A tradition of innovation since 1913
For 100 years, Rehrig Pacific has believed the key to success lies in making products that give our customers a real advantage.
In 1913, a young carpenter named Will Rehrig saw new possibilities emerging as the industrial revolution was in full swing. Merging his knowledge of woodworking with a talent for designing machinery to assist his work, Will built a business supplying customers large quantities of manufactured wooden containers. Over the ensuing few decades, Rehrig Box & Manufacturing Company developed into a well-regarded supplier to the fluid milk industry.
The Great Depression and WWII slowed the progress of Rehrig Box and Manufacturing Company, but the business was ably managed by the second generation of Rehrigs in Bud Rehrig. Bud was entrepreneurial in nature and, as a result, the business flourished within Southern California and the West Coast. Proving our staying power, we became the sole manufacturer of milk crates in California, when in 1929 there had been nine. It was at the end of this Journey that we changed our name to its current moniker, Rehrig Pacific Company. This period saw our expertise in manufacturing steel- reinforced wooden cases augmented by a growing expertise in the milk industry. We were sowing the seeds of our transition from a product supplier to a consultative solution provider.
Our third transformation came with the third generation of Rehrigs. Brad Rehrig saw the potential of the growing supply of a new material, high-density polyethylene: plastics. Convincing his father of the coming revolution in materials, Rehrig Pacific introduced its first plastic milk crate and transformation from woodworkers to plastic processors had begun. The plastics machinery industry was coming into its own right and Rehrig Pacific took full advantage of the advancements in manufacturing technology. No longer did we have to rely on our own capabilities to design our manufacturing equipment; there was a bevy of suppliers whose machinery expertise enabled us to focus on both manufacturing quality containers for our customers and deepening our knowledge of our customer’s operations.
As the decades rolled by in the second half of the twentieth century, Brad Rehrig took full advantage of the managerial revolution that was transforming industry and institutions alike. Under Brad’s leadership, Rehrig Pacific changed from a small, proprietor-run company into a decentralized, professional manager-run business. The company expanded from a regional supplier to a national supplier with manufacturing capacity throughout the United States. Key to Brad’s success was his belief in the capability of Rehrig Pacific’s employees and the returns that could be realized by investing in this wonderful resource. Brad’s legacy can be clearly seen in the core values we hold dearly today: Family, Service, Growth, Intrepreneurship, and Innovation.
Rehrig Pacific’s belief in the strength of its employees, is shown in promotion of Mike Doka as the fourth President and the first non-family leader. Mike oversaw the cementing of Rehrig Pacific as the dominant force in the industries we served, our entry in large part molding, and introduction of automated manufacturing. The culmination of the industrial revolution had been reached and Rehrig Pacific was ready to transform itself yet again, this time to meet the informational and technological revolution.
In our second century of business, Rehrig Pacific is utilizing our expertise in manufacturing, our knowledge of our customers’ operations, and the incredible talents of our people to originate new solutions for our customers. We are experts at coupling our physical products with hardware and software that helps our customers effectively and responsibly move their goods, resources and ideas.
Whether you are a potential customer or employee, if you find our story compelling, please give us a try. We have a bright future and we would love to count you among us as fans of Rehrig Pacific.