A History Of Success
Quality Packaging Specialists International was founded in 1992 by Mike (Kenneth) Ricketts, its current majority-owner and CEO. Mike, a former Division I College Athlete, learned early on in life the value of preparation, discipline and goal-orientation, putting these sports truisms to work for his entrepreneurial passions. Collaborating with a close friend and business partner, Mike opened his first facility in Burlington, NJ with less than 5,000 square feet.
Today, Burlington remains the Corporate Headquarters but has expanded to a site that is more than 75,000 square feet. Overall, QPSI has four Center of Excellence Sites and four in-DC operations. QPSI's first orders were for a major CPG, completing challenging secondary packaging for applications in personal care, feminine care and healthcare. This same customer remains a loyal and valued partner for QPSI and these marketing vertical remain as mainstays of our business. It’s a testament to the foundation of QPSI and its commitment to stay the course in its key segments with longstanding customer relationships.
QPSI is proudly a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise with national accreditation by the NMSDC. To this point, Mike is always eager to mentor and coach other minority business persons towards achieving their goals and aspirations.
Notable Milestones for QPSI
1992 - QPSI opens for business in Burlington, NJ
2005 - QPSI acquires Steritek, a pharmaceutical contract packaging business
2005 - QPSI opens its Mechanicsburg, PA facility, a Retail-Ready Center of Excellence
2009 - QPSI opens an in-DC operation in Pennsylvania for a confection company
2009 - QPSI opens its Edwardsville, IL facility, a Secondary Packaging Center of Excel
2010 - QPSI acquires Q-Pak, a nutraceutical contract packaging business
2011 - QPSI opens its Special Pack Academy, a design division for its customers
2011 - QPSI opens an in-DC operation in Ohio for a major CPG companies
2012 - QPSI opens 2 in-DC operations (Indiana, Louisiana) for major CPG companies
2012 - QPSI opens Macungie, PA facility