About Independent Carton Group
The Independent Carton Group, an association of independently-owned-and-operated folding carton companies, helps its members provide exceptional products, service, and pricing to their customers through group purchasing, continuity assurance, and various educational and networking programs. What began with a few visionaries talking in an airport lounge in 1982 is now a major force in the packaging industry. The group currently consists of 18 companies in 15 U.S. states and Canada who collectively represent over $800 million in annual sales and 1,448 years of packaging history.
Our wealth of programs empowers ICG members to support each other to serve their customers better. The programs are rooted in members’ shared values and goals, which all stem from a mutual desire to remain competitive, expand their knowledge base and continue to deliver the same tremendous customer service they’ve been providing for decades, some for over a century.
“It’s amazing to think that such incredible vision came out of a meeting of competitors held so tentatively and cautiously at an airport all those years ago. Our members share the same values and goals, and they continue to prove the viability and power of working together as a cohesive and interactive group -- all while protecting each company’s competitive independence.” -- Jay Willie, Executive Director, Independent Carton Group
Our leadership team consists of an executive director, two directors emeriti, and four elected board members who are owners and/or executives of ICG member companies. Daily operations are managed from the ICG offices in Newtown, Connecticut, by Jay Willie, executive director, Andy Willie, executive director emeritus and president of ICG, LLC, and Kim Pearce, the group's long-time executive assistant.
“This is not an association in which members can be casual observers. There’s amazing communication and collaboration among members, and each one hosts a meeting and facility tour every few years. These things are only possible because of members’ willingness to be highly engaged in the group.” -- Jay Willie, Executive Director, Independent Carton Group
Why Join The ICG?
There are many reasons why owners of folding carton companies want to join the ICG. Members have access to a purchasing program that makes their pricing more competitive. The group opens up doors to owner-to-owner communication among people who share similar business successes and challenges. Members can send employees to technical conferences to gain knowledge that helps them better serve their customers. And the production continuity assurance program provides them peace of mind that, even if faced with disaster, they will be able to fulfill orders.
There are many common threads among members. They all manufacture folding cartons, they are all independently-owned-and-operated, none of them are affiliated with a major paper mill, all have a customer-centric focus, and they all appreciate the benefits of ICG membership. All members are highly engaged in the group, and actively participate in the various programs.
All new members must be approved by the board of directors and voted in during a general membership meeting. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about membership.