Starting as a manager with one used bag machine in 1972, Ben Gosey made sales calls and deliveries in the mornings and then operated the bag machine in the afternoon and evenings to produce customer orders.
In 1977, Mr. Gosey obtained a small business loan and purchased Arkansas Poly Bag Company in Fort Smith. In addition to acquiring more equipment, a portion of the funds were used to purchase a 4,000 square foot warehouse and printing facility.
In 1981, the company established Arkansas Film Extrusion in the Industrial park in Van Buren which would now be the primary supplier of polyethylene materials used by Arkansas Poly Bag Company.
While we began as a manufacturer of plain polyethylene bags primarily in the poultry industry, we also recognized the industry was extremely diverse. To position ourselves to be able to better serve the needs and growth of our customer base, the decision was made to engage in the printing process and the extrusion of our own raw materials. The vertical integration of our production process allowed us greater control over our scheduling and afforded us opportunities to expand our market area.
In 1985, all operations were moved to Van Buren and the company changed its name to Arkansas Poly, Inc. Today, the company owns approximately 10 acres of land, 68,000 square feet of manufacturing warehouse space and a 5,000 square foot office building. The company utilizes four low-density, one high-density and one three-layer co-ex polyethylene extruders, two high speed, ten-color flexographic printing presses, two slitter/rewinders and six converting bag machines.
API is an aggressive and growing company, supplying flexible packaging products regionally, nationally and internationally. The company has enjoyed success through the dedicated efforts of its employees and a second generation of family who strive to always protect our reputation by valuing integrity, quality and service.