Wisconsin’s Menasha Packaging solidly in hands of founding family on its way to $2 billion in annual sales within two years

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Wisconsin’s Menasha Packaging solidly in hands of founding family on its way to $2 billion in annual sales within two years

October 08, 2014 - 12:12

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 8, 2014 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) -Founded as a wooden pail factory in 1849, packaging maker Menasha Corp. remains solidly in the hands of its founding family - these days entering its seventh generation.

The company's entire shareholder community consists of the 130 living descendants of founder Elisha D. Smith, a Rhode Island businessman who moved to Wisconsin and took over the struggling pail start-up and ran it himself, delivering products by horse-drawn wagon.

Over the years, wooden pails evolved into wooden crates, which eventually evolved into corrugated cardboard boxes.

Journal Sentinel - Packaging maker Menasha remains solidly in the hands of founding family

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