Elkhart, Indiana based Welch Packaging, a family-owned business that operates a network of custom corrugated manufacturing companies, announced the acquisition of Innovative Packaging Solutions (IPS) in York, Pennsylvania. With operations in the Midwest and Midsouth, the acquisition expands Welch’s footprint into the Mid-Atlantic region.

IPS is a corrugated manufacturer and packaging solutions provider holding a special niche in the reel business. Established in 2000 by Chuck Kelley and Mike Rentzel, the company was created to provide high-end corrugated design services. In 2013, Chuck and Mike partnered with Todd Witte, merging IPS with another corrugated production company, Packaging Control Corporation (PCC). Today, the company boasts a full suite of corrugated packaging products and design services.

“We are excited to welcome IPS to the Welch Packaging family of businesses,” said Scott Welch, President and CEO of Welch Packaging, “IPS has a strong tradition of quality products and commitment to customers, which closely aligns with our core values. Adding the reel business to our product portfolio will enhance our mission to provide the ultimate corrugated experience for our customers.”

Chuck Kelley, former President of IPS, will continue to oversee the business as the General Manager. Said Kelley, “The partnership will enable us to provide more comprehensive packaging solutions and resources to our customers, while maintaining the exceptional level of service they’ve come to expect from IPS.”

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