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Unpacking the Cardinal-Pioneer History: Building a Packaging Powerhouse for Customer Growth

When creating a broad, integrated packaging company, whittling down a mission statement into one, short phrase is easy—when the exclusive focus is customer solutions. Cardinal-Pioneer begins and ends with the success of our client partners. Cardinal Pack began partnering with manufacturers and customers back in 1978, offering a comprehensive line of packaging materials and solutions custom-tailored to meet customer needs across many industries—including industrial, retail, medical, and personal care. Today, its packaging lineup includes more than 10,000 packaging and product components.

Providing tier one service across the Midwest

In addition to its distribution and fulfillment center in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Cardinal Pack has expanded into Wisconsin, with a central Pioneer-product-pics-and-logos-304distribution warehouse in Milwaukee and a sales and support center in Sussex. Our team now manages packaging solutions from concept to completion. With the addition of Pioneer Packaging in Naperville, Illinois, the firm now meets ASI food safety certified packaging requirements for the food industry—with printed flexible packaging including laminated film, standup pouches, open-top and thermoformed products and plastic containers, purchase (POP) displays, and more. Pioneer Packaging has focused on food packaging solutions for over 25 years, while serving as a prime logistics and supply partner to the moving and storage industry.

With our four divisions, the Cardinal-Pioneer group provides packaging design, fulfillment, and machinery and distribution solutions across most industries. The more than 200,000 square feet of strategically placed production and distribution space ensures that we are well positioned to provide tier one service to clients across the Midwest. Cardinal-Pioneer is a full-service business consistently meeting the demands of discerning customers.

Meeting performance criteria from concept to completion

Whether the security requirements of the consumer and pet food industries or the protective needs of the electronics and hardware industry segments, Cardinal-Pioneer ensures all client specifications are understood and performance criteria are met. Cardinal-Pioneer clients are in good hands—our expert and knowledgeable staff oversee all of the steps in the packaging solutions process, from ordering and inspecting raw materials at the supplier level, receiving and proper inventorying of products, fulfillment and staging of finished goods, and the final delivery of product.

Responding to the demand for flexible packaging

laminated-film-bagOur supplier-partner network of qualified manufacturers provides flexible packaging, printing and pouching, corrugated, films, bags, inserts, protective packaging, and a host of other products customized to meet client requirements. Shipping supplies, foam packaging materials, polybags and pre-opened bags on a roll, blister packaging and cards, folding cartons, and POP displays are just a few of the more popular products designed and delivered each and every day by our Cardinal-Pioneer team. One of our top areas of recent growth is our response to the demand for flexible packaging in many industries. With our combined strength, we now provide more flexible packaging opportunities—from bags and stand-up pouches and films, laminates, and shrink sleeves. Moving forward, Cardinal-Pioneer carries on the strong tradition of being a true packaging partner to clients, evolving as their needs dictate. It’s how we’re building a “packaging powerhouse for customer growth.”

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