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History (1867-1970)

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From the beginning, Packaging Corporation of America has been built on the devotion and cooperation of its customers and its people. As we have grown, we have maintained one particular focus: to deliver world-class containerboard and packaging solutions where you need us, when you need us.

1867Filer City

Henry Weis founded the North Star Mill in Quincy, Illinois, making paper from wild grasses and eventually straw. It becomes the genesis of the Central Fiber Products Company, which eventually became one of the three companies that formed PCA.

1903

The Ohio Boxboard Company is founded by Ed Young. The American Paper Box Company (later called American Box Board Company) is founded. Both of these companies were also part of the eventual merger that formed PCA.

1931

Central Fiber Products Company is formed through the consolidation of North Star Mill, North Star Egg Case Company, Carey Straw Mill, H.T. Cherry Company, and the Indiana Board and Filler Company.

American Boxboard1959

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) is formed by the consolidation of the Central Fiber Products Company, the American Box Board Company and the Ohio Boxboard Company.

1961

Production begins at the Tennessee River Pulp & Paper Company (in Counce, Tennessee) with PCA holding a majority interest.

1965

PCA is acquired by Tenneco.

1970

PCA acquires 100% of Tennessee River Pulp & Paper Company (Counce, Tennesee, mill), gaining full access to cutting rights on 30,000 acres of timberland in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

PCA’s 34th corrugated container plant is opened in Burlington, Wisconsin.