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Greif Bros. Company is the largest family-owned company in North America, which manufactures steel drums and plastic containers of virtually every size for industrial, commercial, agricultural, residential utility applications. The company was founded in 1877 by Jonathan Greif II with his younger brother Charles Greif I at their home on West Court Street. Today it is the holding company for five companies including Greif Brothers Corporation. Listed as an NYSE stock exchange member since 1930, the company has acquired former competitors over time to become one of the nation's leading producers of steel packaging products with manufacturing facilities located throughout North America and Europe. Greif offers more than 30 thousand different types of containers through its network of customer service centers.
The first steel drum produced by Greif was a 10 gallon can used to store kerosene sold by Charles Greif. In 1887, the brothers relocated their company from Ohio to Delaware and added wooden drum construction to their product line. The company's name was changed from Jonathan Greif & Brother to Greif Bros. Company in 1886. After two years of research, the manufacturing process for tin-plated steel drums was invented by one of Jonathan's sons, Alfred A. Greif, in 1934 at his factory on South Jackson Street which is now part of the current day Downtown Wilmington.