PWS was founded in 1979 by Tom Clements as a manufacturer’s representative organization with the objective of representing the finest retail packaging manufacturers in the industry calling on Paper and Packaging distributors. Lyndsey Tidwell joined Tom in 1992 as his first sales representative and partner.
In 1998, we began warehousing packaging products and offering quick production turnaround times on custom printed packaging items, such as gift boxes and ribbon, along with paper bags and plastic bags. This was no easy task, as neither of us had much experience operating a printing press. Undeterred, we continued forward and thankfully we were lucky enough to hire knowledgeable post-print professionals who we then entrusted to lead our production department. Soon after, our in-house print department had reached the finest quality workmanship for silk screening, foil hot stamping, flexo printing, and heat transfer application in the industry.
The success of our post-print operation and the growing demand in the Promotional Products Industry for quick turnarounds on custom printed packaging led to our decision to enter the Ad Specialty Industry in 2001. At the time, Tom and I had no idea that our two-man operation would grow to over 100 employees with our production facility located in Brea, California. Our commitment to continued growth did not stop there and by January 2017 PWS expanded to a second facility located in Portland, Tennessee. PWS is now positioned to serve customers from coast to coast, providing faster shipping times and lower freight costs nationwide!
As we continue onward, our philosophy remains to offer the best quality decoration on all our innovative products, along with the finest customer service. We also remain commited to nurturing long-lasting partnerships with our distributor customers. It is because of these philosophies that we have become an industry leader in innovative bags and packaging; and we are committed to remain that leader.
Tom and I would like to thank all of our distributor partners, as well as our employees over the years, for being part of making PWS an ongoing success. Many of you have become not just our customers or employees but very good friends as well. These relationships, more than anything, are worth the journey.
I hope you enjoy our new web site and that you find it user friendly and helpful.