TRG Acquires Mid-Atlantic Packaging to Form Retail Packaging Powerhouse

Effective November 1st, 2018, The Royal Group (TRG), a division of Schwarz Partners, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Mid-Atlantic Packaging based in Montgomeryville, PA.  An industry leader in design, innovation and retail packaging, Mid-Atlantic will now operate under the name TRG Mid-Atlantic. 

The acquisition provides TRG a superb manufacturing facility in the northeast corridor while complimenting TRG’s retail headquarters in Marlton, NJ.  TRG Mid-Atlantic will be the 14th converting location for TRG and adds an array of equipment including a corrugator, three 7- Color Flexo/Die-cutters and multiple state-of-the-art gluers. TRG will be the only company in the country with 3 Gopfert HBL Evolution printers, adding additional capacity for retail-focused customers looking for fast set up, high quality direct print.

“The innovative culture and incredibly talented group of employees at Mid-Atlantic Packaging align perfectly with TRG’s mission” said Bob McIlvaine, President and CEO of TRG. “This is a fantastic opportunity to expand our capabilities to a larger geographical audience while providing our customers unparalleled innovation and speed to market.”

Mid-Atlantic Packaging Inc. was established in 1961 as a privately held, veteran owned company. Since its inception, Mid-Atlantic’s mission has been to deliver corrugated packaging and services to customers that exceed expectations.  By utilizing award-winning, innovative designs and an ISTA-certified test lab, Mid-Atlantic has focused on providing solutions that identify benefits and cost-saving measures throughout the customers entire supply chain.  

TRG, owned by Schwarz Partners based in Indianapolis, is among the nation’s largest independent corrugated box and display manufacturers. With over 50 locations nationwide, including paper mills, sheet feeders, and converting locations, TRG serves its mission of providing value added solutions for the most demanding customers in a variety of areas including industrial packaging, POP displays, and graphic packaging. 

Red Solo Cup Display

Check out our life-size Red Solo Cup display done for the Pilgrimage festival in Tennessee. We created the big cup as a photo prop so that the festival attendees could look like they were actually inside the big cup! Although the festival was canceled after only a few hours due to weather, festival-goers still had a great time getting some fun pics with our gigantic solo cup!

Schwarz Partners is Celebrating Two Decades of Success

Did you know that in 1998, Schwarz Partners began as a tiny startup with just three employees? After selling his independent sheet feeder company in 1998, Jack Schwarz launched Schwarz Partners in an office above their landlord’s garage. The three employees included himself, CFO Tom Bennett and their shared assistant and office manager, Toni Medlen. The early vision was simple: To make money and have fun doing it!

The first company established by Schwarz Partners was Flutes Inc., which specializes in small-flute corrugated sheets. Jeff and John Schwarz arrived soon after and in 1999 Schwarz Partners acquired a group of packaging companies which sparked growth for years to come!

The company now employs more than 5,500 people in 51 locations across North America and has built a new factory every year since 2009.  “The company’s approach to acquisitions is to respect—and retain—the newcomer’s entrepreneurial spirit,” says Bob McIlvaine, president and general manager of The Royal Group (TRG).  A belief in people combined with a commitment to modernization are the essence of the Schwarz’s winning formula. “The Schwarz family strongly believes in reinvesting the profits of the company back into the business,” Bob says.

TRG is extremely proud of all that the Schwarz Partners have accomplished. We couldn’t be more grateful to be under the umbrella of a company who pride themselves on putting people first. Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary!

On Thursday, August 30th The Royal Group hosted its second bi-annual Food Truck Event.

On Thursday, August 30th, TRG provided 4 delectable food trucks featuring some of the finest and freshest variety of authentic BBQ, fine street food, savory bowls, and of course, scrumptious homemade desserts! The day was met with sunny weather and good conversation. 

This event, which takes place twice a year during mid-spring and end of summer, is held as a show of appreciation and allow for some fun face to face time for our employees and partners alike. The Royal Group looks forward to hosting many more functions like this one in the near future!

 

  

The Royal Group (TRG) and Bay Cities Announces Opening of their New, State-of-the-Art facility, Royal Bay in Chicago

The Royal Group (TRG), in a joint venture with Bay Cities, opened its doors August 7 to a brand new, state-of-the-art 323,000 square foot fulfillment and co-packing operation. Strategically located in Chicago, Royal Bay has 40 loading docks, 2 climate-controlled rooms, 24-hour security monitoring, and an automated racking system.

Additional services include:

  • Assembly of pallet displays, floorstands, PDQ’s, endcaps & special packs
  • Full POP display services including kitting, rework, labeling, sorting, bundling
  • Blister, cold seal, heat and IR sealing
  • Assembly, which can include products which need to be temperature controlled (e.g. chocolate)
  • Product inventory management

“We are excited to partner with Bay Cities and expand our fulfillment and co-packing operations. Our customers and prospects continue to ask for speed to market, innovation and turnkey solutions. Royal Bay supports that along with additional capacity and an ideal location to serve our increasing demand in the market” says Bob McIlvaine, President and CEO of TRG.

 

Penn State Suite Box

“A job well done is an understatement, to say the least. It took a quick collaborative effort from a reliable team with emphases on detail and quality to produce the prime outcome that this job delivered,” says Angie Bragg, General Manager – Automotive and Returnables Division, TRG – OH.

When Angie got the call on July 9th from one of her long-time customers, she knew she was up for a challenge. Her long-time customer produces graphic tickets for organizations like the NCAA, MLB, and NBA. The task at hand was to create and produce a specialty box for Penn State suite season ticket holders. “Penn State has never done anything like this before, so the project was starting from square one,” she says. The objective was to go from concept, design, development, and assembly while still maintaining the appropriate customer approval process and all within a three-week timeframe.

Because of the unusual time restraints, Angie couldn’t go through her standard design and development channels. Luckily, she was able to take advantage of the resources available at the other TRG facilities. She decided to reach out to Brandon Wilson and Greg McHenry in the TRG Seymour facility.  Greg created the sample for customer approval, which was a die-cut, tuck-fold carton that contained 3 assembled layers of foam.  Brandon reached out to a vendor partner for digital printing solutions that would be needed to complete the job.

The customization of each box, directly printing the address and suite number, resulted in a lengthy approval process from the start. Once all the graphics were approved, they finally received the go-ahead to start producing on July 24th .

With Angie and the help of two other team members, they were able to construct all the foam assembly by hand. From there, she personally delivered the foam and printed, die-cut cartons to her customer to pack and assemble. The job was complete and ready for express shipment to Penn State by August 3rd.

“The group effort of 4 TRG plants and 1 loyal customer made this happen!”, Angie says. “In the end, the folks at Penn State were happy with the finished product they and their suite holders received just in time before game day.  They felt some extra love with a commemorative box that they can keep or recycle……Whatever they choose,” says Angie Bragg.

Schwarz Family Scholarship Foundation

Schwarz Family Scholarship Foundation announces academic scholarships for 2017-2018 school year.

Each recipient has been awarded $8,000 for educational costs at their respective university or college. Six of the ten student recipients are new, while four are scholarship renewals. The Schwarz Family Foundation is proud to provide support to the sons and daughters of company employees in pursuit of their educational advancement. Congratulations to all awarded recipients!