Seattle Tacoma Box Company History


In the wake of the devastating Seattle Fire of June 1889 the majority of Seattle's 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 the family in the years to come. Fire would once again do major damage to Jacob's livelihood along with the company enduring destruction from fires 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 prompted the companies' relocation to the Kent valley where it resides today. These and other challenges, including stiff competition from much larger corporations, would jeopardize the company's very existence. Despite a variety of obstacles the company endured and evolved into the multifaceted organization that exists today as Seattle-Tacoma Box Company.

After decades of manufacturing just wooden boxes the industry saw an expansion following the 1920's and 1930's era. In 1945 a progression of change started when other products of wood began to gain attention, such as precut furniture products and box spring frames. The 1960's brought the opportunity to produce high quality wooden boxes for export of sujiko, salmon eggs, to Japan to be packed for shipments. The 1970's brought an opportunity to supply a variety of items such as drilling mud, bulk bins for transporting concentrated liquids and drill pipe to the oil fields in remote areas such as Alaska and Canada. In 1980 Commencement Bay Corrugated was formed as the first independent full line corrugated box plant in the Northwest. The 1990's saw the creation of 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 jointed studs/material for moldings and door cores. In 2004, Seattle-Tacoma Box Company started manufacturing finger jointed studs for commercial and residential buildings used across the United States. Storage vaults began gaining nationwide attention for their unique latch system and lower cost option. In 2008, Sea Pro Systems was created to offer state of the art machinery and plastic containers for MAP (modified atmosphere packaging). In 2015, SeaCa Packaging started the first full line of extruded polypropylene corrugated boxes in the United States that has now expanded to multiple distribution centers throughout the United States. In the year 2017, Seattle-Tacoma Box Company and its affiliates processed 11 million board feet of lumber and 6.8 million feet of plywood for wooden boxes and products. Commencement Bay Corrugated continued to produce and process 1,200,000,000 square feet of corrugated boxes and SeaCa Packaging extruded 10.8 million pounds of resin for polypropylene corrugated boxes.

Currently, Seattle-Tacoma Box Company supports assembly operations and warehouses in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, and Hawaii with the latest addition of a New Hampshire location in 2017.

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

Fax (253) 852-0891

23400 71st Pl S,

Kent WA 98032