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Packaging Distributor & Manufacturer Merge

PackageOne, formerly headquartered in Ranch Cordova, Calif., has merged with American River Packaging, Sacramento, CA to form a combined business called American River-PackageOne, Inc. with $40 million in revenues. PackageOne is a distributor of industrial packaging, janitorial and office supplies. American River Packaging is a manufacturer of custom corrugated containers. PackageOne started in 2000, and by the end of 2004 had 47 employees and $16 million in revenue.

"This is very exciting for us since we have literally doubled our customer base," said Tom Kandris, CEO and managing director of American River-PackageOne. "We can now offer our collective customers an integrated supply solution that includes packaging materials, corrugated containers, graphic packaging design, and our proprietary Web based customer service technology solutions efficiently from a single source."

The company has 170 people and manufacturing facilities in Sacramento and Madera, CA, and Sparks, NV with additional distribution facilities in Salt Lake City, UT.

"We see tremendous upside in the combined businesses," said Kandris. "PackageOne has been very strong on the distribution side of the business and American River has shown great success on the manufacturing, design and retail packaging side. This really is a case where the combination of one plus one is much greater than two."

In addition, PackageOne has been a leader in the adoption of new technology for improving the supply chain with its customers. Most recently the company introduced a Partner's Portal, which gives customers online access and visibility to all their back office business activity with PackageOne.

"Our Web portal technology will now be used across both businesses and serve as the cornerstone of our value proposition of driving both soft and hard costs out of the supply chain for our customers," said Kandris.

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