Amatech’s beginnings started out as an idea to create a reusable packaging container that could duplicate a cardboard box, but be made of plastic corrugated so it could be used many times. The reusable packaging design would knock down flat like a standard cardboard box for the return shipment so it would not take up valuable space in a truck or warehouse until it was ready to be used again.
David Amatangelo, the founder and owner of Amatech, worked on this returnable packaging design concept for a number of years. In 1990, he was awarded his first US Patent # 4,948,039 which allowed the plastic corrugated reusable packaging container to fold down flat and eliminate the natural tendency of the plastic to spring back to its original shape.
A simple idea to replace a paper corrugated box with a plastic reusable box that could be built the same as any paper corrugated box started Amatech. This returnable packaging design allowed companies to have a simple and easy way to go from an expendable shipping container to a reusable shipping container and not have to change anything in their system, except planning for the return. Without realizing it, Amatech was ahead of the curve on reusability and sustainability. The returnable packaging products were promoted primarily as a cost savings strategy due to the many trips they were capable of making back when being “green” wasn’t yet a marketing concept.
From 1989 until now, Amatech has continued to grow and move into larger returnable packaging manufacturing facilities. We currently have three returnable packaging manufacturing locations, two in Erie, Pennsylvania and the other in Columbus, Ohio, comprising over 100,000 sq. ft. We are dedicated to servicing our customers and the manufacturing of all types of quality reusable packaging.