Conner Industries bolsters portfolio with acquisition of Guardian Packaging

USA – Conner Industries, a leading provider of lumber, industrial wood crates & pallets, and integrated packaging solutions, has announced the acquisition of integrated packaging provider Guardian Packaging Industries.

This deal marks Conner’s fourth investment to support the expansion of this integrated packaging division, which includes three plants in Tulsa in Oklahoma, Guthrie in Kentucky, and Lewisburg in Tennessee, US.

Conner CEO David Dixon said: “With 65,000ft² of indoor manufacturing space, Guardian Packaging serves as an ideal facility to broaden our integrated packaging offerings to both new and existing customers, in addition to expanding into military, defense and other new verticals.

“This acquisition exemplifies Conner’s commitment to providing customers with the ability to protect their goods throughout transportation and handling and is an important strategic development for us in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.”

The acquisition will also allow Conner to cater to large manufacturing customers by providing industrial packaging and military-standard non-metallic products, made using a variety of materials such as plastic, foam, wood, and corrugate.

Guardian holds AS9100D and ISO9001 certifications and recycles up to 35 tons of its materials every year to reinforce its environmental, social, and governance commitments.

The company specializes in foam cutting and providing integrated packaging solutions via its combination of wood, foam, and corrugate components.

It also has a Southwest Air Products segment, which focuses on the production of adhesive foam tapes that can be used in a wide range of applications.

Guardia’s vice-president of operations Norm Stuart said: “Together, Conner and Guardian will continue to provide protective packaging, foam, and foam tape [to] customers with the highest standard of customer service while providing solutions that meet a demanding transportation and handling environment.”

Conner’s Kentucky facility

Early last month, Conner Industries opened a new manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.

This latest expansion into southern Kentucky manufacturing markets serves to further enlarge Conner’s integrated packaging division footprint.

The new facility is just one of several large investments and acquisitions made by the company over the last few years.

The new Kentucky facility is expected to serve large manufacturing customers in both the southern Kentucky and Tennessee markets, along with its sister plants in Lewisburg, Tennessee and Fayetteville, Tennessee.

The expansion will serve pallet clients, as well as customers requiring integrated packaging solutions that utilize a broad range of materials, including wood, foam, plastic, and corrugate.

“The opening of a new facility in Kentucky is an important strategic development for Conner,” says David Dixon, CEO of Conner Industries.

“The new site will serve as an ideal platform to broaden our integrated packaging products to new and existing customers.

“This expansion illustrates the Conner commitment to adapting to our customers’ ever-changing need for solutions that reduce the total cost of packaging.”

With 75,000+ square feet of manufacturing space and 3,000 square feet of office space, the new facility has plenty of production space for both wood pallet assembly and mixed material transportation packaging.

The new location also offers 3 dock doors, 5 rollup doors, and a rail spur. It is conveniently situated a short distance from both Highway 79 and Highway 41, near the Kentucky and Tennessee border.

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