In the 40 years that INDEVCO has maintained a presence in North America, generations of employees have raised their families, served customers through hard work and commitment and played important roles in their local communities.
In 1982, our founder, Georges Frem, saw opportunity in the U.S. when the privately owned industrial group (INDEVCO Group) he was building with his three brothers purchased a paper mill in Georgia, along with several corrugated converting plants in the eastern United States. These modest operations offered ideal capabilities and locations. The Frem brothers’ strong desire to create both jobs and value was directly related to limiting urban migration and helping people stay in their hometowns. To them, community involvement was key to business success.
Over the next three decades, our U.S.-based company, Interstate Resources, Inc., would grow into one of the largest independently owned, vertically integrated paper and corrugated packaging groups in the U.S., managing forestland and producing timber, lumber, kraft linerboard, recycled corrugating medium, corrugated sheets and corrugated packaging.
In 2015, INDEVCO diversified by opening INDEVCO Plastics, a blown film extrusion plastics manufacturing plant in Longview, Texas, in close proximity to petrochemical processing plants throughout the state and into Louisiana.
INDEVCO Plastics and sister company Napco National became part of the INDEVCO Group, which grew to be the largest global supplier of FFS bags to the petrochemical industry.
In 2017, London-based DS Smith acquired 80% of Interstate Resources, Inc., and by 2020 held 90%. Parent company INDEVCO’s U.S.-regional headquarters shifted from Arlington, Virginia, to the Richmond area, where it retained Barricade Building Products and Specialty Coating & Laminating operations. In addition, in 2017, INDEVCO North America became a shareholder in ePac Flexible Packaging—a disruptive digitally based flexible packaging company serving brands of all sizes with fast speed-to-market and low minimums.
Today, INDEVCO North America continues to expand its Building Products, Coating & Laminating and Plastics divisions. Its manufacturing plants are market leaders in a range of product lines, and it serves a growing list of industries, including building and construction, beverage, chemical and petrochemical, food, industrial salt and minerals, lawn and garden, packaging converting, pet food and transport packaging.
As we evolve, INDEVCO North America’s commitment to local communities and the people within them will continue to provide the foundation for our family of companies—guiding our business principles, practices and overall sense of purpose.