Established in 1953, in De Pere, Wisconsin, Valley Packaging Supply has grown to be a leading manufacturer of custom pre-made bags and pouches for the flexible packaging industry. Over the past 50 years, VPS has become known in the industry for our dedication to producing a quality product. Our mission has continued to be “to create custom bags and pouches that will meet or exceed our customer’s expectations.”
Valley Packaging Supply was founded by Cornelius Vogel in 1953. Vogel had recently left his career at Milprint when he decided to start his own company. His bag-making operations consisted of one machine in the basement of his family’s home. At this time, the company specialized in making header bags for a local candy packer.
Vogel moved his bag-making operations to the second floor of a building he rented in De Pere. At the time he had five machines and one employee. The first floor of the building came complete with a hay barn and stables for horses.
 
Looking to find a company and a product with growth potential, Richard Czachor left a career at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, relocated back to the area and purchased Valley Packaging Supply. At the time, the flexible packaging industry consisted of form and fill machinery and processes, but not custom pre-made products.
In 1977, due to growth, Czachor moved the company to another location in De Pere. An addition was added to this building to accommodate the ten machines and six employees. For the first ten years, Czachor continued to produce header bags while branching out into the commodities industry by producing garbage and Zip-lock® bags. Due to redevelopment efforts in De Pere, Czachor was forced to look into another location for his business and started construction on a new facility.
A new facility, complete with loading docks and a functional layout, was built in Green Bay.

The efficiencies found at the new site encouraged Czachor to invest in higher speed and higher quality machines. The first of a long line of upgraded high speed machines were purchased. During that time, the mix of products started changing from simple cellophane or polyethylene bags to the more complex multi-layer bags and pouches. The more complex products would require more accurate heat controls and registration tolerances.

In 1989, an addition was added to the Green Bay location.
 
A new type of machine was developed which had the capability to apply a valve to a bag for the coffee industry. This addition was the first of many machines with the capability to add more features to better meet market demands.
 
Lance Czachor, Rick’s son, resigned his commission in the Navy and joined the company in 1995. Responding to customer demand, VPS enters the stand-up/zippered pouch market.

In 1997, the last addition was added to this location. The zipper closure demands were further met by many variations on the stand-up style pouch including inserted bottom gusset.
A new 68,000 square foot facility was built on Commodity Lane in Green Bay. The first shape pouch machine and Inno-Lok® machines were added giving VPS the capability of production bags with transverse zipper, custom shaped pouches and applying zipper on roll stock. In 2001, spout capability was added.

In 2002, Lance Czachor assumed the role as President of Valley Packaging. In 2003, 35,000 square feet were added to the Commodity location. In 2004, slitting capability was added.
 
With 85 employees and 35 machines, another addition of almost 40,000 square feet brought the total square footage of the current location to 140,000. An SG-8 was added, which gave us the capability of producing a pouch with bottom and side gussets, also known as a “box pouch”.
 
As Valley Packaging Supply continues to grow and stay on top of current technologies in order to meet market demands, one thing still remains true and that is that our foundation was built on producing a quality product for our customers.