Managing for packaging

Not only is South Florida-primarily based Sixto Packaging family owned and operated, but it also places an emphasis on client service – especially in managing clients like family.

Unwind of a Hudson-Sharp Inno-Lok device
The unwind of a Hudson-Sharp Inno-Lok equipment.

Sixto Packaging administration group
The Sixto Packaging administration group.
From left: Emilio Jr., Emilio Sr., Maria, Andy, Carmen, Andres, Felipe H., Felipe E., and Felipe I. Sixto.

Tropicland pouch with Inno-Lok zipper, designed by Sixto Packaging
A pouch Sixto Packaging produced for Tropicland with the Inno-Lok zipper.

Unwind of a Hudson-Sharp Inno-Lok equipment
Sixto Packaging administration crew
Tropicland pouch with Inno-Lok zipper, created by Sixto Packaging
Oct one, 2015
Eric Fish
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Quick guide moments. Emphasis on consumer service. Brief to medium operates. No purple tape.

Those are just four of the pillars that have manufactured Sixto Packaging a staple in the South Florida economic climate — and packaging neighborhood as a complete – for the previous forty five-plus years. Sixto isn’t a big converter. In truth, it falls in the modest to mid-sized group. But that does not automatically mean that the third-generation family owned and operated business (4 generations of Sixtos truly presently function for the firm) is at a disadvantage.

“A converter of our dimension can answer quickly to consumer requests,” Felipe E. Sixto, director of revenue, suggests of the Cuban-American company. “We can change assignments around from begin to end in what some larger converters would get to quote.

“In today’s industry predicament, with mergers and acquisitions gobbling up little and mid-sized converters, we attempt to set ourselves apart. We think that our ‘old-fashioned’ family support-oriented approach to operating our enterprise enables us to lower the pink tape and react to clients rapidly.”

Sixto was launched in the late 1960s, commencing with FMC Simplex bag devices that it employed to convert cellophane baggage for tiny regional shoppers. As time went on, these clients began requesting print, so Sixto added that to its repertoire as well. The business included lamination in the 1980s and purchased a solventless laminator in 1999. Right now, Sixto laminates aluminum foil for the likes of coffee, industrial, medical and other meals applications on a daily basis. It also routinely completes high-barrier laminations with substrates which includes paper, foil, lidding movies and much more. Additionally, it provides shrink sleeves and roll stock and has been converting pouches for a number of a long time.

Particularly, the standup pouch is a packaging format that the firm has continued to commit in above the several years.

“As the development in standup pouches has substantially elevated, we have had to make investments in machinery,” Sixto says. “We produce pouches for an array of industries, especially seafood, confectionary and create. We have many pouch traces generating many variations of pouches and we know that with ongoing development an additional pouch equipment will be essential in the foreseeable future.”

1 such investment decision has been the acquire of a Hudson-Sharp Inno-Lok device, which applies zipper transversely to the movie to produce a roll of pre-zippered film. Ahead of getting the device, Sixto subcontracted out the support. Bringing it in home has permitted the business to expand its presence, notably in the frozen meals, produce and pet meals markets.

Flashback to 2012 for illustration — the yr that Meel Corp. acquired the Tropicland brand name of frozen vegetables. At the time, the solution was getting packaged in pre-produced area-printed polybags. Right after consulting with the proprietor and marketing and advertising staff, Sixto modified the packaging to a laminated roll inventory with Inno-Lok zipper. The large-finish graphics coupled with the convenience element of the zipper not only increased Meel Corp’s sales, but also lowered packaging costs given that there was no longer a require for high-priced zipper attachments.

“We are incredibly varied in the markets we manufacture for,” Sixto suggests. “Our actual niche and specialty is large-barrier, value-added applications — Inno-Lok roll stock, standup pouches, products necessitating 3- and 4-ply laminations, especially with foil.”

Marketplace variety and ongoing investments, along with the 4 firm pillars mentioned previously, has allowed Sixto to expertise calendar year-soon after-calendar year expansion, a feat which has landed the organization on INC’s 2015 “5,000 Quickest Developing Companies in America” checklist. (The Florida Company Journal also ranks Sixto amid the swiftest-increasing privately held organizations in the state of Florida.) Just how quick is Sixto expanding? According to the organization, it expects once-a-year sales to a lot more than double inside of the next five a long time.

Even though all 4 business pillars are important, there might be none much more important than Sixto’s concentrate on buyer support. It is why the likes of Badia Spices, Café Pilon and Ara Foods have been Sixto consumers for in excess of forty years. It’s also a large explanation powering Sixto’s growth and newer company associates, which incorporate a variety of Fortune 500 businesses to startups.

“We look at ourselves as not just a provider or vendor, but a strategic companion in our customers’ organization,” Sixto states. “We get to know our clients, their packaging, their method, and, in the end, their merchandise. Because we are a family owned and operated company, we cut by means of the pink tape. Conclusions are created speedily and strategically. Consumers can reach key personnel quickly and get solutions.”

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