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  • Leadership | United States | General Films

    LEADERSHIP Tim Weikert, President ​ Tim is the second generation of Weikerts to run our company. He has worked in all aspects of the business for over three decades and oversees the development of corporate and product marketing strategies, and is involved in financial management. He has a BA in Marketing and a BS in Industrial Management. Tom Granata, Vice President Sales – Barrier Films ​ Tom has over 33 years of sales and marketing experience and is responsible for the three divisions of General Films: Flexible Packaging, Bag-In-Box Systems, and Industrial Packaging. His duties range from strategy and planning to the development of diverse sales operations. He holds a BS from Ohio University and has completed graduate work at Georgia Tech University. Gus DeLucia, Human Resources Director Gus brings over 25 years of experience in Human Resources through various industries, including chemical, automotive, and consumer goods. In his role as Human Resources Director, Gus focuses on strategic planning, recruiting, employee engagement, training, development, and leadership. He holds a BS in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Mark Werhan, Plant Manager Mark brings over 25 years of leadership experience in plant management and operations specific to blown film and converting. He is well-versed in manufacturing systems implementation, Lean and Six Sigma methodologies, Team empowerment, workforce training and coaching, total quality management, and good manufacturing practices. As Plant Manager, Mark focuses on Extrusion and Converting departments overseeing their 24/7 operation. He has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Rick Bornhorst, General Manager Bag-In-Box Rick started his packaging career with General Films in 1989 and brings over 33 years of experience back as General Manager, Bag-in-Box. In his role, Rick is responsible for sales, market strategy, product development, and supply chain management. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Miami University with a concentration in Industrial Management. Scott Fuller, Vice President Sales – Custom Films Scott brings to General Films over 30 years of commercial leadership experience in both domestic and international markets. He has spent most of his career successfully leading sales teams in flexible packaging and other consumable products, with extensive experience in protein, food and industrial markets. Scott has a track record of growth and finding solutions to customer challenges. He holds a degree in engineering from Syracuse University. A TEAM APPROACH TO PACKAGING​ The General Films leadership team has the industry experience and technical expertise to develop and manufacture innovative, high-quality flexible film products and packaging solutions. Leading by example, our managers take a hands-on approach to encourage success for our employees and to deliver outstanding products and results for our customers.

  • START YOUR SOLUTION | General Films

    START YOUR PROJECT START YOUR PROJECT Below is a concise form to start your project with General Films. Just fill in the form, describe your project, and we will be back in touch soon. We look forward to providing you and your company with cost-effective and innovative flexible film solutions. SUBMIT Your Message Has Been Sent

  • History | United States | General Films

    CELEBRATING HISTORY & INNOVATION HOW ROY WEIKERT CREATED GENERAL FILMS, INC. ​ This story is about curiosity. The kind that sets visionary entrepreneurs apart from other business people. It's also about a family business, innovation, tenacity, and a 25-cent steam tank (more about that later). Mostly, this is the story of General Films, Inc. founder Roy Weikert who, at age 105, walked daily for exercise, which was a key to his good health, played the stock market for fun and profit, and as Chairman of the Board of the company he began in 1938. Covington, Ohio-based General Films, Inc. serves a wide range of industries with custom extruded film solutions, bag-in-box systems , VFFS , and industrial packaging . But the company began with a young Roy Weikert, his new fedora, and a jar of Brilliantine. ​ CLICK HERE to read the full story. CHRONOLOGY OF ROY WEIKERT & GENERAL FILMS, INC. 1913 1935 October 22, 1913: Roy Weikert is born near Arcanum, Ohio Roy decides to head west with 2 friends. They load up a 1929 Buick with camping gear. Roy ends up working in an F. W. Woolworth store in Davenport, Iowa 1943 1950-60s Roy enters the U.S. Army to serve in World War II As the hat business declines, Roy investigates other opportunities, including bag-and-box systems for dairies 1960s, General Films begins making its own plastic film 1980-Future General Films, Inc. grows through product innovations and expansion into new markets with Roy’s nephew Tim Weikert as the company CEO. Roy J. Weikert 1913-2019 1925 Weikert family moves to Covington, Ohio During the Great Depression, Roy works in a grocery store earning 10 cents per hour 1938 Roy develops hat liners and hat covers made from Pliofilm 1947 Following the war, Roy restarts his business in Covington with his brother, Wayne 1970s Roy builds a second factory in Sidney, Ohio Inflation, business fall-off and debt force the company into reorganization. The Sidney facility is sold off and the company retrenches in Covington ​ THE MEMORY, LEGACY, AND VISION OF FOUNDER ROY WEIKERT W e recently welcomed our employees and their families to General Films for a day of celebration and remembrance. This special day of appreciation for our staff was planned to honor the memory of General Films founder, Roy J. Weikert . Together we shared food, fellowship, and fun, celebrating our legacy of Roy and displaying the future of our company. The day’s activities included food trucks, face painting, games, and entertainment. The General Films plant was opened for tours, featuring several of Mr. Weikert’s most significant contributions to our industry. FOUNDER, FRIEND, AND INDUSTRY ICON See the extraordinary life and vision of Founder Roy J. Weikert Watch Now Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied THREE OF ROY'S PRIMARY INNOVATIONS 1 Revolutionize Institutional Milk Packaging – The GefSystem INDUSTRY & GF IMPACT In the mid-20th century, cafeterias, food service operations, and vending machines dispensed milk from large (6-10 gallon) steel cans. The heavy cans were returned to the dairy after each use, washed, and refilled for the next customer’s bulk milk. Poly liners were an early GF product that improved sanitation, but the steel milk cans were quite expensive, relatively unsanitary…and would ultimately rust! Roy’s patented GefSystem used a lightweight, reusable plastic container into which a sanitary polyethylene liner was fitted. Using a GF-supplied machine, the dairy-filled bulk milk and ice cream mix in 3, 6, and 12-gallon packages, shipping to their institutional and food service customers. The concept was immensely successful and led to longer shelf life and higher-quality dairy products. LASTING IMPACT Bag-in-box packaging is widely used for products such as milk, wine, tomato products, and cleaning agents, among many others. General Films continues to serve dairy customers in the USA and abroad with 1 1/2 to 8-gallon bags. Used in conjunction with GF-supplied fillers, fluid milk and ice cream mix are packaged for food service and restaurant customers. 2 Vertical Integration of Manufacturing INDUSTRY & GF IMPACT During General Films' first 20 years, the company sourced film from a few commercial suppliers, and converted the film into numerous early products: Nomarc hat liners, PlastiCup crock liners, SaniMox foot covers, plus cellophane and poly bags. As growth in the GefSystem fueled film demand, Roy decided to “make his own” film. In 1968 the company installed our first blown film extruding line and began producing film for customers outside of GF. By the early 1970s, custom film, made to order, for outside customers had eclipsed our converted products business. ​ LASTING IMPACT Custom film represents about 75% of our sales volume. General Films supplies customers throughout the USA and Latin America. Markets served to include fresh chicken, cheese, produce, fluid milk, automotive, infrastructure/construction, and general-purpose industrial. Our products preserve freshness and provide leak-proof containment for chicken from processor to end customer. Our cheese packaging holds 40 & 640-pound cheese blocks and 500-pound barrels for as long as 2 years, offering protection during the aging process. We maintain the cleanliness of blow-molded dairy jugs awaiting filling. Our products reduce noise and prevent water infiltration in autos. We help to lengthen the service life of in-ground ductile iron water pipes. ​ Supplying wide-purpose poly to highly engineered nine-layer coextruded films, General Films is one of the oldest operating blown film plants in the USA. 3 Long Shelf Life Food with Aseptic Packaging INDUSTRY & GF IMPACT While developing a high-speed bag-in-box filler for the GefSystem, Roy realized the approach could be adapted to package liquid foods in a completely sterile manner. Based on numerous patents, Roy founded a new company, Asepak Corporation, to pursue this work, which was well ahead of its time. The Asepak system could provide a very long shelf life in flexible film bags, an attractive alternative to the metal cans typically used at that time. ​ Having already experienced the possibilities inherent to multilayer coextruded films with a pioneering line installed in the mid-1970s, General Films added the first barrier film line in 1990. Made to Asepak specifications, General Films’ pouches provided barriers to oxygen, aroma, and flavor; with a shelf life of over one year possible. Roy operated Asepak until his “retirement” at age 90 in 2003. His innovation and commitment to Asepak became the catalyst for General Films to begin manufacturing barrier films. ​ LASTING IMPACT With continued investment in state-of-the-art blown film technology, General Films now operates two, nine-layer co-ex lines, producing films that contain layers of polyethylene, nylon, and ethylene vinyl alcohol. These films provide high barriers to oxygen and other gases for enhanced shelf life, high strength films for rough service applications, heat resistant products, and other highly engineered films for demanding applications. ​ REMEMBERING ROY WEIKERT'S 100TH BIRTHDAY In 2013, we celebrated Roy Weikert’s 100th birthday with a community gathering. The event featured a large outdoor tent a wonderful big band orchestra, plenty of delicious food, and plant tours. Dignitaries and members of the local media were on hand, along with General Films employees, their families, and guests from throughout the community. ​ Rep Richard Adams and Covington Mayor, Ed McCord each presented Roy with special proclamations, and Roy delivered a few choice words of his own; thanking attendees for coming out to see him and expressing his gratitude to everyone who has helped make the company he started with his brother back in 1947 such a success. IMGP1903 IMGP1871 History IMGP1903 1/12 LEARN MORE

  • Literature Downloads | United States | General Films

    LITERATURE / SMC BMC LITERATURE DOWNLOADS Download our product specification sheets below. Adobe Acrobat or similar software may be needed to view the PDFs. SMC Carrier Film and BMC Bag Film for Industry Applications SM/2M BG/2M DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEETS

  • Furniture Bags & Mattress Wrappings | Custom Films for Home Goods

    FURNITURE FILMS THAT PROTECT YOUR HOME DELIVERY ​ Our flexible film solutions are durable, just like the furniture it protects. From the factory to the showroom floor, General Films helps our customers keep furniture and mattresses sale-ready. The wrap used on home goods has to withstand transport, storage, floor sets, and delivery to the customer. And our flexible film solutions stand up to the challenge—with tough, durable designs made to slide, not tear. We work collaboratively with our customers to provide flexible film solutions designed to fit—and at a lower price point than our competitors! ​ Dependable Industrial Packaging for All Applications We're your source for tough, affordable industrial packaging that protects your products. General Films offers a wide range of custom films from economically priced material for non-FDA regulated applications, to a single layer and coextruded films for special uses. We make linear, a low-density film from 7" tubing to large pallet covers and sheeting and offer a wide range of custom colors as well as a broad assortment of bags on rolls or separated. ​ Coextruded Film Products Some industrial packaging applications require the enhanced strength that only a coextruded film product provides. General Films uses multiple layers of different materials to greatly improve impact resistance and tear strength versus standard films or bags. And our Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) films and bags are the perfect solutions for molding compounds, circuit boards, metal products, and other items that must be protected from environmental forces. The first bag they came back with was less expensive than what we were using and did the job, but General Films wasn’t satisfied. They kept tweaking it and got us a bag that was even less expensive, going above and beyond to find the best possible product for us. " " Keith Nichols, Operations Manager, Century Furniture CUSTOMER FOCUS Creating A Comfortable Solution Only General Films took the time to truly understand Century’s process, ultimately delivering shrink film and bags that sped up the packaging process and significantly reduced costs, all while protecting products for worldwide shipment. > READ MORE ​ Industrial Film Packaging Specifications Sheets ​ FC-20/67 Duratuf 75 Duratuf 100 Duratuf 120 Duratuf 130 IS-100 IS-120 DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEETS > CLICK HERE to learn more about how our industrial packaging solutions are suited for protecting your products, every step of the way

  • Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) for Fresh Chicken | General Films

    POULTRY FRESH CHICKEN MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING (MAP) FOR FRESH CHICKEN ON VFFS MACHINES ​ Customized 9 Layer Coextrusions offer the ability to custom design and manufacture packaging films. We can precisely provide the right solution for your food processing needs. Whether you are looking for unique barrier properties, transmission rates, excellent sealing, impact resistance, or other performance criteria, General Films delivers. ​ Weak or poorly manufactured poultry bags can pose all kinds of problems for fresh chicken purveyors. Because the risk of illnesses associated with potential contamination from raw chicken purge is so great, just a few punctures, tears, or leaks can transform an entire shipment of product into waste and a sizeable return. Our custom-engineered pre-made Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) poultry bags are made to securely pack fresh whole and or cut-ups and work to reduce leaks and lost profits. Also if your operation is running fresh or IQF on vertical form fill seal (VFFS) machines, our engineered multi-layered coextruded films provide unmatched product protection, enhanced process efficiency, and superior ROI through greater productivity, less waste, and more satisfied customers. ​ Key Benefits for Fresh Chicken Include:​ Excellent physical properties, ranging from the sealant to impact strength, significant reduction in leaker rates Increased profitability through enhanced productivity Fewer rejects and increased customer satisfaction Higher impact strength, higher tensile strength, a substantially wide-ended heat seal window Approximately 50 percent stiffer than the traditional solution Significant throughput improvement allows for expanded production and a lower labor footprint Ideal for high-speed large-volume poultry packaging production > VFFS Machine < After making the switch, leaker rates greatly diminished . Overall profitability grew substantially through enhanced productivity, fewer product rejects, and increased customer satisfaction. " " Fresh Chicken Packaging Films ​ Controlled Vacuum Packaging Film & Bags Our vacuum/dry pack poultry (CVP) bags extend the shelf life and appearance of whole birds, parts, or shelf-ready tray product protection. PV-40 (CVP Bags) (Fresh) The co-ex film with HDPE barrier and Metallocene sealant layer, FDA approved with uses up to 180 F, One-sided sealing, Available in bags or roll stock, Superior stiffness, excellent tear resistance, engineered to eliminate leakers. > DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEET BG/2M (Fresh) Coextruded 9-layer nylon film to reduce leaker rates. FDA approved with excellent puncture resistance and performance. Able to withstand higher seal bar temperatures to increase VFFS machine throughput. > DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEET ​ VF2 (Fresh or IQF) Co-ex film with HDPE barrier where speed and throughput are desired. Can be used in fresh or IQF applications. Superior stiffness, Dart with very good tear and puncture resistance. > DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEET CUSTOMER FOCUS Stepping Up to the Plate Americans consume more chicken than any other consumer in the world. Per capita consumption of chicken is expected to total 96.5 lbs. this year and to increase to 97.8 lbs. in 2021, according to the National Chicken Council. > READ MORE > Dry Pack CVP Bags on a CVP Machine > > General Films Product on a VFFS Machine < > CLICK HERE to learn more about how our packaging solutions are suited to meeting your processing needs.

  • Media And Videos | United States | General Films

    DIGITAL MEDIA MEDIA & VIDEOS General Films and its partners have authored a set of highly informative videos. These provide valuable insight into products, innovations, technical tips, and expertise that food and industrial manufacturers just like you every day. General Films Founder Roy Weikert's Innovative Legacy General Films Bag-in-Box Model 89 Filler General Films Poultry VFFS General Films cheese film for short- and long-hold applications.

  • CoExtruded Films | General Films

    FILM FOR FOOD PACKAGING FILM SOLUTIONS CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR FOOD PACKAGING SPECIFICATIONS ​ Customized 3 and 9 Layer Coextrusions with the ability to custom design and manufacture packaging films, we can provide precisely the right solution for your needs. Whether you're looking for unique barrier properties, transmission rates, excellent sealing, impact resistance, or other performance criteria, General Films delivers. ​ Packaging Film For Food Processors Retaining freshness and shelf life when transporting food items is more important than ever for a healthy bottom line. That's why General Films is your best choice for customized food packaging. Bring us your greatest challenges and we'll work with you to develop a practical, cost-effective solution. Here are some of the ways we currently serve the food industry: Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) And Barrier Films Our MAP bags and films are used to package meats, spices, cheeses, nuts, and more. For case-ready applications, we offer medium and high barrier options. Because we can customize the film to accommodate various gas, flavor, and aroma requirements, these products can significantly extend product life. Converter Film Ideal for printing, laminating, or making standard bags, General Films coextrusions can also be custom-made to match your exact requirements. We offer a wide range of polyethylene-based coex, nylon, and EVOH barrier films. Just as important, we combine tight tolerances, special packaging, and large production rolls that reduce downtime so you enjoy greater throughput and return on investment. Chicken/Dry Pack Bags Our vacuum/dry pack poultry bags extend the shelf life and appearance of whole birds, parts, or shelf-ready tray packs. General Films' pinhole-free coextruded film provides tailored moisture, oxygen, and carbon dioxide barriers for better product protection. Additionally, a special seal layer gives you a wide seal temperature range to compensate for ever-changing plant conditions. To enhance productivity, our puncture-resistant film is specially compounded for the safe, efficient handling of sharp bone-in products. Bulk Cheese Packaging General Films manufactures bulk cheese packaging for 40 lb. tower blocks, 500 lb. barrels, and 640 lb. blocks. Providing maximum adaptability for chamber and vacuum sealing equipment, this film is a clear or colored, medium barrier, five, and nine-layer coextruded product. Its flexibility, toughness, heat sealability, and precise gas and water transmission rates make this a versatile and cost-effective solution for all of your short and long-hold product needs. Other Food Packaging Films Precut lettuce, salad mix, and other produce enjoy longer shelf life, excellent taste, color, and freshness with General Films coextruded film or bag produce packaging. We can design oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor barriers for each specific product. Plus, a wide heat seal range assures quick and tight vacuum closures. And we have a complete line of vertical form fill and seal film for precut produce packaging. Our coextruded freezer plate/crust films are ideal for demanding IQF applications. FDA approved for poultry to seafood, our freezer plate/crust film exhibits exceptional stiffness and toughness with less elongation and tear. Savings Focus Can I use coextruded films in laminations or replace laminated films to lower packaging costs? > READ MORE ​ We Meet or Exceed Government Standards Third-party auditors regularly inspect General Films to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices and all applicable HAACP program requirements. We submit film samples to independent laboratories each month for microbiological testing. And we are inspected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to ensure compliance with the Interstate Milk Shippers standards, as prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For these reasons, you can depend on General Films fluid milk dairy packaging to meet the highest industry standards. One of the most important qualities we see in films is the ability to duplicate a run, and General Films consistently duplicates their runs. Whether it is a week, a month, or several years later, you know the quality and specs received the first time will be matched in subsequent runs. " " Brashear, President, Vision Plastics Custom Coextruded Film Specifications Sheets ​ BG/2M SM/2M H2/Re4 H2/BL LB-725 LB-730 PV/40 PR-2/175 CB Film DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEETS Types 3 and 9 layer capabilities Materials Used Nylon, EVOH, HDPE, EVA, Metallocene, MDPE, LLDPE (all types), VLDPE, LDPE Availability Tubing 30" - 90"Single wound sheeting 15" - 90"Centerfold sheeting 15" - 90"Bags on rolls - both BS and SSSeparated bags - bottom or side seal Thickness range .00125-.008 mil Contact Tom Granata , submit a Start A Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today!

  • General Films: A Custom Manufacturer of Flexible Packaging Films

    ABOUT GENERAL FILMS​ Anything But Ordinary If your flexible packaging film needs are anything but ordinary, you need an extraordinary supplier. For more than 70 years, General Films has delivered custom-designed, competitively-priced packaging that precisely matches customer requirements. We're large enough to tackle complex challenges yet flexible enough to provide personalized service, on-time delivery, and exceptional customer support. As a custom manufacturer of flexible film packaging, our product is much more than the film and film-based items we make. It's also our ability to analyze your specific needs and create a well-thought-out solution that meets your criteria and exceeds your expectations. > The General Films Experience General Films combines in-depth expertise and experience with advanced manufacturing capabilities to craft everything from simple, one-layer films to complex packaging requiring up to 9 layers of materials. With these unique capabilities, we develop packaging and systems that keep produce , meat , dairy, and other foods fresher longer, while blocking out contaminants. In the same way, we create industrial packaging that's tough enough to protect palletized products, spare parts and machinery from the elements while containing any liquids, powders or other substances. Up

  • Apply For Credit | United States | General Films

    APPLY FOR CREDIT APPLY FOR CREDIT Your order will be held until this form is returned with all the information provided. If your order cannot be shipped on open account, you will then be notified. General Films agrees to keep this information strictly confidential.

  • Contact Us | United States | General Films

    CONTACT US / IT General Films 645 South High Street Covington, Ohio 45318 Phone: 1.888.436.3456 Local: 1.937.473.2051 Fax: 937.473.2403 Shelly Grogean BACK TO CONTACT PAGE

  • Contact Us | United States | General Films

    CONTACT US / HUMAN RESOURCES General Films 645 South High Street Covington, Ohio 45318 Phone: 1.888.436.3456 Local: 1.937.473.2051 Fax: 937.473.2403 Contact Gus DeLucia SUBMIT Your Message Has Been Sent Howard Pottorf BACK TO CONTACT PAGE

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