About Great Northern

Expect a great partnership

Since 1962, our success has been built on great partnerships with our customers. It is this strong bond that serves our mission “To help our customers win by doing what others can’t or won’t.”

When working with Great Northern, you’ll see this entrepreneurial spirit ingrained in our culture. We welcome new challenges and continue to provide innovative solutions to the packaging and instore industries.


Our VISION and MISSION drive the decisions we make and the service we provide every day.

Our Vision

“We help our employees win through personal growth and a shared future”
through a trusting and collaborative culture that helps us be at our best every day.

Our Mission

“We help our customers win by doing what others can’t or won’t” gives us a clear
purpose and raises the bar for performance.

The Core Values that Drive Us

Great Northern - Taking Care of our Employees

Shared Future – Taking Care of our Employees

Great Northern’s vision is to “Help our employees win through personal growth and a shared future.” We live this vision by supporting our employees in a variety of ways.

Taking Care of our Employees
Great Northern Cares

Shared Future – Taking Care of our Community

The communities in which Great Northern operates are part of our approach to a Shared Future. Learn more about the work we are doing to help improve our communities.

Taking Care of our Community

Great Northern History


Great Northern Corporation is founded


30,000 sq ft facility opened in Racine, WI


Corrugator installed in new 80,000 sq ft facility in Appleton, WI


New 90,000 sq ft addition in Appleton, WI leads the industry in automation and modernization


Acquires Laminations, an industry leader in edge protection


Racine Facility completes its second expansion in four years, to 325,000 sq ft


  • Acquired Kell Container in Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Opened StrataGraph in Oshkosh, WI


Acquired Creative Carton in Minneapolis, MN


First of two HP digital presses installed in Chippewa Falls, WI


Two Ward ServoGraphix Flexo presses and Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 162 Litho press installed


HP High Speed Web Digital press installed in Oshkosh, WI


Acquired United Displaycraft of Chicago, IL

Doing What Others Can’t or Won’t

Our capabilities are broad, ranging from traditional corrugated boxes to innovative retail displays seen throughout the country. In addition, we manufacture protective products used in the transport and storage of just about any item you can think of.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is more than a tagline, it is an attitude. At Great Northern, customer challenges are met by an undying spirit to doing what others can’t or won’t. It’s in our DNA. And it is what our customers have come to expect with Great Northern.

How can we exceed your expectations?