Help us welcome Lindsay Stanford to the Midwest Packaging Solutions team! Lindsay comes to Midwest with six years of warehouse experience and forklift certification.
Help us welcome Casey Kozak to the Midwest Packaging Solutions team! After retiring from the United States Navy, where he served as a rescue swimmer for twenty years, Casey joined Midwest to pursue a new career in sales. Casey was born and raised in Toledo, and has a fifteen year old son and daughter (twins) and a seventeen year old son. In his free time, Casey enjoys running, swimming, movies and spending time with his family. For the first month, Casey will be working in the warehouse to learn more about the vast selection of products that Midwest carries, then will move into his new sales role as a Business Development Manager.
Help us welcome Jessica Hubbell to the Midwest Packaging Solutions team! After working at First Solar, Jessica is excited to fill her role as our new account coordinator with over fifteen years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Jessica is married with two children and loves to do crafts, hot yoga and attend country concerts in her free time.
Help us welcome Tiffany Alexander to the Midwest Packaging Solutions team! After working in the restaurant industry for the past ten years, Tiffany is excited to fill her role as our new account coordinator. Tiffany currently lives in Sylvania, Ohio with her ten year old daughter and two dogs. She is also engaged with plans to get married this Summer and enjoys family time, being outdoors and going to the lake/campground in the Summer time.
Congratulations to Sierra Ghamlouche on her new promotion and for being named Employee of the Year for 2021! Sierra has been promoted to work with Automotive and our Automation/Equipment division. Sierra has a stellar reputation with our customers due to her quick responsiveness and industry knowledge. She has been one of the top performers at Midwest securing one of our top awards for the company – Employee of the Year 2021.
Dear Valued Customer, Pricing continues to surge in many product areas, and we expect lead times to continue to be extended due to the already stressed supply chains and raw material shortages. Due to this, your pricing could be subject to change at time of order. Your Midwest Packaging Solutions sales representative will be working with you to answer any questions regarding pricing and lead times, as well as your product needs. We will continue to monitor these conditions and keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for your continued business and loyalty. Sincerely, Lou Galambos II President of Sales Midwest Packaging Solutions
The Advantages of Water Activated Tape by Dan Kalka, Project Manager What is up with WAT? WAT, a.k.a, “water activated tape,” is a powerful adhesive that bonds to both newly made and recycled fiber surfaces. In packaging, WAT was previously the standard taping method for decades until polyethylene tape (pressure sensitive tape) arrived as an affordable and convenient alternative. That all dramatically changed a few years ago when WAT returned to the market with some new and innovative advantages, noted below. Material Usage -8%: The average amount of tape needed to seal a single carton using WAT was 8% less than using pressure sensitive tape. Productivity +21%: Carton sealing productivity is 21% higher using a water activated tape dispenser, versus a hand-held tape gun with pressure sensitive tape. Tape Integrity:? In each environment tested, (room temperature, cold and tropical), cartons sealed with WAT remained intact, preventing tampering. Cartons sealed with pressure sensitive tape were not as secure and could be easily accessed without revealing any signs of tampering. Adhesion Strength: When WAT is removed from cartons, it also removes 80% of the cartons fibers. Standard pressure sensitive tape can be easily removed from the carton, without evidence. Appearance: ?If
As with any business seeking to improve and streamline their processes, reducing costs is one of the top items to review. But the cost of packaging materials seems to be often overlooked by a lot of companies. The most common issue we’ve found in warehouses is that a lot of them are using materials or processes that may have served them well in the past, but are no longer the most cost-effective or efficient option for their current needs. While there are many different ways to cut costs in your warehouse, there is one quick and easy solution that can save you thousands of dollars a month alone: air pillow machines. Our faithful bubble wrap has served us well for decades, but air pillows have been effectively vying to become the new standard in packaging materials. While a ton of companies have been using these machines for years, some are still hesitant because they think it’s too expensive. The initial investment in these machines should be seen as just that—an investment. You’ll quickly begin to see not only the savings, but the many added benefits these machines can bring to your warehouse and company as a whole.
Rules for Tools: Strapping Tool Maintenance and Repair Proper maintenance of all packaging equipment and tools is crucial to maximizing your uptime and keeping your costs low. With the right maintenance strategy and support from our experts at Midwest Packaging, you can drastically reduce unplanned downtime, keep your costs low, lengthen the service life of your tools, and ultimately maximize your profits. It’s a win-win-win-win for your business. If you’re like us, battery-powered strapping tools are probably an important and integral part of your business. These hand tools are efficient and ergonomic solutions for all kinds of strapping applications. While wear and tear, breakdowns, and maintenance issues are inevitable, proper upkeep of your strapping tools is essential to maximizing your uptime and ensuring that they are functioning their best. First Things First: Preventive Maintenance This should be a no-brainer, but it's always worth mentioning because its the single most important thing in maintaining the health of your tools: CLEAN YOUR STRAPPING TOOLS! Blowing the tool out daily (yes, daily) with compressed air is a great way to reduce strap debris. Also, be sure to remove any large pieces of strap debris as often and as quickly as