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Welcome AICC 2017–2018 Chairman Al Hoodwin!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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If Albert K. Hoodwin were around to see what his grandson, Al Hoodwin, has done with Michigan City Paper Box Co., you’d have to think he would be impressed. For starters, it’s a 113-year-old company. Plenty of good businesses don’t last that long—and the company is still thriving. The rigid paperboard box manufacturer—based in Michigan City, Ind.—has state-of-the-art technology throughout its plant and is known for its award-winning retail store boxes.
Albert K., sadly, never met his grandson. In 1904, Hoodwin, a Russian immigrant, started manufacturing paper boxes on the second floor of an old factory building in Michigan City. Sixteen years later, he moved the business to an old church building and then to a manufacturing plant that had been a shirt factory. But in 1928, the 50-year-old was driving two employees home when his car was at a railroad crossing and hit by a train.

“I am really glad I came back when I did. I’m glad I got to spend 11 to 12 years of my dad’s life working with him.”

Hoodwin was killed, and one of his employees perished, as well. The other employee lost a leg but survived, says the younger Hoodwin, who is now 53 and has been running the business since 1993.

After Albert K. Hoodwin died, his wife, Lillian, 37, took over the company while raising two young sons. Later, in the 1940s, Lillian’s sons, Louis and Fred, joined the company. Ultimately, the older brother, Lou, would run the business while Fred became the plant manager. Many years later, Lou’s son, Al Hoodwin, would grow up and would also be involved in the family’s business. During his high school days, Al was sweeping floors, making deliveries, and working on production lines. Then, after Al secured an MBA in management information systems at Indiana University in August 1986—well, we’ll let part of our interview tell the next part of his story. Read full article in AICC Boxscore