Crown Cork & Seal

Crown Cork & Seal

Crown is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of packaging materials.

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Crown is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of packaging materials. Building on a tradition of innovation, quality and cost control, we are striving to reach even greater heights as we provide diversified packaging solutions and services to meet our customers’ needs. Crown has a long history of leading the industry with innovative packaging technology. From the time our founder William Painter invented the bottle cap to the ground-breaking SuperEnd™ beverage ends to today's cutting edge shaping technology, Crown has led the way.TimelineWe owe our success to a legacy of leadership and invention that began in 1892 when our founder, William Painter, invented a better way to package soft drinks and beer. Painter's vision revolutionized the bottling industry. His ingenuity, and the leadership of those who came after him, helped to build Crown Holdings, Inc. into the world-class company it is today.Today, Crown Holdings, Inc. manufactures packaging products from 139 plants located in 41 countries. In over 100 years of growth and diversification, we have never lost sight of our core business: continuously improving the quality of our packaging products, while keeping costs as low as possible.1892-A New IndustryForeman and inventor William Painter patents the 'crown cork' and soon thereafter starts the Crown Cork & Seal Company of Baltimore.Crown Cork patent drawing1898-AutomationPainter introduces the first foot-powered, syruper-crowner. A good operator could fill and cap 24 bottles a minute! Painter starts selling crowning equipment and gains retailers support for the new bottle sealing device.1906-Early ExpansionThe revolution in bottling spreads quickly and Crown opens manufacturing plants in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil. By the time Painter died in 1906, the Crown Cork & Seal Company of Baltimore had greatly expanded its manufacturing base in Europe, South America and in the Orient.1919-World War IRecovering from major business disruptions from World War I, Crown Cork & Seal starts shifting its manufacturing production from beer to soft drinks to survive Prohibition, which is seriously impacting the bottling industry.1927-New ImpetusCharles McManus, an inspired tinkerer who had patented Nepro Cork, an economical substitute for natural cork, merges the New Process Cork Company into Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. He consolidates Crown's operations, bolsters net sales which reach $11 million, and establishes the Crown Holdings, Inc. International Corporation.1930s-Thriving in Hard TimesCrown Cork & Seal prospers in the thirties, selling half of the world's supply of bottle caps. In 1936, Crown Cork & Seal acquires the Acme Can Company of Philadelphia and enters the tin can business.Crown aquires ACME1937-The CrowntainerMcManus perfects the electrolytic tin-plating process and introduces the Crowntainer. This 2-piece drawn, necked-in steel can sealed with a crown is introduced as a quart beer can.1941 to 1945-The Tin Can Goes to WarCrown Cork & Seal shifts its production to war products and receives a government citation for the development of a gas mask canister. The Company introduces the Kork-N-Seal, the Pour-N-Seal, and the Merit Seal, continuing its prosperous expansion.Crown introduces the Freez-Tainers1952-Spra-tainerCrown strengthens its position in the aerosol can business and introduces the Spra-tainer, a lightweight, two-piece no side seam, no top seam aerosol can for the food, personal care, household and insecticide markets.Crown introduces the Spra-Tainer1957-TurnaroundJohn Connelly, a former Crown supplier, takes over the presidency at a time when the company is reeling from a series of poor diversification moves and is on the verge of bankruptcy. Connelly pares down the organization and implements stringent economies. In one year, the company is on its way to recovery.Crown former CEO John Connelly portrait1958-New HeadquartersCrown Cork & Seal moves its corporate headquarters to Philadelphia from Baltimore.1960-From Beer to Soft DrinksRecognizing the enormous potential of the soft drink business, Crown Cork & Seal starts designing its equipment specifically to meet the needs of soft drink producers. The company gains considerable market share in the US soft drink market and becomes one of the world's largest producers of steel aerosol cans.1969Crown introduces the Drawn-N-Ironed, a two-piece steel beverage can alternative to the aluminum can, which rapidly becomes a hit productCrwon introduces Drawn-N-Ironed two-piece steel beverage can1970s-Financial StrengthCrown focuses on international growth, particularly in developing countries. Connelly repurchases all of Crown's remaining preferred stock and applies excess cash to the repurchase of common stock. Earnings-per-share grow above industry averages.Crown stock certificates1977-Foreign ExpansionCrown Holdings, Inc. becomes one of the world's leading producers of cans and crowns overseas, operating 60 foreign plants. Net sales reach $1 billion.Crown becomes world leading producer of cans and crowns overseas1989The Company begins a series of acquisitions increasing its sales from $1.9 billion in 1989 to over $8 billion by 1997. The Company enters new markets, new product areas and develops the leading research and development activities in the industries.1990 Consolidation BeginsCrown acquires major portions of former industry leader Continental Can Company and becomes the North American packaging leader.Crown aquires major portion of Continental Can Company1992-Getting into PlasticsCrown Cork & Seal acquires CONSTAR International, a world leader in PET plastic containers for the beverage, food and household markets.Crown aquires CONSTAR1996-Creating a World Packaging LeaderCrown Cork & Seal acquires CarnaudMetalbox, Europe's leading manufacturer of metal and plastic packaging, and becomes the world's packaging leader. Crown is now positioned to exceed customers requirements on a global scale.Crown aquires CarnaudMetalbox1996New global headquarters opens in Philadelphia.Crown US headquarters in Philadelphia.2000Crown introduces the first major breakthrough in beverage end technology in nearly 20 years: the revolutionary SuperEnd® beverage ends. This development reflects Crown's dedication to innovate within the metal packaging industry.Crown SuperEnd® Pouring.2002Crown completes the sale of 89.5% of its shares in Constar through its Initial Public Offering by Constar.2003Crown completes a $3.2 billion refinancing plan and forms Crown Holdings, Inc. as a new public holding company.2005Crown sells its Global Plastic Closures business.2006Crown sells its Cosmetics Packaging business.
Crown Holdings offers a wide range of employment opportunities all over the world. Employment is handled through individual regional offices. Please follow the links to the geographic regions that match your employment search needs.Asia-PacificCanadaCentral & South AmericaEurope, Africa, & the Middle East    CROWN Technology (Research, Development & Engineering) Wantage, UKUnited States
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    Philadelphia
    PA
    19154-4599
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