WHY GATEWAY?

INNOVATIVE – DISTINCTIVE PRODUCTS, FIRST TO MARKET

We are committed to innovation and problem solving. We are not focused on just maintaining the status quo. We continually are looking for ways to improve our products for our customers and solving the problems you may have with your packaging. We do this by having the latest technology and continually educating our workforce.

AGILE – RESPONSIVENESS TO CHANGE

We are faster, smarter, and more flexible than our competitors. With the great people, products, and services we offer, we are able to adjust quickly to your changing needs.

RELIABLE – REDUCE CLIENT RISK

As your trusted partner, we are ready to do whatever it takes to deliver what you need, when you need it.

HISTORY

Gateway Packaging was founded in 1982, but our historical roots trace back to the earliest days of commercial packaging. The Percy Kent Bag Company was acquired by Gateway in 2000, bringing with it a heritage that dates to 1885 when Percy Kent began producing jute burlap bags as an innovative replacement for the bulky wooden barrels that carried flour, sugar, and commercial feed to a growing nation.

In the early 1900’s the company pioneered the idea of specialty cotton feed sacks printed in colorful designs aimed at homemakers who would use the empty bags as the raw material for quilts, curtains, and even clothing. It was one of the first examples of packaging that was a true value-add to the product inside—providing a competitive advantage to milling companies that marketed their products in these reusable bags.

This kind of customer-focused innovation is alive and well at Gateway. Today, our three manufacturing facilities, in Granite City, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri and Wapakoneta, Ohio continue to find new ways to give our customers competitive advantage with innovative technologies and creative collaboration focused on solutions, service, and complete satisfaction. Our Central Distribution center located in Kansas City, Missouri also offers you Vendor-based Management options to improve the workflow for your packaging needs. Gateway is focused on You!

LEAN MANUFACTURING

Gateway Packaging maintains a strong commitment to driving positive change through our organization. Our Continuous Improvement Team focuses on Lean Manufacturing initiatives that promote consistent quality, increase efficiency, and eliminate waste in all systems within the company.

Our approach to continuous improvement requires a methodical system to problem solving in order to error-proof our processes. Our Continuous Improvement Team prides itself in being a “go to the gemba” – a Japanese reference to being a hands on, roll-up-your-sleeves type of team that is committed to achieving results through critical thinking and a commitment to improvement.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO OUR CUSTOMERS?

As a partner of Gateway Packaging Company, whether supplier or customer, reduced lead times, quality products and streamlined processes add “equity” to your supply chain. Gateway’s ultimate goal is to be a company that is easy to do business with. Focusing on continually improving is the only way to meet this goal.

AWARDS / CERTIFICATIONS

AWARDS

Gold Ink Award 2011 – Printing Impressions magazine announced that Gateway Packaging won Gold for Nestle Purina Healthy Weight Management Dog. more >

WOA (Web Offset Association) 2011 – Web Offset Printing Award for Excellence 1st Place for Nestle Purina Pro Plan Adult Cat C&R Cat.more >

Full Employment Council 2011 – Outstanding Business Award for the utilization of Subsidized Training and Direct Placements in the Kansas City area.

WOA (Web Offset Association) 2009 – Web Offset Printing Award for Excellence 1st Place for Dark Chocolate Amaretto Coated Cranberries.

St. Louis Gallery of Superb Printing – Gold Award for Purina Cat Chow Naturals.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

AIB (American Institute of Baking) – We have consistently earned a superior rating every year.

SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) – The SFI label ensures that a paper’s fiber came from certified forests or was sourced through SFI’s rigorous fiber sourcing program. This helps consumers identify and give preference to products from well-managed forests.

PEOPLE / CULTURE

WE WILL DO WHAT WE PROMISE, WHEN WE PROMISE IT.

We are a company built on pride. Pride in our team, pride in the world-class companies we work with, and pride in the quality of the products we create. As a Midwestern company that stays true to its family values, we are the kind of place where work ethic and reliability are a way of life.  We have a well-defined set of core values that helps to inform every decision we make.  It is, simply: we do the right thing, the right way.

  • We own our actions
  • We focus on positive results
  • We are flexible
  • We are responsive

As “The Most Flexible Name In Packaging,” you can count on the people of Gateway Packaging for their innovation, responsiveness, and dedication to customer satisfaction.