Our History


Early in 1980, Les and Kathryn Prystup were making plans for a leisurely retirement after thirty years in the folding carton industry. By spring, however, they had gathered twenty family members and long-time friends in the industry to form a privately owned, independent folding carton company in Sumter County, Alabama. Prystup Packaging Products was incorporated on June 1st and production began almost immediately, on July 1st. At that point, any notion of retirement was long forgotten.

With $2,000,000 of sales in their “pocket,” the corporate family started operations with used Bobst AutoVariable web-fed 6/color presses, a Staude Master gluer and an ancient International right-angle gluer. Fiscal 1981 was a profitable year and the fledgling company had made a favorable first impression in the fast food and bakery markets.

Relying on an experienced management team, Prystup Packaging weathered external challenges including skyrocketing interest rates and repeated economic recessions while steadily lengthening our client list and upgrading our process capabilities. A reputation for consistent quality and unparalleled customer service led to opportunities in the electronics and consumer goods markets.

After completely upgrading our first production line, the Prystup team expanded operations to a second plant in Demopolis, Alabama in 1993. We marked the new millennium—and our twentieth anniversary—with the purchase of a larger building to house the corporate headquarters and Livingston production lines. Prystup added a fourth facility, located on our Livingston campus, in 2014. Such strategic growth has allowed the Prystup team to maintain its hands-on approach for nearly four decades.

Years of willing sacrifice, carefully planned growth, and dogged determination to succeed have earned Prystup Packaging Products the loyalty and trust of buyers as well as suppliers. As the third generation begins to assume leadership responsibility, they are still guided by the Prystups’ founding principals: family, integrity, and excellence.

Pictured above (left to right): Leslie Prystup Emory, James Emory, J. Leslie Prystup, Suzanne Prystup McGahey