After graduating from college I was hired on as an outside salesman at a local paper company. After almost four years the partners of the company parted ways which gave me the opportunity to start my own business and I did on May 1, 1987. Starting in Union Grove, Wisconsin with a wife and two young daughters, as with most startups money was tight and I needed to have part-time jobs to help keep us afloat while R Packaging was growing. For the first four years of business I was a bartender and a janitor. Side note: The part-time janitor job ended up turning into another small business that I continue to own and operate.
Each year R Packaging would show a slow but steady growth in sales and that brings us here today. Still a very small business as compared to most of our competition and especially to the company that dominates our industry now located in the next county over from us.
But being the runt of the litter also means I can compete quite well with any and all of my competition. Actually, the truth be told, my competition is really competing with me. My overhead or lack of keeps my prices extremely lean and all it takes is one look at what the leader of the industry charges compared to my prices and most often if possible a great big “WOW” would be heard.