Crown Cork & Seal has a storied history that dates back well before the Industrial Revolution. It began with a simple invention in 1892 – the bottle cap – when founder William Painter discovered a better way to seal the soft drinks and beer containers of that era.
Known today as Crown Holdings, Inc., it remains the largest metal packaging company in the United States, and one of the largest overall packaging companies in the world, serving markets for drinks, food, health & beauty, promotional, luxury and household/industrial products. Crown covers paper, plastic, metal and everything in between.
It has 135 manufacturing plants with 20,500 employees in 41 countries today with annual net sales of $7.9 million. Crown has been a leader in the industry for 120 years, spanning a myriad of technological advances. What started with a “Crown Cork” bottle-cap manufacturing plant in Baltimore grew into the only full-line global packaging company in the world.
There were highs and lows along the way. During World War II, the company received a government citation for developing a gas mask canister to protect the troops. It pioneered the aerosol can in the 1940s. It popularized the pull-tab can a few decades later. By the late 1950s, though, the company flirted with bankruptcy following a series of bad acquisitions, although it recovered quickly after a move to Philadelphia and the naming of John Connelly as its president.
By the 1970s, the company was prospering again with $1 billion in net sales. In the 1990s, Crown began making acquisitions and expanding into plastics. By the 21st century, Crown sold off its cosmetic and plastic businesses yet reported a strong $7.9 billion in net sales.
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Among Mundet Cork products, which exposed Crown to liability, include the following:
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