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Columbia/Okura celebrates 20th anniversary

Twenty years celebrated as robotic palletizing company continues to look towards the future.

June 21, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

VANCOUVER, WA—Columbia/Okura LLC is pleased announce the celebration of its 20th anniversary, now a leading North American provider of custom engineered robotic palletizing solutions.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura USA, Inc.

Through years of hard work, management vision and the strategic commitment of the parent companies, Columbia/Okura began to thrive with a focus on bag palletizing during its early years.  This experience and exposure provided the confidence to look beyond bag palletizing applications, ultimately allowing the company to become robotic palletizing experts, regardless of packaging type.

“Being easy to do business with and taking care of our customer have been key attributes to the company’s success and longevity,” says Columbia/Okura president Brian Hutton. “Columbia/Okura’s customer service has been recognized for excellence with its 24-hour technical support hotline, factory certified field service technicians, state-of-the-art personnel training center, and our ongoing commitment to keeping our customer’s lines running.”

He continues: “While the past 20 years has been a tremendous experience, I’m expecting bigger challenges and more significant growth opportunities for the next 20 years. Columbia/Okura will continue its commitment to its core values of Safety, Flexibility, and Performance.”

Columbia/Okura has succeeded, in large part, based on the dedication and loyalty of its employees, suppliers and customers, who together, have made this company what it is today.

A recognition presentation will take place at 10:30am at 301 Grove St., Vancouver, WA on June 24, 2016 , with an employee “thank you” celebration taking place off-site later in the day.

About Columbia/Okura
Columbia/Okura LLC designs, integrates, and commissions end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries. For 20 years, Columbia/Okura has been a leading provider of robotic palletizing systems by delivering custom engineered solutions meeting demanding customer requirements. Serving clients in agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building materials, and medical industries, Columbia/Okura provides a robotic palletizing solution to meet the needs of any application. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura USA, Inc.  For more information, visit


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