Facility & Technology

As one of the most technologically focused independent corrugator and converters in the Midwest, the diversity of our converting lines addresses a wide range of corrugated product needs. Our comprehensive manufacturing inventory allows us to provide packaging materials to a variety of industries including:

  • Automotive
  • Apparel
  • Appliances
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • Beer, Wine, and Spirits
  • Electronics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Home Goods
  • Home Improvement
  • Horticulture
  • Marketing Agencies
  • Metal Working
  • Office Furniture
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics
  • Publishing
  • Retail
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Toys

Advance Packaging provides visually rich retail and consumer packaging products as well as durable, tested, and sustainable shipping containers and protective packaging. Our specialized equipment and in-house corrugator allows us the speed and flexibility to produce orders of any volume with precision and efficiency.

Lean Manufacturing

In 2007, we designed our new facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan focusing on lean manufacturing and sustainability. Our high-speed, high volume corrugator allows us to shift order specifications including substrates, board grades, flutes, and footage in seconds. Along with traditional board grades, we are manufacturing new, innovative performance grades that use less fiber, weigh less, and often cost less, while maintaining or even enhancing performance, durability, strength, and protection. Our in-house materials testing laboratory tests board to TAPPI standards, ensuring consistent quality, and a smooth printing surface.

At Advance Packaging, our highly-automated plant and ISO-9001 certified systems translate to fast and efficient manufacturing of all our customers’ corrugated needs. Our cross-functional and highly integrated manufacturing systems continuously shift and rebalance lines to accommodate changing demands.

An in-house supply chain gives us the ability to process orders on a just-in-time basis. With shorter lead times, we can eliminate the need for warehousing for our customers. We realize some customers still prefer the added safety of vendor managed warehousing and with careful monitoring by skilled Customer Service Representatives helps keep inventory levels optimal and releases quick and accurate.

With our automated systems, waste reductions, energy conservation, and short lead times, Advance Packaging is a lean manufacturing partner for all your corrugated needs.

Advance’s top of the line packaging equipment includes:

110” Corrugator

  • Speeds of up to 1100 lineal ft. per minute
  • Multiple paper grades and liners
  • Light and heavyweight
  • Virgin to 100% recycled
  • Kraft, white, and coated
  • Innovative performance grades on demand
  • Water resistant adhesive available
  • Cut-to-mark pre-print capabilities
  • E, B, C, BC, BE, CC & EC flutes

Flexo-folder-gluers capable of multiple size cartons

  • minimum carton blank: 7-1/2″ x 15-1/4″
  • maximum carton blank: 89″ x 208″

Flexo-folder-gluers with multiple color printing and in-line die cutting capabilities

Digital printer and digital cutter

Partition slotter

Partition assembler

Platten die-cutter with vision print-to-cut registration

Specialty folder-gluer for joined die-cuts

Litho label laminator

7-color flexographic printer with in-line rotary die cutter

  • Up to 120 line screen
  • Aqueous and UV varnish
  • In-line die cutting up to 66” x 110”

8-color flexographic printer

  • Up to 151 line screen
  • Aqueous coating

In-house ink kitchen

  • Mixes ink to color specification
  • Re-uses excess inks

In house waste water treatment system removes ink solids so water is potable before leaving the facility