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- Leadership | United States | General Films
LEADERSHIP Tim Weikert, President Tim is the second generation of Weikert's 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 of Sales 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. Joe Sprouse, Operations Manager Joe, a 10-yr veteran of the US Army, has over 30 years of operations management experience, in addition to 10+ years of sales/marketing experience. As Operations Manager, Joe is responsible for the extrusion, converting, maintenance, purchasing, and traffic departments as well as overall facility management. He has acquired an SQF Auditor Certification and is also a member of the General Films, Inc. Board of Directors. He has a BS in Business from the University of Alaska. Gus DeLucia, Human Resources Director Gus brings over 25 years of experience in Human Resources through a variety of 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. 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.
- Custom Flexible Film Packaging for Food & Industrial Applications
PRODUCTS PRODUCTS FOR DIVERSE INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS Not just flexible film packaging—custom flexible film packaging. While we have film and film-based solutions ready to serve, what makes General Films different is our ability to analyze your specific needs, then create a well-thought-out solution to meet those needs—and exceed your expectations! Our products are competitively priced and designed to work. What our customers appreciate most is that we’re large enough to tackle complex challenges, but, we’re also accessible, providing personalized service, on-time delivery, and an exceptional customer experience. CO-EXTRUDED BAG-IN-BOX VFFS SMC INDUSTRIAL
- Flexible Packaging Films for Food, Dairy, Industrial & Poultry
MARKETS WE SERVE REDEFINING INDUSTRY STANDARDS Our poly films and flexible packaging products are used in industrial markets that range from food processing to industrial technologies and everything in between. No matter what market we’re serving, we always aim to provide the very best products and services in the industry—to redefine our clients’ expectations of quality and what to expect from a comprehensive supplier partnership. Our goal is your satisfaction, and we never stop working to achieve it. POULTRY FLUID DAIRY FOOD AUTOMOTIVE HOME GOODS INDUSTRIAL
- Roy's Legacy | General Films
HONORING THE LEGACY THE MEMORY, LEGACY, AND VISION OF FOUNDER ROY WEIKERT On Sunday, June 23rd, we 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. Again, we want to thank our employees and their families for everything they do to make General Films the industry leader it is today. Founder, Friend, and Industry Icon See the extraordinary life and vision of Founder Roy J. Weikert Roy J. Weikert 1913–2019 Roy J. Weikert, age 105, passed away peacefully in his sleep at The Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio, on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Many who knew him would say he was one of the most interesting people they had known. He was born on October 22, 1913, to parents, Isaac and Gertrude Weikert, both deceased. Also preceding him in death are brothers, Robert, Harold, Wayne, and their spouses, and sister Freida and her spouse along with an infant sister, Margaret. Although Roy never married, he is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families as well as a wide circle of extended Weikert family, many friends, and business associates. Roy spent his early formative years on farms and in one-room schools in Darke and Miami Counties and then moved with his family to Covington when in sixth grade. He graduated from Covington High School. He attended Columbia University in New York and later earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Honoring the Memory of Roy Weikert
- History | United States | General Films
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 October 22, 1913: Roy Weikert is born near Arcanum, Ohio 1935 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 Roy enters the U.S. Army to serve in World War II 1950-60s 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
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Stepping Up to the Plate Americans consume more chicken than any other consumers 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, Granata says. "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. Close
- Flexible Film Solutions for Food Packaging | General Films
FOOD A FRESH LOOK AT FOOD PACKAGING Preserving quality and extending shelf life are critical to the success of food packing companies. The ability to deliver higher quality products that stay fresher longer is a tremendous competitive advantage and a necessity for demanding consumers. At General Films, we provide flexible film solutions for various types of food packaging, including cheese, fresh meat and crackers, cookies, cakes, cereal, frozen foods, and other goods that require a barrier bag . We specialize in flexible packaging for institutional cheese applications including short- and long-hold bags for 40 lb. to 640 lb. cheese blocks and liners for 500 lb. cheese barrels. Our product is stiff, abrasion-resistant, and won’t stretch. Plus, our flexible film solutions are designed to support your operations by increasing throughput and reducing downtime. Meat, Cheese, Nuts, Spices, and More Our Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) and Barrier Films bags and films are used for diverse food and meat applications. 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. Bulk Cheese Packaging General Films manufactures institutional bulk cheese packaging for 40 lb. blocks; 500 lb. barrel lines, and or 640 lb. sheets and sleeves (tubes). Our cheese packaging films provide excellent oxygen transmission (OTR) values for both long and short-hold applications. In addition, this 9-layer coextruded barrier film is available in clear and or colored and exceeds all FDA requirements for institutional cheese packaging. Its ease of machinability, toughness, and low heat sealability, make this a versatile and cost-effective solution for all your short and long hold product needs. Produce Film 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. Contact Freezer plate/Crust Films 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. Grains Packaging General Films manufactures custom-engineered VFFS film for the grain product category and where a moisture barrier is a must. Whether that is cookies, cake mix, cereals, rice, or seasonings, General Films offers a high moisture barrier product that will keep your packaging fresh. With a blended HDPE coextruded film, let General Film provide you with a cost-effective offering and superior performance and value. “Besides the consistent quality of General Films’ products, their customer service is a major benefit.” When you ask me what I would tell others about General Films, I'd say they have good quality products, they listen to the customer, they help us solve problems, they react quickly, and their prices are fair. " " Craig Colonno, Purchasing Director & Ice Cream Mix Manager, Anderson Erickson Dairy Custom Coextruded Film Specification Sheets For Food Processors BG/2M SM/2M H2/BL LB-725 LB-730 PV/40 PR-2/175 CB Film DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEETS 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. > CLICK HERE to learn more about how our packaging solutions are suited to meeting your processing needs.
- INDUSTRIAL FILM | General Films
INDUSTRIAL FILM LAYING THE GROUNDWORK IN INDUSTRIAL FILM PACKAGING 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, 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. Gaylord Bin Liners Gussetted or flat Gaylord liners to meet your requirements. Furniture/Mattress Film and Bags Automated wrapping (compression, fold, and roll). Also includes mattress overwrap film and bags. 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. " " Denny Brashear, President, Vision Plastics Industrial Film Packaging Specifications Sheets FC-20/67 IS-100 IS-120 Duratuf 75 Duratuf 100 Duratuf 120 Duratuf 13 DOWNLOAD SPEC SHEETS Material Used LLDPE (Butene, hexene, octene, metallocene) LDPE (standard, shrink) EVA (clarity), IPG (Industrial Grade) blends the above materials of MDPE and HDPE. Availability Flat and gusseted tubing 7-120" Single wound sheeting 15-120" Center fold sheeting 7-120" Multi-fold capabilities Bags on rolls - both BS and SS; 18" lay flat, minimum Separated bags - bottom or side seal Thickness range - .001 - .010 mil Contact Tom Granata , submit a Start A Solution form, or call 1.888.436.3456 today!
- Careers | United States | General Films
CAREERS YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE We are always looking for quality team members at General Films. They are the strength of our organization and a key to our 70-plus years of manufacturing success. Our Benefits Include: Competitive compensation packages Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and life insurance Paid vacations that start during your first year of employment 401k plan to help build financial security for you and your family Profit-sharing allows each employee to benefit from a job well done A fun, stable, hard-working, and rewarding family atmosphere Shift options to work with you and your family's needs Part-time and full-time opportunities Three-day 12-hour weekend shift is available for select jobs As soon as I started at General Films, I could sense it was a great place for me. My co-workers have been terrific to work with, and we all share the desire to do our best for the company and most importantly, our customers. " " Brenda W. We are proud of our company and the environment we offer our team members. We hope you will consider General Films for the next step in your career. Please CLICK HERE to review the open positions we currently have in our organization.
- Community | United States | General Films
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT AND INNOVATION SHINES BRIGHT AT GENERAL FILMS Covington, OH— Sunday, November 29, 2020 The General Films Christmas party is typically a time for our associates to gather and celebrate the holidays with a festive dinner. Due to the coronavirus, this annual tradition was reformatted to ensure that everyone could stay safe, healthy, and socially distanced. The new format was initially planned as an outdoor gathering, like an old-fashioned Christmas Market, but the pandemic issues continued...which required us to change the event once again. This time, we created a Drive-thru experience, with several individual tents arranged around the GF facility, for our associates and their families to enjoy. The Drive-thru included many stops with gift items, kettle corn, hot cocoa, a food truck, Santa, holiday lights, and more. Each tent was staffed by GF employees including the senior leadership team and the Sunshine Committee. The event provided a great opportunity to individually thank each of our associates for their dedication to GF and express appreciation for their outstanding effort during such a challenging year. Although it was a different approach, we were pleased to continue our annual GF Christmas tradition - and It was a wonderful day to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season! Clicked to Enlarge, View and Scroll the Full Gallery COVINGTON SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES GENERAL FILMS FOR LEGACY OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT Covington, OH—October 9, 2020 General Films was awarded the Ohio School Board Association’s Business Honor Roll at the September 16, 2020, Covington Exempted Village Schools Board of Education meeting. For 75 years, General Films has been honored to partner with our community on education initiatives. The OSBA Business Honor Roll program recognizes just that—areas where businesses and schools are able to collaborate, ensuring that schools receive the support and real-world experience they need today while businesses are able to share the workforce skills students needs for tomorrow. General Films Founder Roy J. Weikert began his education in a single-room schoolhouse before eventually graduating from Covington High School. Following graduation, Roy attended Columbia University in New York City and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Roy’s passion for learning was reflected not only in his formal education but also in his profession. A lifelong learner, it was Roy’s insatiable curiosity and inventiveness that led to General Films. Prior to WWII, Roy invented a manufacturing process that pioneered the Company’s first product; a plastic protector for men’s hats. Following service in the war—and along with his brother, Wayne—Roy’s curiosity and energy turned to creating new products and building a manufacturing business. It was then that General Films was officially founded, making Roy an industry icon and flexible film leader. Today, General Films’ commitment to education and invention continues. Through the RJW Foundation, General Films presented Covington EVS with a gift that funded computers, plus a business education initiative. Later donations supported renovations and improvements to the school’s theatre. It was Roy’s nephew and current General Films CEO Tim Weikert who accepted the award. “Covington continues to be the setting for our company and family’s story,” said Tim Weikert. “We are honored to help support a new generation of learners and innovators, who we hope will look to Roy and General Films as their inspiration.” AT HOME IN OUR COMMUNITY Since 1947, we have been a ﬁxture in our community and active supporters of local schools, charities, and civic outreach organizations. From employee food and clothing drives that help the less fortunate to sponsoring youth sports and scholarship programs, we take our responsibility to our community seriously, and so do our employees. Many members of our General Films family freely devote their time and energy outside of work to help improve the quality of life for others. On a national scale, the company has made large equipment donations to support several educational institutions including Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, and the dairy programs at both Penn State University and Cornell University. Our founder, Roy J. Weikert, also made signiﬁcant donations in his lifetime and through his estate to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Several local and regional organizations have also been beneﬁciaries of Roy’s generosity. General Films recently hosted an event for community leaders to share information about the company and distribute additional philanthropic gifts to several local groups. Some of the organizations that received funds from Roy’s estate include the Village of Covington, Covington Exempted Village Schools, Covington Fire & Rescue, Covington-Newberry Historical Society, Covington Church of the Brethren, and the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. The event provided a wonderful opportunity to reﬂect on Roy’s life, recognize the impact that he had on General Films and the local community, and to celebrate more than $500,000 of donations over the past two years