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Company Milestones


Crawford Packaging Materials Ltd. began as an industrial paper distributor with local business ties in London, Ontario.


In 1981 Crawford Packaging was sold to Mr. Clarence Covey. The company experienced strong growth in the industrial and automotive markets.


A period of continuous growth and product line expansion for Crawford Packaging.

L & E Paper was acquired. This gave Crawford an operation in Barrie, Ontario and expertise in the food service sector.


Crawford introduced RGD flow wrappers to the Canadian market. Backed by expertise from Italy and Spain these flow wrappers quickly became the market standard for flow wrapping produce.


Lions Shipping Supplies was purchased in 2010. This increased the Crawford presence in the GTA market.


Provincial Paper & Packaging was purchased. This again increased GTA presence and changed operational abilities with the addition of a Distribution Centre in Mississauga.

Star Packaging Equipment was purchased. This provided technical sales expertise and in-house Service Technicians for packaging equipment installations and service.


John Ashby was named President of the Company and Clarence Covey stepped back to take on the role of Executive Chairman.

An external Board of Directors was put in place to guide the company’s continued growth. Clarence Covey, Marty Schieck and John Ashby are shareholders of the Company.

Indapac was acquired which added to the growing GTA customer list and also provided increased expertise in core packaging product lines.

The company moved into a new Distribution Centre in the GTA. The Brampton facility on Walker Drive boasts a state of the art equipment demo facility, service shop, conference centre and warehousing facility.

Platinum Award – Sigma Stretch Film, in appreciation for outstanding growth and support.

Trailblazer Award – Balpex, for outstanding continuous growth year over year.


Distribution Centre was opened in Laredo Texas to serve Produce Market customers in southern border states and in Mexico.

Dedicated sales Rep was hired to service the U.S. and Mexican Produce market.

New equipment line introduced; Sorma, produce packaging specialists. Supply sources were expanded to world class suppliers in England, Israel and China.

The Equipment and Service Division continues to grow in size and capability. The division under the leadership of Marty Schieck completes the design and implementation of its first custom make equipment.

Crawford files its first even patent to protect its innovation in stretch wrapping.

Distributor of the Year – Wulftec, for #1 in sales in Canada of Wulftec Stretch Wrappers

Exceptional Performance – Polyair, in appreciation for exceptional growth and support.

Trailblazer Award – Balpex, for continuous growth year over year.

Member of the Year – Balpex, for outstanding member performance, voted by Balpex industrial suppliers.


Patented innovation goes into Beta testing in a Fortune 100 company.

New equipment line introduced; Packaging Automation from the U.K.; experts in tray sealing technology.

Arctic Packaging Waterloo was acquired which complements Crawford’s geographic presence. This acquisition is Crawford’s 4th acquisition in six years as part of an aggressive growth plan.


Arctic Packaging becomes Crawford Packaging and adds an office and warehouse location in Waterloo, Ontario.

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