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A Force On Paper

April 1, 2013

Now there many companies, teams and individuals that looks good on paper. Central National-Gottesman Inc. (CNG) is really a force on paper in a very literal sense. This company distributes annually 4 million tons of products range from newsprint to wood pulp, paper, and paperboard.  CNG is one of the largest privately held pulp, paper, packaging and tissue companies in the world. In 2011 company revenue was over $4 billion.

The business was founded in 1886 in New York City as M. Gottesman & Company focusing on the sale of raw materials for papermaking.  D.S. Gottesman (1885-1956) who came to the U.S. as a child from Hungary joined the family business as a young man and played a significant role in the company’s growth.

By the 1950s Central National-Gottesman started going international establishing sales offices across Europe and South America. The 1980s brought significant events in the company’s corporate existence and strength. Lindenmeyr Paper Corporation, a leading independent fine paper merchant in the U.S. was acquired by CNG in 1984. This company was even older than CNG having been founded in 1859.  CNG also acquired a paper merchant in the New England area, D.F. Munroe Company.

The 1990s saw more acquisitions by CNG like the purchase of Communications Paper Corporation in 1991. This company specializes in the sale of communications and printing papers.  CNG further expanded internationally opening offices in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia.

Aside from organic growth CNG acquired 2 U.S. based packaging companies and has entered the paper distribution business in Turkey.  It has continued to expand domestically as well as internationally. To better manage its business interests CNG is organized in 3 principal divisions: Central National Division, U.S. Distribution Group and U.S. Publishing Group.

Central National Division takes care of the global market.  It not only supplies paper products but also offers marketing and management functions, including transportation and consulting. The U.S. Distribution Group takes care of business in the U.S. while the U.S. Publishing Group takes care of distributing publishing papers in the U.S.

Fourth generation Gottesman family members still own this highly successful company.

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