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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY Tension Envelope Celebrates 125th Anniversary Tension Envelope Corp. celebrated its 125th anniversary this year, marking it as the oldest family-owned and - operated company in the envelope industry. Founded on March 17, 1886, Tension also ranks as one of the oldest continuously family-run companies in the U.S. The company began as a specialty printer under the name Berkowitz & Co. and quickly evolved into an envelope manufacturer. It now produces and sells more than 12 bil- lion envelope products annually and provides automated packaging solutions for Web-based and consumer mail order companies, as well as the pharmaceutical industry. Tension history has been filled with firsts. The company was the first to install an envelope machine west of St. Louis in 1894, and the first to introduce German high-speed rotary equipment to North America in 1921. In 1909, the company received its first envelope patent, and over the years it has held more envelope and manufacturing patents than all other envelope companies combined. In 1932, Tension was the first in the industry to establish its own graphic design and in-house art department to design envelopes to meet customer requirements and provide new ideas. Tension was first to introduce ground- breaking envelope styles, such as the Send-‘ n-Return Envelope, a two-way reusable product, and Performance Plus Envelopes, a product line de- signed for optimal performance across different platforms of modern high-speed mailing systems. As part of a process of “continuous improvement,” today ’s product and packaging lines remain on the cutting edge of their industries. “Our longevity and success is based on the commitment and contributions of our associates, and our ability to in- novate and respond as industries change and the market dictates,” says Bill Berkley, president and CEO. “ We have a record of delivering solutions to help our clients improve inter- nal processes, reduce cost and achieve positive results.” In recent years, the company has successfully met the chal- lenges of a global marketplace. From its Kansas City home, Tension has expanded operations to include seven manufac- turing locations nationally and overseas facilities in China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia to serve foreign-based companies, as well as American-based businesses with international operations. Tension has also strategically adapted to the changes in the postal landscape and in manufacturing technology that have affected the envelope industry. Today, it focuses on commercial customers for which en- velopes and packaging are a mission- critical part of their business. Tension has also penetrated the automated fulfillment packaging market by establishing Tension Packaging, which offers innovative packaging products, 108 FLEXO mAY 2011 www.flexography.org
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