Rehrig Pacific has been raring to go, specifically in helping companies move their goods efficiently, for nearly 100 years. The family-owned company makes reusable plastic containers and pallets, crates, bins, and other storage and transport products for such industries as agriculture, bakery, beverage, dairy, and environmental and material handling. Its lineup includes flame-retardant, medium-duty, specialty, and nest-able features; all contain 100% recycled material. Rehrig Pacific operates six plants in the US, one in Mexico, and offices in Brazil, the UK, Europe, and Hong Kong, and a global network of licensees. Subsidiary Rehrig Penn Logistics offers tracking and recovery services for returnable packaging.
The economic downturn has dented demand for Rehrig Pacific products. Offsetting the slide, the company's logistics service division (RPL) in mid-2009 inked an agreement with National Beef Packing Company. Under the deal, RPL provides the meatpacker's Dodge City processing facility pooling services for a new Rehrig bin, designed to store and move meat more cost-effectively and with less risk of contamination than wooden counterparts. RPL's services (opened at a new site near the processing facility) encompass managing freight, and washing and repairing the bins, as well as deploying tracking technology to monitor bin movement, thereby enabling real-time inventory and supply chain management.
Rehrig Pacific has also responded to the turbulent business environment by preserving its investment in product research and development. Its stream of patented introductions offers new and improved functionality, saving customers time, money, and space. Simultaneously, the company has cut cost by consolidating manufacturing operations. At the end of 2008, Rehrig Pacific closed its plant in Raymond, New Hampshire, and transferred the facility's injection molding equipment and production to one in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Raymond plant had been in operation for more than 30 years.
Rehrig Pacific was formed in 1913 as a manufacturer of wooden milk crates. In the 1930s, the company became a metals manufacturing company and made crates from wire until the 1960s, when it moved into the plastics business. – less