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February 5, 2024

In this episode, we talk with Jim Haglund, Chairman, and Mike Haglund, CEO & Owner, of Central Package & Display.

Their entertaining stories about their early days and the honesty with which they speak about the decision to bring in an outside president to run the company are inspiring and informative. This conversation shows their mutual respect for each other and offers an outstanding example of working within family dynamics.

About Jim and Mike

Jim Haglund always had a job. He eventually landed at a distributor, where he got to know independent box makers. One of their suppliers was a sheet plant named Central Container Corp. After an encounter with one of the original owners, Jim proposed buying his half of the company. The company had a different succession plan, but the owner sold his 50% to Jim anyway because he knew Jim would succeed.

Mike Haglund started at Central mowing the lawn and opening mail when he was ten years old. He continued to work summers there throughout college. After graduating college, Mike built a successful career, which included running a scrap yard and purchasing two packaging supply companies. Eventually, his father wanted to acquire his companies and fold them and him into Central, and Mike was ready to return to the family business.


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Mike Haglund

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