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Independently Lead – Customer Driven


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Independently Lead – Customer Driven


Independent is located in Louisville, KY and is a privately-owned and operated corrugated manufacturer. Louisville is a distribution capital and a hub for companies of all sizes in the food, beverage, e-commerce, automotive/appliance, innovation, and spirits sectors. Start-ups, relocating and expanding businesses, and 3PLs all locate in Louisville because of our combination of centrality, diversity, and prosperity.

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Neil MacDonald, President & CEO


Neil MacDonald, President & CEO


Hello, I am Neil MacDonald and what I am about to tell you is the truth...the whole truth. No one else could make up such a story.

I began in the Box business with Independent Boxmakers in 1967. I was working in shipping and inventory control and attending law school at the same time. After a two-year law school education I decided that I had more ethics than needed to be a lawyer. In 1969 I convinced the management team at Independent Boxmakers to allow me to start A Box Unlimited. This company's motto was "any quantity, any size, any time" and it was Louisville's second short order box company. As I progressed up the ranks with Independent, A Box became A Pack and was successful for many years as a stand alone short order company. Independent Boxmakers was acquired by a major integrated corrugated company in 1977. I remained there for four years a Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

In July of 1981 a group of former Independent Boxmaker employees formed a new company, Independent Container Incorporated. As President and CEO - and with a very experienced group of employees - Independent Container grew to become a large midwest sheetfed plant with three manufacturing locations in Kentucky and Indiana. Independent Container was acquired by a large integrated corrugated company in 1997. I stayed with the new company for five years as President of the Independent Container division.

In July of 2006 a new company, Independent II, ran its first box as a company formed and owned by many of the employees who had previously worked at one or both of the former Independents. Today as President and CEO of Independent II, I am happy to say that as we begin our fourth year in business we have many great customers and employees who continue to help us grow. Our employees, from myself to our newest hire, are dedicated to fulfilling our customers' needs.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to doing business with you.

- Neil MacDonald

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Experience


Experience


Since the early 1960s—three generations of Independent companies have successfully managed the day-to-day corrugated and packaging demands of our Customers.

Our Leadership is well-respected by our Customers, our Community, and within our Industry for its dedication to building and operating long-running—successful enterprises by focusing on our Customer’s needs ahead of ours. Our Sales Partners are traditionally networked into local business sectors—and—virtually connected to emerging opportunities from over the horizon. Our Customer Service, Warehouse, and Shipping Teams are second to none at keeping our Customers’ orders on-time—no matter what. Our Production Team and Manufacturing Capabilities are a perfect balance of horsepower, creativity, flexibility and consistency. Our Operations Group seamlessly contributes Design, Technology, Quality and Process, and Innovation when needed—where needed—so that we provide dedicated service and agility to our Customers.

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Capabilities


Capabilities


Corrugated and Packaging 

  • 275,000sq/ft of Manufacturing and Warehousing capacity
  • Centrally located within the region with access to major highways, distribution centers, and airports (UPS, FedEx)
  • Dedicated fleet of delivery trucks for Just-In-Time delivery service
  • Inventory Management with AmTech Top-Gun
  • Quality Control Program and state-of-the-art Quality Lab
  • Ongoing Sustainability Program
  • In-house Design Department
  • In-house Specialty Packing Department - Broad line of Consumable Items Stocked
  • 2 x Kongsberg Design Tables, AutoCAD
  • 3-color 66x115 Ward (MWU) Rotary Die-Cutter with Martin Stacker
  • 3-color 37.5x96 Ward (MWU) Flexo Folder Gluer with Valcom-Melton GlueCheck/BundleCheck Inspection + Robot
  • 2-color Ward Rotary Die-Cutter & Martin Stacker
  • 2-color 38x80 Flexo Folder Gluer with Valco-Melton Captor Glue Inspection
  • 2-color 50x109 Flexo Folder Gluer + Robot
  • 1-color 74x184 Rotary Press
  • ECC Slotter
  • Automated Conveyor System
  • Automated Scrapping System
  • Automated Banding System
  • Slitter + Band-Saw
  • ThatBox - Quick Set-Up Boxmaker
  • Short Order Boxmaker
  • Taper/Gluer + Hot Melt Gluer
  • AICC Member