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Guide to Tin and Can Manufacturers

This special page lists many of today's manufacturers of tins and cans in the world. Hyperlinks back to their own web sites will provide you with valuable information about their products and capabilities. They can help business owners find the right tin or can to meet their product needs.


   Allstate Can Corp., 1-T Wood Hollow Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054 2821 USA, Tel: 973-560-9030, Fax: 973-560-9217; Established: 1946. Mfrs. Of Standard & Customized Steel Cans. Available In A Wide Range Of Sizes & Closures For All Packaging Needs. In Stock Or Made To Specs. Specialists In Custom Decorated & Lithographed Containers.

    American National Can Company (ANC) is the world’s largest manufacturer of beverage cans. Based in Chicago and operating more than 40 beverage can and end making plants, ANC produces a range of container sizes (5.5-ounce to 24-ounce) for the soft drink, beer, fruit juice, tea and water markets. With a history in packaging dating to 1899. ANC is a subsidiary of Pechiney, a multinational manufacturer with core businesses in metal and plastic packaging, aluminum and semi-finished aluminum products. ANC was purchased by Pechiney in November, 1988. ANC was an American company formed by Triangle from its' purchase of the National Can Corp. in 1985 and the American Can Corp. in 1986.

Ball Corporation, Ball's packaging operations makes metal beverage cans, metal food cans, and PET plastic bottles.

wood jacketed tin can, 1880

    Acquired Heekin Can, Inc. in March 1993. Heekin was the largest regional manufacturer of metal food containers in the U.S. prior to the acquisition. Combined with Ball Packaging Products Canada, Inc.'s six plants, the eleven former Heekin plants made Ball the third largest producer of metal food and aerosol cans in the North American market. (

   The 1969 acquisition of Jeffco Manufacturing Company in Denver and subsequent metal beverage container operations formation. The company now has nine North American metal beverage container plants and produces 17 billion beverage cans and easy-open can ends.

   The acquisition of the metal beverage container assets of Reynolds Metals Company in 1998. The acquisition made Ball the largest supplier of metal beverage cans in North America, and one of the larger in the world.

      The acquisition of M.C. Packaging (Hong Kong) Ltd. in China. MCP, combined with Ball's FTB Packaging Ltd. joint venture in China, makes Ball the largest supplier of cans in that nation.

Buckeye ShapeForm
was founded in 1902 as the Buckeye Stamping Company. What started as a producer of small tin plated steel cans has evolved into one of the most flexible electronics packaging sources in the world. In 1996 ShapeForm Inc. was added to the Buckeye line featuring deep drawn lengths up to 84 inches with varying diameters and wall thickness. Located at 555 Marion Road in Columbus, Ohio, with 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Buckeye ShapeForm is ideally located for timely and economical daily shipments by ground or by air. 

From: "K.C. Cudney" [email protected] 

BWAY Corporation, 8607 Roberts Drive, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30350, 770-587-0888. While tracing its roots back to 1870, the modern Brockway Standard is an amalgamation of several old line can companies that have merged over the years to form the largest domestic general line can maker.

CENTRAL CAN COMPANY, 3200 South Kilbourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623, Phone: (773) 254-8700 Fax: (312) 254-9127 Packaging Materials - Steel Containers: 5-gallon pails; Tinplate Containers: cans

J.L. Clark, a Clarcor Company. J.L. Clark manufactures a wide variety of decorated metal products
including stock and custom containers, stampings and packaging.
2300 Sixth Street P.O. Box 7000 Rockford, IL 61125, Phone: 815/962-8861 FAX: 815/962-0417

Container Supply Company, 12571 Western Ave., Garden Grove, CA. 92841, Phone (714) 892-8321 FAX (714) 892-3824

Containers Printers Pte Ltd - metal can manufacturer, producing tin and plastic containers.

Continental Can Company, Inc.,is a subsidiary of dairy and packaging company Suiza Foods. Its Ferembal subsidiary is one of the largest food can producers in France. Czech-based subsidiary Obalex makes food cans and industrial-use cans. 301 Merritt 7 Corporate Park, Norwalk, CT, 06856, Phone: 203-750-5900 Fax: 203-750-5900.

Crown Cork and Seal Company., Inc. , products include metal cans for food, beverage, household and other consumer products, plastic containers for beverage, processed food, household, personal care and other products; metal and plastic packaging products for health and beauty care applications including cosmetics, fragrances and pharmaceuticals; metal specialty and promotional packaging products; a wide variety of caps, closures, pumps and dispensing systems; and composite containers.

    Over the past nine years, the Company has completed approximately 20 acquisitions of companies. The largest acquisitions over this period include CarnaudMetalbox (February 1996), Van Dorn Company (April 1993), CONSTAR International (October 1992), Continental Can International (May 1991), Continental Can's U.S. food and beverage can businesses (July 1990) and Continental Can Canada (December 1989).

    In the Eighties Carnaud S.A, France joined forces with Metalbox Limited, England and thay are known today as CarnaudMetalbox. They are the largest packaging organization in Europe and the third largest in the World. Also see The-Box

Darex: Founded in 1919 by two graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bradley Dewey, and Charles Almy, The Dewey and Almy Chemical Co. later became Grace Container Products in 1954, and today is Darex, part of W.R. Grace & Co.,

FEMSA Packaging - produces containers, packaging, plastic products and coolers for the food and beverage industry.

Freund Can Company, Since 1936, 179 West 84th Street, CHICAGO, IL 60620, PHONE: 773/224-4230, Ext. 179

Independent Can Company, a manufacturer of specialty and industrial metal containers since 1929. 4500 Wharf Point Court, P.O. Box 370, Belcamp, MD 21017, 410-272-0090 – phone, 410-273-7500 - fax.  See also Western Specialty Container below.

National Can Industries Limited, began in 1954, National Can Industries, Australia, expanded into New Zealand in 1970 and in 1989 acquired that countries largest can making group.In 1994 operations commenced in Fiji and New Guinea. NCI offers a diverse range of products to manufacturers and fillers involved in the paint, petroleum, chemical, building, automotive, housewares, fancy goods, aerosol, edible oil and food and beverage industries.

Olive Can Company , beginning in the early 1900s, today, Olive Can's specialty is the food and gift tin market

The-Box, The-Box is an independently operated subsidiary of Carnaud Metalbox PLC.

The Tin Box Company, For over 45 years, have been used by the confectionery, cosmetic, apparel, coffee, tea, automotive, and gift industry. Production Facilities are located in China and Mexico enabling us to offer you exceptional capability and competitive pricing.

U.S. Can Corporation, 900 Commerce Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 571-3050

    1983 ­ U. S. Can Company formed by purchase of Sherwin-Williams container division, a new corporate headquarters is established at Oak Brook, Illinois.

    1985 ­ Modernized plant dedicated at Hubbard, Ohio...Southern Can acquired.

   1986 ­ Acquisition of General Can Company specialty container plant at Alsip, Illinois.

    1987 ­ Continental Can Company's general packaging division acquired... U.S. Can West is formed.

   1992 ­ American National's aerosol and general line assets acquired... assets of Fein Container Corporation purchased.

    1993 ­ Olsher Metals Processing Company and Spencer Container acquired.

    1994 ­ Acquisition of Steeltin Can, Ellisco Inc., Rollason Engineering, Ball Corporation's Alsip Plant and Grafco metal packaging.

    1995 ­ Metal Litho, Inc., Plastite Corporation, Prospect Industries and Hunter Container acquired.

    1996 ­ Alltrista Metal Services,Crown/CMB plants in Europe, CPI Plastics and Erie metal stamping assets of Owens ­Illinois purchased.

Western Can Company. This is quoted from a publication entitled: MJB 1881 - 100 years of history - 1981.(Published and copyrighted by MJB in 1981.) "In 1915, we moved the office to  665 Third Street..." (San Francisco)..."West Coast Metal Works, a can manufacturer  located next to the Third Street building, was contracted to produce cans for MJB.  In 1916, it was purchased by MJB and changed its name to Western Can Company". The Nestle Corporation eventually came to own MJB Coffee.

Western Specialty Container was purchased in April of 1986 by Independent Can Company, a tin manufacturer located in Belcamp, Maryland, as a sales division.

More Information

Brockway Standard Inc, 13401 Denton Dr, Dallas, Texas 75234-4715, 214-620-1530
Printer Type: Packaging , Metal Decorator, Areas of Specialization: Metal Cans

Metal Container Corp, 3713 Harmon Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73179-8603, United States, 405-681-5425 Printer Type: Packaging , Metal Decorator , Areas of Specialization: Metal Cans

The Packaging Education Forum is the membership organization through which industry guides the development of, establishes quality standards for, and provides financial assistance to packaging education programs, curricula, and students at the university in the United States.

Can Central is the web site of the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the trade association for can manufacturers and their suppliers. The web site is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for information about the can and the industry as a whole. If you have any questions, call us toll free at "1-888-Can-Central."

National Association of Container Distributors

Packaging Business/Lexis-Nexis industry news is gathered from more than 5,800 news sources around the world. This news section comprises the top news of the day around the world for the packaging and converting industries as reported by news agencies who distribute their news through Lexis-Nexis.

FDP Online , Food & Drug Packaging, the packaging industry's indispensible source for late-breaking news and useful product information.

Steel Shipping Container Institute, 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20005, 202-408-1900 fax:202-408-1972. The SSCI is a non-profit organization representing the manufacturers of new steel shipping containers. Steel Drums, primarily.

The Institute of Packaging , 50 years of service to the packaging industry.

I am studying my family ancestry.  My great-grandfather  Oscar Soehner and 
great uncle Joseph Dister had a tin factory in Dayton, Ohio.  Sold to the 
American Can Company.  Oscar was retired  from The American Can Company.  Any 
history on the Soehner/Dister Tin factory would be appreciated. Thank You
Martha Kelly nee: Soehner e-mail [email protected]  

Hello again, Mike, We have a few additions to your listings and would like your thoughts as to our web page. The first listing, you show as Aubrey, Montreal Canada. I think this may be: A. Aubry & Fils Limitee, Montreal. We have one piece in our collection and guess it to be about 1914. (can send picture) The second is Kemp Mfg., Toronto. I'm pretty sure now the established date is 1887, changed their name to Sheet Metal Products in 1911, and were part of the 1927 GSW buyout. (check the link to the Kemp Family on our web page). Sheet Metal Products, was in Toronto, 1911 to 1927. McClary Mfg., was established in 1847 (now have a 1917 Catalogue to verify) until the buyout in 1927. You might also want to add: E.T.Wright and Co., Hamilton Ontario. Established in 1883 and were also part of the buyout in 1927. (have 2 examples in our little but growing collection and can E Mail photos.) We still have to research Aubry and would like to know how you came across the name...may help us both. Now, maybe you can help us a little. We have put together a basic web page and would like to have it included in your directory. We would like you to check it out at;  You will notice that we linked it back to your page, as we have had a few Emails as a result of your link to us....enjoyable and we responded to each promptly. Your page has been of value to us and we are hoping that the two will compliment each other and enable us to continue sharing information. Besides Aubry, we would also like to research Landau and Cormack (from your listing), and a new find from New Brunswick bearing all kinds of touchmarks, but no makers name. Hope you will find our page of some interest and of course we look forward to your thoughts and guidance. Thanks in advance, John and Nell Slater


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