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 ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., Sept. 9 -- Field Container Company, L.P. has announced it will create a new operating group to focus on the retail packaging market, according to Larry Field, chief executive officer.
 The new group, called Field Container Retail Packaging, was developed after Field's announcement in June that it had purchased select customer accounts from the former Maryland Paperbox Company of Baltimore.
 "We've been positioning ourselves for this over the past year," said Field. "Field Container Retail Packaging will help us maintain focused growth by expanding our role in this important niche market of stock apparel boxes, giftware boxes and shopping bags."
 Field's retail products will be produced primarily by its state-of-the-art packaging operations. These include the company's Baltimore, Md., focused retail packaging facility, its J.G. Clark division in Marion, Ohio, already a national force in the production and marketing of retail, bakery and deli packaging programs, and J.G. Clark's sister plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., called Southfield.
 Other Field Container divisions that support the retail program include operations in Marseilles, Ill., Elk Grove Village, Ill., and LaPorte, Ind. This retail packaging capacity and expertise gives Field Container the critical flexibility to economically serve its retail customers' bag and box requirements nationally.
 Primary attention will be given by this new group to stock personalization for the distributor-based business that Maryland Paperbox previously served.
 According to Eli Field, the company's founder and chairman, Field is no newcomer to the retail business. "We bring more than 40 years of experience in retail packaging," said Field, one of the early pioneers in the use of folding cartons in retail stores. "In 1950 we developed a carton for Sears Roebuck & Co. to replace its traditional set-up boxes. Sears has been a major retail customer of ours ever since."
 Field Container Company, L.P., the nation's leading independent manufacturer of folding cartons and specialty paper packaging, operates eight folding carton plants across the United States. In addition, the company owns St. Clair Pakwell, which manufactures gift wrap; Michigan Paperboard, the company's recycled paper mill; and Handschy Industries, one of the country's few domestically owned ink manufacturers, with five locations nationwide. Field Container will post nearly $400 million in sales in 1993. The company employs more than 2,000 people.
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