Rockford Package Supply, Inc.

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1080 Vitality Dr., NW
Comstock Park, MI  49321

Community Development Goal –  EPC 100% Woman Owned

EDF recently worked with Huntington National Bank to fund Rockford Package Supply! Howard Paulson, son of the founder Lloyd Paulson, is the current sole owner and President of Rockford Package Supply.  The 504 program assisted Howard in the construction of a new distribution facility located at 1080 Vitality Dr. NW, Comstock Park, MI.  They built the new building to better accommodate their customer base as they have outgrown their current location.

Rockford Package Supply, Inc., founded in 1959, distributes a broad range of packaging to both the wholesale and retail fresh produce industry. The wholesale operation makes up 60% of their business, which is 100% West Michigan apples, cherries, blueberries, and vegetables.  Products include paper totes (apples), roll bags (fresh produce at the grocery store), produce cartons, bakery (caramel apple trays, donut clamshells, and pastry clamshells), drawstring bag (apples), cider packaging, and berry clamshells.  Retail makes up 40% of revenue and those sales are in the eastern US. Rockford Package Supply, Inc. sells their cider bottles for virtually all of the eastern US.

Bradd Pierce of EDF collaborated with Jason Poll, Howard’s lender from Huntington National Bank, to finance the construction of the new building.  The SBA 504 program allowed Mr. Paulson to finance construction at a low fixed interest rate for 20 years and only 10% equity into the project.  Howard said, “The team at Economic Development Foundation were excellent partners on our new facilities project.  We combined four facilities into one high-efficiency building located much closer to our customer base.   EDF’s participation in our building project allowed us to substantially reduce operating costs and provided us with the facility that we needed to expand our business. The EDF team was very thorough and patiently guided us through all the documentation requirements.   They were very knowledgeable and they anticipated each step of the process. I highly recommended the SBA program through Economic Development Foundation to anyone who is considering new opportunities.”