PCA acquires Hanover Container (in Pennsylvania), a manufacturer of corrugated products, and Deseret Container (in Salt Lake City, Utah), a corrugated sheet plant and established supplier of low-volume, fast-turnaround orders.

PCA also acquires Produce and Poultry Container Corporation, a producer of wax-cascaded boxes, later merged into Harrisonburg Container, and six facilities from Dixie Container Corporation, the largest independent corrugated company in the Southeast.


PCA purchases two containerboard mills, 19 corrugated container plants and cutting rights to approximately 650,000 acres of timberlands from Georgia-Pacific. It is PCA’s largest acquisition to date.


PCA establishes an industry benchmark for quality by becoming the first U.S. containerboard company to earn ISO certification for its linerboard and semi-chemical medium mills.


PCA changes its name to Tenneco Packaging.

Tenneco Packaging acquires two corrugated packaging operations with expertise in enhanced graphics and other value added specialties: Lux Packaging (Waco, Texas) and The United Group (South Gate, California).

Tenneco Packaging also acquires three corrugated packaging sheet plant operations specializing in quick turnarounds, short runs and specialized products for regional customers: Sun King Container (El Paso, Texas), Mid Michigan Container (Edmore, Michigan), and a unit of Domtar Packaging (Watertown, New York).


The Counce, Tennesee, paper mill receives the “America’s Best Plants” award, making it the first paper mill to earn this distinction from Industry Week magazine.

Tenneco Packaging acquires a specialty sheet plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


A new entity is formed by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm. The new entity re-establishes the name Packaging Corporation of America (PCA). Pactiv Corporation (formerly known as Tenneco Packaging Inc.) sells its containerboard and corrugated packaging business to PCA.