Founded on April 1, 1963 by Al and Mary Sonderen, the company has been successful as a family owned business for over 55 years. This tradition will continue as a third generation continues to lead the company into the future.
Since opening in 1963, Sonderen has grown from 8 employees working in a 2,000 square foot basement shop, to 150+ employees and a 130,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Sonderen Packagings’ success can be attributed to the second generation visionary leadership of Mark Sonderen as well as the companies’ reputation for high quality manufacturing, customer service second to none and for building lasting relationships with customers, employees and suppliers.
These relationships proved invaluable during a few major challenges faced by the company. In 1998, a massive fire nearly destroyed the entire Sonderen operation. With the help of a dedicated workforce, loyal customers, trusting suppliers and a few friendly competitors, we were able to quickly rebuild the plant. Remarkably enough, we were also able to retain 100% of our customers and we did not lay off a single employee! Also in 1998 Matt Sonderen joined the Sonderen team on the production floor and gained knowledge of the entire operation. Matt is now a third generation co-owner and focuses on investing in the future of the company.
In 2004, Sonderen acquired another folding carton company and to the credit of our employees and their exceptional efforts, we achieved a 95% customer retention rate. Also in 2004 Keva Sonderen began working at Sonderen Packaging as a customer service representative. Currently in addition to being a third generation co-owner of the company she also handles Marketing and ensures the Sonderen Culture remains family oriented.
In November of 2008 Sonderen expanded our operations with the addition of a 40,000 square foot warehouse on our existing property primarily to be used for finished goods and raw material.
In 2015 Mark Sonderen, retired but remains active as the Chairman of the Board and is always around to give sound advice and support to the next generation.