Like many tables across the country, dik Bolger’s table is covered with college brochures, jewelry catalogs or healthcare information packets. The difference is that the marketing materials on Bolger’s table aren’t delivered in the deluge of daily mail, but are his own products. 

Bolger is the owner and CEO of Bolger Vision Beyond Print, a Minneapolis company that is one of the major players in printing and customized technology services. As he thumbs through the finished products, Bolger is not just reading the information; he’s checking the image quality and feeling the texture of each page. It’s a sensation that cannot be replicated by a smart phone or a tweet, and one that continues to make print a viable part of the digital future. “Print has an intrusive quality that makes it a critical part of any marketing campaign,” Bolger says.

Packaging for the food industry has changed a lot over the years, and successful companies that provide packaging solutions for the industry have been successful by adapting to those changes. That has been the story for ARI Packaging, which has served the consumer packaged goods market with forward-thinking and customizable packaging solutions for more than 15 years. CEO Gary McCullough says the company has become an indispensable partner of many multinational consumer packaged goods companies because it offers them solutions that would be difficult for them to do on their own. 

ARI Packaging was founded in 2000 by a group of partners with extensive experience in the paper and packaging industries. McCullough says the company’s founders saw that large consumer packaged goods companies were being asked by large retail customers like Walmart and Target for greater customization in their packaging and displays. Although many of these large consumer packaged goods companies had the vertical integration to supply their own packaging, certain customizations being demanded by large retailers would have placed strain on their internal operations. This is where ARI Packaging can provide the most value to these customers, McCullough says. 

Even though a box of corn flakes at the grocery store or the warehouse club might look the same graphically, the one at the club store requires a completely different packaging material – litho-laminated corrugated cardboard. “The club box is a stronger box designed to support the weight not only of each individual box but each of the boxes on the rows above them on the pallet,” Accurate Box Co. Inc. Executive Vice President Mark Schlossman explains.

Accurate Box Co. Inc. designs and produces such boxes. “Our niche has become the club store, and on top of that, we like being independent and progressive,” Schlossman says. “Our customers are very large companies that buy tens of millions of boxes. We have a steady flow of orders coming in, primarily from food and beverage companies, and we are protected from any economic drops because we are producing something that is not a luxury spend, by any means. Our sales have really been growing beyond our wildest dreams and beyond normal growth percentages.”

Topflight Corp. has a long history of being a creative and innovative company whose technologies and solutions produce the best products for its customers. “Almost every piece of equipment has been built here or modified to do something different,” President Rod Stone says. “We aren’t your standard me-too label company.” 

The Glen Rock, Pa.-based company began in 1943 as Topflight Tool Co. After World War II, Topflight began designing and manufacturing printing presses to sell and as a direct result the company developed its own printing techniques that would eventually lead to it becoming a label manufacturer.  

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, as the saying goes, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about packaging in a retail environment. No matter what the product or brand, the right packaging is how that product or brand puts its best foot forward and makes the right impression on consumers. As one of North America’s leaders in custom-coordinated packaging solutions, Toronto-based Progress Luv2Pak devotes a lot of time and resources to what it calls “brand-positive” packaging for its portfolio of retailers and manufacturers. 

Lynchburg Sheltered Industries (LSI) is not a typical corrugated box manufacturer. Although it takes pride in delivering a high-quality product to its customers, the company’s main focus is providing employment to people with disabilities. “We started a corrugated box line in 1996 and got involved with the AbilityOne Program, which is instrumental in our agency because it’s an opportunity to provide a product for employees with disabilities to work on,” Executive Director Cecil Kendrick says.  

J.N. White Designs is one of the Northeast’s leading providers of custom industrial and commercial printing solutions for OEMs and businesses across a broad spectrum of industries. With the company’s reputation for high-quality work and its dedication to investing in the latest state-of-the-art equipment, it might be hard to believe that the company’s origins began in a single bedroom of an upstate New York home. And yet, it was from those humble beginnings that J.N. White Designs took shape to become the presence in the marketplace that it is today. Owner and President Randy White says the longevity of the company has been one of the major factors in its success and a source of pride for his family. 

A specialty co-packer, Adirondack Beverages Corp. is a beverage company that produces private-label brands as well as its own branded products.

About 50 percent of its business is co-packing, 25 percent branded products and 25 percent private label. It works on all varieties of sodas, teas, water, flavored water and energy drinks.

“Our facility operates six packing lines,” says Dan Dubovik, general manager. This includes everything from 8-ounce and 12-ounce cans and varieties of bottles including 15.4-ounce, 17-ounce, 1-litre, 2-litre, 12-ounce and 10-ounce bottles. The company works on more than 1,300 SKUs. 

One thing many are unaware of about the bottling business is the complexity of its work. “When you are juggling 1,300 SKUs with six packing lines, it is very complex,” Dubovik shares.

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