Local Presence

With more than 3,000 employees and offices in 29 countries, we take a distinctly local approach by investing in our communities and maintaining a thorough understanding of the culture, customs, currencies, laws and languages where we operate.

Global Reach

We cover the world with offices in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with sales, marketing and logistics support in more than 100 countries and insights into the complexity of global trade, finance and supply chains.

Service Focused

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.

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Central National Gottesman Inc.
Our History: Creating Value Over Five Generations
  • 1886

    M. Gottesman & Company, specializing in the sale of raw materials for papermaking, is founded in New York City.

  • Early 1900’s

    The company begins importing wood pulp from Europe, primarily Scandinavia.

  • 1919

    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.

  • 1950’s

    Central National Gottesman begins to establish a global network of sales offices throughout Europe and South America.

  • 1966

    CNG enters the Asia market, opening an office in Japan.

  • 1984

    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.

  • 1988

    Building on the addition of Lindenmeyr Paper Corporation, Central National Gottesman acquires New England paper merchant D.F. Munroe Company.

  • 1990’s

    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.

  • 2011

    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.

  • 2012

    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.

  • 2013

    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.

  • 2014

    CNG acquires Hudson Trading and the North American operations of DLH, entering the industrial plywood market for the first time.

  • 2015

    Spicers Paper acquires Los Angeles-based Performance Paper, adding sales professionals and market share in Southern California and Nevada.

  • 2015

    CNG expands into Canada by adding Spicers Canada to the North American Distribution Division.

  • 2016

    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.

  • 2016

    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.

  • 2017

    In January, Lindenmeyr Munroe acquires KFI Technology, a dynamic and specialized business headquartered in Trenton, NJ and focused on the wide format printing industry.

  • 2017

    In June, Lindenmeyr Munroe further strengthens its sales and distribution presence with the acquisition of St. Paul-based Independent Paper Group, LLC (IPG).

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2018

    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.

  • 2018

    The CN Division acquires Italpaper in Lucca, Italy in January, 2018, pushing global pulp sales to a new record.

  • 2019

    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

  • 2019

    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.