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Packaging Progressions Inc. / HQ: Collegeville, Pa. / Employees: Approx. 40 / Specialty: Stainless steel processing and packaging equipment Drew Ward, director of sales and marketing: “We are continually developing and patenting items with respect to interleaving and stacking.” packaging progressions manufactures such products as paper interleavers and underleavers. The Total Package packaging progressions uses its machines to add value to its clients’ food products. by alan dorich There may not be a more overlooked part of a food product than the packaging on the outside. When one eats, they usually peal away the package, throw it away and instantly forget about it, as they dine on the treat that lies inside. But for Packaging Progressions Inc., the package is an important area of focus. Based in Collegeville, Pa., the com58 WINTER 2011 pany designs and manufactures stainless steel processing and packaging equipment for the food industry, Director of Sales and Marketing Drew Ward says. These include paper interleavers, paper underleavers and counter stackers, as well as product alignment devices and groupers that can interface with slicers, cutters, sheeters, presses and formers. Ward’s father, Lawrence Ward Sr., founded the company in 1989 with the invention of the Arc’Tronic Hole Perforator, which uses an electric arc to cut holes in plastic film without leaving any debris. “That was used a lot by the food industry in final packaging,” Drew Ward says. By 1992, Packaging Progressions had grown to six employees and began designing and manufacturing highspeed paper interleavers and auto stackers for the meat industry. “In 1995, Packaging Progressions obtained the patent for interleaving with an ‘Inline Foldover’ and began selling internationally through Canadian

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011
Global Strategies
Business Value
Freudenberg Household Products
O.K. Foods Inc.
DJO Inc.
CMC Biologics
Packaging Progressions Inc.
Denison Industries
Burr Oak Tool Inc.
Cambridge International
Certified Transmission
Elopak Inc.
Patriot Forge Co.
Aseptic Solutions USA
Comex Group/Frazee Paint
Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs
Munroe Inc.
Peerless Mfg. Co.
Canplas Industries
Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed
R.F. Hunter Co.
Ace Electronics
Advanced Fiber Technologies
Behringer Saws Inc.
Berger Paints – Trinidad Ltd.
DBS Manufacturing Inc.
DDH Enterprise
Deltak LLC
EVS Metal
Fisher Tank Co.
Hanford Pharmaceuticals
Hess Industries Inc.
Holjeron Inc.
Mid-Continent Engineering
New England Ropes
Ranor Inc.
SET Enterprises Inc.
Swaim Inc.
Total Electronics LLC
Weinbrenner Shoe Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011