Atlanta, Georgia based Hood Container Corporation announced that it has acquired the corrugated packaging business of Walker, Michigan based Kentwood Packaging Inc. The transaction includes all of Kentwood’s design, manufacturing, assembly, and fulfilment operations in Walker, including its membership in Great Lakes Wax Coatings, LLC.
“We have built this business successfully over the last 30 years by creating a customer-centric business model,” said Jack Skoog and Tom Boluyt, co-owners of Kentwood Packaging. “Our focus has been to partner and collaborate with our employees, customers, and suppliers. We are excited to be joining a family-owned company whose values and culture mirror ours. We will be a stronger partner for our customers with the benefits of Hood’s national footprint and their ability to offer vertical supply chain integration.”
Skoog will continue his leadership role as General Manager and Boluyt, will retire after 41 years at Kentwood will. “We have incredible employees and customers, and I have enjoyed working with them over all these years. I think they will benefit from being part of Hood Container.” Boluyt added, “I expect a seamless transition and successful future with Hood.”
“Kentwood Packaging has a long history of providing superior products and customer service to the Grand Rapids markets,” said Charlie Hodges, President and COO, Hood Container Corporation. “Tom and Jack have created a company that has a culture of strong leadership, care for their employees, and stellar offerings to support and surpass their customers’ needs. The addition of Kentwood will help us to continue to build on those key qualities as we merge Kentwood and our own cultures going forward.”