The Daily Iowegian
---- — This week a milestone of 50 years of operation in Centerville was celebrated by Curwood employees and company officials.
It started out known as Visking Company when they began production with approximately 90 employees on Oct. 25, 1963. The Centerville facility at that time produced Visten film, which was used in packaging meat loaves, poultry, hams, over wraps for pork butts and smoked meat.
Centerville Curwood now has approximately 275 employees and supplies packaging material for food, beverage, household, industrial and personal care industries.
It wasn’t always known as Curwood.
The Visking Company was a division of the Union Carbide Corporation. Then on Feb. 14, 1986, the films-packaging division of Union Carbide was purchased by Envirodyne Industries, operating under the name of Viskase Corporation. In September of 2000, the films-packaging division of Viskase Corporation was sold to Curwood Inc. (Bemis Company).