Our History

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.

Old Rehrig Factory

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.

A Tradition of Innovation

In 1913, Rehrig Pacific saw an opportunity no one else did: to develop wood crates. Ever since, we’ve been at the forefront of delivery and supply chain products, innovations and solutions. Our scientific curiosity has provided smarter and more efficient delivery methods and packages to the agriculture, beverage, automotive, and environmental industries. Oh, and we probably made your home recycling cart too.

Check out the highlights of our long history of innovation.

In 1913, Rehrig Pacific began as a small Los Angeles manufacturer of reusable wooden crates for the dairy industry.
In the 1930s, seeking to improve product life and utility, the company expanded its technology base to include producing crates from steel wire.
In the 1950s, Rehrig Pacific continued to expand and modify on the wire crate to make them lighter and easier to accommodate different bottles.
By the 1960s when advances in plastic molding brought about the potential for manufacturing products that would provide enhanced value to our customers, Rehrig Pacific moved into the world of high pressure injection molding. The new technology enabled designs of complex geometric shapes with a unique combination of high strength and light weight.
The dairy, beverage and baking industries were the first to realize the benefits of Rehrig Pacific’s new injection molding capabilities. Demand for milk cases led Rehrig to open a new manufacturing facility in Erie, PA to serve the Eastern United States.
This success allowed Rehrig to expand to new industry segments and prompted the design of innovative transport packaging across the Retail supply chain.
Rehrig Pacific opens a branch manufacturing facility in Atlanta, GA in to serve Southeast United States.
Rehrig Pacific opens a branch manufacturing facility in Kenosha, WI to serve Midwest.
Rehrig Pacific opens a branch manufacturing facility in Dallas, TX to serve the South.
In the late 1980s, the realization of declining landfill capacity and growing environmental awareness all across the country drove curbside recycling to become an important component of the waste collection industry.
In 1992, Rehrig Pacific line of Roll-out Carts was introduced. Growing partnerships led to a significant investment in plants and machinery to make and supply these large injection molded parts.
Rehrig Pacific opens a branch manufacturing facility in Desoto, KS, to help serve the Midwest.
By 2004, Rehrig Pacific recognized a growing demand from our partners for assistance with the management of the reusable transport packaging assets and one-way transport platforms that were being utilized throughout their supply chain.
Rehrig Pacific opens a branch manufacturing facility in Orlando, FL to help serve the Southeast.
In 2008, Rehrig Pacific introduced the Shed-pack Grape Crates are designed to transport grapes safely from the field to the cooler while extending their shelf life in the market
In 2010, Rehrig Pacific, introduced the PUBKEG a new one-way packaging alternative to metal kegs. By creating a one-way packaging option, Rehrig has eliminated deposit costs, tracking, and paperwork for brewers who own or lease kegs.
Rehrig Introduces a New Line of plastic rear load and front load commercial containers.
In 2012, Rehrig Pacific introduced new technology upgrades to Rehrig Pacific’s Container Asset Recovery Tracking System (C.A.R.T.S.) software program for municipalities and private waste haulers.
In 2013, Rehrig Pacific announces the launch of their new GMA Rackable Plastic Pallet. The new GMA Pallet is 100% recyclable and made from a high-density polyethylene resin using high-pressure injection molding that prevents moisture and bacteria absorption.
In 2014, Rehrig Pacific Introduces a New DSD System Solution. The DSD-GS solution is specifically designed to optimize beverage and other retail delivery applications.
In 2015, Rehrig Pacific introduces the New Egg RPC (Reusable Plastic Container). The new Egg RPC delivers on that promise, and we believe there is no better egg protection solution available to help producers and retailers minimize shrink.
In May 2015, Rehrig Pacific Company Announces the Launch of EnviroGuard, a New Organics Stream Solution. The EnviroGuard, primary focus was to provide a sustainable solution that addressed the common issues associated with Organics material collection — such as rodent intrusion, ergonomics and ease of use, collection efficiencies, and safety.
In 2017, Rehrig Pacific introduced the new Bear-Resistant Roll-Out Cart. The cart, engineered to withstand the efforts of even the most determined bears, is designed to help communities that struggle with the animals getting into residents’ waste.