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Smyth Companies, Inc. Celebrating 140 years of business

Founded in 1877, Smyth Companies, a leader in the printing and packaging industry, announced the celebration of their 140thanniversary this year, making it one of the oldest businesses in the state of Minnesota.

In honor of this historic milestone, Smyth will be hosting celebrations with their 550+ employees and special guests throughout the year at all nine of their facilities. The first of the celebrations took place at Smyth Headquarters in St. Paul with a visit from Mayor Chris Coleman, who declared June 13, 2017 to be Smyth Companies Day in the city of St. Paul.

Coleman praised Smyth Companies and the Hickey family for their legacy, history, and deep roots with the city, declaring Smyth an “ambassador to the city of St. Paul.”  He thanked Smyth for providing jobs for over a century, and for growing in environmentally responsible ways.  

Coleman went on to commend Smyth for being “an exemplary corporate citizen and good neighbor since its founding, constantly giving back to the community, through its involvement in charitable activities, environmental initiatives and business leadership.” In addition to its community focus, Smyth has earned the exclusive Best Workplace in the Americas award for the last 9 years, an award based on employee engagement, benefits, and work-life balance. 

John Hickey, CEO, also shared a heartfelt tribute with the Smyth employees: “In most cases we spend as much time with our associates as we do with our families. We are grateful to every employee who has ever worked for us, riding shotgun with us over the years, now nearly a century and a half. Thank you all very much.”

Smyth Earns Two Big Honors In Printing

Smyth Companies has been recognized with two big awards in flexographic printing, cementing the company’s position as a leader in the Health & Beauty packaging market.

On April 30, Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) held its annual banquet for the Excellence in Flexography awards in Phoenix, Arizona where it was announced that Smyth was the recipient of the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award in the Narrow Web category.  The winning entry was for Bath & Body Work’s Cozy Sunday Morning body cream label. Here’s a link to the details on the FTA site.

And on April 27, Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) conducted its annual award ceremony for the Star of Excellence print competition.  Smyth’s entry of a label produced for Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Lace lotion received a ‘Best of Category’ award in the Packaging and Labels group.

“Winning these awards is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all our employees, and demonstrates why we are a leader in printing and packaging,” said Scott Fisher, President of Smyth Companies.  “It’s our goal to produce award-winning printing on every job we run.”

Smyth customer McCall Farms rolls out new package

Smyth customer McCall Farms is featured in Packaging World magazine for the company's revolutionary new package.   McCall is utilizing a clear retortable plastic can for seven bean varieties under the Glory Foods brand.  Smyth provides the clear film cut-and-stack labels for these cans, helping McCall gain a 'clear advantage' at retail. 

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Smyth Companies profiled in Label & Narrow Web

2017 marks Smyth Companies' 140th anniversary.  The company was recently featured in Label & Narrow Web magazine providing, details about the company's past accomplishments, current expansion of geographic reach and capabilities, and future plans for growth.

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