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Rick Dorley, Tallassee Industrial Development Board chairman, and Larry Taylor, president of Gulf Packaging Inc. greet guests at an open house to celebrate the recent expansion at the Tallassee plant.

Gulf Packaging expands

By Leigh Anne Butler

Gulf Packaging, a corrugated box manufacturer, located in the Tallassee Corporate Park recently expanded their facility.

Gulf Packaging, which is based in Bay Minette, Ala., expanded their business with a location in Tallassee in 1990.  The company built a new facility about 2 years ago in the Tallassee Corporate Park next to Hanil USA on Alabama Highway 229.  The company recently expanded due to growth and now operate in a 100,000 plus square foot facility.

A Gulf Packaging employee monitors the production of custom printed and cut corrugated boxes.  This machine will produce around 1,800 multi-colored boxes per hour.

Larry Taylor, President of Gulf Packaging explained, “We are really proud of this facility, what we’ve built here in Tallassee.  We were in an older building and really needed an updated, new larger building.  We have an investment of over $10 million here.  We pledge to be a good corporate citizen for Tallassee.”

Gulf Packaging specializes in custom designed corrugated boxes with a fast turn around time.  They serve the Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana markets with a reputation of dependability and customer service.

“We are simple people with a simple vision: be happy,” Taylor added.  “If we have happy employees, we’ll have happy customers.  If we have happy customers, we’ll have happy owners.  We run our business with the motto, do the right thing. 

“Respect is how you get things done.  We want to be the preferred supplier for our customers.  They have choices and we want to be their choice.  We love the box business and what’s inside the box is what matters.  That is the customer’s product and that is what is important.”

Gulf Packaging produces about 220,000 boxes a week running one shift, five days a week.  The Tallassee plant employs around 40 people.

Rick Dorley, chairman of the Tallassee Industrial Development Board added, “I am thankful Gulf Packaging chose Tallassee.  It is a pleasure to not only do business with good people, but to do business with good Christian people.”