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  • VFFS Films Case Study | General Films

    VFFS Films Case Study 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. Fueling this increase is product variety. As a result, chicken packaging formats vary widely to meet specific processor and product needs and include bags, films, and vacuum roll stock packaging, among others. ​ "Packaging advances have improved the safety and quality of poultry products," said Scott Russell, professor of poultry processing and products microbiology at the University of Georgia, in discussing a study on the effects of packaging on the value chain for the chicken industry titled "Chicken and Packaging: A Sustainable Partnership," from AMERIPEN (American Institute for Packaging and the Environment). ​ We have seen a trend of vacuum-packed, individually wrapped products [i.e., Perdue's boneless, skinless individually wrapped chicken breasts]," says Gwen Venable, vice president of communications with the US Poultry & Egg Association. "We have also seen more value-added packaging [i.e., drumsticks that are packaged two per pack and marinated], as well as a reduction in the amount of packaging to protect the product." ​ Packaging must lure hurried shoppers to the refrigerated case, plus it must allow labeling that is helpful to consumers, among other things. But most importantly, all packaging must ensure maximum product integrity. ​ Innovation never sleeps. Powertray LLC, Mackville, NC, was conducting a test with a supermarket chain and major chicken processor, says Huston Keith, principal of Marietta, GA-based Keymark Associates. The refrigerated chicken was packaged in a coated, pressed paper­board tray that was biodegradable. ​ "Bell & Evans is using a PET tray they say is fully recyclable and uses the native barrier of PET," he adds. "It's a vacuum-skin package and it's sold at Whole Foods and other chains." ​ Providing Solutions General Films Inc. (GFI), Covington, Ohio, recognized for years that the vertical form/fill/seal "space" for fresh chicken suffered from high leaker rates. This realization led to the development of BG/2M film, says Tim Weikert, president. ​ BG/2M is a coextruded film with a nylon barrier, featuring two-sided sealing, Octene LLD PE sealant layers, and a nylon interior ply. It is a nine-layer structure, so it provides excellent physical properties, ranging from the sealant to impact strength, says Tom Granata, vice president of sales. This film was designed for fresh poultry packaged on a vertical form/fill/seal machine. ​ GFI began BG/2M trials with a medium-sized US chicken processor. Although experiencing good results, the customer initially balked at its higher pricing. "But we kept sampling and they kept trialing. Finally, they replaced their previous film with our product," Weikert says. ​ Pricing of the new product (on a mil-to-mil basis) resulted in a price increase of about 70 percent more when compared to more traditional packaging. But when factoring in down­gauging opportunities this new film affords, the price goes down. Granata explains the processor was using a 3.25 mil film at one plant that was replaced with a 2.5 mil film that still reduced leaker rates. And the processor achieved much more yield compared to previous yields. With the printing cost factored in, the increase is closer to 40 percent. The film prints well and labels designed for PE films readily adhere. On this processor's line, each 10-lb. sealed, formed pouch of fresh chicken now withstands the rigors of rugged processing and distribution. After making the switch, leaker rates greatly diminished. Overall profitability grew substantially through enhanced productivity, fewer product rejects, and increased customer satisfaction. The processor is seeing a minimum leaker reduction of 50 percent. " " Tom Granata, Vice President, General Films Keith Nichols, Century Furniture’s Plant Three operations manager "BG/2M features higher impact strength, higher tensile strength, a substantially wide-ended heat seal window, the film is about 50 percent stiffer than the traditional solution, which benefits the vertical form/fill/ seal machines," he adds. ​ This processor banked a 20-percent throughput improvement on its packaging lines. This allowed expanded production with a lower footprint on labor. Increased throughput allowed the temperature on the seal to increase so it runs a little faster yielding increased productivity. Contact Tom Granata , submit a Start A Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today! BACK TO VFFS FILM

  • Vision Plastics | General Films

    VISION PLASTICS Success Story​ CREATING A VISION FOR THE FUTURE ​ For more than 20 years, Denny Brashear has worked with General Films; matching the needs of his clients with the specialties of General Films’ products. Denny is the president of the Louisville, Kentucky-based Vision Plastics, a manufacturer’s representative organization. General Films is one of his primary lines. I have a great history with General Films. They have outstanding quality and service, and that is everything. " " Denny Brashear, President, Vision Plastics Keith Nichols, Century Furniture’s Plant Three operations manager Brashear’s food and industrial packaging customers who purchase General Films’ products use mostly monolayer materials. One of the things that keeps him returning to General Films is the customer service. ​ “Besides the consistent quality of General Films’ products, their customer service is a major benefit,” said Brashear. “They are very accommodating and go out of their way for customers. This is a difficult industry to learn, and they have a lot of experience; you know you are in good hands. They also track everything. From order acknowledgement to invoicing, they are very thorough which gives customers a high level of confidence in their ability.” To learn how General Films can help your operation realize greater efficiency, more secure packaging, and labor cost savings, contact Tom Granata or submit a Start Your Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today!

  • Industry Products | General Films

    INDUSTRY PRODUCTS Success Story​ AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIER PROFITS FROM TEAM SPIRIT ​ "Being Proactive and exceptionally responsive is what sets General Films apart from the typical supplier," according to Linda Cleveland, CEO of Industry Products Company, a 42-year-old Piqua, Ohio enterprise that serves the automotive industry. ​ "We provide plastic water shields and other products to such customers as Honda, Toyota and BMW. Linda continues, that these water shields protect the interiors of vehicles from moisture. As you might guess, these companies hold suppliers like us to very high-quality standards, so the plastic film we die-cut or vacuum form must be virtually flawless. We get that kind of consistent quality from General Films." ​ "Because we want to give our customers the best possible service and deal with several variables, we tend to have a lot of order changes and General Films is very accommodating. In the same way, whenever we bring them a special requirement like the need for a fire retardant material or the ability to print on the film, they react quickly with good solutions. The CEO, Tim Weikert, always impresses me with his depth of knowledge about plastic film and his willingness to have his people work with us to solve problems." ​ Regarding being proactive, Linda shares this story: About 3 or 4 years ago, General Films came to us with a way to reduce our material costs. They suggested that, for many of our applications, they could substitute non-virgin material without degrading our product quality. Frankly, I was skeptical at first, but the savings have been substantial, and we've had no quality issues. In my experience, it is rare that a supplier will come to you proactively to help you reduce the cost of what you are buying from them. It makes you feel that they are truly on your team. " " Linda Cleveland, Industry Products Company, CEO To learn how General Films can help your operation realize greater efficiency, more secure packaging, and labor cost savings, contact Tom Granata or submit a Start Your Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today!

  • Custom Film Packaging Success Story: Mar-Pak | General Films

    MAR-PAK Custom Film Packaging Success Story FOR MAR-PAK IT'S ALL ABOUT VALUE ​ Jan Drennen of Mar-Pak, Inc. knows a great deal about customer service. After all, the Marietta, Ohio-based company's success is built on satisfying their customers with top quality packaging products and services. And with more than 30 years in the packaging business, Mar-Pak is obviously doing its job well. ​ According to Jan, an important part of the company's ability to be a "one source resource" for its customers is working with the right suppliers, like General Films. "General Films is the first supplier we call," Jan says. "For over twenty years they have delivered excellent products and customer service. If we have a special need for one of our customers, their people work with us to come up with the best solution. Whether it's Cindy in customer service, John or Tony in sales, or even Tim Weikert, the CEO, they will do whatever is necessary to help us satisfy our customers." "I HAVE NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THEM." JAN CONTINUES, "THEY'RE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND COMPETITIVELY PRICED. ON THE RARE OCCASION WHEN THERE IS A PRODUCT ISSUE, THEY TAKE CARE OF IT IMMEDIATELY. I DO GET QUOTES FROM OTHER SUPPLIERS, OF COURSE, BUT WHEN I LOOK AT THE TOTAL VALUE OF COST, CUSTOMER SERVICE, AND THEIR OUTSTANDING TRACK RECORD, GENERAL FILMS IS HARD TO BEAT." To learn how General Films can help your operation realize greater efficiency, more secure packaging, and labor cost savings, contact Tom Granata or submit a Start Your Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today! “General Films is a great partner for us because the team there really knows its stuff and is willing to experiment and try new things to solve my clients’ packaging film problems.”

  • Custom Film Packaging Success Story: Penn State | General Films

    PENN STATE UNIVERSITY Success Story​ PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ​ The Berkery Creamery at Penn State University is a longstanding customer of General Films, dating back over 25 years. Nearly 85% of our beverage fluid milk is packaged on the General Films Model 56 filler that was generously donated to the University when we moved into our new dairy plant in 2006. The new filler is very efficient and accurate. It is Capable and we routinely achieve 98% keeping quality over 17-day storage. The filling and capping devices are maintenance-free as well as exceptionally sanitary. We plan to use this filler for the foreseeable future for not only beverage milks but also soft serve and milkshake mixes. General Films places a strong emphasis on quality and customer service. Challenges are quickly resolved, and their office staff is excellent at taking care of their customers. " " Keith Nichols, Century Furniture’s Plant Three operations manager To learn how General Films can help your operation realize greater efficiency, more secure packaging, and labor cost savings, contact Tom Granata or submit a Start Your Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today!

  • Contact Us | United States | General Films

    CONTACT US / FIELD SALES General Films 645 South High Street Covington, Ohio 45318 Phone: 1.888.436.3456 Local: 1.937.473.2051 Fax: 937.473.2403 Contact Tom Granata SUBMIT Your Message Has Been Sent Contact Todd Grosse SUBMIT Your Message Has Been Sent Contact John Clifton SUBMIT Your Message Has Been Sent BACK TO CONTACT PAGE

  • Contact Us | United States | General Films

    CONTACT US General Films 645 South High Street Covington, Ohio 45318 Phone: 1.888.436.3456 Local: 1.937.473.2051 Fax: 937.473.2403 Purchasing ​ IT Administration Human Resources Email Us: ​ Field Sales ​ ​ Customer Service ​ ​

  • General Films: A Custom Manufacturer of Flexible Packaging Films

    ABOUT US NOT JUST PACKAGING, FLEXIBLE CUSTOMIZED PACKAGING 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 then create a well-thought-out solution that meets your criteria and exceeds your expectations. 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 producing , 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. > Capabilities, culture, and customer service <

  • 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 with you soon. We look forward to providing you and your company cost-effective and innovative flexible film solutions. SUBMIT Your Message Has Been Sent

  • Industrial Films, Bags and Liners | General Films

    INDUSTRIAL TOUGH FILMS THAT STAND UP IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS Industrial films and flexible packaging need to be tough. From the shop floor to warehouse and shipping applications and beyond, it’s simple: these products have to work. Our innovative industrial packaging solutions are engineered to be strong and effective; to do the jobs you ask of them time after time. We make coextruded films , box and barrel liners, pallet covers, machine films, pipe wraps, and much more. And because we know that no two clients’ needs are exactly the same, everything we deliver is always tailored to your exact specifications. ​ 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. Box and Barrel Liners Give us your requirements and we'll help size and specify liners for corrugated or drums. Because General Films is a custom resource, you'll get precisely the size and strength you need for your application. ​ Top Sheets Available as individually cut or perforated on rolls, top sheets protect pallets from dirt and moisture. We can help you package your product for maximum durability. ​ Shrink Bundling Films Custom-made to your specifications, our shrink bundling film provides an economical industrial packaging system. The high shrink force and contact clarity protect against in-transit damage, pilferage, and product tampering. ​ Pallet Covers General Films produces dependable polyethylene pallet covers with excellent puncture resistance, so your products arrive safely at their destination. They're available inside seal, bottom seal, and flat or gusseted bags so you get the best fit and most protection possible. Also available is a high-grade shrink version for tight product utilization and to reduce load shifting. ​ Machine Films Made from prime resin, our machine films offer the ultimate flexibility. You can use centerfold films on most L-sealers, and our single wound sheeting is standardized for shrink wrappers. Mattress manufacturers benefit from several grades of machine wrap films. General Films machine films are perfect for use on vertical form/fill/seal equipment. Performance Products Our packaging films can be formulated to meet rigorous requirements like automotive standard 302 or NFPA flame retardancy. Our antistatic films can meet military specifications or other static-resistant requirements. For sunlight exposure, UVI film provides a substantially longer use life. Light-sensitive products require our photo black film; impervious to sunlight. Many other performance attributes can be met with our ability to custom formulate various packaging films. ​ 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 Industrial Film Packaging Specifications Sheets ​ IS-120 Duratuf 120 Duratuf 130 IS-100 FC-20/67 Duratuf 75 Duratuf 100 DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEETS ​ > CLICK HERE to learn more about how our industrial packaging solutions protect your products every step of the way. CUSTOMER FOCUS