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The Original Crawford Packaging Warehouse Building Logo

1963

  • Crawford Packaging Materials Ltd. began as an industrial paper distributor with local business ties in London, Ontario.
 

Clarence Covey - Owner of Crawford Packaging

1981

  • Crawford Packaging was sold to Mr. Clarence Covey.
  • The company experienced strong growth in the industrial and automotive markets
 

Cookies being boxed on a food packaging line.

1990

  • A period of continuous growth and product line expansion for Crawford Packaging.
  • L & E Paper was acquired. This gave Crawford an operation in Barrie, Ontario and expertise in the food service packaging sector.
 

RGD MAPE Flow Wrap Machine

2009

  • Crawford introduced RGD Mape Flow Wrappers to the Canadian market. Backed by expertise from Italy and Spain these flow wrappers quickly became the market standard for flow wrapping produce.
 

A fountain in downtown Toronto, one of our Packaging Supplies Markets.

2010

  • Lions Shipping Supplies was purchased in 2010.
  • This increased the Crawford presence in the GTA market.

Crawford Provincial logo. Now Crawford Packaging a leading packaging machine and supplies company.

2011

  • Provincial Paper & Packaging was purchased. This again increased GTA presence and changed operational abilities with the addition of a Distribution Centre in Mississauga.
  • Crawford re-brands to Crawford Provincial.
  • Star Packaging Equipment was purchased. This provided technical sales expertise and in-house Service Technicians for packaging equipment installations and service.
 

The Packaging Performance Expo hosted at Crawford Packaging Waterloo location.

2013

  • John Ashby was named President of the Company and Clarence Covey stepped back to take on the role of Executive Chairman.
  • An external Board of Directors was put in place to guide the company’s continued growth. Clarence Covey, Marty Schieck and John Ashby are shareholders of Crawford.
  • Indapac was acquired which added to the growing GTA customer list and also provided increased expertise in core packaging product lines.
  • The company moved into a new Distribution Centre in the GTA. The Brampton facility on Walker Drive boasts a state of the art packaging equipment showroom and demo facility, service shop, conference centre and warehousing facility.
  • Platinum Award – Sigma Stretch Film, in appreciation for outstanding growth and support.
  • Trailblazer Award – Balpex, for outstanding continuous growth year over year.

Produce being packaged by a Sorma weighing and packaging machine.

2014

  • Distribution Centre was opened in Laredo Texas to serve the Produce Packaging Market customers in southern border states and in Mexico.
  • Dedicated sales professional was hired to service the U.S. and Mexican Produce market.
  • New equipment line introduced; Sorma, produce packaging specialists. Supply sources were expanded to world class suppliers in England, Israel and China.
  • The Equipment and Service Division continues to grow in size and capability. The division under the leadership of Marty Schieck completes the design and implementation of its first custom made equipment.
  • Crawford files its first ever patent to protect its innovation in stretch wrapping.
  • Distributor of the Year – Wulftec, for #1 in sales in Canada of Wulftec stretch wrappers
  • Exceptional Performance – Polyair, in appreciation for exceptional growth and support.
  • Trailblazer Award – Balpex, for continuous growth year over year.
  • Member of the Year – Balpex, for outstanding member performance, voted by Balpex Industrial Suppliers.

Arctic Packaging, now Crawford Packaging a leading packaging equipment and supplies supplier.

2015

  • Patented innovation goes into Beta testing in a Fortune 100 company.
  • New equipment line introduced; Packaging Automation from the U.K.; experts in tray sealing technology.
  • Arctic Packaging Waterloo was acquired which complements Crawford’s geographic presence. This acquisition is Crawford’s 4th acquisition in six years as part of an aggressive growth plan.
 

Crawford Packaging, a leading packaging equipment and supplies distributor's new Logo.

2016

  • Crawford Provincial re-brands to Crawford Packaging.
  • Crawford Packaging establishes GrowPack, Crawford's produce division.
  • Crawford Packaging welcomes Stuart Jackson, as Vice President of Produce Packaging.
  • Arctic Packaging becomes Crawford Packaging and adds an office and warehouse location in Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Crawford Packaging hosts the annual Packaging Performance Expo.
  • 2016 Member of the Year – Balpex, for outstanding member performance, voted by Balpex Industrial Suppliers.
  • Best in Sales 2016 – Sealed Air
 

Crawford Packaging's 2017 expansion to their London Offices.

2017

  • Crawford London starts construction on new addition to the office space.
  • Crawford Packaging establishes new strapping equipment partnership with Reisopack.
  • Crawford Packaging launches new company website.
  • 2017 Member of the Year – Balpex, for outstanding member performance, voted by Balpex Industrial Suppliers.