Mansfield Paper Company traces back to late 1945 on the island of Saipan in the Pacific. Irving Shapiro, a 25 year-old Marine Corps pilot, was nearing the end of his five and a half years of duty aboard the aircraft carrier Salerno Bay. Irving's brother, 21 year-old Morton, happened also to be on Saipan, on temporary leave from his duties as a Signalman in the Navy's Armed Guard Division aboard the liberty ship, William Hawkins.
The two met on Saipan by sheer accident. Morton joined up with Irving and his squadron. During their time together on Saipan, the two brothers took daily flights together, made up for lost time, and began thinking about the future.
During his high school and college years, Irving had worked part-time for the Standard Paper Company, first in the warehouse, later as a driver and then as a salesman. He had learned a great deal about the paper business.
So, thousands of miles from home, the two brothers formulated plans for their own paper business, if and when they both got home safely to Springfield, Massachusetts, which they did. In June, 1946, with meager financing and no cars, product, warehouse, or trucks - only courage, ambition, desire, and drive - the Mansfield Paper Company was born.
In 1961, Robert Shapiro, the youngest of the three brothers, joined Mansfield Paper. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Robert joined the Air Force as a second lieutenant and eventually became a commanding officer of a radar station in Washington state. In November 1971, Michael Shapiro, Irving's eldest son, joined the company after completing four years of service in the Navy. He had previously graduated from Bryant College in Rhode Island. Today, Michael serves as Chief Executive Officer. Since 1996, the company's day-to-day operations have been overseen by R. Scott Parent, President and Chief Operating Officer. Scott has been with the company since 1976, his entire business career. He first started working at the company's Party World retail store. From there he went to the warehouse and then into sales. The company's top salesman in 1988, 1992, 1993, and 1994, Scott was promoted to sales manager in 1995, and President/COO in 1996. Importantly, the company is forever indebted to its current and past employees, many of whom have spent their entire business careers with Mansfield. Without their commitment and loyalty, Mansfield Paper would not be what it is today. Today, Mansfield Paper proudly employs more than 75 people.
All of us at Mansfield Paper today pay tribute to the legacy of Morton (1926-1995), Irving (1921-1990), and Robert (1935-1991). Tribute and gratitude must also be given to H.D. Shapiro (1894-1967): Irving, Morton, and Robert's father. The encouragement, advice, love, moral and financial support he gave to his sons helped pave the way for Mansfield Paper's success. The Shapiro brothers' uncle, Cliff Oates, was also instrumental in the company's success, always there to help out when the need arose.