Hood Container Corp. aims to be a different type of containerboard company. Beginning production in 1970 as Inland Container Corp., its containerboard mill in New Johnsonville, Tenn., processes 370,000 tons of corrugated packaging per year.
“We promise quality semi-chem corrugating medium products and a commitment to customer satisfaction,” the company says. “We leverage our 40-plus years of industry experience and reliability to customers’ advantage.”
Hood Container’s medium is at the epicenter of corrugated packaging. The company manufactures only semi-chem corrugating medium for the boxes and other packaging that consumers rely on daily. This corrugated medium in shipping boxes provides the strength and durability to keep foods from being crushed during shipment from fields to stores, for example. It is a big task with much hinging on the ability to get products to consumers in usable condition. This makes quality all the more important for Hood Container Corp.
Hood Container also prides itself on a 100 percent commitment to customer satisfaction. “As a company, we believe the customer should get exactly what they expect,” Hood Container says.
“We recognize that our customers are the reason we exist,” Hood Container says. “We will be the preferred corrugated medium supplier and easiest company to do business with in the corrugated industry.”
To be the best containerboard company, Hood Container Corp. is persistent in the pursuit of excellence in safety, environmental stewardship, quality, cost, efficiency and profitability. Hood says it offers customers prompt and courteous service, individual attention and consistent grade run schedules. Customers also receive reasonable lead times and quick problem resolution, the company says.
The company conducts business according to its values needed for success in the paper, plastics, packaging and specialty printing sector:
- > Hood Container is dedicated to treating everyone with dignity and respect.
- > The company recognizes that customers are the reason it exists.
- > Hood Container will be the preferred supplier and easiest company to do business with in the industry.
- > Hood Container treats customers, employees, owners and suppliers in a fair and equitable manner.
- > The company provides exceptional returns and long-term economic value for owners.
- > The company values neighbors and the community, pledging to be good stewards in utilizing resources.
The company was purchased in January 2014 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Hood Companies Inc., a privately owned, closely held holding company. Hood is the parent company to operating subsidiaries involved in the manufacture and distribution of forest and wood products, building and construction materials and flexible and corrugated packaging products throughout North America.
The former owner, Atlanta-based Stronghaven, is a multi-facility manufacturer of custom corrugated boxes, displays and packaging solutions. Stronghaven manufactures high-impact, cost-effective packaging, displays and signage solutions that meet and exceed clients’ needs, the company says.
“Hood Container Corp.’s exceptional senior management team and market presence, along with a strong strategic fit, has positioned the company for enhanced growth,” said Bill Hornell, managing director of Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group, at the time of the 2014 sale.
In 2012, International Paper Co. of Memphis sold three mills as part of its acquisition of Temple-Inland Inc., including the Hood mill and others in California. International Paper is a pulp and paper company founded in 1898 that employs more than 65,000.
The Hood Container mill is located on the banks of the Tennessee River 150 miles northeast of Memphis and 70 miles west of Nashville.
“Uniquely positioned geographically, Hood Container boasts access to two major shipping hubs: Nashville and Memphis,” the company says. “Hood’s proximity to both cities makes shipping corrugated medium to any location easy and economical.”
The mill stores up to 40,000 tons of wood chips onsite. It receives about 60 truckloads per day of sawdust and waste wood from sawmills and landfills for use as sustainable fuel for Hood Container’s process.
Hood Container utilizes a continuous digester that consumes 1,000 tons per day of wood chips to produce 550 tons of pulp.
It receives up to 40 truckloads a day of baled post-consumer old corrugated containers from grocery stores and recycling facilities. About 50 percent of the pulp for the paper machine comes from recycled fiber, the company notes.
In January, Hood Container announced the mill was certified to both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody standards. This was in addition to achieving certification for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative sourcing standard.
In announcing the certifications, Charles E. Hodges, Hood Container president and COO, said they are “the result of a coordinated and focused effort by the mill’s management team, including members from its fiber procurement, technical, administration and sales groups. Obtaining these certifications further supports our ongoing efforts to be the preferred supplier in the industry. It is another example of our commitment to our customers as a supply chain partner and Hood Container’s emphasis on the management and sustainability of our industry and its resources.”
Chain of custody certification is essential for businesses seeking to access environmentally and socially aware markets, or to demonstrate compliance with public and private procurement policies that specify environmentally responsible materials, the Forest Stewardship Council says.
Hodges was appointed to his post in March 2014. He has been associated with the pulp, paper and converting industries for more than 35 years, having served in executive roles with Union Camp Corp. and Georgia Pacific Corp., and as president and CEO of the Port Townsend Family of Companies. He has served as director for Wausau Paper Company and is a Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry fellow.
Hodges continues the company’s mission “to be the best semi-chem corrugating medium supplier,” Hood Container says. “Our commitment to quality drives every action for every customer.”