ONE OF THE OLDEST COMPANIES, SOME OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE THINKING
Our parent company, Menasha Corporation, is recognized as a leader in packaging innovation and quality. It maintains more than 40 facilities in 13 states with an overall annual corporate paper run of approximately four billion square feet!
However, what is today one of the country's oldest and most successful privately held businesses began very humbly as a wooden pail factory. Throughout the nineteenth century, barrels and other wooden packaging were the dominant means of shipping all kinds of goods to market. Responding to these needs, a small wooden pail factory was opened in Menasha, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, after two sets of owners, the company had still failed to earn a profit. And here begins the story of Menasha Corporation - which ultimately led to Menasha Packaging.
HIGH POINTS IN OUR HISTORY
1852 Elisha Smith buys a tiny struggling wooden pail factory.
1861-1865 During the Civil War, the Pail Factory becomes the largest manufacturer of woodenware in Wisconsin.
1872 The business is incorporated under the name Menasha Wooden Ware and is now the largest woodenware manufacturer in the Midwest, and perhaps even in the United States.
Early 1900s A packaging revolution is sweeping across America. Manufacturers are shifting to consumer-sized packaging made of paperboard, glass, and other materials.
1927 Menasha Corporation enters the corrugated box business.
1955 G. B. Lewis a manufacturer of plastics is acquired. This plastic container plant becomes the platform for Menasha's early growth in plastics.
1973 Menasha Corporation opens the only plant in the industry devoted exclusively to making plastic pallets.
1993 New Jersey Packaging, specializing in pressure-sensitive and heat-seal labels for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, is acquired by the Menasha Corporation.
1995 Menasha Corporation is reorganized into seven business groups, including the Packaging Group, now known as Menasha Packaging.
1997 Menasha Services is established to work with other Menasha divisions to provide customers with information based on logistics and supply chain services in the auto subassembly, nonauto assembly, limited menu foodservice, bulk produce, and pharmaceuticals markets.
2000-2002 Strategic acquisitions in Pennsylvania give Menasha Packaging entry into the food market with folding cartons for supermarket in-store bakeries and delis, and modular display containers used widely throughout the confectionary industry.
2003 Menasha Packaging launches the Retail Integration Institute (RII).
2004 LeveragePoint Media is created to focus on providing consumer-oriented, in-store marketing services.
2009 As part of a major rebranding effort, Menasha Packaging streamlines the company's internal divisions into the following "groups": Packaging, Display, Folding Carton, PrePrint, Food, Retail Integration Institute, Healthcare, Global, and Services.
2010 Making the long standing commitment to sustainability public, Menasha released it's first ever Sustainability report and installed five wind turbines in front of the Home Office.
2012 Menasha Packaging acquires The Strive Group.
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