Case Paper was founded in the early 1940s by Irv Schaffer, Oscar Kosh, and David Kosh, though its actual origins can be traced back to the mid-1930s, when the founders were salesman for Aaronson Paper Co. Irv was the first to start his own business in partnership with Livingston & Southard, a steel exporter. Although they planned to export paper, shortly after the company was founded the threat of shipments being torpedoed by German U-boats during WWII put an end to that plan. So the partners set up a domestic operation in 1943 under the name of Case Paper Company.
Although the team struggled to source paper during the war years, they were able to eke out a living in a converted 19th-century stable on Downing Street. Once the war ended, they purchased a building at 140 Perry Street in Greenwich Village, which became their headquarters until 1958, when they built a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Long Island City.
Here the company expanded not only its space but its business operations to include the ability to convert paper with slitters, sheeters, and guillotine cutters, so that by the mid-1960s, Case Paper had become a major converter of fine papers for printers throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In 1963, Case opened a division in Charlotte, NC and then two years later one in Chicago, IL. Then, in 1969, Case Paper expanded its Long Island City facility to 200,000 square feet to meet growing demand in up and down the Northern seaboard. The company continued to grow throughout the 1980s, opening a warehouse and converting facility in Miami, FL in 1983 and another in Philadelphia, PA in 1988. The last two additions to the network were in Arcadia, CA in 2007 and Dallas, TX in 2012.
In 2000, Case Paper moved its New York operation to Philadelphia, where there was an abundance of space in which to expand, eventually filling its 720,000-square-foot warehouse, which may be 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 Harrison, NY, where the executive officers and a local sales force sit. Today, the company operates as a well-coordinated team, where each team member understands his/her function and communicates easily through a network of up-to-date communication and marketing tools.
Due to the skills of Case paper’s professional 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.
What Customers Say
“For over 18 years… [Case Paper has] provided us with quality product, competitive prices, and superb delivery times.”
— Gail & Gregg Herlin
GH Printing Co.
Downers Grove, IL