Celebrating 75 Years
Atlantic Packaging | 1946 – 2021
THE ATLANTIC STORY
Carter accepted a job as the industrial recruiter for Tabor City, North Carolina, with the added commitment to start a newspaper. He attacked both challenges with zeal, but quickly faced an unexpected foe in the hooded faces of the Ku Klux Klan.
Carter, a champion for justice, fought to purge his new community of the prejudice and violence the KKK promoted.
A two-year campaign of editorials brought financial boycotts of his small paper, death threats and vandalism toward Carter and his family, but he emerged victorious. His efforts exposed the Klan and sent scores to prison.
For his bravery and community service, the Tribune and Horace Carter were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1952, the first awarded to a weekly newspaper in the Pulitzer’s history. That really began the Atlantic story.
A Short Documentary
A Message from Rusty Carter
The culture of our company began with the power of the pen, but today it’s very much about the power of our people. We are proud of our heritage and how it continues to underscore and direct us today and into our future.
There is great value in a small beginning.
Specialized printing capabilities moved into a 65,000 sq. ft. Tabor City addition providing greater digital emphasis and significant expansion of folding carton capability to the Atlantic Printing and Graphics Division. Commercial SBS paperboard converting capacity was expanded into new branch locations in the northeast and midwest, further extending our footprint for converting, distribution, and packaging services.
Atlantic invested in building a $10 Million Packaging Solution Center in Charlotte, NC with a focus on package testing, automation, and e-commerce fulfillment. This is a research & development center to help customers develop the optimal packaging to protect their products. It’s also a demonstration center where we can show customers integrated packaging lines and e-commerce solutions.
Over nearly 70 years, Atlantic has evolved as the market leader in industrial packaging and in customized converted products, always guided by our customers’ needs. The same work ethic and passion with which Horace Carter fought the KKK has driven Atlantic’s spirit for service, performance, and integrity. Still working daily in Tabor City, Horace Carter passed away on September 16, 2009 at the age of 88. Read more about his life and accomplishments in Wrightsville Beach Magazine.