Seattle Tacoma Box Company History


In the wake of the devastating Seattle Fire of June 1889 the majority of Seattles business district and waterfront had been destroyed, including Jacob Nist's employer, Seattle Lumber and Commercial, who had fallen victim to the blaze. This prompted Jacob and his sons: Michael, George, and John J to launch a new enterprise making wood products, such as egg crates. This new enterprise was established as the Queen City Manufacturing Company, which became the parent company to Seattle-Tacoma Box Company.


Not all ran smoothly for them. Fire would once again do major damage to Jacob's livelihood. In fact, the company endured major fire damage four times in its first 31 years of operation. Other obstacles would also present themselves, including the Great Depression of 1929, labor unrest in the Pacific Northwest, skyrocketing lumber prices, and yet another fire in 1973. These and other challenges, not the least of which, was stiff competition from much larger corporations that would jeopardize the company's very existence. Yet the company endured and evolved into the multifaceted organization that exists today as Seattle-Tacoma Box Company.

Over the decades of manufacturing wood boxes in the 1920's and 1930's an expansion of the industry came in the following years. In 1945 a progression of change started when other products of wood began to gain attention, such as precut furniture products, box spring frames, storage vaults, and bulk bins for transporting concentrated liquids. The 1960's brought the opportunity to produce high quality wooden boxes for export of sujiko and salmon eggs to Japan. The 1970's brought the business of packaging all sorts of oil field supplies such as drilling mud, chemicals and drill pipe that were shipped to remote areas of Alaska and Canada. The 1980's brought Commencement Bay Corrugated, the first independent full line corrugated box plant in the Northwest. The 1990's brought SeaCa Packaging, a California Corporation that began supplying wooden and corrugated packaging to the agricultural market. Trayco Manufacturing, a New Zealand branch, started supplying wooden box shook and finger joint material for moldings and door cores. By the year 2000, Seattle-Tacoma Box Company supported assembly operations and warehouses in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, and Hawaii with the latest addition of a New Hampshire location in 2017. Sea Pro Systems was created later to offer state of the art machinery and plastic containers for MAP packaging. In 2004, Seattle-Tacoma Box Company started manufacturing finger joint studs for commercial and residential buildings across the United States. In 2015, SeaCa Packaging started the first full line plastic corrugated box plant in the United States. In the year 2016, Seattle-Tacoma Box and affiliates processed 11 million board feet of lumber and 6.8 million feet of plywood for wooden boxes and products. The company continued to produce and process 1,200,000,000 square feet of corrugated boxes along with 10.8 million pounds of resin for plastic corrugated boxes.


Beginning with Jacob, six generation of Nist family members have made contributions to the success of Seattle-Tacoma Box Company. Following in Jacob's footsteps have been three sons, six grandsons, two granddaughters, five great-grandsons, three great-great-grandsons, three great-great granddaughters, four great-great-great grandsons and three great-great-great granddaughters.

6 generations strong

Established 1889

OVER 125 YEARS under the same family management


(253) 854-9700

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23400 71st Pl S,

Kent WA 98032