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Corrugated Fiberboard is Approved for Railway Transportation


Bob Chaparro
 

Corrugated Fiberboard is Approved for Railway Transportation

An article from the Fruit Growers Supply Company blog. Fruit Growers Supply is a Sunkist Company.

It would take until the mid-1950s for corrugated paper boxes to replace the traditional wood packing crate in the Southern California citrus industry.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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The first serious use of corrugated paper (meaning corrugated fiberboard) came in 1903 when a cereal manufacturer was granted an exception to the wooden box use requirement for rail transport. This exception resulted in the major corrugated paper manufacturers uniting in a cooperative effort to standardize the material and make it fully acceptable to all American railroads. This cooperative eventually became the Corrugated Paper Patents Company and, through a series of trade associations, the Fibre Box Association.

In 1906, a request was submitted to the managing railroad classification committee to permit the use of corrugated fiberboard boxes. The committee approved the new boxes in 1906 with stipulations on the perceived lower quality of the material. In 1909, several fiberboard manufacturers had banded together to form The Fibre Shipping Container Association and developed quality standards for corrugated board properties based on the thickness of facings and bursting strength, measured by the Mullen tester (The History of Corrugated Fiberboard Shipping Containers).