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2021 Marks 95 Years in Business for
American Paper & Twine

To celebrate our 95th anniversary, we asked AP&T Chairman and CEO Bob Doochin to take us on a walk down memory lane. He’s known for his storytelling skills and boy does he have some unforgettable memories to share. They may not be historically accurate, but they sure are entertaining! Enjoy these Tall Twiner Tales…

About AP&T

When American Paper & Twine opened its doors in 1926, there were two founders, one truck, and one Nashville warehouse. Nearly a century later, there are more than 350 employees, over 100 trucks and seven distribution centers across the southeastern United States.

Founded with a singular focus on remarkable customer service, American Paper & Twine’s original tagline was, Just Ask For It, We Have It. While the tagline has evolved into an homage to the company’s name (It’s Twine Time), one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to delivering remarkable at every turn.

Nathan Doochin, Founder 

Milton Lockenbach, Founder 

Karen Doochin Vingelen, President & COO and Bob Doochin, Chairman & CEO

AP&T is still independently owned; Bob Doochin, whose father Nathan was one of the founding fathers, and his daughter Karen Doochin Vingelen, are Chairman & CEO and President & COO, respectively. It is because of their strong leadership and business acumen that American Paper & Twine has been successful for so long.



American Paper & Twine continues to grow and adapt. In recent years we have opened a new distribution center, expanded operations to increase our delivery area, and launched the new

Learn more about how the company has changed over the years.

What started as a small product catalog has become an ever-growing inventory of janitorial, packaging, disposable food service, safety and office products.

See the evolution of our product catalog and how things have changed since 1926.


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