This is Sterling Road looking north from Dundas Street in the early 1920s. This is the industrial park beside the railroad tracks. Colt Paper set up their factory here in the 1960s and they have been making and selling custom cardboard boxes ever since.
The corrugated box was initially only used for packaging glass and pottery containers. But in the mid-1950s, cardboard fruit boxes enabled fresh produce to be brought from the farm to the urban grocer without bruising, and quickly thereafter the demand for cardboard became industry – wide, and Colt Paper was in the thick of it!
The area has changed from industrial park to an artsy entrepreneurial zone. Colt Paper is committed to supporting their local vendors, believing the communities are richer when we buy from each other.
All of the corrugated products are manufactured locally, and they were among the first to switch to starch based environmentally friendly packing peanuts.
Colt Paper specializes in custom manufacturing plain and printed boxes meeting the needs of entrepreneurs who want to brand themselves without committing to large quantities.
Colt Paper is black-owned and a woman-led business. Our president Charlyn Asher is the only black female CEO in the corrugated industry in North America.