PPC Century Club
The air is rare in PPC's Century Club. To gain admittance, there is only one requirement: a firm must have been in business for over 100 years! Their histories are fascinating--let us share these stories of tenacity and success with you!
Burt Rigid Box, Inc.
Founded by Frederick Northrup Burt in Buffalo, NY in 1886 as F.N. Burt Company, the company first made drugstore pillboxes. Then during the late 19th century, with the help of its 1,500 employees, they diversified into the production of cigarette boxes.
The company broke important social ground when Fred Burt sold the company to the Moore Corporation in 1906. At the time, his secretary, Mary R. Cass, took over the business, making her one of the first women to run a major U.S. corporation. She remained one of the country’s leading executives for over 25 years.
During World War II, the company designed paper lipstick cases, shell cartridges, and packaging for the medical corps. Then in 1974, it expanded into a facility in Oneonta, NY.
In 1983, C. Taylor Kew & Russell Hurd bought F.N. Burt from Moore. After they sold the folding carton division in 1997, the company adopted its new name: Burt Rigid Box, Inc. Today, Russ’ daughter, Laura, leads the company’s sales and marketing department.
Due to their unique capabilities and equipment, Burt Rigid Box, Inc. is today the only automated manufacturer of convoluted round boxes in America. In addition to rounds and ovals, Burt specializes in rectangular rigid boxes and custom slipcases for books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs.
Hampden Papers, Inc.
Founded in 1880, Hampden Papers, Inc. is recognized as a premier global paper converter specializing in foil and film lamination, metalizing, custom coating and embossing. Decades ago, Hampden was the first in their industry to convert water-based coating technology. This bold move allowed them to move away from high volatile organic compound (VOC) content coatings, thus reducing air pollutants. Today their proprietary water-based technology is years ahead of the competition: customers say Hampden’s 510PC (printer’s choice) coated stock runs 25% faster than other papers. Higher speeds and lower UV lamp intensity increase productivity and save energy.
“Our founding family members were true visionaries," reflects Bob Adams, Vice President of Sales. "They gambled on this new technology in 1980, a time when many of our customers resisted change and our competition was not as concerned about product safety or air pollution as we were then and are now. This affected us negatively for a short period, but soon many came to realize the many advantages of our water-based coatings. The Fowler family did this for all the right reasons decades ago, and were years ahead of the green initiatives we’re seeing today.”
The origins of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG go back to 1850 when Andreas Hamm established a bell foundry and machine factory in Frankenthal, Germany. Towards the end of the 19th century, Hamm began production of flatbed cylinder presses and moved the headquarters to Heidelberg. Eventually the company made the switch from letterpress to offset printing presses.
Heidelberg first came to the U.S. in 1936 represented by Printing Machinery Corp., a company that sold “Windmill” platen presses, and in the 1940s, distributorships were established on the East and West Coasts. In 1994, the U.S. divisions merged to form Heidelberg USA, headquartered in Kennesaw, GA. A few years later, in 1997, Heidelberg acquired Linotype-Hell. In 2011, Heidelberg started a joint venture with Ricoh and a distributorship with EFI for wide format inkjets. In 2014, Heidelberg took full ownership of Gallus and unveiled a new digital printing system for the label market.
Today, Heidelberg is the world’s largest solutions provider to the printing and packaging industry, providing the finest and most technologically advanced workflow, prepress, printing, packaging, and bindery/finishing equipment and consumables in the world. The company maintains customer support and sales staff in over 170 countries, with over 600 employees in the U.S. and Canada alone.
Founded in 1876 by Fritz Henkel and two partners in Aachen, Germany, Henkel Corp. first marketed and sold laundry detergents. In the 1920s, when the adhesives it used to package its detergent became difficult to procure in the marketplace, Henkel decided to manufacture its own adhesives. Soon, local interest in Henkel's adhesives rose and in 1923, Henkel made its first delivery of adhesives from Düsseldorf, Germany.
Its efforts were successful and over time, Henkel began to provide adhesives for packaging, bags, cartons, wallpaper, labels, and bookbinding. It also began to produce office glues, initially for gumming and subsequently for manufacturing envelopes and laminating fine paper.
Today, Henkel is the world leader in adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings for consumers, craftsmen, and industries. Its solutions can be found in everything from cars, books, and magazines, to computers, aircrafts, and refrigerators… and, of course, packaging.
Northstar Pulp and Paper, Inc.
In 1898, Hyman Goodman started to collect rags in Western Massachusetts. In the years that followed, he developed a business through the local cloth mills, where he sold the rags and they were put back into the manufacture of good product. Today, we refer to this practice as recycling.
Hyman built his business on the foundation of the highest integrity and reliability in serving to his customers which became the cornerstone to his success and the success of the generations that followed him.
Today, Northstar Pulp and Paper, Inc. under the leadership of the fourth and fifth generations of the Goodman family (David Goodman, President; Lori Goodman Byrne and Aaron Goodman, Vice Presidents) continues the tradition of Hyman Goodman by providing superior customer service and building strong partnerships with its suppliers and customers.
Taylor Box Co.
The company moved several times within the Providence area, as they added new customers from the small machine tool and silverware industries. In 1952, they finally moved into a 16,000-square-foot former brewery in Warren, RI.
Mr. Scholes retired in 1968 and in 1970, Martin Shedd’s two sons, Dan and Dave, joined the organization. They soon added a New York sales office where they garnered much success. In 1980, Martin retired and Dan and Dave took over.
Today, Taylor Box is an award-winning producer of rigid boxes, hinged boxes, dimensional mail, gift boxes, clear PVC boxes, slipcases, presentation folders, product promotion packaging, and sample cases from their state-of-the-art 60,000-square-foot facility.
Tap Packaging Solutions
Tap Packaging Solutions traces its roots back to 1906, when August A. Chilcote, the son of a Civil War Veteran, founded The Chilcote Co. in order to sell photographic products. More than a century later, Tap Packaging Solutions still stands on the same block, although today it’s much larger and more technologically advanced. Today, August’s son, William, and William’s son, David, are still actively involved in the business.
From the 1950s to the early 21st century, Tap grew by acquiring competitors and vertically integrated by purchasing printing presses and acquiring distribution centers. As the company expanded, its capabilities increased to include five-color printing presses, foil stamping, embossing, diecutting, tooling, windowing, and case wrapping.
Not long after the turn of the 21st century, Tap experienced a harsh reality—it experienced a dramatic drop in demand for photo albums and mounts as photographers began to go digital. Soon realizing that it had to find a new market for its skills, Tap entered the confection industry. Today, Tap has over 500 confection customers across the country and over 500 stock items in its confection catalog.
Over the past few years, Tap has made great progress in the evolution of its business. As an employee-owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Tap has worked tirelessly to position itself as a leading full-service packaging manufacturer, serving the consumer products industry.
Established as the Union Label Co. in 1914, Utah Paperbox (UPB) received its current moniker when George Keyser purchased the company in 1922. For the next five decades, the company focused primarily on rigid box manufacturing before expanding into the folding carton market and adding offset printing and diecutting capabilities. In 2000, UPB added litho-laminating capabilities to its repertoire, greatly expanding packaging options for their customers.
Today, UPB operates under the same guiding principals it adopted at inception: integrity, family, and legacy. Chairman and CEO Paul B. Keyser is the third generation of the Keyser family to be in the box business, and his son, Stephen J. Keyser, serves as UPB’s current President. There are also two fourth-generation family members currently working at the company, and a fifth generation family members are currently being educated so that they can lead UPB successfully into the future.
Founded in 1911 by Alexander Gray "A.G." Gordon, a journeyman bookbinder and entrepreneur, Winston Packaging Co. started out as a modest job shop for commercial printing at the corner of Third and Liberty streets in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. R.J. Reynolds was the company’s largest customer and remained so for 82 years.
In 1952, A.G.’s son John R. Gordon brought the expertise of an industrial engineer to the printing craft after years of electronics experience in the Air Force and military service in World War II and Korea. John successfully transformed the company into a manufacturing plant, expanded capabilities with the addition of offset printing presses, and significantly improved the workflow processes and management techniques. Winston Printing built and moved into a new 56,000 square foot facility on North Point Boulevard in 1979, where it remains today. Two subsequent additions brought the total square footage to 80,000 square feet in 2002.
Current president and CEO James Gordon decided during his teenage years that he wanted to become involved in the family business. Working each summer and during school breaks, he learned the business from the ground up, earned a business degree from NC State University and, after five years as the Manufacturing Manager, succeeded his father as company president in 1984.
Gordon has steered the company through the Internet/Digital Age by staying at the forefront of technology and recognizing emerging trends in the market. He turned the company into a full-fledged packaging operation during the mid '90s, with the operating unit name change to Winston Packaging in 1999.
As times change, Winston Packaging changes with it, moving to newer industries such as nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and Internet retail, and becoming certified to sustainable “green” packaging standards. The company actively pursues practices to reduce, reuse, and recycle all materials used in its facility in order to reduce its carbon footprint.
In 1843, Zumbiel’s founder Daniel B. Jordan began making boxes in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1876, Charles W. Zumbiel, Sr., the plant superintendent and namesake, bought the company from Mr. Jordan’s widow.
In 1880, Zumbiel’s five employees occupied a small space a block from the Ohio River; they moved a couple times before ending up back in this original location, which was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1903.
By 1940, the four sons of Charles W. Zumbiel, Sr.—C.W., Bob, Dick, and Tom—decided they needed more space and opted for a 70,000-square-foot location in Norwood, OH. They acquired another location in Norwood in 1965 and as their staff grew from five employees to 400, their space also grew to 600,000 square feet.
Today, Zumbiel Packaging provides a wide range of innovative paperboard packaging solutions to the beverage, pharmaceutical, and consumer markets, including flexographic, graveure, and lithographic printing; structural and graphic design services; full-service inventory management; paperboard selection options; guaranteed emergency production back-up; assured raw material supply; and machinery engineering services.