Did you know that in 1998, Schwarz Partners began as a tiny startup with just three employees? After selling his independent sheet feeder company in 1998, Jack Schwarz launched Schwarz Partners in an office above their landlord’s garage. The three employees included himself, CFO Tom Bennett and their shared assistant and office manager, Toni Medlen. The early vision was simple: To make money and have fun doing it!
The first company established by Schwarz Partners was Flutes Inc., which specializes in small-flute corrugated sheets. Jeff and John Schwarz arrived soon after and in 1999 Schwarz Partners acquired a group of packaging companies which sparked growth for years to come!
The company now employs more than 5,500 people in 51 locations across North America and has built a new factory every year since 2009. “The company’s approach to acquisitions is to respect—and retain—the newcomer’s entrepreneurial spirit,” says Bob McIlvaine, president and general manager of The Royal Group (TRG). A belief in people combined with a commitment to modernization are the essence of the Schwarz’s winning formula. “The Schwarz family strongly believes in reinvesting the profits of the company back into the business,” Bob says.
TRG is extremely proud of all that the Schwarz Partners have accomplished. We couldn’t be more grateful to be under the umbrella of a company who pride themselves on putting people first. Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary!