Seven generations of manufacturing integrity

Over 168-years old, and we still have great vision. With humble beginnings as a wooden pail factory in 1849, Menasha is now one of this country's oldest and most successful privately held businesses. The journey has been successful mainly because of our willingness to evolve to meet customer needs.

Throughout the 19th century, barrels and other wooden packaging were the dominant means of shipping goods to market. Responding to consumer needs, a small wooden pail factory opened in Menasha, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, after two sets of owners, the company failed to earn a profit. Thus begins the story of Menasha Corporation, which ultimately led to Menasha ...





ARI Packaging

Menasha acquires ARI Packaging, adding to its contract packaging and fulfillment capabilities.



Portable Packaging

Menasha acquires Portable Packaging, strengthening its Canadian presence.




Menasha acquires PearceWellwood, entering the Canadian market.



Rand Diversified

Menasha acquires Rand Diversified, enriching product and service offerings on the East Coast.



Strine Printing Company

Menasha acquires Strine Printing Company, providing increased coverage for promotional print services and becoming an official licensee of the LAMá.



The Strive Group

Menasha acquires The Strive Group, enhancing its manufacturing and supply chain services offering.



Wind Turbines

Making its long standing commitment to sustainability, Menasha releases its inaugural sustainability report and installs five wind turbines in front of its headquarters in Neenah, WI.



Rebranding Effort

As part of a major rebranding effort, Menasha streamlines the company’s internal divisions into the following groups: Packaging, Display, Folding Carton, PrePrint, Food, Retail Integration Institute, Healthcare, Global, and Services.



Marketing Services

LeveragePoint Media is created to provide consumer-oriented, in-store marketing services.



Retail Integration Institute

Menasha launches the Retail Integration Institute (RII).



Folding Cartons

Strategic acquisitions in Pennsylvania give Menasha entry into the food market with folding cartons for supermarket in-store bakeries and delis, and modular display containers used widely throughout the confectionary industry.



Menasha Services

Menasha Services is established to work with other Menasha divisions to provide customers with information based on logistics and supply chain services in various markets: auto subassembly, non-auto assembly, limited menu foodservice, bulk produce, and pharmaceuticals.



Plastic Pallets

Menasha Corporation opens the only plant in the industry devoted exclusively to making plastic pallets.



Plastic Containers

G. B. Lewis, a manufacturer of plastics, is acquired. This plastic container plant becomes the platform for Menasha's early growth in plastics.



Business Groups

Menasha Corporation is reorganized into seven business groups, including the Packaging Group, now known as Menasha.



New Jersey Packaging

New Jersey Packaging, specializing in pressure-sensitive and heat-seal labels for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, is acquired by Menasha Corporation.



Corrugated Boxes

Menasha Corporation enters the corrugated box business.


Early 1900s

Packaging Revolution

A packaging revolution sweeps across America. Manufacturers shift to consumer-sized packaging made of paperboard, glass, and other materials.



Menasha Woodenware

The business is incorporated under the name Menasha Wooden Ware and is now the largest woodenware manufacturer in the Midwest, and perhaps even in the U.S.



Civil War Manufacturing

During the Civil War, the Pail Factory becomes the largest manufacturer of woodenware in Wisconsin.



Wooden Pail Factory

Elisha Smith buys a tiny, struggling wooden pail factory.

It’s remarkable that one of the oldest companies is known for some of the most progressive thinking. Today, Menasha boasts a network of design centers, manufacturing plants, contract packaging, and pack-out and fulfillment service centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.