By Ed Avis
Many APDSP members probably have used Poly-Pak Industries products before, even if you didn’t realize it. Poly-Pak’s Regal Envelope division makes, among other things, blueprint bags, those plastic tube-like sleeves that protect your prints when they’re being transported or stored.
The reason you probably haven’t heard of Poly-Pak, which is a new Bronze Vendor Member of APDSP, is because it typically does not sell its products directly to end users. Rather, it manufactures them for other companies, which in turn sell them to end-users or retailers.
One of Poly-Pak’s customers was a company that you may be familiar with – Planpack. And, as many of you know, Planpack closed its doors about 18 months ago (click here to read the article about that). Planpack’s closure left Poly-Pak with a mountain of blueprint bags that they had made for Planpack but not delivered or invoiced yet.
“We had been inventorying the bags for Planpack, because they didn’t have the physical space to store them,” explains Peter Levy, Poly-Pak’s owner. “Then all of the sudden we heard they had gone out of business and they became unreachable. We were holding about 200,000 bags!”
Levy’s plan now is to sell those bags – which, naturally, carry the Planpack logo – to APDSP members. He has five types of bags, packed 200 to a carton. Here is a description of them:
AA – 8.25” wide x 33” long, opaque, 4 mil, tape closure - $67 per carton, including shipping
AAA – 8.25” x 23”, opaque, 4 mil, tape closure - $63 carton, including shipping
B – 10” x 39”, opaque, 4 mil, tape closure - $85 carton, including shipping
D – 13” x 45”, opaque, 5 mil, tape closure - $115 carton, including shipping
Rac2 – 13” x 46”, clear, 3.5 mil, zip top closure - $85 carton, including shipping
If you’re interested, call the company at 800-969-1995. Ask for Peter or Bob and tell them you’re an APDSP member and would like to order the blueprint bags. They accept credit cards.
Levy says the company can also manufacture new bags if you want them with your logo on them; the minimum order for that is 50 cartons.
Levy’s business connections to reprographics are not limited to blueprint bags. He also owns FRP Signs, which makes fiber glass reinforced plastic signs that can be printed on digitally.
“These signs are more durable than the classic aluminum signs you see on streets,” Levy explains. Visit www.frpsigns.com for details about the signs.