History

history

Then...and now!

Exopack was established in 2001, but our roots are more than 100 years old, dating back to the invention of the original paper grocery bag. Today, Exopack offers one of the broadest product offerings in the flexible packaging and film coatings industries, enabling us to supply our industrial and consumer customers with a vast array of paper and plastic options, while delivering unparalleled attention to customer service, innovation, and value.



Timeline
Year Events

1852

Francis Wolle, one of the founders of Union Bag, invents the paper grocery bag manufacturing process.

1899

Union Bag opens its first paper mill in Hudson Falls, NY.

1956

Union Bag and Camp Manufacturing merge to form Union Camp.

1969

Union Camp acquired its first plastics facility in Tomah, WI.

1979

Union Camp completes a major expansion with the opening of Tifton, GA, facility.

1982

Union Camp strengthens position in consumer packaging market by acquiring Harley Bag Company.

1990

Union Camp acquires Chase Packaging, adding microwave popcorn bags and a West Coast presence to their value offering.

1998

International Paper Company and Union Camp merge.

2001

The Sterling Group of Houston, TX, acquires International Paper’s flexible packaging business.

A new company, Exopack, is formed and headquartered in Spartanburg, SC.

2003

Exopack acquires Plassein International, providing four new plastics facilities.

2005

Sun Capital Partners, Inc., acquires Exopack.  For more information, connect with Sun Capital Partners on Facebook.

Exopack is merged with Cello-Foil Products, Inc., and The Packaging Group.

2006

Exopack establishes the Global Packaging Linx division to broaden its value offering through global alliance partnerships.

2007

Exopack acquires Electronic & Engineered Films division of InteliCoat Technologies and forms Exopack Advanced Coatings.

Exopack acquires Performance Film Business segment from DuPont Liquid Packaging Systems and forms Exopack Performance Films.

2010

Exopack Holding Corp. acquires the former Alcan Cheese and Meat assets and forms Exopack Meat, Cheese & Specialty (EMCS). EMCS is later merged with Exopack's other consumer food businesses to form the Consumer Food & Specialty Products business unit.

Exopack and Indevco formally launch CEDEX Plastics s.a.l., a joint venture film manufacturing operation in Lebanon.