The Independent Carton
Group was born on a sunny morning in the VIP room at
That morning in 1983, the owners of
five independent folding carton companies met to discuss how they
could help each other in the event of a catastrophe at one of their
production facilities. They ended up creating a vision that would
change the way they did business.
Their vision was for the Independent Carton Group (ICG), an
association to help independent folding carton suppliers compete
against large, integrated paper companies. At first the ICG’s
activities were modest. The founders established informal arrangements
to provide emergency backup production and took turns hosting
meetings. But as membership grew, so did the scope of the
In 1991, the ICG opened its first office and hired its first staff
members. 1999 saw the creation of the
ICG Purchasing Program, intended to help ICG companies buy raw
materials at prices competitive with large integrated firms. In 2003,
the ICG moved to its new headquarters in Newtown, Connecticut and
launched its new Website.
The ICG members are located across the United States.
The ICG now provides a variety of programs and services designed to
help ICG companies meet the needs of their customers. Programs include
supply assurance, an expanded
ICG Purchasing Program, and expert presentations and networking
opportunities at quarterly meetings.
Started by a few visionaries talking in an airport, the ICG has grown to
become a major force in the folding carton industry.