Heritage Packaging marks 10 years
under current ownership
Celebrates completion of a new addition to
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[June 20, 2017]
- On Friday morning, employees, management, owners, friends and
family gathered together at Heritage Packaging on Fifth Street Road
in Lincoln. They were there to celebrate two milestones in the
history of the company.
The corrugated box factory celebrated the completion of a recent
addition of warehouse space with a ribbon cut hosted by the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The addition
of the new warehouse space now gives the factory a total of 74,000
square feet working space under one roof.
The company was also celebrating ten years under the ownership of
Greg Basford and Steve Douglas. Basford and Douglas purchased the
company from the Tapper family on June 17, 1997. Basford moved his
family to Lincoln and took over the active management of the
Over the last ten years the company has grown significantly, and
throughout that history, Basford and Douglas have continually worked
to upgrade the manufacturing capabilities as well as doing upgrades
to make the factory more efficient.
To celebrate the ten-year milestone, the factory was going to shut
down production at 11 a.m. on Friday. Basford explained that there
was to be a cookout with food served after the ribbon cut. Employees
were invited to enjoy a meal on the management, and guests on hand
for the ribbon cut would also be invited to stay.
After lunch, as a token of appreciation from the owners, employees
would be given the balance of the day off with pay.
Cathy Wilhite and Steve Douglas
As the time approached for the ribbon cut, Basford was surprised by
the number of people from the community that had come out to help
him and Douglas celebrate. The dining area was quickly expanded with
the addition of more tables and chairs to accommodate all the
Members of the Chamber staff, Chamber Ambassadors, city of Lincoln
representatives, employees, and family and friends gathered behind
the ribbon while the overflow to guests stood off to the side.
Chamber President Cathy Wilhite welcomed everyone to
the ribbon cutting. She asked Lincoln Alderman Michelle Bauer to say
a few words on behalf of the city.
Bauer said she wanted to congratulate Basford and Douglas on their
great success and their accomplishments, particularly the expansion
project. She said she wanted to thank Basford for the continued work
toward the expansion of Lincoln, for his dedication to Heritage
employees, and his continued involvement and commitment to the
community. She ended saying, “We are grateful to have people like
this expanding and growing their businesses in Lincoln.”
Wilhite introduced Basford, noting that he was also the Chamber
Basford began by saying thanks to all who had come out. He said he
wanted to share a little bit of the history of the ownership of
Heritage Packaging. He noted that ten years ago on June 17th,
Douglas, Basford and Basford’s father purchased the company. He
recognized several folks who were involved in the company including
one of his board members.
He explained that the company was founded 40 years ago by Alan and
Nancy Prisk. The Prisk’s began the small family business in the
basement of their home, and grew it into a manufacturing company.
Basford said that the Prisk’s were not able to attend on Friday, but
had expressed congratulations to Basford. He said that Prisk had
told him just recently that he was very proud to see what his
company had become.
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Marilyn Tapper and Wilhite
The Prisk’s sold their factory to the Tapper family. On Friday,
Marilyn Tapper was on hand at the ribbon cut and stood nearby.
Basford introduced her as “his friend” that he wanted to be a part
of this celebration.
Basford said that when he is out and about, people
will comment about all that he has done with the company. He
contended that he really hasn’t done anything, it is the people who
work for Heritage that have made the growth and expansion of the
company possible. “It is all my employees here that make things
happen. We have a great group of employees here and I am very, very
proud of these people.”
Basford moved on saying he wanted to acknowledge his wife and
family. He noted that prior to buying Heritage, he had moved the
family around a lot. He said his four kids had attended three
schools in three states. He said he was thankful that they found a
place to call home, and that he would have one kid who actually grew
Basford said his wife had been very supportive of this last move, in
spite of the manner in which he presented it to her. “I said we’re
going to go buy a company in a state we don’t know the first think
about, in a place we’ve never been, with a bunch a people I don’t
know. Whatta’ ya think!!!” He concluded saying, “She believed in
Basford closed with an acknowledgement of specific employees and
then joined with Douglas to snip the ribbon as guests clapped and
cheered the latest accomplishment of the company.
Everyone present was then invited to stay and visit and enjoy a meal
with Heritage management and employees.