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Reflecting on 2019 with Big Things to Come in 2020!

This past year has been one of transformation for Mankato Packaging, and we are excited to share our journey with you! When we started 2019, we did so with the intention of growth and change to better meet our clients needs and expectations, and to expand into new industries that would benefit from our unique approach to custom packaging.

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As you know, change can be hard to adapt to, especially in the work place. From bringing on new employees to integrating new production equipment, our team went through a lot of changes this year and we are proud to share that we are adjusting very well! The thing that helps us most when we are struggling with change is the knowledge that we are doing it for our customers. We truly believe that it is our duty to give our customers the best, most personalized service, and by doing so, we can deliver the best custom packaging based on their unique product needs.

When our team was discussing how we can better relay our special approach to packaging, and to understand who are target audience is, we decided that we needed some outside help. We teamed up with Mankato-based 507 Creative Group to develop a strategic marketing plan to map out our business goals, define our target audience, refine our business offerings, and select the tactics we use to reach our audience and accomplish our goals!

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As we worked through the strategic marketing plan with the 507 Creative Group team, we spent a lot of time discussing our process for helping our customers best represent their brand on their packaging. This helped us to realize that we need to refine our own brand to best represent what we do and what differentiates us from other packaging providers. We are so excited to unveil our new look in 2020 and cannot wait to hear what our customers and supporters think of the transformation!

If you are ready to start your 2020 transformation for your packaging, contact us today!

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GreenOps Ammo Customer Story

When we find a customer who is just as committed to producing products that will cause as little harm to the environment as possible, we know we have found a good fit. This is exactly what happened with GreenOps Ammo. The GreenOps team came to us in February of 2018 looking for an eco-friendly package for their ammo. Here’s more about why this company was set on eco-friendly packaging.

Based in Williamsburg VA, this startup shotgun ammunition company is revolutionizing the shotgun shell industry. Founded by a group of marine scientists, chemists, and hunters, this team had a vision of creating a shotgun shell that contained no lead and had a wad (the outer casing) that was not made of plastic. After much hard word and dedication to their vision, they succeeded: “We use wads that are non-toxic and biodegradable on land and in water (including in the ocean). Moreover, our patented technology reduces visual pollution from the get-go and provides superior patterning relative to competitive products” (GreenOps).

One of the coolest thing about these patented shotgun wads is that they biodegrade on land and in water. Unlike other shotgun shells that are advertised as biodegradable,  the GreenOps wads completely biodegrade and do so faster than the leading competition.

One big source of inspiration for the creation of these biodegradable wads is the history of shotgun wads. Before they were made with plastic, “shotgun wads were all made from biodegradable materials such as felt, cork, or cardboard” (GreenOps).

As with our commitment to using 100% recyclable materials in our packaging, GreenOps is just as committed to being environmentally conscious as we are. We are so honored to work with a company that is literally changing the game for shotgun ammunition, and cannot wait to see what they produce in the future! See our ammunition packaging below.

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Sweet Mass Production Customer Story

As we approach Veteran’s Day, we want to highlight one of our wonderful clients who honor our Veteran’s every day. Located in Providence RI, Sweet Mass Production, LLC (SMP) (dba ABandforBrothers.com) manufactures military medals that are given to troops around the world for all their accomplishments. SMP’s mission is to “raise the quality standard of your hard-earned military awards and insignia.” This women-ran company is truly uncompromising when it comes to the quality of their medals – they want the military personnel who receive their 100% American Made medals, insignia, and memorabilia to feel the quality and dedication that went into their product.

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The SMP team.

Mankato Packaging produces the cartons that these medals are packaged in along with the inserts they are attached to – see both pictured below.

All the packaging we produce for SMP is printed on 100% recycled material! Our Customer Service & Sales specialist Mackenzie Drager had the opportunity to meet the women of SMP in May 2019 to get an insider’s view of this women-run business.  Mackenzie says this team is amazing to work with because they are super responsive and appreciative of their relationship with our team.  

Mackenzie pictured second to the left.

A fun story about how we landed this amazing company as a customer. One of the four employees at the time was tasked with finding a carton supplier and she really didn’t have any idea about what she needed.  She called a few different companies and was hung-up on because she wasn’t sure how to articulate what it was that they needed.  She then found our website and called us! Mackenzie walked her through a few questions, and during the entire conversation, the SMP employee was so thankful that she wasn’t getting hung-up on again! This group is so thankful for our timeliness and responsiveness because with the Military work demands very strict deadlines. 

Learn more about the great company at ABandforBrothers.com. We also want to say Thank You to all the Veterans who have bravely and selflessly served our country!

Banks Outdoors’ Customer Story

Banks Outdoors has been a Mankato Packaging customer since March of 2018. This incredible company is based out of Cannon Falls, MN and manufactures hunting blinds, ice houses, deer feeders, and more products for lovers of the hunting and outdoors.

Banks Outdoors first reached out to us because there were looking to start selling some replacement parts for their hunting blinds in stores and needed packaging to do so. We custom designed packaging solutions for their replacement curtain kits, stealth screens and a storage shelf. 

To minimize back and forth on size, we were able to get product samples from the Banks team to ensure that the packaging dimensions fit their products perfectly! For the larger shelf sleeve, our maximum sheet size limited our capabilities, and we couldn’t design a carton to fit this product. So we brainstormed a solution that would showcase and protect the product. The solution was a custom sleeve created with as much print surface as possible for graphics to catch the attention of Banks’ customers. Check out the images below to see the sleeve in production!

These products are printed in four color process (CMYK) with a matte finish. Contact us to learn more about our process and to get a quote for your own custom packaging project!

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Welcome to Mankato Packaging

As our first blog post, we want to share with you the story of where we began and our journey to becoming the company we are today.

Where We Began

Founded in the 1940’s in Southern Minnesota, we have been a proud supplier of high-quality packaging for companies in almost every industry in the United States and internationally over 4 continents for over 75 years. 

What We Offer

Mankato Packaging is an innovative creator of packaging solutions for the wholesale and retail industries. We provide custom packaging solutions and packaging prototypes, made with 100% recyclable corrugated material, that will attract customers and are built to perform!

What We Value

We understand that there are many vendor options who can meet your packaging needs, but we pride ourselves on a few key aspects that make us different:

  • We make connections.  From the very first interaction you have with our team to our collaborative approach on all projects, we are passionate about understanding our customers’ needs and delivering the packaging solution that will exceed expectations. We want to be an extension of your team and are invested in your success!
  • We are committed. We pay unwavering attention to detail on every project. Precision, transparency, and clarity not only create unity amongst our team, but enables us to guide our customers through the production process so you can feel 100% confident in the final product.
  • We aren’t all things to all people. We focus on our specialized offerings to deliver the highest quality packaging solutions for the industries we serve.  We have an unmatched wealth of expertise and precision that our competitors can’t match.

If you are interested in testing out our unique and personalized approach for your next packaging project, call one of our expert sales representatives today!