Printed Specialties combines the best of both worlds. Its experience and capabilities allow it to be a printing company that is as flexible as a digital shop while possessing the technology of a folding carton house. By being able to react quickly, embracing the latest technology, and investing in lean processes, the company can focus on providing the best-quality products to its clients.

“This is a family business that was started in 1911 in Scranton, Pa., as Keystone, and our operations here were a spin-off of that company,” President Greg Smith says. “Today we are a stand-alone company that is essentially a folding carton operation, providing the high-value, four-color type of retail packaging.”

Like most commercial print shops, Primary Color has seen its share of challenges during its 30-year history. Founded in 1984 by Walter and Elisabeth Hirt as a color retouching shop serving the advertising agency market, the company quickly diversified into other products and services after software programs such as Photoshop entered the marketplace.

“The business expanded because of market circumstances,” says Vincent Randazzo, CEO of the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based company. “As agencies brought retouching work in-house because of new technology, our owners felt they needed to add printing capabilities to support the same customer base.”

National Carton and Coating Co. prides itself on its ability to provide service on a grand scale while remaining close to its clients. “We’re a small manufacturing company that bonds well with our customers,” says Jim Yost, president of the Xenia, Ohio-based company. “Our success comes from our ability to manage our customers’ inventory, listen to what they need from us and put together a package that solves whatever issue they may have.”

Moonlight Packaging is what founders Scott and Bill Moon describe as a “job shop,” because it listens to what its customers’ needs are, deals mostly with smaller companies and develops the best packaging solution based on individual needs. “Although we know we have to be competitive, we don’t try to compete by price, but through our service, ideas and creative process,” Scott Moon says. “The cost savings may not be in our box, but may be in how we change our customers’ process with our product.” 

With an education in mechanical engineering and a background in the roofing industry, Mathew Chakola was able to build his first paper mill from used machines he purchased in 1989 when he founded Maryland Paper Co. Twenty-five years later as president and CEO, Chakola has expanded Maryland Paper with plants in Alabama and California.

Maryland Paper’s three plants produce a combined 700 to 800 tons daily of 10 to 15 different types of paper made from 100 percent recycled cellulose fiber for the roofing, packaging, construction, painting, agricultural and gardening industries. Its dry roofing felt is saturated with asphalt by roofing manufacturers to produce a variety of products.

Part of a global juggernaut, JBS USA is a top animal protein producer and exporter. Today, the company is a leading beef and lamb producer in the U.S. and Australia, a significant pork producer in the U.S., and a leading chicken producer in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.  

Headquartered in the U.S. in Greeley, Colo. and owned by JBS SA, a Brazilian multinational, the company employs more than 85,000 people in North America and Australia. It entered the U.S. market in 2007 with the purchase of Swift Foods, which was renamed JBS USA. On a global scale, it is part of an organization that is the largest animal protein processor in the world. It has 140 production facilities, boasting a global, diversified, low-cost production platform that allows it to produce a wide variety of products including food, leather, pet products and biodiesel.

Many firms are adopting environmentally conscious practices, but very few are like Green Bay Packaging Inc., which was green even before it was popular, Senior Vice President of Coated Products Operations Marty Olson says. “It’s just a way of life for us,” he states.

Based in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging manufactures corrugated shipping containers, structural and graphically designed boxes, folding cartons and label stock. Founder George F. Kress started the company in 1933 to offer customers the corrugated containers as alternatives to wooden boxes.

The right packaging provides multiple solutions, both protecting and promoting the products it contains, and few suppliers take this responsibility more seriously than Georgia-Pacific Packaging. As a part of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of paper products, Georgia-Pacific Packaging already has the strengths of its parent company built into its DNA as it serves customers worldwide with innovative and effective packaging solutions. But, as Executive Vice President-Packaging & Cellulose Segment Christian Fischer explains, Georgia-Pacific Packaging’s commitment to serving its customers is about more than simply meeting their needs in the present – it’s about a solid relationship with its customers, anticipating their needs in the future and developing new products and services that will solve problems they didn’t even know they would have. 

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