The Power of Packaging®

From a modest engineering firm into a full-service global packaging leader.

Nearly a half century track record and passion for packaging

The story of Letica Corporation is also the story of the Letica family. It was the vision of engineer and patriarch, Ilija Letica, who through hard work, dedication and continual reinvestment in technology evolved his modest engineering firm into a full-service global packaging leader. Despite the transformation, the company still keeps at its core the engineering fundamentals critical to packaging success: innovative product designs that withstand the test of time and the rigors of the people and industries that use them.

Now one of America’s largest manufacturers of packaging products, here’s a look at the company’s half century track record in packaging innovation.

1967

Mr Letica

Ilija Letica founds Letica Corporation in Rochester, Michigan as an engineering firm.


1969

Letica becomes one of the first pioneers of rigid plastic shipping containers.


1970


First rigid container manufacturing plant and office opens in Rochester, Michigan.


1976

DE Facility

Second manufacturing plant opens in Middletown, DE, kicking off a decade-long streak of plant openings nearly every 18 months.


1978

OK Facility

As business expands to the West, a third plant opens in Oklahoma City, OK.


1979

IA Facility

Fourth plant opens in Muscatine, IA.


1980

AL Facility

Fifth plant goes on line in Lanett, AL.


1982

NV1  2 Facilities

Capabilities expand with Letica Freightlines, a private trucking fleet, and a new rigid manufacturing plant in Jean, NV for coast-to-coast customer service.


1983

Corporate Headquarters opens adjacent to the Michigan manufacturing plant.


1984

IN Facility

Seventh plant opens in Fremont, IN.


1985

PA Interior

Eighth plant opens in Pittston, PA equipped with high-speed print capabilities.


1986

Letica enters thinwall market, opening dedicated plant in Jean, NV.


1987

Leti-tech, Letica’s Technology Center, opens just miles from headquarters, becoming the industry’s first dedicated research and development center providing customers with value-added engineering services.


1989

OR Facility

10th plant opens in St. Helens, OR.


1991

Paper FS Products

Pittston, PA complex adds thermo- and paper-forming technologies, expanding its foodservice product offerings. It’s Letica’s first Maui Cup plant, and 11th plant overall.


1992

PixelPrint8811

First to use Pixel-Print technology, establishing a new benchmark for complex print detail and a new generation of high-quality print cups


Second Maui Cup manufacturing facility and 12th plant overall, opens in Clarksville, TN.


1993

UN Containers

Letica acquires Philips Container in Valdosta, GA, creating the 13th plant and adding UN containers to the product mix.


1996

Letica moves into a new Corporate Campus in Rochester, MI combining its headquarters and Tech Center.


2000

To expand capabilities and geographic efficiencies, the Michigan manufacturing plant relocates to Fulton, KY.


2002

The third Maui Cup plant opens in the Jean, NV complex to expand paper cup production and enters the paper fry scoop market.


2003

GA Facility

Original Valdosta, GA plant expands and moves into new state-of-the-art facility in the same town.


2004

Letica introduces its patented “5 in 1 hot cup lid,” the first in the industry to allow interchangeable use of one lid on five different styles of hot cups.


2005

Smart Seal Lid

Trademarks SmartSeal™ patented plastic container technology with a tamper-evident, tear-tab lid that retains a watertight seal without a gasket.


Maui Cup Division expands its foodservice offerings with a disposable food trays.


2006

Smart Hinge

Patents Smart Hinge™, the industry’s first rectangular hinged lid that opens fully, providing unobstructed access to contents.


2010

All Plastic Paint Can

Patents 100% recyclable 1-gallon all-plastic paint can, exceeding the drop strength of traditional metal cans and featuring the trademarked DualSeal™ compression lock system.


2011

Smart Pak Products

Launches patented SmartPak™ sustainable product line, engineered to address customer needs for source-reduced packaging, freight efficiencies and government regulation requirements.



2011 Maui Cup introduces it’s first insulated sleeve for hot beverages.


2012

Thinwall Products

Letica expands thinwall product line to include larger sizes and patented tamper-evident features.


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