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Unwrapping Albert Paper Products’ History: From 1944 to 2024

Unwrapping Albert Paper Products’ History: From 1944 to 2024

Unwrapping Albert Paper Products’ History: From 1944 to 2024

The Kenah Legacy: Albert Paper Products’ History of Being a Packaging Powerhouse

Albert Paper Products stands as a testament to enduring family values, innovation, and a commitment to quality that has spanned over eight decades. Our story began in 1944 in Newark, New Jersey, when Joseph Kenah, founded what would become a beacon in the paper and packaging industry. Joseph’s legacy was not only a company but a family tradition that would carry on through generations.

From Humble Beginnings to Industry Leaders

After World War II, Joseph’s sons, Al and Bert (from whom the company derives its name), took the helm, steering Albert Paper Products into new waters of opportunity and growth. Their leadership marked the beginning of an era of expansion and innovation that would define our identity.

1969 was pivotal for Albert Paper Products as Richard Kenah joined the ranks. Under his guidance, the company evolved from a simple supply firm into a burgeoning manufacturer of paperboard and boxes. Richard’s vision was clear––to make Albert Paper Products a synonym for quality and reliability in the packaging industry. His efforts bore fruit in 1984 when he was appointed President, and the company found its new home in Hillside, New Jersey, where our headquarters remain to this day.

Marking a New Era: Mark Kenah’s Leadership

In 1997, a new, yet familiar face appeared at Albert Paper Products––Mark Kenah, the great-grandson of Joseph Kenah. Mark’s entry into the company began a deep, immersive learning experience alongside his father and grandfather. This period was crucial for Mark, as it allowed him to absorb the core values, understand the intricacies of the business, and envision its future.

Over the next 25 years, under the collective leadership and vision of the Kenah family, Albert Paper Products experienced significant growth, especially in the beauty, pharma, and food packaging sectors. We pride ourselves on being recognized as one of the most respected box manufacturers, a status affirmed by the acquisition of over 20 converting machines and the expansion of our facility to 80,000 square feet.

2019 marked a new chapter for Albert Paper Products as Mark Kenah assumed day-to-day leadership. His dedication and forward-thinking approach have been instrumental in propelling the company forward. In 2024, this commitment was further solidified when Mark was made President of Albert Paper Products. His presidency is not merely a continuation of a family tradition; it is a promise to our customers, employees, and industry peers––a promise of innovation, quality, and service that exceeds expectations.

Looking Ahead

Today, as we reflect on our history, from the dreams of Joseph Kenah in 1944 to the leadership of Mark Kenah in 2024, we are reminded of the resilience, adaptability, and passion that have been the cornerstones of Albert Paper Products. Under Mark’s leadership, we are poised for a future filled with possibilities, driven by the same values that have guided us for over 80 years.

Albert Paper Products’ story is one of a relentless pursuit of excellence, a deep-rooted family legacy, and an unwavering commitment to serving our customers. We thank Richard Kenah, for guiding Albert Paper Products for the last 50+ years; he will continue to serve Albert Paper as Lead Advisor to Special Projects. As we look to the future, we are excited to continue this journey, building on our rich history and shaping the next chapter of innovation and success in the packaging industry.

Thank you for being a part of our story. Together, we look forward to crafting a future that is as remarkable as our past.

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