Our Load Securement business began as Down River more than 40 years ago with the first corrugated honeycomb void filler, the Dor-Kor void filler. Since then, we have developed many load securement products and services, continually increasing our selection and capabilities. In 1997 we were consolidated into Greif and operated under that name until October 2009, when Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) acquired Greif’s Load Securement business. This acquisition included our strategic regional locations, our products, services, product development pipeline, and intellectual property.
Now, backed by the resources of ITW, Down River operates as one of its many decentralized business units in the area of protective packaging. As such we are able to provide more value to our customers by offering one of the industry’s broadest selections of load securement products, enabling us to provide complete load securement systems, thereby often reducing freight costs, inventory costs, and administrative costs for our customers. Combined with several value-added services, such as on-site load securement evaluations, best practices recommendations, load securement training, and test shipment origin and arrival condition report, Down River delivers the cost savings and value that shippers are seeking.
A leading international business corporation with nearly 100 years of history, ITW is a diversified manufacturer of advanced industrial technology. Specifically, we design and produce an array of highly engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products and equipment for customers around the world.
The 825 decentralized business units that comprise ITW’s international business corporation are located in 52 countries and employ approximately 60,000 men and women who are focused on creating value-added products and innovative customer solutions.