The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 21 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers, has welcomed Tavo Packaging of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania; All Color Printers of Deer Park, New York; and The Great Little Box Company (GLBC) of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. All three companies were voted into the association at its quarterly meeting at Winston Packaging in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on March 17, 2022.
Tavo Packaging (tavopackaging.com) was founded in 1978 by Hal Taylor in eastern Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. Today the company is run by a second generation of Taylors with David Taylor as CEO and brother Jeff Taylor as President, father Hal remaining as Chairman of the Board. The brothers have grown the business that specializes in high-volume, high-quality folding cartons for the Quick Service Food and Food Service sectors, into a powerhouse of long run efficiency.
“In the past year and a half we have embarked on an expansion project adding 77,100-square-feet of manufacturing and warehouse space taking our footprint to about 250,000-square-feet” says David Taylor. “We were extremely fortunate to be able to grow like this in these challenging COVID times but our customers needed us to do it.”
Taylor says they have been eying the ICG for at least 15 years and is pleased to now be part of such a great group of companies. “The ICG brings us three main benefits that will make us a better supplier to our customers, contingency planning; in case of a catastrophic incident, buying power; to help us stay competitive and education and peer learning for all our employees. These are the things we need to continue to make our business strong and growing,” says Taylor.
Great Little Box Company (www.glbc.com), like the ICG itself, is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. In April of 1982 Robert (Bob) and Margaret Meggy purchased Great Little Box from receivership and with one sales person, a guy who could operate the machines and Bob himself, the journey began. Today under the leadership of the 2nd generation, Brad Tindall (President) and Christine Tindall (Chief People & Culture Officer), Bob and Margaret’s daughter and son-in-law, the Great Little Box Company is not so little anymore, with close to 500 employees throughout the company. GLBC now offers a one source packaging solution, manufacturing corrugated, folding carton, labels, protective packaging and the distribution of shipping supplies.
The company over the years has grown through strategic acquisitions, and most recently acquired Ideon Packaging as COVID-19 began. “The synergies between the two companies were great and aside from product, Ideon was also a family-owned company with a focus on People and Culture, while providing great service to the market” says Doree Quayle, Divisional President, Retail Packaging and heading up the Folding Carton and Label Divisions. “The heart of our company is our people” Quayle continues, “growing our people, will help us continue to grow our company, and it is key to note that growing our people comes first”.
Excited to be a member of ICG, Quayle sees the membership as a cornerstone in the company’s continued growth. “With our focus on our people and the ICG’s emphasis on knowledge sharing and training, the synergies are endless. Combine that with the mindset that multi-generational entrepreneurial leadership brings to companies and the match for our company is obvious” says Quayle.
All Color Printers (www.allcolorprinters.com) is a 36- year-old folding carton converter with it’s roots in commercial printing. Founder Billy Bogue bought the three-man shop he was working at in 1985 and started the family business. As it is today, All Color Printers is a typical family, blue-collar business in Deer Park, New York, on Long Island. Today Billy and his wife Peggy’s two sons, Steven and Will are running the company. The company is now at about 100 employees and has expanded to a second manufacturing and warehouse facility in Wilkes-Barre located in northeast Pennsylvania. “Dad is still active in the company but now calls himself a ‘Project Manager’ as he oversees the company’s expansion and installation projects, and dad is still hands on” says Will Bogue, Vice President and second son.
The family business is in their blood, Will tells of how his older brother Steven showed up at the plant right after graduating from high school. His father asked what he was doing there and Steven’s answer was “I work here now”. A few years later Will came into the business and the two brothers have continued to build the business together. “Our father was so pleased to hear that we were admitted into the ICG. He knows that knowledge is power and we plan on leveraging the knowledge sharing aspect of the group to help propel us to the next level” say Will.
ICG is a growing association of 21 independent folding carton companies from 15 states and Canada. For more information, contact the ICG office at (203) 270-7578.
CAPTION: The newest members of ICG with board members at the association’s quarterly meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. From left, Jeff Taylor, Tavo Packaging; William Bogue, All Color Printers; Steven Bogue, All Color Printers; Doree Quayle, GLBC; Keva Sonderen, Sonderen Packaging/ICG Board Member; Brad Tindall, GLBC; Jay Willie, ICG Executive Director; Jim Hamilton, Colbert Packaging/ICG Board Member; and Jim Hodges, Royal Paper Box/ICG Board Member.