About Us

Our History

Rapid Packaging's Journey

Rapid Packaging's Journey

Step back in time to 1976, when gas was sold for $.59/gallon, and Dan Irmen was a hard worker at a poly bag manufacturer in America. He resided on a farm where he established Rapid Packaging, selling poly bags and stock bags from his barn. Throughout the years, Dan expanded his product lines and purchased the late Connor Company in 1981 to accelerate his company’s momentum. By 1988, Rapid Packaging achieved annual sales of $2 million and was put up for sale by Dan, who found the perfect match in current Creative Carton owner, Mike Sime. The acquisition was completed on November 1, 1988; Dan stayed on board for over a year before calling it quits to enjoy retirement in Las Vegas.

Rapid Packaging and Creative Carton worked independently, with their own facilities, and offerings. Creative Carton concentrated on small-quantity, quick-delivery corrugated box manufacturing, Rapid Packaging broadened its lineup and added a sales force to support the growth objectives of both companies. Eventually, Mike Sime purchased all the partners’ shares, acquiring a 90% stake in Creative Carton while retaining 100% ownership of Rapid Packaging by 1997.

In 2008, Mike sold Creative Carton and focused exclusively on Rapid Packaging. Enter Phil Milne, who became co-owner of Rapid Packaging on June 30, 2010.

The Rapid Packaging Difference

Rapid Packaging offers experience and knowledge to deliver practical packaging solutions in the market place. Our comprehensive range of packaging supplies and equipment has grown to encompass end-of-line automation and integrated system solutions. Our recent implementation of strategic planning processes has propelled us to new heights, doubling annual sales over the years.

In 2013, we acquired the prestigious Berg Bag Company, expanding our range of FIBC/Bulk Bags and Polypropylene (PP) Woven Bags to become one of the country’s leading importers and suppliers. Consolidating our importing activities has enabled us to forge stronger supplier relationships, reduce costs, and pass on these savings to our customers.

In 2023, we announced the acquisition and merger with Eaton Bag Company to strengthen our national supply chain strategy. The announcement follows a successful one-year anniversary since Rapid Packaging acquired Eaton Bag Company. The merger with National Bulk Bag, one of the largest importers of bulk bags in the US, will enhance Rapid Packaging’s FIBC and industrial bag division. Furthermore, National Bulk Bag’s strategic sourcing team will leverage the northeast regional location to optimize importing, warehousing, and support.

Rapid Packaging continues to innovate and invest in our workforce and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Minnesota. Our dedicated packaging specialists partner with leading manufacturers to deliver low-cost, high-quality products and services. We make it our mission to help our clients maximize profitability and efficiency throughout the process. Trust us to be your premier resource for packaging solutions.

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Why Work with Rapid Packaging

Why Work With Us

We are committed to service and respect for our customers, suppliers, and team members. We are built on a reputation of treating people right. It’s simple – treat people the way you want to be treated. We value Positive Energy, Teamwork, Shared learning, and Speed. Our continued success has come from long-term commitments to the business and to the people who are making it happen. This includes not only our customers and vendors, but people who affect Rapid Packaging.

We are a community-based company, making your job easier.

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