Knowledge & Understanding
With more than 4,200 employees and offices in 29 countries, we take a local approach to our business by investing in the communities where we operate. Our local teams reflect local business culture and practices, with a solid understanding of customs, currencies, laws, and languages.
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. We bring fresh insights and flexibility into the complexity of global trade, logistic, finance and supply chains.
CNG has been built over five generations in global trade and distribution, and we continue to reflect the values passed down through 137 years in business. Across all our divisions, we provide the highest quality of service while delivering a diverse and expanding mix of products for clients and customers worldwide.
Our History: Creating Value Over Five Generations
Acquisitions include Duroflex Specialty Papers and BJF Enterprises, Lewis Paper, and the west coast operations of Connemara Converting to expand the region’s sheeting and custom converting operations.
CNG ramps up its industrial packaging and wide format categories with a number of acquisitions, including Maine Shipping and Packaging Supply Company and Chesapeake Packaging Products of Virginia on the East Coast and Cal Supply North on the West Coast.
CNG adds critical PPE protective gear to its product mix, supplying masks, gloves, disinfectants and sanitizers to hospitals and businesses across the globe.
Kelly Spicers adds Premiere Packaging Inc. and Lindenmeyr Munroe brings on Wilcox Paper and All Graphic Supply, growing the North American Distribution Division during a difficult pandemic year.
Central National adds Nonwovens & Fibers to its product categories, investing in innovative ways to reduce waste and eliminate Single Use Plastics from the environment.
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.
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
The CN Division acquires Italpaper in Lucca, Italy in January, 2018, pushing global pulp sales to a new record.
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.
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 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.
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 June, Lindenmeyr Munroe further strengthens its sales and distribution presence with the acquisition of St. Paul-based Independent Paper Group, LLC (IPG).
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 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.
CNG expands into Canada by adding Spicers Canada to the North American Distribution Division.
Spicers Paper acquires Los Angeles-based Performance Paper, adding sales professionals and market share in Southern California and Nevada.
CNG acquires Hudson Trading and the North American operations of DLH, entering the industrial plywood market for the first time.
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 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.
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.
2002 – 2010
Through acquisitions of independent paper merchants, Lindenmeyr Munroe expands its footprint into Richmond, Chicago, Milwaukee and Durham, NC.
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.
Building on the addition of Lindenmeyr Paper Corporation, Central National Gottesman acquires New England paper merchant D.F. Munroe Company.
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.
CNG enters the Asia market, opening an office in Japan.
Central National Gottesman begins to establish a global network of sales offices throughout Europe and South America.
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.
The company begins importing wood pulp from Europe, primarily Scandinavia.
M. Gottesman & Company, specializing in the sale of raw materials for papermaking, is founded in New York City.