Our History

Our Story – A Maryland Can Company


independent can since 1929

The Original Baltimore Plant

Founded in 1929, Independent Can Company is a world leader in the manufacturing of specialty metal packaging and metal lithography. Privately held and managed by its principals, we are an American manufacturer with a long history of success that has brought us to the technological forefront in can making. Our growth, both internally and through acquisition, has allowed us to bring new capabilities and products to market. We have highly trained and experienced solution providers in those markets. This growth has been achieved without adding layers of bureaucracy that impede responsiveness. We are the industry leader in capability and capacity due to our continuous investments for the benefit of our customers.

Key events shaping our future:

  • 1970’s – Joint venture with a Michigan can company to manufacture cans for frozen fruit. As a result of that partnership, a can plant was built in Ft. Madison, Iowa for the production of cans for the packaging of minerals.
  • 1980’s – Acquisition of Quaker Can for the manufacture of cans for welding electrodes. Also acquired later in the decade, Western Specialty Container, a packaging distribution company near Los Angeles.
  • 1985 – Move from Baltimore to a 17-acre campus in Belcamp, MD. Today it houses 370,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing, printing, office and warehouse facilities.
  • 1988 – First stock decorative line of products was offered
  • 1990 – Metal lithography introduced
  • 1993 – First shaped decorative tin was produced
  • 1996 – First drawn seamless tin was produced
  • 2004 – State of the Art 6-color Metal Star 2 press begins operation
  • 2004 – Independent Can celebrates 75th Anniversary
  • 2006 – Acquisition of Crawford Container located in Conneaut, OH
  • 2007 – Acquisition of Bertels Can Company located in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2008 –  Independent Can celebrates 80th Anniversary
  • 2008 – New state of the art facility in Ft. Madison, IA
  • 2009 – Purchase & installation of  a second Metal Star 2, 4 color printing line
  • 2009 – Purchase and installation of Naroska sheet-fed press
  • 2010 – Installation of UV trail coater on 6 color press
  • 2010 – New 4 color printing line operational, adding to print capacity
  • 2011 – Purchase of new high-speed, energy efficient coating line
  • 2011 – Addition of two new can lines
  • 2011 – Installation of latest prepress software allowing for the fastest and most accurate art and plate development available
  • 2012 – Installation of state of the art welded fluid can line
  • 2013 – Installation of second Naroska sheet-fed press for closures
  • 2013 – Purchase of new Vandalia, OH facility
  • 2014 – Independent Can celebrates 85th anniversary
  • 2014 – Vandalia, OH facility began operation in July
  • 2015 – Manufacturing added to Vandalia facility
  • 2016 – Relocation of Distribution Division to Tolleson, AZ
  • 2016 – Acquisition of Ball Steeltin Specialty Can Division