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Carton Service, Inc.

 

SHELBY'S LATEST INDUSTRY
 

The Carton Service, Inc., Will Occupy Standard Manufacturing Plant on Franklin Avenue
and Will Employ Thirty People; President H. L. Dibble Outlines the Company's Plans in
Connection With Local Factory; Will Design, Manufacture and Sell Folding Paper Cartons;
Giving Special Attention to Cut-out Designs.
 

The Carton Service, Inc., is the newest addition to Shelby's Industries. The company will be located in the Standard Manufacturing
building on Franklin Avenue.
 
H. L. Dibble, president of the company, has just completed the deal for the building and is in the city for purpose of having some minor
changes made in the structure. Local contractors are giving estimates on the improvements and the work is to be taken care of as fast
as possible. Machinery will be shipped in a few weeks and the company will give employment to thirty people. The purpose of the company
is to design, manufacture and sell folding paper cartons, display cartons and display advertising particularly pertaining to cut-out designs.
 
H. L. Dibble, president of the company, has been connected with the folding carton business for the past twenty-three years. For ten
years he was superintendent in complete charge of manufacturing at the Universal Paper Products Co., Clyde, Ohio, and when the
company consolidated with the Gardner & Harvey Co., of Middletown, he assumed the same duties there. From the first of March
1925 to the first of March 1926 he was superintendent in charge of production at the Standard Paper Co., of Kalamazoo, Mich.
Both of these concerns are among the leaders in the folding paper carton field.
 
I. J. Bookmyer, supervisor of production at the Gardner & Harvey Co., Middletown, Ohio, is vice-president of the company. John F.
Gleason, real estate and insurance agent of Cleveland, is secretary. Owen A. Albaugh, assistant auditor and cost accountant at the
Gardner & Harvey Co., Middletown, is treasurer.
 
The above four officers with the addition of one other constitute the board of directors. All the offices of the company, except the
secretary, will be directly active in the production or sales.
 
President Dibble, speaking of the company and its prospects had the following to say this morning:
The plant which we intend to install will give us a production of about four carloads of paper board conversion per week. And
in dollars and cents will produce a business of $40,000.00 to $50,000.00 per month. The cost of this equipment is approximately
$35,000.00 varying slightly above or below according to the equipment needs at the time of installation.
 
The equipment will all be new machinery of the very latest model and style and will be the best that we can buy to successfully
produce folding paper cartons. Each unit will be motor driven. The main equipment will be printing presses and cutting and
creasing presses bought of either Babcock Printing Press & Mfg. Co., or The Miehle Printing Press Co. The glue machines will
be the latest improved Model A type machine made by International Paper Box Machine Co., Nashua, N. H. The auxiliary
equipment will be purchased from the leading manufacturers of goods in this line.
 
With Shelby as a center point and including the manufacturing towns within a radius of seventy-five miles it gives us probably the
second largest carton using territory of like dimension in the United States. This territory includes a large number of cities and
also includes a large number of small towns and villages composed largely of manufacturing industries.
 
The hardware industry and the rubber industry are particularly well represented in this territory. There are also many manufacturers
of proprietary medicines in this territory. These together with the many varied industries which are users of cartons today open a
field which would require a plant a great many times our size to serve.
 
The carton industry has reached the size and importance which it has attained today not so much through the development from the
inside as from the demands of the user. It will our endeavor to obtain immediately such share of business as will be necessary to keep
this plant in operation and then center our efforts on the development of new uses for folding paper cartons. Naturally it is along this
line that the largest profits are made. We might mention also that there are innumerable buyers of cartons in the market today who
desire, but cannot obtain, the high quality of work which their products require due to the centering of production in the large board
converting plants. One concern with whom the writer is familiar is today operating their carton division about ninety percent of
capacity made on the cost plus basis only.
 
It is the development of this type of business in which we are particularly interested. You will realize the futility of trying to start a
plant on this basis and also realize that it will take time and endeavor to build up the better trade.
 
With this in mind our immediate efforts will be centered on securing business enough to operate our plant to full capacity from the
competitive fields. It is the opinion of the writer that in the immediate vicinity of Shelby there is a carton consumption of from ten
to twelve cars per month. *
 
 

 
* The Daily Globe, Shelby OH – July 14, 1926
 

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