Beck Packaging acquired by N.Y. company

Beck Packaging of Hanover Township, Lehigh County, was acquired by the Lindenmeyr Munroe Division of Central National Gottesman Inc. of Purchase, New York, which wants to expand its packaging business.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Beck is a distributor of industrial packaging supplies, packaging equipment and janitorial and safety supplies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. It is now operating under the Lindenmeyr Munroe name.

Beck was founded 49 years ago as a family-owned business. But former owner Erv Beck sold it to employees in 2002, and it became an employee-owned company. It has about 30 employees.

Greg Stoudt, president and CEO of Beck, will continue to manage the operations in Allentown as vice president and general manager.

Stoudt said the business has been doing well but the opportunity to be acquired by the larger company was a good one.

“The trend in our industry has been that small independents are being acquired by the larger companies,” Stoudt said.

Stoudt said Lindenmeyr Monroe, which also has an office in King of Prussia, plans to grow in the region.

CNG, which has $6 billion in annual sales, owns a range of global sales and distribution businesses in the pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries.

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