Tucson Container Corp (TCC)
Our three divisions function as a single business operating under one roof. We’re great at pooling our strengths on your behalf and creating a value chain that guarantees quality and speed to market. And even after years of successful collaborations, that commitment won’t change.
Since their inception, Tucson Container, Kino Packaging, and Kino Foam and Crating have placed a special importance on its customers, people and technology. A constant corrugated box making program of technology, ISO-9001 quality certification, and talent insure that the connection of operations and logistics are in 100% working order to handle fast changing requirements or our clients.
The Dream Lives On At TCC
Paper converting industry veteran John Widera’s dream of an ideal plant continues on at Tucson Container (TCC) in Tucson, Arizona.
Widera incorporated his vision of Gothic architecture and cathedrals into manufacturing reality. The concrete tilt-up plant at Tucson Container resembles a castle with an eye-catching tower. The outside of the facility is finished in sand colored decor to complement the desert landscape. The impressive semi-circular bastion entrance (nave) curves out of the wall to greet visitors. The 80 foot long entrance of Tucson Container (TCC) imposing tower is 40 feet high and 40 feet in diameter. What is unique about the tall tower is that the walls are shaped like flutes of corrugated single wall. “Since we are in the corrugated box business, I wanted to convey that feeling to others,” said Widera. “The large entrance towers, some call ‘domed cathedrals’, of most of our facilities are a physicalreminder that our employees are the defenders of our high standards and the resource efficiency of our corporate culture plus our current business model,” said Widera. He believes that the empowered employees of today and tomorrow, whether suppliers or customers, refer a pleasant working environment which makes them feel they belong and are special.
The Dream Lives OnIn 1995, John constructed, next to a golf course, a 100,000-square-foot plant, Cal Box ll, in Rancho Cucamonga, California with the same architectural design. “So many box companies operate in warehouses, with small office cubicles. To me, architecture inspires our employees. Besides, aren’t we the product of our environment?” In 2000, Widera took the opportunity to expand TCC business by purchasing 17 acres of land a few blocks away from Tucson International Airport. In 2001, Tucson Container completed the move into the new $5-million, 150,000-square-foot building with its’ desert sand decor, and the massive 35 foot high outside concrete walls. John designed the new plant with spacious offices, plus a penthouse on the second floor.
“In 2012, we purchased another 150,000 sq. ft. building in Mesa, Arizona. There we installed a new corrugator for $12-million to supply our own corru- gated sheets. It is the only all new state-of-the-art corrugator in Arizona,” noted Widera. The secret to success over the decades hasn’t changed – good employees, smart use of limited capital, treating customers like they are the only reason we are in business. They make it happen, not let it
happen. The script is out there. We just have to follow it.