If life deals you lemons or oranges, as in Orange County, California, make lemonade or the packaging to hold it, as in Orange County Container Group (OCCG). The company manufactures paperboard and paper-based packaging. Its lineup includes recycled containerboard and a variety of graphics corrugated containers, folding cartons, and point-of-purchase displays. OCCG also offers coated options for enhanced product appearance, functionality, and specialty end-uses. It maintains its own recycling centers in the Southwestern US and multiple manufacturing facilities in the US and Northern Mexico. In 2012 OCCG agreed to be acquired by Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG), a global corrugated box producer based in Ireland.
Once the company is integrated with SKG, sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012, OCCG will become part of SKG's Latin America operating segment, which specializes in forestry and papermaking and makes paper sacks and corrugated and folding cartons.
OCCG was formed in 2008 through a merger between Texas-based Corrugated Services and predecessor Orange County Container. OCCG is owned primarily by its predecessor companies. The merger is a strategic fit: Corrugated Services ranks among the top independent producers of recycled containerboard in the US. Its rolls of linerboard, coated paper, and packaging materials supply box manufacturers and sheet feeders. The business also provides paperboard brokerage services. The former Orange County Container has focused on making and distributing corrugated paper products to customers concentrated in Arizona, California, Texas, and Mexico. Together as OCCG, the company has trimmed the cost of doing business as well as expanded its product portfolio and market reach. – less