NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 5, 2016) – American Paper & Twine Co.® opened its doors in Nashville 90 years ago and is kicking off its 90th Anniversary Celebration with an employee event Saturday in Hendersonville.
Nathan Doochin, along with business partner Milton Lockenbach, founded AP&T on November 19, 1926 with one truck and a focus on customer service. The company has since grown to become the Southeast’s leading wholesale supplier and distributor of janitorial, packaging, disposable food service, safety and office products. Nathan’s son, Bob, joined the company in 1962 and has served as President and CEO since 1982.
“We feel honored and fortunate to be celebrating 90 years,” Bob Doochin said. “This company has navigated its way through the Depression, wars, recessions, technology advancements and Nashville’s continued growth to emerge stronger than ever.”
“Many things have changed since 1926 but the basic principles of business that my father lived by haven’t changed – delivering quality products at competitive prices with the best possible customer service.”
AP&T started on the 500 block of Third Avenue before moving to Public Square and then to its Second Avenue location (now occupied by the Wildhorse Saloon) in 1937. The company remained there until 1974 when it moved to a building on Centennial Boulevard. AP&T’s current Nashville home is a 150,000-square-foot facility on Cockrill Bend Boulevard.
In addition to its Nashville headquarters, AP&T also operates full-service distribution facilities in Chattanooga, Memphis, Little Rock, Knoxville, Atlanta and Florence, helping its iconic fleet of trucks deliver products all over the Southeast. AP&T now boasts more than 300 employees who are dedicated to delivering customized business solutions and superior service.
In conjunction with the celebration, AP&T has created a commemorative 90th Anniversary logo and is launching a new website (www.shopapt90.com), which details the history of the company over nine decades, showcases the evolution of products it has sold over the years and highlights what has made AP&T the success it is today.
In addition to this weekend’s employee event, AP&T is planning an event to celebrate with its vendors this fall. For more information visit www.shopapt90.com.
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