Baltimore — Arnold Packaging, now celebrating 85 years of offering packaging and productivity solutions for some of the country’s best-known brands, announced they have acquired World Class Packaging, a local packaging solutions provider.
Based in southeastern Baltimore, World Class Packaging was started in 2004 by Marco Alban. With a client base of more than 200 customers across the region, the acquisition of World Class Packaging brings with it a greater market share across the mid-Atlantic. This acquisition will add another six employees, an additional increase of 11 percent.
Arnold Packaging’s president, Mick Arnold, is the fourth generation president of the company and sees the acquisition as another opportunity to better serve customers.
“We awaken each day with the goal of helping clients become more productive and increasing their profitability,” says Arnold. “When we talk to customers, we’re always looking for opportunities that allow them to execute more effectively. Acquiring World Class Packaging does exactly that. We have increased the products, services, and reach that we provide, allowing us to provide them with the resources they need to keep pace with the competition.”
President since 1995, Mick Arnold rebranded the company as Arnold Packaging in 2016. In 2017, he launched the company’s first break-out division, Arnold Automation, to help customers leverage the benefits of automation in reducing labor costs and increasing productivity. Shortly after, he formed an exclusive partnership with Ready Robotics to offer the company’s TaskMate robot to Arnold Packaging clients, a move that Arnold sees as redefining the manufacturing process. Since 2016, Arnold Packaging’s manufacturing division has experienced 94.4-percent growth and their workforce has increased by nearly 33-percent.
In the mid-1950s, the company began manufacturing wood and corrugated shipping containers to serve major mid-Atlantic manufacturers, including Northrop Grumman and Bethlehem Steel. In 2012, Arnold’s Factory supplies was ready to expand to other markets when Saks Fifth Avenue moved its distribution center from Maryland to Tennessee and later extended to Toronto Canada.