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What We Do

Our work is so much more impactful than simply converting bags and pouches. Innovations in packaging over the last several decades have provided practical alternatives to traditional materials like glass, aluminum and rigid plastic. Flexible packaging is unique because it is specifically designed for what it will protect, and it can also conform to the shape of the product inside. Compared to traditional materials, flexible packaging requires less material to create, uses less energy to convert, and consumes less fuel to ship because it can be moved in such high quantities with fewer truckloads.

Flexible packaging accounts for less than 3% of landfill space, and recyclable pouches have recently arrived in the marketplace. Advanced film structures also outperform rigid materials in preserving the freshness of products, reducing food waste and diminishing the risks of spoilage and illness. All things considered, contributing to the flexible packaging industry means we are practicing environmental, social, and financial responsibility.

It’s pretty simple. Less resources, less waste, smaller footprint. For us, it means high satisfaction in knowing our work matters.

Our Mission

We partner with and invest in entrepreneurial, market leading companies whose cutting edge technology, commitment to customer service and talented teams produce value-added solutions that protect and enhance brands and their products consumed by millions of people every day.

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Christopher Wrobel
CEO, Advanced Converting Works

ACW Performance System
Commercial Excellence

We pride ourselves on creating packaging solutions that meet market and consumer demands. From keeping foods fresher to keeping chemicals safer, from producing 100% recyclable pouches to creating leak-resistant pouches, from aesthetic enhancements to technical functionality, we are constantly innovating to solve the world’s packaging challenges.

Operation & Supply Chain Excellence

ACW companies are organized around robust and repeatable processes that allow us to take a concept to creation with incredible speed to market.

Our expansive infrastructure, R&D resources and engineering teams give us the ability to work on large scale production, yet we’re also nimble enough for those smaller, most unique applications.

Acquisition & Integration

Acquiring and integrating businesses in a seamless manner is very attractive to those entrepreneurs and companies looking to drive together to the next level. Our core team and sister companies provide significant resources and support to ensure continued growth and a successful transition.

Culture and Talent

We actively attract, retain and invest in our talented and engaged team of professionals. We are blessed to have dedicated, hardworking teammates focused on delivering the best service and products in the industry.

Our ACW Companies
Certifications

FSSC is a globally recognized ISO-based program that sets the gold standard for superior food safety practices. All of our production facilities are FSSC certified.

By meeting the sanitation and hygiene standards of Interstate Milk Shippers, our companies are certified to produce safe, clean packaging for dairy-based products.

Markets

Food & Beverage

Frozen Foods

Snacks & Candy

Coffee

Retort & Hot-Filled

Pet Food

Household

Personal Care

Medical & Healthcare

Lawn and Garden

Liquid-Filled

History
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HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
THE FLEXIBLE PACKAGING INDUSTRY ACCELERATES

1990

VPS invested in high speed machinery and diversified into new packaging formats including stand up pouches and multi-layer bags.

1992

Precision Color Graphics in Franklin, WI was founded to offer prepress services to the industry. They would later expand into graphic design, 3D rendering, and more in its 25,000 square foot facility.

2000

VPS built a brand new 65,000 square foot facility in Green Bay to accommodate rapid growth and additional machines. They would eventually add on to the building three more times and grow its footprint to 185,000 square feet with over 40 production lines.

2006

Phoenix Converting was founded in Itasca, IL with medical packaging being a key end market. It grew into a second facility in 2010 to add slitting and laminating capabilities with a total of 110,000 square feet of manufacturing and converting space.

2014

Specialty Packaging Technologies was born in Elgin, IL as an extension of Precision Color Graphics to provide pouching as part of their flexible packaging supply chain services.

2016

American Pouch Converters was founded in Cleburne, Texas and quickly became a frontrunner in the child-resistant packaging movement.

ADVANCED CONVERTING WORKS (ACW) IS FOUNDED

2018

Valley Packaging Supply and Phoenix Converting became the first two companies to launch a new flexible packaging consortium called Advanced Converting Works (ACW).

2019

Precision Color Graphics and its sister company, Specialty Packaging Technologies, joined the ACW family. American Pouch Converters also joined and moved its operation to Illinois.