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Independent Carton Group Celebrates Thirty Years

March 29, 2013
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NEWTOWN, CT—March 22, 2013—The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 17 independently owned and operated folding carton companies, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a host of special events that unfolded over the past two days in Charleston, S.C., including the presentation of several esteemed awards. For three decades, the ICG has helped independent folding carton manufacturers successfully compete against large, integrated paper companies in the folding carton industry, and today, the 17 member companies in 11 states collectively represent over $700 million in annual sales and 1,282 years of packaging history.
Celebrating Thirty Years
Members from across the nation gathered in Charleston to commemorate the anniversary with a special celebration that coincided with the group’s general membership meeting. Events included a private tour of the Kraft paper mill owned by KapStone Paper and Packaging, an ICG vendor since 2002, a historic carriage tour experience, and a gourmet Mediterranean meal at Sermet’s.
A highlight of the dinner at Sermet’s was the recognition of long-standing ICG board members Andrew Willie and Charles Hirsh, who were honored with emeritus titles for their 30 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the ICG and their contributions to the packaging industry.
  • Andrew Willie’s background includes 32 years at Curtis Packaging. He joined Curtis at age 28, moved up the ranks, then led the company as co-owner and general manager from 1981 until 1991. He is one of the ICG’s founding members. Willie recently stepped down as executive director, but as executive director emeritus and president of the ICG, LLC, he continues to lend his 54 years of experience and wisdom to the ICG and the industry.
  • In 1951, Charles Hirsh began working at Accurate Box, a company founded by his father, Henry, in 1944. He took over the family business in 1964 and successfully grew it over 33 years before passing the torch to his daughter Lisa. He served on the ICG’s board of directors since its founding, and though Hirsh recently stepped down, he remains active in the ICG as director emeritus and in the packaging industry he has served for 62 years.
During the general membership meeting held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel yesterday, the ICG presented its vendor of the year award to Clearwater Paper Corporation. Clearwater Paper has been an ICG vendor since 2002, and this is the second consecutive year it has been named vendor of the year. Dan Johansen and Robert Collins were present to receive the award.


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