Hazleton PA Grand Opening Press Release

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From: CAN DO, Inc.
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The Packaging Wholesalers holds grand opening in Humboldt Industrial Park

(HAZLETON, PA – February 10, 2017) – The Packaging Wholesalers, a wholesale retailer of packaging supply chain materials to distributors, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting Thursday for its 300,000 square foot facility at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park.

This is the company’s third location nationwide, joining its corporate offices and flagship location outside of Chicago and a second facility in Dallas, Texas. Between the three facilities, the company now has more than a million square feet of distribution space and the ability to support customers nationwide. According to its corporate websi
te, The Packaging Wholesalers selected the Humboldt Industrial Park location because the proximity to Interstates 80 and 81 will allow for distribution to 50 percent of its customers within three to four hours.

CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell said The Packaging Wholesalers is the latest company to see the impact of opening a facility in Greater Hazleton. “We are excited to welcome The Packaging Wholesalers distribution center to Humboldt Industrial Park. The company is the latest in a long line of tenants to our parks that have seen the benefit of expanding to Greater Hazleton to take advantage of the prime access to the various interstate shipping routes. They are a thriving company and we look forward to their continued success here,” O’Donnell said.

Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce President Mary Malone opened the ribbon cutting ceremony by welcoming company officials and those from the community who joined in the celebration.

The Packaging Wholesalers’ Humboldt distribution center, which was constructed by Mericle Commercial Real Estate, has 42 dock doors and will house more than 1,200 different sizes of corrugated boxes and mailers along with a variety of additional packaging materials and shipping supplies, including boxes manufactured at the International Paper location in Humboldt Industrial Park. Several Mericle officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Mericle Commercial Real Estate has been a great partner with CAN DO in attracting industry to Greater Hazleton. This is just one of the many project
s that Mericle has brought to our industrial parks,” O’Donnell said.

The Packaging Wholesalers opened its first distribution center in 2004 after owner Mike Hrbacek saw the need for a wholesaler to support distribution nationwide. Brenda Marasa, Vice President of Sales for The Packaging Wholesalers, said the company is amazed to be opening a third facility so quickly after the opening of its Dallas location in March of 2015. “None of this would be possible without the guidance of our fearless leader, the hard work of our team at all locations, the loyal support of our vendors and communities like Hazleton who welcome us with open arms,” Marasa said.

Hrbacek got his start in the packaging business more than 27 years ago working for a packaging distributor in Chicago. A year later, he started his own packaging company which provided packaging supplies and custom cartons to local businesses in the Chicago land area. In late 2001, Hrbacek reentered the packaging supply chain when he created JIT Packaging.com to sell stock boxes, tapes, stretch film and other products. When distributors began inquiring about purchasing supplies from the company, Hrbacek decided to restructure the business to sell exclusively to packaging distributors.

In February of 2012, JIT Packaging changed its name and identity to The Packaging Wholesalers. The company developed a revolutionary Patent Pending Delivered Pricing Program that allows all orders that meet minimum threshold values to a designated zip code to be shipped freight-free anywhere in the continental USA and led to the company’s substantial business growth and expansion.

In a release on its corporate website, Hrbacek said the company is “humbled” to be opening its third location. “The new warehouse and offices in Pennsylvania will support our ongoing initiatives providing cost cutting technological advances to our patent pending delivered pricing program and also present more opportunity to capitalize on aggressive pricing and lead times
through our nationally recognized tiered pricing program,” he said.


CAPTION: The Packaging Wholesalers held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting Thursday for its 300,000 square foot facility at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park. Pictured are, from left: Stefanie Hrbacek, The Packaging Wholesalers District Sales Manager; Dan Guydish, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Membership Director; Joe Baran, representing the CAN DO Board of Directors; Nancy Stasko, CAN DO Director of Administration; Brian Poveromo, Humboldt Park Association President; Carla Thaller, representing the CAN DO Board of Directors; Donna Barna, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman; Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO President and CEO; Jeff Payne, The Packaging Wholesalers Warehouse Manager; Scott Rake, The Packaging Wholesalers Operations Manager; Scott Smith, The Packaging Wholesalers Supervisor; Mike Hrbacek, The Packaging Wholesalers Owner; John Madden, CAN DO Board of Directors Chairman; Brian Payne, The Packaging Wholesalers Northeast Regional Sales Manager; Jim Hilsher, representing Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services; Lew Sebia, representing Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services; Mary Malone, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce President; and Brenda Marasa, The Packaging Wholesalers Vice President of Sales.



Proudly Announcing our 3rd Location Servicing the East Coast

63 Green Mountain Rd. Hazelton, PA


Selling Exclusively to Distributors!

Please join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of our 3rd facility in Hazelton, Pennsylvania scheduled for December 1, 2016!  Due in large part to the success we’re experiencing on the heels of opening our second facility in Texas, we are continuing our expansion east to better service your delivery lead times nationwide.  The Packaging Wholesalers proudly boasts our newest addition with 300,000 square feet and 42 dock doors to inventory over 1,200 different sizes of corrugated boxes and mailers along with all of the packaging materials and shipping supplies that we currently offer.

The new warehouse and offices in Pennsylvania will support our ongoing initiatives providing cost cutting technological advances to our patent pending delivered pricing program and also present more opportunity to capitalize on aggressive pricing and lead times through our nationally recognized tiered pricing program.

East Coast Here We Come!  Our new Hazelton, PA distribution center is located within a few miles of both Interstate 80 & Interstate 81 and positions The Packaging Wholesalers to be  within 3 to 4 hours of nearly 50% of the east coast population. We are targeting December 1, 2016 to begin fulfilling orders out of all three locations. The addition of our new PA distribution center will assist us to further optimize shipments to you and your customers based upon the destination ship to address.

Please stop by our booth # E-7749 at PACK EXPO being held in Chicago, IL at McCormick Place on November 6-9th. Please click the Pack Expo link for your free invitation to discuss partnering with The Packaging Wholesalers from our new facility in Pennsylvania or our existing distribution centers located in Chicago, IL and Dallas,TX. For your convenience please use Promotion Code “38N89.”

The Packaging Wholesalers is again humbled to be able to invest in our company at a time when many businesses are continuing cut backs. We graciously dedicate the opening of our third location to the many devoted employees who have worked tirelessly to help get us here and most of all to you, our loyal distributors. Without your steadfast support this would not be possible.

We believe that our growth and progress will help you sell more packaging and be more profitable.  We are committed to continue setting the standard for superior product quality and customer support.  If you have questions, call us and we will gladly help!

Thank you for each and every order you place with The Packaging Wholesalers
Mike Hrbacekd4d8bbe3-1fa2-45d5-a11b-b33d7f759dd0
Corporate Headquarters
1717 Gifford Road
Elgin, Illinois 60120
P: 800-548-9121
Locations in Elgin IL, Dallas TX, Hazelton,PA

Pack Expo Chicago 2016

Pack Expo Free Registration Code

Planning on attending Pack Expo Chicago 2016?

Compliments of your partners at The Packaging Wholesalers

November 6-9th 2016, we’ll be at PACK EXPO, with some exciting things exclusively available for EXPO-goers. We’re not just excited to be there, but we’re excited to see you there! Click the link here , and fill out the registration info.  When you reach the “Profile” page, enter your information, and enter 38N89 under “Promotional Code,” and you’ll receive a free invitation for the EXPO

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    Looking forward to seeing you at the show!
Brenda Marasa

Vice President of Sales

Corporate Headquarters

1717 Gifford Road

Elgin, Illinois 60120

P: 630.635.3669

F: 630.237.4810

Locations in Elgin IL, and Dallas TX


UPS Distributor Announcement

Partnering With UPS For Shipments Nationwide







Dear valued Distributors,
The Packaging Wholesalers is very excited to announce that after several months of negotiations, on Monday, September 19, 2016, UPS will be added to the Parcel and LTL Shipment carrier options across all the E-commerce websites and the Packaging Wholesalers main website.

We will start the implementation process over the weekend, in order to the UPS option available by 5:30 am CST on Monday morning.

As always, your feedback is encouraged and we hope that the addition of UPS for you and your customers translates into more sales orders!

Thank you for each and every order you place with The Packaging Wholesalers!

Mike Hrbacek, President


Mike Hrbacek featured on Elgin Today

Mike Hrbacek is featured on the November 2015 edition of Elgin Today, alongside Elgin Mayor  Dave Kaptain.  Mike spoke about the recent move to our new, 500,000 square foot Elgin Distribution Center, the history of the Packaging Wholesalers, and our continued plans to not only be a proud part of the Elgin community, but to best serve our distributors as they continue to grow.

E-Commerce Website News and a SPECIAL Autumn Offer!

One year ago, we set out with an ambitious goal to offer our Distributors an alternative hosted E-Commerce website option. Our mission was to think “outside of the Box” and provide Distributors with different website design options that were modern, user-friendly and easy to maintain. We also recognized that “one size” does not fit all.

We have certainly come a long way during the past twelve months!

If you have never seen our E-Commerce web sites, we encourage you to reach out to Steve Healey to schedule your own personal “test drive” of the offering.

If you have seen the E-Commerce web site offering in its’ early stages and put off making a BUY decision, we encourage you to give the website a second view. We have made many changes that make our offering today substantially different compared with our initial offering. It’s stronger, it’s faster, and it has many more user-friendly capabilities and Distributor tools to help you manage your site!

In January of 2016, the monthly fee for any NEW Distributors who sign up with us will increase from $349 to $399. Now is the time to act to avoid this cost increase. Any Distributor that makes their first payment with us prior to January 1st, 2016 will be locked in throughout 2016 at the $349 monthly fee.

We are also offering a special incentive during the months of October and November, 2015 to any new and existing Distributors that would like to receive a pre-pay discount. Pre-pay for the next six months and get one month free! That is equal to just $299 per month or $50 off the monthly fee for seven months.

To learn more, contact Steve Healey at 800.548.9121.