Container company marks 20th year



Container Services Inc. celebrated its 20th anniversary as a Hillsboro-based business Thurs?day by providing a free meal to about 110 people, including its employees, the employees of Golden Heritage Foods and local business and city leaders.

Prior to the catered meal, which was served at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Darrell Driggers, CSI co-owner with Laverne Esau, highlighted the close relationship between their company and its neighbor in the Hillsboro Industrial Park, Golden Heritage Foods.

CSI got its start by producing the plastic bear-shaped containers that Golden Heritage, one of the largest honey producers in the country, uses to market much of its product.

?Their support was huge in us starting,? Driggers said. ?Basically, without the Barkman family (GHF owners), we would not be in this business today.?

He also thanked Mike Padgett, representing Central National Bank, for providing company financing over the years, Hillsboro city leaders for their support through its tax-abatement program, and the Hillsboro Development Corp. for its ongoing encouragement, especially during CSI?s start-up.

Driggers noted the progress the business has made since it opened its door in 1991.

?Twenty years ago we started with one shift and three production employees, today we have two production shifts with employees in the mid-40s,? he said.

?We started CSI in a newly constructed 8,000 square-foot building, and now we total in excess of 75,000 square feet. We?ve added on six different times during the course of 20 years.?

When the business began, it could produce about 1,000 bears an hour; it now can produce 6,000 bears on each of its eight machines, providing a variety of plastic containers for products ranging from honey to salad dressing to gunpowder.

?What Laverne and I really want to say today is that in celebrating our 20 years in business, we want to say thank-you to the people who have basically helped us become successful,? Driggers said.

As a gift to mark the milestone, Lyle Isaac, component and ingredient supply manager for Golden Heritage, presented Driggers and Esau with a framed photograph of a Yellow?stone National Park waterfall to hang in their offices.

?Our two companies are very intertwined and very important to each other,? Isaac said. ?We?ve had a long relationship with each other. We hope that continues for years to come.?

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