CNG has been built over five generations in global trade and distribution, and prides itself on providing the highest quality of service while delivering a diverse mix of products for clients and customers worldwide.
Our History: Creating Value Over Five Generations
M. Gottesman & Company, specializing in the sale of raw materials for papermaking, is founded in New York City.
The company begins importing wood pulp from Europe, primarily Scandinavia.
D. S. Gottesman (1885-1956), brought to America from Hungary as a child, enters the family business as a young man. Gottesman eventually becomes a successful investment banker, real estate investor, an organizer of the Central National Bank of the City of New York, and a notable philanthropist.
Central National Gottesman begins to establish a global network of sales offices throughout Europe and South America.
CNG enters the Asia market, opening an office in Japan.
With a foundation dating back to 1859, and similar business philosophy, paper merchant Lindenmeyr Paper Corporation is acquired by Central National Gottesman as the company looks to expand into other areas of the paper industry.
Building on the addition of Lindenmeyr Paper Corporation, Central National Gottesman acquires New England paper merchant D.F. Munroe Company.
Forming one of the largest independent fine paper merchants in the country, Central National Gottesman acquires Communication Paper Corporation in 1991 and the Perkins & Squier Company in 1998. The international operations of our Central National Division also expand through the opening of offices in rapidly developing markets – particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia.
2002 – 2010
Through acquisitions of independent paper merchants, Lindenmeyr Munroe expands its footprint into Richmond, Chicago, Milwaukee and Durham, NC.
The Central National Division expands into the sales and marketing of tissue papers-one of the fastest growing areas of the pulp and paper industry.
CNG acquires the assets of Spicers Paper, a paper merchant with headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, CA, and Kelly Paper, a pioneer in retail paper sales headquartered in City of Industry, CA. Both companies operate throughout the western United States.
CNG acquires Domtar’s Ariva paper distribution business and Bradner Central Company, adding both to its North American Distribution Division. A.T. Clayton, a recognized distributor of paper in the publishing industry, becomes part of CNG’s North American Publication Division.
CNG acquires Hudson Trading and the North American operations of DLH, entering the industrial plywood market for the first time.
Spicers Paper acquires Los Angeles-based Performance Paper, adding sales professionals and market share in Southern California and Nevada.
CNG expands into Canada by adding Spicers Canada to the North American Distribution Division.
In March, Lindenmeyr Munroe acquires the business of C.J. Duffey Paper Company, an independent distributor of fine and business papers in Minneapolis and Duluth, MN, strengthening its sales force and expanding their presence in the Midwest market.
In July, Lindenmeyr Munroe acquires the business of New York-based Graphic Paper, a wholesale distributor of fine printing paper and converted products, adding state-of-the-art converting capabilities to their service portfolio.
In January, Lindenmeyr Munroe acquires KFI Technology, a dynamic and specialized business headquartered in Trenton, NJ and focused on the wide format printing industry.
In June, Lindenmeyr Munroe further strengthens its sales and distribution presence with the acquisition of St. Paul-based Independent Paper Group, LLC (IPG).
In August, Spicers Paper acquires JC Paper, an independent, family-owned paper merchant based in Fremont, CA, specializing in fine paper for the commercial print industry as well as the distribution of janitorial and food service supplies.
In November, Spicers Canada expands its position in the distribution of shipping, packaging and warehouse supplies with the acquisition of Shippers Supply, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta with nine locations throughout Western Canada.
Our Central National division enters the global metals trade, specializing in structural steel and semi-finished aluminum products sourced throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.
In August, Lindenmeyr Munroe expands its reach into the Southwestern United States with the acquisition of Texas-based Olmsted-Kirk Paper Company, a fourth-generation, family owned and operated paper distributor.
The CN Division acquires Italpaper in Lucca, Italy in January, 2018, pushing global pulp sales to a new record.
The CN Division opens Central National Sweden, AB, a new trading company focused on paper, paperboard and packaging sales in sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets. The new office is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Business Papers is now called Business Products
North American Distribution Division expands its fast-growing packaging business, with Lindenmeyr Munroe acquiring Beck Packaging in January and Spicers Paper adding Premiere Packaging Industries in May.