One of Kilgore’s home-grown industrial heavyweights – in the plastics realm, for sure – has been acquired by an Arkansas company looking to expand its brand.
Kilgore-based plastics manufacturer Pak-Sher developed bags, foodservice film and other products. The privately-owned family business is now part of Revolution, headquartered in Little Rock, incorporated into the Command Packaging brand.
Located at 2500 N. Longview St. in Kilgore, Pak-Sher won Kilgore Chamber of Commerce’s Industry of the Year award in October 2018.
According to the local company, “Pak-Sher has been an innovator in the design and manufacture of carryout and kitchen prep packaging since the early 1970’s. Pak-Sher invented many of the packaging products used throughout the restaurant, deli and grocery industry today.”
Likewise, Command’s focus is on producing environmentally friendly, high-quality products for retail, food service and grocery markets.
From Revolution, “Their sustainable product offering also includes the only deli/bakery sheet on the market manufactured with 50% post-consumer recycled plastic that meets FDA requirements for direct food contact.”
The acquisition is a great fit for the Command brand, according to Lauren Grande, Vice President of Command sales.
“The synergies between the two companies will only increase our ability to provide our customers the best in quality and service,” she noted in an October press release.
Among its outreaches into the community, Pak-Sher helps educate Kilgore students through the company’s Bags of Bags (B.O.B.) program, launched in Fall 2011, encouraging them to recycle plastic bags for a chance at prices. Each bag contains about 75 plastic T-shirt style bags, about a pound of recyclable material.
The company welcomed local children for tours last week.
“We are thrilled about the ability to service our customers through an expanded product offering and increased production capabilities,” Revolution CEO Sean Whiteley said. “Having locations in both Texas and California will further support our customers’ needs across the country. As we continue our focus on providing sustainable product solutions to our customers, we will be using as much post-consumer resin as possible in all our product lines out of both locations.”