Be Somewhere First: New Breaking Down Boxes Episode Released

 February 5, 2024 – Hosts Gene Marino, President, Akers Packaging Service Group, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Huston Patterson Printers and Lewisburg Printing Co., are joined by Jim Haglund, Chairman, and Mike Haglund, CEO & Owner, of Central Package & Display, in Be Somewhere First, the latest episode of Breaking Down Boxes

Jim Haglund always had a job. He eventually landed at a distributor, where he got to know independent box makers. One of their suppliers was a sheet plant named Central Container Corp. After an encounter with one of the original owners, Jim proposed buying his half of the company. The company had a different succession plan, but the owner sold his 50% to Jim anyway because he knew Jim would succeed.  

Mike Haglund started at Central mowing the lawn and opening mail when he was ten years old. He continued to work summers there throughout college. After graduating college, Mike built a successful career, which included running a scrap yard and purchasing two packaging supply companies. Eventually, his father wanted to acquire his companies and fold them and him into Central, and Mike was ready to return to the family business. 

“Jim and Mike are true entrepreneurs. I have a great deal of admiration for both and happy they shared their story,” said Marino.

Their entertaining stories about their early days and the honesty with which they speak about the decision to bring in an outside president to run the company are inspiring and informative. This conversation shows their mutual respect for each other and offers an outstanding example of working within family dynamics.  

“This episode of Breaking Down Boxes shares the simple, and easily followed, wisdom of Jim and Mike Haglund,” says AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “A wonderful family that has built and grown a strong, independent, box business. There is something for all listeners to learn here.”

Hear the entire story in Be Somewhere First, available now on all major podcast players or at

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We are a growing membership association which serves independent corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box manufacturers and suppliers with education and information in print, in person, and online. AICC membership is for the full company and employees at all locations have access to member benefits. AICC offers free online education to all members to help the individual maximize their potential and the member company maximize its profit. When companies invest and engage, AICC delivers success.