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Award honors high-tech packaging company

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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Harris Packaging Corp. of Haltom City, a winner of the Chamber’s 2012 Small Business of the Year Award, is headed by President and CEO Jana Harris-Bickford (right) and her sister, Controller Jenise Harris-Cox.

Thinking outside the box comes naturally at Harris Packaging Corporation (HPC).

It’s vital to the certified Woman Owned Business’s success as an innovative producer of a diverse mix of corrugated containers, displays and folding cartons for more than 200 customers here and across the United States.

Harris has consistently notched robust growth even during the recent economic downturn when, according to President and CEO Jana Harris-Bickford, “we chose to focus on how to grow rather than just on how to keep our heads above water.”

In 2009, Harris-Bickford and her sister, Controller Jenise Harris-Cox, became majority owners of the company that has long supported local charitable and civic causes and is a certified participant in the Sustainable Forest Initiative.

Founded by their parents, Joe and Joyce Harris, in 1976 in a small Haltom City sheet plant, HPC operates with state-of-the-art technology out of a more than 200,000-square-foot manufacturing and office facility.

With a workforce of around 100 highly experienced employees, HPC is one of the largest sheet plants in Texas and one of only a few to have a folding carton operation – American Carton Company, which Joe Harris launched in Mansfield in 1992.

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce honored Harris Packaging this year with the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award in the 51-150 Employees category. “Everyone was thrilled,” Harris-Cox said. “We all feel proud of the quality work that we produce, the company and its history, and the employees themselves.”

Harris Packaging, recently has taken strategic steps to compete in an industry that faces increasing challenges in the United States.

“As more and more of the U.S. manufacturers moved overseas, we began to take a look at what was left, what industries are still manufacturing here in the States,” Harris-Bickford said.

“We also began to look at investing in equipment that many of our competitors do not have. This allowed us to narrow the playing field in certain markets” such as precision packaging for food and pharmaceutical companies.”

HPC employees operate sophisticated high-speed equipment and quality controls to produce everything from plain brown boxes to four-color products printed and die-cut with exact precision. Some jobs rely on custom inks made in-house.

“Almost every product that is manufactured is at some point in a box, whether it is for shipping purposes only or if it is catching the consumer’s eye sitting on a retail shelf. Packaging is … in many cases the also the billboard or marketing tool for the product.”

      

Harris Packaging Corporation website:  www.harrispackaging.com

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