Royal Containers Ltd. is a Canadian company and one of the largest independent corrugated converters in Southern Ontario. Now serving customers from locations in Brampton and London, we’ve been a leader in the corrugated packaging industry since the 1980s.
Central to the Royal Containers story is our founder, Ross Nelson. After working in design and sales at two of the big integrated companies, his entrepreneurial spirit began wanting more.
1979Ross set forth to grow independently and partnered with Central Box & Containers.
Still not satisfied, he sold his interest in Central. He purchased equipment, including a press, a slitter and a taper-gluer, and he established Norbram Packaging.
1982Many integrated corrugators plants that supplied material to local packaging companies had gone on strike. In a bold move, Norbram was the first to purchase corrugated sheets from south of the border.
To service Norbram’s furniture-manufacturing customers, Ross Nelson founded Tri-County Containers in Hanover, Ontario. This formed a bond with these customers that remains today.
Together with nine other independents, Norbram formed TenCorr Packaging, North America’s first ever sheet feeder operation. The first corrugator was installed in Toronto; new locations were subsequently opened in Mississauga and Brampton. This was Royal’s first investment in a new vertical integration model.
Norbram purchased Rowland Packaging. The combined operations of Norbram, Rowland and Tri-County Containers formed today’s Royal Containers Ltd.
In another bold move, Royal Containers and TenCorr became the first sheet feeder operation to invest in a paper mill. Solvay Paperboard was the largest and first-of-its-kind recycled paper mill in North America. Solvay supplied Royal’s first rolls of 100% recycled linerboard.
1994Royal Containers achieved ISO 9001 certification.
1996TenCorr expanded to the Mississauga location with a focus on specialty grades, such as E and F flutes, EB and EC doublewall, and ACC triplewall. It also added bright whites, double-sided whites and an extensive selection of coatings.
Royal Containers re-located its main office to its current location in Brampton. Royal Containers focused on upgrading equipment, including adding two flexo folder-gluers.
2004Royal Containers established a system that allowed customers to log in and receive quotations online; it was the first of its kind in the Ontario marketplace.
Royal Containers purchased Morphy Containers, one of the original TenCorr partners, located in London, Ontario. Kim Nelson became the new CEO of Royal Containers.
2011TenCorr opened its Brampton location, which includes a 110-inch Fosber Corrugator. TenCorr has three remaining owners: Royal Containers, the Coyle Group and Menasha Packaging Canada.
Royal Containers sold its shares in Solvay Paperboard and recognized an opportunity to partner with Cascades Inc. to invest in Greenpac Mill, a new 100% recycled fibre linerboard mill. It became the first paper mill in North America to produce lightweight linerboard.
2013Greenpac Mill ran its first roll of recycled linerboard on July 15. Royal’s investment in Greenpac added another level of vertical integration.
Both Royal Containers locations get new Martin high-speed flexo folder-gluers, and the London facility has a Bobst rotary die-cutter installed. Royal Containers operates 24 hours a day, 5 days a week and employs more than 200 people. In combination with TenCorr, it records sales of C$100–C$200 million annually and employs nearly 350 people.
2017Royal Containers launches a redesigned website that provides greater transparency and allows existing customers better access to its services.