continuing growth and recognition of Acme Corrugated
Box Co., Inc. is a classic story of family, hard work,
and the American dream.
J. Cohen founded Acme in 1918, selling scrap paper
from a horse-drawn wagon throughout Philadelphia.
Eventually, he realized there was business to be had
by selling reclaimed corrugated boxes and factory
rejects to a wide variety of customers.
1938, Ed incorporated his burgeoning company and moved
to its new location at 3rd and Race Streets in center-city
Philadelphia. The company prospered after World War
II, and into the 1950s and 1960s, now assisted by
Eds sons, Arnold and Bob, who juggled their
work duties with school.
1963, due to illness, Ed relinquished his role in
the business as the responsibility of leadership moved
to his oldest son, Arnold. Ed passed away three years
later, but would have been pleased to know that in
1969 his youngest son, Bob, also joined the company
on a full-time basis.
took a major step one year later, moving from their
Race Street location to a 25,000 square foot building
in the American Street business corridor in North
Philadelphia. In 1973, Arnold and Bob purchased their
first manufacturing equipment and began producing
corrugated boxes. New products were introduced, employees
were hired, and sales increased.
1980, Acme had outgrown its American Street facility
and moved from the city to a 59,000 sq. ft. facility
in Bensalem, Bucks County. Arnold left the business
in 1981 and Bob assumed the role of President, presiding
over two more decades of continued growth, during
which the firm stayed on the cutting edge of technology
to remain ahead of its competition.
August 2001, Acme moved to its present 234,000 sq.
ft. facility in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, adjacent to
the Pennsylvania Turnpike, giving the company easy
access to its regional markets that include Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Maryland.
further integrated and expanded its manufacturing
capabilities with the addition of two corrugators,
which help keep its
200-person, three-shift, five
days-a-week operation busy. John Kochie, General Manager,
Ken Henry, Vice President of Sales, and David Platt,
Chief Financial Officer, combine to add 85 years of
converting experience to Acmes staff.
the family tradition continues: Bobs sons have
joined the firmErik in sales and Jeremy in operationsestablishing
a third generation of family involvement and continuity.