Interstate Resources Logo, teal, white and grey, with Savannah lagoon and manufacturing background

Unifying Interstate Resources

Outside the Box


Established in 1939, Interstate Resources historically allowed their twelve business units to run semi-autonomously. From a brand perspective, this often resulted in an inconsistently applied identity program (previous logos below). Interstate Resources asked CrossRoads to evolve its brand identity.

Prior Interstate Resources Logos
Interstate Container, 14 logo variations, with Evergreen logo

CrossRoads came into a challenging environment. They had the tenacity to evolve our brand intelligently and cost-effectively to a stronger brand identity.

Jim Morgan, President, DS Smith Holdings, Inc

Brand Identity Evolution, Not Revolution

Through their Strategic Brand Analysis, CrossRoads evolved the inconsistent Interstate Resources brand logos into a strong, cohesive identity. The essence statement, “Interstate Resources… We Can.” was created to help unify their message. Guidelines were developed, along with original artwork applications. Standards and templates were created for stationery, forms, signage and more.

CrossRoads worked with corrugated manufacturing group Interstate Resources to update an inconsistent corporate identity used creatively by twelve manufacturing plants on the East Coast of the United States. Rather than developing new logos, CrossRoads made simple, smart modifications to visually strengthen the logo, then aligned it across member companies, along with a shared essence statement: Interstate Resources… We Can. A logical, cost-effective approach.

With visual identity guidelines now in place, Interstate Resources can safeguard its logo, colors and typography and ensure consistency across stationery, forms and signage.

Dr. Ellen Feghali, Vice President of Communications & B2B Marketing, INDEVCO Group

Interstate Resources Identity Program
Interstate Resources, identity guidelines, four sample pages

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Highlights include:

  • 650-acre multiple-lagoon system for cleaner, recyclable wastewater near Savannah, GA
  • $140 million biomass energy facility in Reading, PA (diverting 60 truckloads daily from landfills)
  • Innovative 100% recyclable Greencoat wax replacement, corrugated packaging in Cambridge, MD
  • 180 thousand tons of recycled corrugated medium per year

CLIENT NOTES: Interstate Resources, based in Arlington, Virginia, generates annual sales more than $655 million. Interstate Resources now has 19 companies in 14 manufacturing locations in nine states. They produce high quality timber, container board, corrugated cartons, packaging and energy. Interstate Resources is a member of London based DS Smith Plc with more than $6.7 billion in sales.

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