carter Paper team member never lies. You know what else a Carter team member never does? We never refuse ice cream… Ice cream for breakfast is both applauded and encouraged.

Is working at Carter Paper & Packaging like working at Dunder-Mifflin? I think so. Both places share the belief that a group of diverse and differing people could come together and become like family. That is what we do here every day. We are a family. A junk food loving, show tune singing, passionate family changing the world one roll of toilet paper at a time.

Hope to see you soon… don’t forget the doughnuts!

 

<3 Mandi

* Any producers interested in a sequel documentary can contact me: CONTACT INFO

PERILS, POOLS, AND PLASTIC SHEETING

 

One of the greatest tragedies of my youth was my parents’ unwillingness to purchase my sisters and I a pool. Recently, I was reminded of this when quoting a customer for some plastic sheeting. Not everyone realizes the profound capabilities of plastic sheeting, but I will share such a possibility with you today.

 

I grew up in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere so summer days were usually spent finding ingenious ways for my sisters and I to entertain ourselves. You can only spend so many days chasing ground squirrels and playing catch before the restlessness sets in. It was on one such day that I hatched an ingenious plan. If mom and dad weren’t going to front the cash for a pool, we were going to make one. Using my ninja skills, I snuck past my napping mother and into the laundry room. I disassembled the laundry hamper and pilfered the PVC tubes that held it together. As I was doing this, my two younger sisters were rummaging through our dad’s workshop and discovered some plastic sheeting and carton sealing tape. Bingo! We were in business. We took our hijacked items and hightailed it to the back of the garage.

 

Being gifted contractors by nature we assumed the perfect spot for our project. Finding the flattest area next to the water spigot, we cleared the space and began our venture. Appointing my “bravest” sister and using a sledgehammer akin to that of Thor’s MjoInir, I drove four PVC pipes into what was supposed to be the four outer corners of the pool. Step one, relatively simple and complete. I was beaming with pride as my youngest sister shone with the relief of having all ten fingers still intact.

Step two involved the three of us winding the plastic sheeting around the poles to create the sides of the pool. After several trips around, we secured the sheeting with plenty of carton sealing tape, we couldn’t risk any leakage… At that point we all just kind of stared at our creation and I was sure we were all thinking the same thing, how were we going to get a bottom on this thing?!

 

In retrospect, we probably should have started with the bottom, but it’s not like we had drawn up detailed blueprints for this thing. The despair started to creep in and not wanting to disappoint I knew I had to figure this out. Starting on one side and moving along the bottom and up against the other side we stretched out strips of the sheeting. We secured each seam with the tape and created a fail-safe moisture barrier seal. With the last of the tape laid we stood back and gazed at our masterpiece. To the eyes of anyone else it probably looked like a disaster but to us, it was an absolute work of art.

We began to fill the makeshift masterpiece with the rusty orange water from the well. Having never had a pool we were unaware of the time involved with filling such a space and realized we may have been too ambitious when sizing our pool. After what seemed like ten years our beautiful basin had filled a whopping couple inches! This was just the inspiration needed to force ourselves to continue pressing forward. As unbelievable as it may seem at this point everything was holding up, that is until…. One of the sides burst open and in a matter of seconds the water that took an eternity to fill the pool rushed out onto the ground and washed over our helpless feet. The sting of failure filled the air.

 

 

The next few minutes were filled with gnashing of the teeth and weeping. Ok, maybe not to that extreme but the frustration was unbearable. The day seemed wasted, we were supposed to be swimming in glory right now. However, being the leader of the group I quickly came up with a solution. We disassembled our sad failure, salvaged the plastic sheeting and laid the pieces out onto the ground running the hose water over the surface. The rest of the afternoon was spent having the time of our lives on a homemade slip-n-slide. The day was saved and the casualties only included one laundry hamper, a patch of grass, and our next week which was spent grounded. Totally worth it.

 

 

So there you have it, the perils and profound possibilities of plastic sheeting. I’m not sure what our customer was intending his sheeting for, but maybe just maybe he was looking into making some stellar slip-n-slides. If you happen to come down here in search for some of your own, I may just give you some tips. If you’re just using it for floor protection or abatement, well that’s okay too.

<3 Mandi