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FoamCraft Story

In 1988 Bob was approached regarding buying a business making foam inserts.  At the time Bob was driving truck for NAPA Distribution and worked a part-time job; Donna was home with their three kids.  Bob took a look at the company and thought he could make it work.  With no prior business experience and only the understanding that a business needs to "Take care of the customer," they purchased the company in 1989.  FoamCraft began to supply a local customer with foam inserts made totally by hand in their laundry room that was about 8' x 12' (96 sq/ft).

FoamCraft quickly outgrew the laundry room and in 1991 Bob and Donna added a third stall to their garage to use as a workshop which was around 760 sq/ft.  During this time Bob still held a full-time position at NAPA driving truck overnight and operating FoamCraft during the day.  Donna and the kids also worked for FoamCraft and would laminate the foam that Bob cut while Bob got a few hours of sleep.  20 hour days were not uncommon!

FoamCraft reached a point where it needed to grow or stay where they were.  Bob and Donna decided to take the next step.  Bob began talks with Ken Hendrickson at the recently built Owatonna Business Incubator (OBI) and soon decided he was going to quit his job at NAPA to focus on FoamCraft fulltime.  In 1999 FoamCraft moved into the OBI and Bob quit his job at NAPA.  During the time at OBI, FoamCraft grew enough to invest in some new equipment to gain efficiencies: Packaging Saw, Die Press.  In 2002, FoamCraft had the opportunity to build wood pallets and crates for a customer.  The decision was made to diversify and a Wood Shop was opened in downtown Owatonna. In 2003, Greg Johnson was hired as Sales Manager to diversify FoamCraft's customer base.

FoamCraft was quickly outgrowing the OBI so Bob and Donna began looking at building.  In June 2005, FoamCraft moved into the current location with around 31,000 sq/ft.  Since arriving at this location Bob and Donna have made considerable investments in equipment and personnel:  Viking Pallet Machine, Notcher, Slitter, Ultimizer Optimizing Saw, Vortech CNC Router, Holzma Panel Saw, Weeke CNC Router.  In 2007, Kevin Oja was hired as Operations Manager to handle day-to-day operations of the business.  In 2010 additional Sales staff was added to further the Sales and Marketing side of the business to help grow FoamCraft.

In 2011 FoamCraft diversified more by adding 1,000's of different packaging products via their webstore (http://foamcraftpackaging.shoppkg.com/).  This allows customers to find all packaging related products in one stop!

Today FoamCraft continues to look for innovative ways to grow and provide packaging solutions to its customers.

 

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