Learn from the Past
The year of America’s Bicentennial, the average cost of gas was $.59/gallon and Dan Irmen worked for a local poly bag manufacturer. In 1976, Dan lived on a farm when he started his own business, Rapid Packaging, selling poly bags and buying stock bags that he stored in his barn.
Through the years, Dan continually expanded his product lines and bought up the Connor Company in 1981, whose owner had recently passed away, in order to grow his company more quickly. By 1988, Rapid Packaging annual sales grew to $2 million. That same year, Dan was looking to sell the Connor Company and reached out to current Creative Carton owner, Mike Sime, as a good fit to buy Rapid Packaging. November 1, 1988, the acquisition was finalized. Dan stayed with Rapid Packaging for a little over a year then retired to Las Vegas.
Rapid Packaging and Creative Carton operated in two separate buildings under two different ownership structures. The strategy was Creative Carton was a small quantity, quick-delivery corrugated box manufacturer and the Rapid Packaging product line would complement their offerings with the added sales force to help grow each company.
By 1997, Mike Sime had bought out all of the partners and owned 100% of Rapid Packaging and 90% of Creative Carton, but the companies never merged. In 2008, Mike sold Creative Carton and worked exclusively for Rapid Packaging. Phil Milne bought into Rapid Packaging and became co-owner June 30, 2010.