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Western Container Donates Paper Tubes to the Rockford School District for Eclipse Viewing - 8/17/2017

This summer, the talk of the town (read: the country) was the solar eclipse that moved across our sky in late August. Everybody wanted in, so much so that stores and libraries ran out of the eclipse glasses needed to safely view this natural phenomenon.

We're pleased to tell you that, here at Western Container, we got to do our part in making safe eclipse viewing a reality. In preparation for the big event, one of our staff members took it upon himself to make some paper tubes for solar eclipse viewing, which he then donated to schools in Rockford, Illinois.

The teachers at Flinn Middle School were able to use the paper tubes we donated to teach their students how to make solar viewers from cardboard tubes. In this way, our paper tubes were able to help make science come alive for thousands of kids. What a great way to kick off the school year!

We love that our business of manufacturing packaging supplies and boxes has been able to touch the next generation in such a meaningful way. We hope that the impact will be long lasting.

If you want to read more about the students? experience, check out this article. If you're curious about the creative ways that you might be able to use paper tubes or other packaging supplies and boxes, contact us today. In addition to plain paper tubes, we make colored mailing tubes, concrete cardboard tubes, industrial packaging paper tubes and so much more.

Remember: we make containers, but we think outside the box. Give us a call!

Beloit Business, Western Container Corp named WBD Small Business of the Year - 10/20/2016

On Thursday October 13, 2016 Western Container Corporation will be honored by WBD at the 6th Annual Friends of Small Business Luncheon to be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. WBD (formerly Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation) will honor Western Container Corporation and its owner Jeff Perrigo as the 2016 WBD Small Business of the Year.

"Our mission is to grow businesses, create jobs and build communities and this annual event is our opportunity to showcase some of the tremendous business successes that inspire us. It is our time to showcase what these entrepreneurs are doing to make our economy and our communities better." explained Dan Schneider WBD President/CEO.

The Small Business of the Year is the premier award of the FOSB event. It is to recognize a business that been in business at least five years, is succeeding and has shown the staying power to grow over time, the ability to weather changes in the economy and their industry and a solid a history of job creation.

"Since 2010 I have worked with Jeff and the other wonderful people at Western Container on five different expansion and equipment purchases," noted WBD VP/Loan Officer Diane Byler."It has been exciting to see this established business boldly grow and thrive." They have doubled their employees during this time to nearly 50!?

Western Container Corporation is located in Beloit, Wisconsin and is a premium manufacturer of both paper tubes and paper cores. Company owner Jeff Perrigo's reacted to the news of the award, "I am honored, but the credit here goes to many people on my team." We are focused on meeting the needs of our customers, expanding our capabilities and growing our business." Getting financing from WBD and Gateway Community Bank have really helped make our recent growth possible, but it was a surprise to learn that they were as proud of our efforts as we are."

For 35 years, WBD has been partnering with Wisconsin financial institutions provide business financing solutions to help small businesses grow, create jobs and build communities." As a SBA Certified Development Company, WBD is able to utilize the powerful SBA 504 program that reduces risk for lenders and improves terms for borrowers, helping more small businesses get access to capital for growth and expansion." WBD is proud to have funded more than $2 billion of small business growth leading to the creation of nearly 64,000 jobs statewide and consistently ranks in the top 10 most successful development companies in the country.

See attached event program for more information including more about Western Container?s story on page 5 or follow the link to see the Western Container Introduction Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o9FYLHPUv4

Your Source For Packaging Supplies & Boxes - 10/6/2016

In almost every industry, packaging is important somewhere along the line. Whether you're preparing goods for sale in retail settings, or getting ready to ship items to a distributor, you need packaging supplies and boxes to get the job done. Since your business will probably make use of a large volume of packaging supplies and boxes over time, shouldn't you have supplier who you can count on to provide you with everything that you need? Maybe we're a little biased, but we think that Western Container Corporation is exactly the kind of professional manufacturer that you need to support your operations. We have a wide variety of packaging supplies and boxes to meet all of your packaging, shipping and storage needs. Our team of experts can answer all of your questions, help you place repeat orders, and suggest solutions based on needs that are specific to your business.

We have warehouses that are centrally located in Dallas and Chicago, and each is heavily stocked with all of our packaging products. All you need to do is log on to our online shopping center and view our inventory. You can select what you need and then get a freight estimate instantly. Our corrugated cartons are 100% recyclable, and in most cases we'll even ship the same day as you place an order. We also have cardboard mailing tubes that can be purchased with or without plastic end caps.

What about all of those special supplies that you need to package things, like tape, bubble wrap, foam and edge protectors' Well, we have all of that too. Everything we sell is affordable and durable because we know that quality packaging solutions will make your job easier. View our product page to learn more about the many different packaging supplies and boxes that we sell.

Next time you need a container solution, trust the team at Western Container Corporation to give you what your business needs. With years of success in the industry and a long list of satisfied customers, it's easy to trust us to provide you with high quality packaging solutions.

The New Mobile CRM from Western Container - 9/23/2016

If you have a big business that operates in multiple states or countries and manages the distribution of a large volume of goods, you need a highly organized system for keeping inventory, tracking sales, accessing company data, etc. You need a complete CRM solution that allows your business to function at a higher level for the benefit of executives, employees and customers alike. Because we realize this kind of categorical organization is in such high demand among the industries that we work with, we've created a new mobile CRM to help you stay up to date with all of your company's important data.

The mobile CRM from Western Container provides information at the touch of a button to sales people, executives and customers. There doesn't need to be any more confusion about distribution, inventory, sales records and so on. With our mobile CRM, you'll be able to answer questions and anticipate needs like never before. The user can set updates so that the system reminds them of important details when specified intervals are reached.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of the mobile CRM is that its cloud-based live data is available to users within your company anytime, anywhere with 100% up to date information. Your sales team can look into sales numbers, view shipments, create or manage quotes and check on the status of a job for customers. Meanwhile, executives can get a better idea of what is going on in the company operationally as they check out orders, sales patterns, contacts and more. Customers can even be provided with access to the CRM to view the status of their shipments, orders and jobs.

With the new mobile CRM from Western Container, everybody wins. Your business will benefit from accurate information that's just beneath their fingertips, and customers will have a better idea of what you are doing for them. To learn more about this system or inquire about our products, give us a call today. We're committed to serving your needs and we look forward to serving your company in the best way possible.

Why You Might Need Composite Cans - 9/20/2016

"What exactly is a composite can?", you might be wondering. Well, we will answer that question first before we explain why you might need them. A composite can is a can that is made using composite materials like cardboard, plastics and paper. These are usually recycled products, which is why composite cans are usually considered to be an eco-friendly packaging solution. The composite is tightly spun in a spiral or linear form to create a rigid, hollow cylinder. Products can be placed inside this can and it can be sealed using plastic of metal end caps for added security. The composite materials are pulled through a set of tools during manufacturing to create the desired shape. Composite cans are always in a cylindrical shape, but there are many possibilities in terms of the height and diameter that can be made.

Now that you understand what composite cans are, why does your business need them? Besides the fact that they're affordable and eco-friendly, they make great display packaging on store shelves. Composite cans can have labels added to the outside in full color to display your logo and other images. This gives your product lots of visibility and adds a professional touch to your packaging. At Western Container, we even have FDA approved food-safe liners for composite cans if you are going to use the cans you order for food packaging. We can create tubes with a diameter of anywhere between 1.5" and 4.9". We test and inspect our composite cans during manufacturing to make sure they meet the necessary requirements for your application.

To order custom composite cans or learn more about our design process and capabilities, just give us a call today. We accept both large and small orders, and we'd be glad to provide you with a detailed quote before getting started on a project. In just a short amount of time, we could provide you with composite cans that show off your brand and make the perfect packaging for your product. Western Container is here to serve your business, so get in touch with us as soon as possible!

High Quality Colored Mail Tubes - 7/25/2016

Based out of Beloit, Wisconsin Western Container Corporation is a highly regarded manufacturer of precision cores as well as spiral wound paper tubes in addition to a number of other similar products. What sets us apart from our competition is that we have connections with the world's top paper tube equipment designers which allows us to stay on the cutting edge of technology within our industry. This provides our customers with a competitive advantage when they order through Western Container Corporation.

As a leader in the paper tube and core industry, Western Container Corporation is proud to offer top of the line colored mail tubes that can be made custom per your order. And thanks to our extensive portfolio you know that the products you're getting through us are some of the best on the market. No other firm out there can provide the same consistency and precision that we offer on a day to day basis. Our selection of mailing tube options allow for various fabrication options such as plastic end caps, molded wood or crimped end tubes. As well as outside colors that can be of matte finish, glossy finish or a machined glazed Kraft. As with all of our products we run our mailing tubes through extensive testing in order to ensure that they will met and exceed your expectations as well as fit into your applications requirements. Because our staff is focused and efficient, we have average lead times of 2 to 5 days on most of our products.

We strive to have the highest levels of safety and quality control standards here at Western Container Corporation which means that we continue you to improve our safety record on a consistent basis, which is outstanding due to the fact that our safety record is already better than the industry average. All this means that you can expect a high quality product in a short amount of time from Western Container Corporation. Contact us today at (608) 364-2780 or send an email to jeff.p@westerncontainercorp.com!

Some of the Best Custom Tape and Label Cores Out There - 7/15/2016

Based in Beloit, Wisconsin Western Container Corporation has been a progressive manufacturer of spiral wound paper tubes and precision cores for a number of years. Because of the products that we offer we have been able to build relationships with clients throughout a number of different industries and dealing with a wide range of applications. We strive to be the best in what we do at every level of our business, from safety standards to our strict quality control standards.

While we offer a number of different products and services, we're choosing to focus this blog piece on our custom tape and label cores. We are proud to say that we one of the Midwest's most trusted suppliers when it comes to tape and label cores. We look to maintain this status as we continually are making innovations in both our products and how we do things in order to make your business better. Because we have a solid relationship with the world's top paper tube equipment designers we are able to ensure that you are going to benefit from the latest and greatest technology that the industry has to offer. Western Container Corporation is proud to be the Midwest's trusted supplier of premium custom tape and custom label cores. Our cores can be .192" to 636" long as well as have a wall thickness range of .024" to .750". In addition we offer an inside diameter range of .50" to 12", plus 13", 16" and 20"!

Our focus in every aspect of our business is on the customer and your needs, this is a fundamental component of our company. We seek out the individual needs of our customers and we long to meet the needs and requirements that you might have. Contact us today toll free at (800) 393-7917 we can't wait to hear from you so we can start meeting your needs!

New Intern at Western Container Corporation! - 6/10/2016

Here at Western Container Corporation we're happy to announce that we have a new summer intern joining the team! Grant Brewer, who is currently studying Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be working alongside our safety consultant from Tricor Insurance to update all of the safety data sheets, safety programs and the online employee training here at Western Container Corporation. In addition to these tasks, Grant will also be assisting with the implementation of our new manufacturing software package from Global Shop Solutions.

We are proud to say that our safety record is better than the industry's average. This is due to the fact that we are committed to exceeding the highest level of both safety and quality control standards. We know that a happy customer is what makes our business successful, and a happy customer comes from high quality products that are made correctly and made safely. Its people like Grant that make the difference here at Western Container Corporation.

Join us in welcoming Grant to the team!

Custom Mailing Tubes - 5/20/2016

Based out of Beloit, Wisconsin Western Container Corporation is a proud manufacturer of all things paper tube and paper core. We specialize in spiral wound paper tubes and precision cores, which can be used for a wide range of applications and are found in a number of different industries. Over the years we have built a number of advantageous business relationships in order to enhance our customer service. More specifically we partner with the world's top paper tube equipment designers in order to ensure that our customers are benefiting from the best of the best when it comes to the latest technological improvements.

One area that we excel in is providing top of the line custom mailing tubes that are built to order and contain the right properties to serve your application well. We have an extensive portfolio of successful projects for you to look over if need be. You will find that we are well equipped to provide you with mailing tubes, protective packaging and other custom paper tube needs that are all based on your own unique needs and requirements. Whether you require a specific tube thickness, or custom material or even just your own branding; Western Container Corporation would be happy to provide you with a solution.

All of our products go through extensive testing and inspection in order to be sure that they meet your specifications. We accept virtually any sized order, large or small and perhaps the most valuable thing about our company is that we are able to provide an average lead time of 2 to 5 days on just about all of our products. Contact us today for more information and fill out our request a quote form found on our website. We can't wait to start working on a solution for you today!

The Best Paper Cores in the Midwest - 4/11/2016

Out of Beloit, Wisconsin Western Container Corporation is one of the most progressive manufacturers of spiral wound paper tubes and precision cores. Our paper cores are some of the greatest in the business and we are able to manufacturer them to order so that they better fit the needs and requirements of your application. As with all things in the manufacturing world, the final application dictates how the final product comes out and how it is made. Paper cores that are used in an application like a paper towel roll can be made from thin paper or cardboard. Whereas an application that is similar to that of a paper towel roll, a heavy fabric roll, would require a much thicker paper roll in order to support the weight of the material.

Here at Western Container, our engineers design custom paper core solutions for a number of different industries and applications. We are one of the most trusted suppliers in the Midwest, so you know that you will get a dependable solution when working with Western Container Corporation. Our paper cores provide a bevy of different advantages and supply support from within the exterior of an application. We are able to manufacture them in a way where they are able to fit just about every application in length, width, and thickness and material type. These paper cores are designed to withstand a great deal of pressure and the material is often chosen due to the amount of pressure the core needs to withstand.

We’ve been in business since 1942 and have been a leader within the paper core industry. We provide one of the best customer service experiences in the industry, our on-line shopping cart provides you with a view of all of our stock items that we have in inventory. If you are unable to find what you need in stock, reach out to us for a quote request in order to see if we can provide you with a custom solution.

Types of Mailing Tubes - 11/19/2015

As a mailing tube manufacturer we know that there are many different styles and types of mailing tubes out there. Each with their own set of advantages depending on the application, not all of them offer the same amount of protection as some applications do not require it and would therefore be an unneeded expenditure. The following is a quick breakdown of the different styles of mailing tubes that can be used in a couple different applications.

Protection Tubes: These tubes are designed with fragile products in mind. They have reinforced cardboard walls and a special padding in the interior that protects the equipment and supplies that are inside the tube. These tubes are often customized for their products in order to provide the most protection possible. The customer is the one that can choose all of the specifications based on their own unique needs.

Mailing Tubes: These tubes are far less rigid than protection tubes and not nearly as complex. They are typically used to protect documents from bending or getting damaged during shipment. They are often spiral rolled and sized based on the customer's specifications.

Paper Tubes: These are the thinnest form of mailing tube, and are usually pretty easy to bend meaning they offer very little protection outside of protection from outside elements. They are made from light cardboard that is spiral rolled, very similar to a paper towel roll.

Spiral Tubes: These tubes are wound using long strips of cardboard into a spiral shape; these are the most common types of mailing tubes as you can tell most of the mailing tubes we discussed were made in a spiral shape.

Building Homes with Paper Tubes - 11/4/2015

Becoming environmentally friendly is something that a lot of companies are striving for these days, and because of this a lot of these companies are on the lookout for new ways to create environmentally friendly products that are both practical and recyclable. Because of this paper is starting to be used in various applications that it has not normally been used in. Some examples of these uses are clocks, lighting, furniture, and just recently paper has been used to create entire buildings.

Paper is used so wildly for these "green" applications because it is so easy to recycle and reuse, and it is an unlimited resources as long as proper care is placed in the harvesting and replanting of the trees from which we get paper. Shigeru Ban has devoted his entire career into making paper buildings, and has built a number of homes, offices and even a cathedral from paper.

In order to achieve a completely recyclable building from paper, one most add certain additives to the paper in order to make it more resistant to weather conditions. All of the buildings that Shigeru Ban has constructed are designed in a way that gives them a life of 20 to 30 years. And while this may seem like a short lifespan, the cost to create these types of buildings is much less than traditional building methods.

One form of paper that he uses to create his building are paper tubes and cores, these tubes are used a columns in order to keep the structure stable through earthquakes, snowstorms, and even hurricanes. So the next time you order paper cores or paper tubes, think of all the possibilities paper has.

The Versatility of Paper Tubes - 10/13/2015

Paper Tubes has a number of different uses and application, common ones include paper towel tubes, housing toilet paper, wrapping paper tubes, mailing tubes and a number of other commercial uses. Occasionally paper tubes can even be used in a manufacturing setting as insulation for piping.

A more unknown use of paper tubes is actually their use by beekeepers. Paper tubes are often stacked into a hexagonal shape, similar to the shape bees make in their own hives; this attracts bees to nest in them. Now these types of tubes are made a bit differently than the standard paper tube, as a standard tube would break apart in outside conditions.

A paper tubes designed for beekeeping purposes are designed to withstand these environmental factors in addition, this extra coating makes it easier for the bees to make a hive within them. The beekeepers are able to easily cut into these tubes to extract the delicious honey from within. This goes to show the versatility of paper tubes and just how prevalent they are in our day to day lives. While our paper tubes are not yet suitable for beekeeping purposes we do carry paper tubes for a number of different applications and industries.

Where to Find Paper Cores - 9/29/15

Paper cores are made from wood pulp and are designed to provide stability from the inside of wrapped products such as wrapping paper and other applications. The following are just a few examples of where you may find paper cores being used:

Tape: The final process of manufacturing tape consists of the tape being wound over a very long tube, often times this tube can reach lengths greater than 20 feet. Because of the length of the tube and the weight of the tape, the core of the tube must be able to withstand an immense amount of force without collapsing. Once the rolling phase is complete the tube is cut into smaller portions which will relieve the pressure on the interior core.

Plastic Sheeting: Similar to how tape is packaged, plastic sheeting is wound around large paper cores. These cores must be able to support the weight of hundreds of pounds of plastic without collapsing. These tubes are often made from stronger wood pulp cores.

Fabric: Wood pulp cores are also used to support the surprisingly heavy fabric rolls. Some of the rolls can weigh up to as much as 400 pounds, meaning that the internal core of the tube must be heavyweight to ensure the product will not fail.

Paper Rolls: Paper rolls can be very heavy and it is important that the cores they are wound around can withstand the weight because if they were to collapse the paper would become creased and lose its shape.

Sturdy paper cores are used in these applications and so many others in order to provide structural stability to otherwise awkward to transport products. So the next time you purchase a roll of duct tape or plastic sheeting, check out the paper cores to see if you can tell the difference between the two cores.

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