The late Robert S. Landaal founded Flint Boxmakers in 1959, Flint Packaging in 1962 and Delta Containers in Bay City, Mich., in 1966. Members of the Landaal family combined the three companies in 2000 into Landaal Packaging Systems. Landaal learned the box business from his father-in-law, Norbert Rennicke. Rennicke, the author of the 1937 book "The Manufacture of Paperboard" first worked in the business beginning at age 12, upon the death of his father.
Landaal Packaging Systems is an unusual family business success story in Flint, Michigan amidst the highest unemployment in the nation along with the fall of the auto industry. Ninety-percent of family-owned businesses go bust before a third generation can take over — the Landaal Family has also beaten those odds.
This documentary looks at the personalities in the family, their guiding forces, and their plans to continue the family legacy into the fourth generation. A place where only one-percent of family businesses survive. All this in the face of a failed auto industry in Michigan and the economic peril that has brought to the area.