FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuscumbia, AL, April 1, 2017 - McVantage Packaging, LLC of Tuscumbia, AL and APC Forest Products, Inc. of Muscle Shoals, AL announce the merger of their Shoals area operations into one company. The company going forward will operate under the McVantage name.
Effective April 1, 2017 the two companies are merging their Shoals area operations into one corporate entity. The company will operate both locations of the companies over the near term but intends to combine the two locations onto the current McVantage property located at 514 Hwy. 43 South, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 as soon as practical.
Joe McKinney, President of McVantage said “the owners of APC and McVantage have been discussing synergies between the two companies for several years. With current industry trends and new production equipment offerings the time seems right to try and capture some of those synergies.” McVantage is currently in the middle of a retooling and upgrade program including installing state of the art machinery (some being the first of its kind in the world). The added volume and equipment will allow the company to offer new services with better lead times and consistent quality for its customers.
“The options this arrangement offered for the APC team of employees is what we are most excited about,” said Jimmy Wilson, Owner of APC. “We have discussed opportunities for years but the right scenario just never developed until now. We will continue to contribute to the success of the McVantage group by being a supplier through Bay Wood, one of our other companies” Wilson added.
All APC employees will be retained by McVantage and will transition over to the McVantage property during the next several months. For current APC customers, contacts remain the same with Jeremy Bowley and Kim Brackin being the primary contacts. Jeremy Bowley, President of APC said, “during our discussions I was most concerned about maintaining the team of employees APC had assembled and offering them additional opportunities if at all possible. The McVantage folks showed me their plans regarding new equipment and services and I feel this will be an exciting journey as we move forward with McVantage. I also believe the customers will be pleasantly surprised with offerings we can make as a combined group and look forward to communicating with the customers over the next few weeks."
With the merger, the company is also announcing that long time Executive Vice President, Eddie Daniel will be promoted to President of the combined companies, replacing Joe McKinney who will retain other duties within the McVantage Group of Companies. Regarding the promotion, Mr. Daniel stated “at McVantage, we are not big on titles because everyone does anything and everything that needs to be done to provide for customer needs. However, I do look forward to taking on these new challenges and working with the combined McVantage and APC teams to take the company to a whole new level of customer service. The pallet industry is changing rapidly and McVantage has a long and storied history of being in the forefront of industry change. I look forward to leading those efforts.”
McVantage Packaging, LLC is one of the McVantage Group of companies based in Tuscumbia, AL and is primarily family owned. McVantage Packaging, LLC operates facilities in Nashville, TN in addition to the Alabama operations. The company is a regional leader as a manufacturer and recycler of wooden pallets and crating, as well as a supplier of hardwood cut stock lumber to other pallet operations. McVantage (and its predecessor named companies) have been in continuous operations since 1953.
For additional information contact:
Joe McKinney McVantage Packaging, LLC