No. 22 Westervelt Heirs
In 1884, the Prairie States Paper Company was founded by Herbert Westervelt, a talented innovator who patented the self-opening paper bag machine. His descendants’ WESTERVELT COMPANY is based in Tuscaloosa and operates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Divisions include Westervelt Lumber, Westervelt Renewable Energy, Westervelt Wildlife Services, Westervelt Natural Resources, Westervelt Communities, and Westervelt Ecological Services.