Category Archive: Company Updates

HCC Burbank: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Pallet Display takes home 2020 SHOP! Bronze OMA Award

Jun, 2020

HCC Burbank took home another award for their Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Pallet Display. It was an OMA Award Bronze Winner at the 2020 SHOP! Awards. This display was entered in the Club Store category and was designed for Microsoft. They developed a pallet solution that not only improved the Costco Member Warehouse experience but also dramatically reducing the freight costs for the Surface pallet program.

costco display microsoft surface laptop

2020 SHOP! Award OMA Silver Winner: Funko Wetmore Forest Half Pallet Display

Jun, 2020

Award winners HCC Burbank gained an additional Silver OMA Award at the 2020 SHOP! Awards with this Funko Wetmore Forest Half Pallet display. It was entered in the category of Entertainment, Games and Toys and created for Funko.  The team wanted to bring the Wetmore Forest title to life.  Wetmore Forest was created to depict an enchanting forest and encourage exploration and discovery among children, so it was important that the display give a peek into this enchanting world.


Game of Thrones The Final Season Walmart WOW display takes home 2020 SHOP! Gold OMA Award

Jun, 2020

This Game of Thrones The Final Season Walmart WOW display was created by our Burbank team and earned them a 2020 SHOP! Gold OMA Award! Designed for HBO Home Entertainment and entered in the Mass Merchandise category, this display was designed to be impactful at retail while immediately conveying it as a recognizable and pop-culture iconic piece familiar to fans of the show. The retail-specific yet theatrical type display was used as a beacon to communicate the home video release as well as an offer and immersive Instore Retail Experience. The experience the display conveyed was very successful and was echoed through numerous social media posts of consumers engaging with the display at retail. Due to fan and consumer demand, Walmart also auctioned off several of the displays with proceeds donated to a charity.  This display was shipped on a single custom full pallet of 54” W x 48” D x 85” T, yet when assembled, grew to 96” W x 48” D x 85” T.

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Hood Container Celebrates Safety

Jun, 2020

Hood Container Celebrates SafetyCelebrating safety at Hood Container! Three of our facilities (Chicago, Asheville, and Greensboro) were awarded the “Safety Excellence Award” from The Corrugated Container Industry. Our Lincolnton facility was also awarded the Hood Companies, Inc. 2019 Safety Award. Congratulations to all these facilities for their efforts in keeping our employees safe!

Welcome Back to Work

Jun, 2020

Hood Container created a “Welcome Back to Work” kit for our clients and prospects. This kit contains ESSENTIAL items for working safely during these unprecedented times. The kit was structurally designed in our Cincinnati office, digitally printed in Nashville, die cut in our Chicago converting facility, and assembled in our Chicago contract packaging facility. The entire project took less than 4 weeks to complete, including sourcing the branded product. If we can show this level of speed to market on this project, imagine what we can do for yours. Call us today!

COVID Panels, Hood Container Solutions

May, 2020

These well designed COVID panels can help with social distancing requirements at your place of business. Artwork will include customer name and logo if provided. These COVID panels are 74” tall and fit to multiple table heights and can easily be placed around open spaces to aid in social distancing. These panels are sustainable, made from recycled materials, and easily disposable.

We Are Essential

Mar, 2020

As we continue to make our way through these unknown times we want everyone to know that we are in this together and we are thankful to everyone for all their hard work.

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Senior Leadership Changes

Jan, 2020

Senior Vice PresidentHood Container Corporation announces that Greg Hall will become the President and Chief Operating Officer for the company, effective January 1st, 2020. Greg replaces Charlie Hodges who is retiring after leading Hood Container since its startup in July 2012.

Hall joined Hood Container in 2019 as Senior Vice President- Converting Division. Prior to joining the company, Greg held key leadership positions with Orange County Container Group and most recently was CEO North America Smurfit Kappa.

“Hodges has been an integral part of Hood Container’s success. His leadership and knowledge of the industry have laid a great foundation for the future of the company. We look forward to having Greg Hall continue to grow and lead Hood Container in the future,” commented Wren Hood, CEO Hood Container.

Hodges retires after nearly 45 years in the Pulp and Paper Industry having worked for Union Camp Corporation, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Port Townsend Paper Company, and most recently Hood Container where he was involved in growing the company from its startup in 2012 to its position today. He will remain with the company in a consulting role to provide for a smooth transition.

Hood Container Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hood Companies, Inc. Hood Companies is a privately owned, closely-held holding company and is the parent to operating subsidiaries involved in the manufacture and distribution of wood products, building and construction materials, and flexible and corrugated packaging products throughout North America. 

Hood Container Acquires Simpsonville, SC Based Progressive Packaging Inc.

Aug, 2019


Transaction Emphasizes Hood Container’s Continued Focus on Corrugated Packaging

Operations by Acquiring Operations in the Growing Piedmont Area of SC.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA –  August 28, 2019   Hood Container Corporation announced today that Stronghaven Incorporated, its corrugated packaging division, has acquired the corrugated packaging business of Simpsonville, SC-based Progressive Packaging Inc. The transaction includes all of Progressive Packaging’s design, manufacturing, assembly, and fulfillment operations in both the Greenville Spartanburg area as well as Early Branch, South Carolina.

Russ Crowe, President of Progressive Packaging, shared the following comments regarding the business and transaction. “For twenty-five years, Progressive Packaging has been focused on the foundation of family values. Kim and I pride ourselves on the confidence that those principles will not only be maintained but enhanced and carried forward with Hood Container as Progressive will compliment not only Stronghaven’s footprint but their organizational values. Our employees and our customers are the most important allies to the ever-changing challenges that the corrugated industry faces from worldwide pressures. Progressive’s acquisition by Hood will solidify its supply chain in the southeast region and strengthen Stronghaven’s coverage of the eastern seaboard. On a personal note, Kim and I know our fathers would agree that this is a proud moment and we look forward to where Hood takes this group in the many years to come.”

Charlie Hodges, President and COO of Hood Container Corporation, commented “Progressive Packaging has a long history of providing outstanding products and services to customers in the Piedmont, low country areas of South Carolina and their entire customer base.  From their beginnings in the mid-90s, Kim and Russ Crowe have epitomized a “customer first” philosophy and focused on “exceeding their customers’ expectations”, which is a core value of Hood and Stronghaven. Progressive’s facilities in South Carolina extend Stronghaven’s reach into this growing economic region and provides a strategic extension of our company’s reach along the eastern seaboard. We are pleased to welcome all the Progressive Packaging employees to the Hood organization.”

John Johnson, Vice President and CFO of Hood Companies, Inc. added, “The addition of Progressive Packaging, Inc. and its outstanding employees and valued customers marks the twelfth strategic growth transaction for Hood Container since its inception in 2012.”    As with other growth opportunities completed over the past seven years, we value tremendously the relationships we have developed with business owners and operators such as Kim and Russ Crowe. Hood, also a family-owned business, believes its core values and culture is strengthened by the management and employee teams that join Hood through acquired organizations such as Progressive Packaging, and we look forward to the continued opportunities that are created with the company’s growth.”

Stronghaven operates locations in eight states east of the Mississippi River as well as Texas and California. Hood Container Corporation also owns and operates linerboard, medium, and specialty paper manufacturing operations in New Johnsonville, TN, and St. Francisville, LA.

Hood Container Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hood Companies, Inc. Hood Companies is a privately owned, closely-held holding company and is the parent to operating subsidiaries involved in the manufacture and distribution of forest and wood products, building and construction materials, and flexible and corrugated packaging products throughout North America.