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Pak-Sher / 2009 sales: $50 million / HQ: Kilgore, Texas / Employees: 160 / Specialty: Foodservice bags Terry Gebhardt, vice president of product development: “Pak-Sher is definitely taking lean manufacturing to heart.” What’s Outside Counts pak-sher’ s customer-centric approach has made it a leading creator of bags for the foodservice industry. by chris petersen We’ve always been taught that it’s what’s on the inside that truly counts, but Pak-Sher knows that what’s outside can be just as important. As one of the leading manufacturers of plastic bags used in the foodservice and grocery industries, Pak-Sher understands the specific needs of its customers and uses that information better than any of its competitors. Since 1973, Pak-Sher has been producing polyethylene bags for grocery stores, eventually branching out to restaurants and other foodservice applications. Vice President of Product Development Terry Gebhardt says the company was the first in the United States to offer flip-top deli bags as an alternative to butcher paper, and was the first in the country to utilize highdensity polyethylene blown film extruders in its manufacturing process. The company continues to be an innovator to this day, he says, as it develops compostable products to meet the growing demand for environmentally sustainable packaging. The company’s ability to develop custom products for its customers and respond quickly to their requests has earned Pak-Sher some solid relationships with some of the biggest names in foodservice. For example, President Don James says Pak-Sher has supplied KFC for more than 15 years. “One of the things we’re most proud of is the long-term relationships we have with many of our clients,” James says. pak-sher worked with the seattle mariners to develop a line of custom trash bags that are compostable. Customer-Driven Philosophy The key to developing those longterm relationships lies in Pak-Sher’s philosophy, which James explains is 106 SPRING 2011

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011
Business Value
Supply Chain
Patriot Forge Co.
Reading Bakery Systems
The South African Mint Co.
GCX Corp.
Jay Industries Inc.
Johnson Electric Coil Co.
Certified Transmission
Olhausen Billiards
Pace Industrues
RTI Claro
The Testor Corp.
Restonic Matresses
Advanced Automation
Anadigics Inc.
Hermes Cones & Snack Manufacturers
JR Automation Technologies LLC
Prodomax Automation Inc.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
New England Ropes
Berger Paints Trinidad Ltd.
Air Tractor
Artisans Inc.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Bowers Manufacturing Co.
Ferti Technologies
Industrial Acoustics
Morton Industries
Presstek Inc.
Ranco Fertiservice Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011