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Moments in Our History

For over 100 years, Mankato Packaging has been a staple in the Greater Mankato area as a provider of packaging solutions for countless industries. Founded in 1919 by Edwin W. Foster as the Mankato Paper Box company, we are proud of our rich history that includes many business transformations, periods of growth, and relocation. Keep reading to learn more about some key moments in our history.

1962: Addition to Facility

In 1962, the Mankato Paper Box company began work on a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to our already 40,000 sq. ft. factory. In the local article published about the expansion, we learn from then president, Russell G. Foster, that the expansion comes after “increasing demand for packages [we sold] have contributed greatly to the continued growth and diversification of Mankato Paper Box company.” This article outlines many of the services and products we provided to our customers at the time; from folding paper boxes and a patented line of coin boxes for banks, to Punch N’ Gro planting kits and greeting card packaging, this era was filled with growth and expansion in our line of services and products.

1965: Packaging Award

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In May of 1965, we received an award from the National Paper Box Manufacturers Association for our design and production of the “Twist” game box that we manufactured for the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. The game was selected for the award for its “design, display value, and surface design.”

1968: Our Name is Changed

After 60 years of operation as the Mankato Paper Box company, president Russell G. Foster announced the changing of the company’s name to Mankato Corporation. The change came as a result of an expanded product line and rapid growth in new areas. This was the first of several name changes which included Mankato Carton, Inc. and our current name of Mankato Packaging.

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We love to learn about the history of our company and sharing pieces of our story with our customers. Our history informs the decisions we make and drives us to continue adapting to our customers’ needs while always providing the best quality of service possible.

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The Industries We Serve

Regardless of the industry you create products for, every producer of goods has one thing in common: they need packaging to sell their products in. At Mankato Packaging, we value every customer we have; from Fortune 500 companies to local breweries, we are proud to create custom packaging for a variety of company sizes in diverse industries.

To highlight a few of the companies we work with, we provide you with the examples below of industries and companies that we currently create packaging for:

Automotive Parts

Medical Supplies

Consumer Goods

Sporting Goods

Electronics

With such a diverse client base – each with unique products and packaging needs – we focus on keeping these things constant: caring customer service, team collaboration, high-quality packaging, and on-time delivery. By focusing on these four areas of service, we are able to ensure that every customer we have gets the attention they deserve, and that the packaging we produce for them protects their product and attracts more customers to help them build their business!

If you are looking for a partner in packaging, we encourage you to reach out to our team today to get a free quote!

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Meet Our Vendor: Case Paper

As a company, we know the importance of finding a vendor who not only meets our needs, but is a valued partner who supports our success and growth. We strive to be this kind of vendor for our customers, and look for the same from the vendors we choose to work with. This is one of the many reasons that we are so thankful to have a vendor like Case Paper. Case Paper supplies is with our Solid Bleached Sulfate and Solid Unbleached Sulfate paperboard which contain 100% pre-consumer content and is 100% recyclable! Read on to learn more about our valued partnership with Case Paper.

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A Statement from Case

We asked Arika Stoecker, Case Paper’s Sales Representative, about our vendor relationship, and here is what she shared:

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is growing relationships with the companies I work with. In some cases, when those relationships grow throughout the entire company, it allows me to make sure I am working at every level to provide the best possible service, and it allows the customer to make sure they are getting exactly what they need. This is the case with Mankato Packaging. I work with them on every level (management, purchasing, customer service, press room & pre press), and it makes them so easy to work with. We all work together to answer questions thoroughly and help each other learn what we are trying to achieve in order to provide the best possible outcome for everyone. As the industry continues to get more competitive, it is important to form these types of relationships to continue to grow together. I cherish the working relationship I have with every person at Mankato Packaging and I cannot wait to continue to grow together in 2020!”

We are so thankful for these kind words and what they illustrate about our partnership with Case Paper.

A Statement from Our Team

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Mackenzie Drager, Customer Service & Sales Representative

We asked Mackenzie, our Customer Service & Sales Representative, so share a little bit about our relationship with Case, and this is what she shared:

“Case paper is one of our paper suppliers here at MP and have been since 2018. Arika has made herself 100% available for any and all of our questions, and we couldn’t appreciate her more. There are so many different paperboard options on the market, but having a reliable resource makes it much less daunting. One of the speed bumps we run into when having materials on hand is the lead time – tis can really make or break our production flow, and Case Paper has done great work in getting our lead times cut in half or even more!”

We cannot say enough great things about Case Paper and what they do for our company. If you would like to learn more about them, check out their Facebook, Instagram, and website!

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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!