About Tewes Corporation
HOW DO YOU BENEFIT BY CHOOSING TEWES?
- Product Quality
- Order Accuracy
- Product Variety
- Most orders shipped within 24 hours
- Free samples available on most products
- Volume discounts
- Annual purchase contracts
- Blanket orders
- Drop shipments
- Custom orders
- Custom packaging
- Custom printing
You have heard the experts say businesses succeed because they are competitive, flexible and innovative. Tewes has been in business 65 years, so you know you can add stable and financially sound. With our name out front, our performance is also a reflection on our individual integrity. Our customers consistently rank us high in product quality, speed of delivery, order accuracy, dependability and product variety.
As a woman-owned company we can help you achieve the diversity status you need to compete in today's marketplace.
Our Guarantee: We sincerely believe that we are a better alternative for many of your packaging needs. We invite you to try us!
Depending on the product you select, we can ship direct to you from any of our 16 distribution and custom manufacturing centers to serve you better:
- Lower shipping charges
- Quicker delivery
- Stock orders ship within 24 hours and custom orders within 7-10 days.
Distribution centers located in the following states:
- Illinois (2)
Committed to exceptional quality - Dedicated to outstanding service
Our 67 Years of experience has garnered the following performance ratings from our customers:
Evolution of a Family Owned Business
Barbara Tewes Berndt, President of Tewes Corporation reflects on a business that has witnessed many changes over the last 50+ years
Barb, who owns a packaging company originally founded in 1946 that markets directly to various industries, reflects on how an entrepreneurial family spirit has seen the company evolve.
"I am the second generation to run this business. It began in 1946 when my parents Don and Myra Tewes returned from war service and launched a small family business because it seemed to match their dreams of an enterprise in which they would share equal responsibility and have control in their hands."
"The company was an innovator in a new industry focused on plastics and a new process called vacuum forming. Pioneering has a great self satisfying appeal but without deep pockets, it is very challenging for a small business. The procedure was in its early stage of development so my father made his own presses and had to advise pattern makers on how to make the special molds. Selling a process rather than an established and recognized product meant time and money were expended with few orders to show for it. As vacuum forming gained acceptance, the machinery manufacturers came onto the scene with new equipment, but at prices that weren't economical for small manufacturing runs."
Extinction loomed; however, an exciting second phase was on the horizon... 'Plastics!' Remember that jarring word in the 1967 movie "The Graduate?" It was delivered by a man to young Dustin Hoffman, just out of college and looking for a job. The family friend urged Hoffman to "get into plastics." The second phase began when Myra brought home a loaf of bread in a plastic bag. Investigation showed it was a relatively new product with exciting potential.
A small used bag-making machine was purchased and used to launch the new hope. With some good luck and a few significant decisions, the company landed on the plateau of gradual growth. Eventually, newer and larger machines were bought and the company was able to build a new and much bigger building.
Quite suddenly, destiny delivered another hit when China began selling bags for less than the cost of raw materials in the US, driving hundreds of plastic firms into bankruptcy, consolidation or simple disappearance. Once more, the end seemed imminent.
In 1991, Barbara started running the company and was convinced that the future of small plastic bag manufacturers was bleak. The decision was made to expand by becoming a distributor in addition to continuing manufacturing. "This allowed the opportunity to offer bags not within our manufacturing capabilities, as well as produced from materials other than polyethylene.
By 1997 the distribution end of the business had grown to 50%, making it necessary to expand. While celebrating our 50th year in business we added an addition that more than doubled our space."
In 2003 Steve Berndt, Barb's husband, chose to move industries to assist in the on-going growth of Tewes. His 27 years of IT experience brought to the company a clearer understanding through expanded and extensive reports of where changes should and/or needed to be made for better profitability.
By 2004 the distribution end of the business was at almost 75% due to the growing lists of vendors, suppliers and distribution channels. This growth offered opportunities to expand from mostly plastic bags to a variety of packaging materials and supplies, such as paper, bubble and foam, boxes, retail packaging, etc. The end of 2004 the decision was made to become 100% distribution and cease manufacturing by 2006.
Our mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to our customers at the best prices possible. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog
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