Reynolds Packaging expands in merger

WINDSOR -- Two family-owned Bay Area packaging and janitorial products supply companies are coming together under the same roof of a new 42,000-square-foot distribution facility.

On March 29, Petaluma-based Reynolds Packaging (707-559-2080) is set to merge with Richmond-based Oakland Packaging & Supply (510-307-4242, oakpackaging.com). Meanwhile, Reynolds Packaging is moving to a 42,000-square-foot warehouse at the former Standard Structures plant, now a multitenant industrial park in Windsor, from the 30,000-square-foot location it has occupied since moving from Santa Rosa to Petaluma three years ago.

"We will have the advantage of using their manpower, resources and distribution network to bring more products and a wider delivery area to our customers outside of the Bay Area while still keeping the personal touch with our local customers," said Dan Reynolds. His 84-year-old father, Bob, and he started the company in 1988.

Reynold Packaging's name will stay the same for the time being. As Oakland Packaging moved to Richmond years ago and is reaching further into the Central Valley, its name will eventually change to something regionally relevant, according to President Phil Ferris, 67.

"Dan has the same competitors I have, and in most cases, they are big companies," Mr. Ferris said.

Reynolds Packaging is forecasting $8 million in sales this year. It has 11 employees, including the drivers of the five trucks that make deliveries to businesses from Mendocino south to Salinas and east to the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Oakland Packaging had $59 million in sales last year, has 120 employees and delivers from Richmond, Chico, Fresno and the Peninsula. It added a North Bay hub in September 2009 with the merger of Petaluma-based Northbay Paper & Packaging (707-778-5170, northbaypaper.com), started in 1979, into Oakland Packaging. Northbay Paper co-owner Bob DelPonte still operates the Petaluma location under that name, serving accounts from Healdsburg east to Napa and Vacaville and south to the East Bay and Peninsula.

The addition of Reynolds Packaging fills in key delivery routes for Oakland Packaging in the Interstate 505 corridor, according to Mr. Ferris.

Reynolds Packaging gets access to more, larger trucks that travel its extended delivery area more often, Dan Reynolds said.

"One of the big bonuses for joining a larger company is because, with fuel prices what they are, it is harder to serve a far-reaching area," he said.


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