For over 100 years, Mankato Packaging has been a staple in the Greater Mankato area as a provider of packaging solutions for countless industries. Founded in 1919 by Edwin W. Foster as the Mankato Paper Box company, we are proud of our rich history that includes many business transformations, periods of growth, and relocation. Keep reading to learn more about some key moments in our history.
1962: Addition to Facility
In 1962, the Mankato Paper Box company began work on a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to our already 40,000 sq. ft. factory. In the local article published about the expansion, we learn from then president, Russell G. Foster, that the expansion comes after “increasing demand for packages [we sold] have contributed greatly to the continued growth and diversification of Mankato Paper Box company.” This article outlines many of the services and products we provided to our customers at the time; from folding paper boxes and a patented line of coin boxes for banks, to Punch N’ Gro planting kits and greeting card packaging, this era was filled with growth and expansion in our line of services and products.
1965: Packaging Award
In May of 1965, we received an award from the National Paper Box Manufacturers Association for our design and production of the “Twist” game box that we manufactured for the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. The game was selected for the award for its “design, display value, and surface design.”
1968: Our Name is Changed
After 60 years of operation as the Mankato Paper Box company, president Russell G. Foster announced the changing of the company’s name to Mankato Corporation. The change came as a result of an expanded product line and rapid growth in new areas. This was the first of several name changes which included Mankato Carton, Inc. and our current name of Mankato Packaging.
We love to learn about the history of our company and sharing pieces of our story with our customers. Our history informs the decisions we make and drives us to continue adapting to our customers’ needs while always providing the best quality of service possible.