U. S. Display Group traces its roots back to 1984 when the company was originally founded as Eagle Displays in Tullahoma, Tennessee. In 1998, the founder sold the business to LINPAC, a British company with plants all over the world. LINPAC’s facilities in the United States consisted of a family of seven paper converting facilities and a recycled paper mill. Originally, the business continued to operate as Eagle Displays, but in 2001, the decision was made to change the name of the company to LINPAC Displays, Inc. in order to align with the other corrugated facilities in the company.
In August of 2006, LINPAC made the decision to sell all of its paper businesses in the United States. At that point, the Mehiel family purchased those LINPAC paper facilities and U.S. Corrugated, Inc. was born. LINPAC Displays then became U.S. Display Group. Dennis Mehiel already owned a successful corrugated business in NJ called Mannkraft that they purchased in 1999. In January of 2007, the Mehiel family purchased NPC Corp, which had 3 corrugated facilities in NJ and Pennsylvania. One of those plants was converted to a display facility and became the second location of U.S. Display Group. The two other brown box facilities became part of Mannkraft.
Over the next 3 years, the Mehiel family purchased several other companies in the corrugated packaging industry, ultimately having 25 facilities and becoming the largest independently owned corrugated company in the United States. Toward the end of 2011, the Mehiel family was approached by Kapstone Inc. who wanted to purchase 14 of the converting facilities as well as the recycled paper mill. After careful consideration, the decision was made to sell the 15 facilities to Kapstone, effective November 1, 2011.
This sale left the Mehiel family with 10 corrugated converting facilities… the 3 Mannkraft plants, the 2 U.S. Display Group plants, and 5 corrugated box plants located primarily in the Northern Ohio and Pennsylvania area. Dennis Mehiel remained as majority owner and CEO of the five U.S. Corrugated plants, and ultimately added another facility in Ohio named Ashtonne Packaging. Karen Mehiel then took the reins as majority owner and CEO of the 3 Mannkraft facilities as well as both U.S. Display Group plants.
Under the new ownership structure, Mannkraft was now eligible for MWBE certification and that certification was attained in 2012 through the WBENC. In January of 2013, the decision was made to change the name of Mannkraft to KAMPACK to reflect the new ownership structure; however, the U.S. Display Group facilities kept their name and branding intact.
In October of 2013, ownership made the decision to consolidate its’ manufacturing operations into one facility in Tennessee. This decision was made in order to be more competitive in the marketplace while remaining more centrally located to the majority of our customers whose manufacturing facilities are spread all over the country.