American Paper & Twine, the region's largest independently owned wholesale distributor of packaging materials, food service disposables, janitorial products, and office supplies, has acquired RMJ Distributing Johnson City, Tennessee.

RMJ Distributing Co. owner Mickey Jilton is stepping down from the business he has led since 1976 so that he can work alongside his daughter at her business, Vintage Jewelry Supply.

"We are excited to bring RMJ under the umbrella of American Paper & Twine," said Bob Doochin, American Paper & Twine President. "In addition to being a privately owned wholesale distributor like us, they have the same commitment to customer service excellence that drives everything we do."

The purchase of RMJ Distributing Co. comes on the heels of the company's recent completion of a new distribution facility in Muscle Shoals, AL, and expansions in their Knoxville and Little Rock warehouse facilities.


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