Canadian Packaging

Douglas Machine celebrates 50th anniversary

100% employee-owned marks 50th year as packaging automation manufacturer.

March 10, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

ALEXANDRIA, MN.—Douglas Machine Inc., a 100% employee-owned business and a leading provider of packaging automation and services, is proud to announce its 50th year in business.

Since 1964, Douglas has been providing secondary and end-of-line packaging solutions including case packers, shrink wrap systems, cartoners and technical services to the world’s top consumer packaged goods companies.

Today Douglas is an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) company, fully-owned and fully-operated by its employee owners.

“Our success has come from our passion for exceeding customer expectations,” says Douglas president Jon Ballou.

“By combining experience, innovation, and a partnership based approach, we find ways to increase the value we provide our customers. We are proud of our dedicated employee owners and truly appreciate our customers who put their trust in us.”

They are represented in Canada via PLAN Automation.

About Douglas Machine Inc.
Founded in 1964, Douglas Machine Inc. is recognized as a global leader in automated secondary packaging solutions for paperboard, corrugated, and shrink film. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of cartoners, sleevers, case/tray packers, and shrink wrap systems. Based in Alexandria, MN, Douglas is an employee-owned company that has installed more than 7,000 machines in 30 countries. For more information, visit

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