Case Paper was founded in the early 1940s by Irv Schaffer, Oscar Kosh, and David Kosh, though its real origins can be traced back to the mid-1930s, when the founders were salesman working for Aaronson Paper Company. Irv was the first to leave to start his own business in partnership with Livingston & Southard, a steel exporter. The idea was to export paper; but shortly after the company was founded, the onset of World War II and the threat of German U-boats put an end to that plan, so the three partners set up a domestic operation in 1943 under the name of Case Paper Company.
They struggled to source paper during the war years, but were able to eke out a living in a converted 19th century stable on Downing Street. Once the war ended, they outgrew their first home and purchased a building at 140 Perry Street in Greenwich Village, which became their home until 1958, when they built a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Long Island City. The company expanded not only its space but its business operation to include a battery of slitters, sheeters, and guillotine cutters, so that by the mid-1960s it became a major converter of fine papers and supplier to printers throughout the New York metropolitan area. In 1963, Case opened a division in Charlotte and then followed in 1965 by opening in Chicago. Then, in 1969, Case expanded its Long Island City facility to 200,000 square feet to meet the growing demand for paper as it expanded its trading area to include the states from New England to Virginia. The company continued to grow throughout the 1980s, opening Miami in 1983 and Philadelphia in 1988. In every instance the company acquired a warehouse and converting facilities.
The last two additions to the network were California in 2007 and Dallas in 2012. In 2000, Case moved its New York operation to Philadelphia, where a converting and storage facility already existed and there was an abundance of space in which to expand, so that eventually the company bought and filled a 720,000-square-foot warehouse, which is probably the largest single merchant site in the country. It has a storage capacity of 40,000 tons and handles more than 1,000 tons of inventory in and out every day.
Headquarters for Case Paper remains in the metropolitan New York area (Harrison), where the executive officers and local sales force sit, but which no longer houses any paper. Instead, each of the warehouse locations has a manager who has day-to-day responsibility for the running of that operation in coordination with the home office. The company operates as a well-coordinated team, where each player understands his/her function and is able to communicate easily through a network of up-to-date communication and marketing tools. Because of the depth of the management teams and the financial resources of the parent company, Case Paper has become a major supplier to the printing industry across the United States and Canada, with plans to reach still further in the future. A third generation of ownership is now in place and preparing the way for increased sales in all areas, with a focus on specialty papers through our new company: Exceptional Specialty Products.