Frankston Joins Independent Carton Group
Published: September 10th, 2013
The Independent Carton Group (ICG), Newtown, CT announced that it has added Frankston Packaging, Frankston, TX, to its member roster.
Frankston Packaging’s addition brings ICG’s membership to 18 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers in 11 states who collectively represent over $700 million in annual sales and 1,350 years of packaging history.
“Frankston Packaging makes a great addition to the ICG. Like all of our members, it has a strong commitment to its customers, which fuels a desire to continually improve operations, expand services, educate employees, apply best practices and implement disaster recovery plans, all of which are possible with ICG membership,” said Jay Willie, executive director of the Independent Carton Group.
“Our members saw in Frankston Packaging a company that shares their core values and is poised for growth. It was apparent that the owners appreciate the benefits of our programs and aim to be involved in everything the ICG has to offer. We are pleased to welcome Frankston Packaging to the group, and we look forward to fostering its growth.”
Frankston Packaging is a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock paperboard folding cartons, with customers spanning many industries, and a high concentration of customers in food and industrial markets.
Frankston Packaging has been owned and managed by Kyle Eldred and Norm Bullock since 2000, but its roots date back to 1957. Under the direction of Eldred and Bullock, Frankston Packaging has posted significant year-over-year sales increases and has reinvested millions of dollars into operational and service improvements.
The company’s 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant houses a variety of printing presses and finishing equipment, including a new Heidelberg XL 106 press installed this summer. Frankston Packaging’s capabilities include sheeting, printing, ultraviolet coating, die cutting, windowing, folding, gluing, tray forming, taping, and special effects such as foil stamping and embossing, as well as various prepress and inventory management services. The facility follows GMP and ISO 9000 standards, and it is regularly audited to ensure best practices in the manufacture of food contact packaging.
Frankston Packaging also holds a Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification. By tracking certified paperboard and its wood fiber back to the sourcing forest, customers can verify that the paperboard used in their packaging comes from a responsibly managed forest. The company’s commitment to sustainability is also evident in its own recycling program – it recycles nearly all of its paperboard scrap – and the energy-efficient lighting used throughout its facility.
“There’s a lot to be said about the power of owner-to-owner communication among ICG members, which was a huge draw for us,” said Norm Bullock, vice president of Frankston Packaging.
ICG’s members include Accord Carton, Accurate Box, All Packaging, Climax Manufacturing, Colbert Packaging, Curtis Packaging, 3C Packaging, Dee Paper Box, Diamond Packaging, Disc Graphics, El Paso Paper Box, Finn Industries, Frankston Packaging, Metro Packaging and Imaging, Royal Paper Box, Sonderen Packaging, Thoro Packaging and Zumbiel Packaging.