Our Story

Leading the way.

Since 1895, Calpine Containers, Inc. has evolved from a lumber company in San Francisco to a vast produce packaging company with locations throughout California and Arizona. Calpine's history continues to be written about our people, innovation and service to the industry. However, we can't forget about how our story first began:


By the end of 1848, 6,000 Americans and foreigners of many countries, statuses, classes and races had rushed to California for gold. Some 80,000 people arrived in 1849 alone. The greatly increased population, along with the wealth of gold, contributed to the creation of many new roads, bridges, farms, and businesses. Farming communities also enjoyed prosperity, thanks to the large number of miners that could not produce food for themselves.

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