Cumberland Container, Monterey, Tennessee Celebrates 50 Years
Monday, July 1, 2019
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
Founded in 1969 by Eugene Jared and some partners, Cumberland Container celebrated 50 years of operation with a June 28th open house. Eugene’s son Mark Jared welcomed customers, employees, local and national representatives and friends to “Monterey’s biggest secret,” so named because it’s hidden behind two graveyards.
In his comments, Mark recalled the struggles of the original 5 employees working in 6,000 square feet to establish the business. Today, Cumberland Container employs 82 in a 260,000 square foot building. Thirty-three percent of those employees have 10 years or more with Cumberland while forty-four percent have 5 years or more on the team. Cumberland Container’s business is a growing one, and one that is fiercely and proudly independent. They are the second oldest and the second largest business in Monterey, a small town in the rolling hills of Tennessee between Nashville and Knoxville.
A plant tour revealed a wealth of older machines and newly installed printing and converting equipment with more investment on the way. Typical of independent companies, Cumberland Container is customer focused and appreciative of the support that they have from their diverse base of customers, suppliers and partner box makers. Mark Jared pointed out many of the assembled customers telling the crowd that had been with Cumberland Container for a long, long time.
John Rose, U.S. Representative from the 6th District of Tennessee shared remarks he made on the House floor on June 27, 2019 which were entered into the Congressional Record. He recognized the importance of Cumberland Container to the town, to Putnam County and to the state. Cumberland Container has an economic impact of approximately $10M annually on the region.
AICC President Mike D’Angelo, who was on hand for the festivities, said “AICC members congratulate Mark and his team for all that they have accomplished. This is a very impressive sheet plant. I appreciated the opportunity to make some remarks to the crowd on the packaging market and the importance of the independent.”
After the tours and presentations were complete, the entire group enjoyed a great barbeque lunch. Afterward, the fine employees of Cumberland Container returned to their production day, moving forward toward the next 50 years.