The Packaging Wholesalers, a wholesale retailer of packaging supply chain materials to distributors, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting in February at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
The company’s 300,000 square foot distribution center will house more than 1,200 different sizes of corrugated boxes and mailers along with a variety of additional packaging materials and shipping supplies, including boxes manufactured by neighboring industry, International Paper.
This is the company’s third location nationwide, joining its corporate offices and flagship location outside of Chicago and a second facility in Dallas, Texas. Between the three facilities, the company now has more than a million square feet of distribution space and the ability to support customers nationwide. According to its corporate website, The Packaging Wholesalers selected the Humboldt Industrial Park location because the proximity to Interstates 80 and 81 will allow for distribution to 50 percent of its customers within three to four hours.
The Packaging Wholesalers opened its first distribution center in 2004 after owner Mike Hrbacek saw the need for a wholesaler to support distribution nationwide. Brenda Marasa, vice president of sales for The Packaging Wholesalers, said the company is amazed to be opening a third facility so quickly. “None of this would be possible without the guidance of our fearless leader, the hard work of our team at all locations, the loyal support of our vendors and communities like Hazleton who welcome us with open arms,” Marasa said.
In a release on its corporate website, Hrbacek said the company is “humbled” to be opening its third location. “The new warehouse and offices in Pennsylvania will support our ongoing initiatives to provide cost-cutting technological advances to our patent-pending delivered pricing program and also present more opportunity to capitalize on aggressive pricing and lead times through our nationally recognized tiered pricing program,” he said.
CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell said The Packaging Wholesalers is the latest company to see the impact of opening a facility in Greater Hazleton. “We are excited to welcome The Packaging Wholesalers distribution center to Humboldt Industrial Park. The company is the latest in a long line of tenants to our parks that have seen the benefit of expanding to Greater Hazleton to take advantage of the prime access to the various interstate shipping routes. They are a thriving company and we look forward to their continued success here,” O’Donnell said.