About Norton Packaging

For over 110 years, Norton Packaging has provided precision performance. Whether it’s a rigid plastic pail, a paint can, or a custom package specially designed and constructed, everything we make is crafted to our clients’ exacting standards. And everything we do is built upon our unwavering commitment to their satisfaction.

Locations

From our Hayward, California, headquarters, we serve more than 600 customers worldwide. Our three state-of-the-art production facilities located in Los Angeles, CA, Hamlet, IN, and Monticello, GA use the industry’s most advanced equipment and systems—ensuring standardized design and consistency across every mold—to meet the demands of today’s high-speed automated lines.

Our national network has been strategically designed to provide you with a dual advantage. First, our large manufacturing and distribution footprint gives us access to a wider range of suppliers and partners – which keeps costs down and ensures more reliable sourcing. Second, because we’re literally just hours from anywhere, we’re always on the spot with local, personal service.

Our History

Norton Packaging’s history dates back to 1901. That same year oil was discovered in Texas, The Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Blues 8 to 2 in the very first American League baseball game, and to the relief of men everywhere, Gillette introduces the disposable razor. It’s safe to say the world has changed since then. But one thing hasn’t; out commitment to constant improvement and unsurpassed customer satisfaction.

1901
Bernard W. Norton establishes a small custom tool shop in Oakland, California, making custom-stamped metal parts for local industries.

1910
The company begins to serve the many small automobile manufacturers springing up along the West Coast. It would soon make parts for the first gyrocopters and mass-produced metal street signs.

1920
Norton Packaging is commissioned to manufacture license plates for the western United States and some of the Pacific Islands.

1939
Howard C. Norton (Bernard’s son) transitions the company from its original product lines into the mass production of steel pails.

1961
In order to better serve Southern California and the southwestern United States, Norton opens a sales office and a warehouse in the greater Los Angeles area.

1974
The third generation of the Norton family expands the business by purchasing an injection molding machine to produce plastic pails.

1985
Norton Packaging becomes one of the nation’s leading suppliers of containers – adding product lines, expanding into new markets, and investing in state-of-the-art equipment. Norton exports to the People’s Republic of China and Southwest Asia, including Singapore and Vietnam.

1995
Growing to meet its customer needs, Norton Packaging establishes a distribution center in Hamlet, Indiana, and begins producing pails there just one year later.

2003
Norton Packaging opens a new production/administration facility in its Los Angeles location 102 years after the company’s founding.

2013
Norton Packaging operates two state-of-the-art plants in Los Angeles, California, and Hamlet, Indiana. In addition the company broke ground on a third best-in-class facility in Monticello, Georgia, to serve its customers throughout the southeastern US as well as in Puerto Rico and Europe.

2019
Today, Norton Packaging operates three best-in-class facilities allowing us to serve our customers throughout the US and globally.

Leadership

Scott is responsible for setting our overall strategic and business goals, with a emphasis on managing our manufacturing operations. He’s held a variety of positions giving him a unique perspective on the processes and practices that drive excellence. Scott has a BS in Marketing from the University of Utah and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Scott Norton

Co-President

With more than 23 years of industry experience, Greg leads our finance, sales, and marketing efforts. He is currently a board member of the Plastic Shipping Container Institute, assisting in establishing industry positions on numerous legislative/regulatory initiatives nationally. Greg has a BS in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Greg Norton

Co-President

Mark began his career at Norton in 1993 as a shift supervisor and then managed the original Steel Pail operation until its divestment in 2002. Today Mark provides his leadership in Sales, oversees all Employee Relations, and is a member of our Board of Directors. Mark holds a BS in Engineering from BYU.

Mark Norton

Vice President

Joe brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as manager of our California manufacturing plant. He joined Norton in 1977 and has held important roles in every department, from Machinery to Decoration to Production.

Joe Schrick

Plant Manager, CA

Jim oversees the management and operations of our Indiana manufacturing facility. He joined Norton in 1998 as a maintenance worker/machinist, and regularly applies his real-world skills to help make certain that the plant maintains the level of precision and quality that’s become a Norton hallmark.

Jim Koch

Plant Manager, IN

A member of the Norton team since 1997, Tom is both the Quality Control Manager and ISO Coordinator at our Indiana manufacturing facility. A former naval officer, he holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from Indiana University Northwest.

Tom Kenny

Quality Control Manager, IN

Eddie plans, coordinates, and manages our California Quality Control Program – directing his team to guarantee that all products and processes meet our exacting standards.

Eddie Arzola

Quality Control Manager, CA

Justin not only manages our National Accounts and oversees our eastern US sales efforts, he also serves as our liaison to a number of trade associations – ensuring that we’re always current with industry trends and best practices. An experienced pro with 20+ years in the container industry, Justin holds a BA in Communications from Northern Illinois University.

Justin Carlino

Director of Sales

Scott manages existing client relationships and develops new business opportunities in the southeastern US. He’s held a variety of leadership positions in his career – applying his deep knowledge of the paint and coatings, adhesive, food, petroleum, chemicals, and distribution industries to increase sales and forge lasting relationships. Scott attended Louisiana State University.

Scott Taylor

Regional Sales Manager

Katie is responsible for developing and managing customer relationships nationally, with a focus on the southwest. She works with clients on multiple levels, helping them meet changing regulatory standards, boost sustainability, and more. She even calls on her artistic background to partner on package design and labeling.

Katie Perez

Regional Territory Manager

Rodney keeps our Georgia plant on track toward its quality targets. He’s always looking for methods, processes, and technologies that ensure every procedure is followed, and every result meets our exacting specifications. Rodney came to Norton at the opening of our newest plant, bringing 24+ years of experience in quality control, primarily within the auto industry.

Rodney Friensehner

Quality Control Manager, GA

Sustainability

Responsible, sustainable sourcing and manufacturing are more than the right way to work. They’re the right thing to do.

We’re leading the way with such innovations as lighter pails that use fewer source materials while maintaining the necessary strength and durability. Many of our smaller pails are manufactured using 25% post-consumer resins. And we’re actively involved in the effort to create pails that can be safely and cost-effectively recycled—preserving natural resources, reducing landfill, and preventing harmful environmental impact.

Our Georgia manufacturing facility will replace power-hungry hydraulic equipment with clean-running, all-electric machinery. Additionally, we’ve strategically located many of our plants near rail hubs to take advantage of cleaner rail transport…thus reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.