Welcome to Automated Packaging Systems, a company whose values are rooted deep within our heritage, and whose mission and vision are geared toward continued global growth and success.
Who we are
Automated Packaging Systems was founded in 1962 by brothers Hershey and Bernie Lerner in a garage in Queens New, York. Hershey and Bernie, both engineers, invented the very first pre-opened bags-on-a-roll and called them Autobag®. Shortly after, the original Autobag bagging machine was born – a cardboard box with a dowel bar and a small air compressor mounted to the top.
From those humble beginnings, we have grown to be a world leader in packaging machines and materials. Now, we are a team of more than 1,100 people worldwide, owning a 55% stake in our success through the company’s generous Employee Stock Ownership Program.
We have six sites in Northeast Ohio, including our world headquarters in Streetsboro. Our European corporate office and manufacturing facility is located in Malvern, UK. In total, we have nine manufacturing plants around the world; with regional sales, service and distribution located throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.
We take pride in being a company with the resources to get the job done, while maintaining a close-knit culture not far removed from those days in the garage – keeping us agile in an ever-changing global marketplace.
As for Hershey and Bernie, they were inducted into the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) Hall of Fame in 2012. They don’t dwell on that, though. Most days, you’ll find them in one of our facilities, checking out what’s new and sharing their ideas.
What we do
Automated Packaging specializes in the design and manufacture of bagging machines, bags-on-a-roll, inflatable protective packaging products and stretch sleeve labels.
Our primary brands include:
- Autobag® - The original, and still the best, pre-opened bags-on-a-roll and bagging systems
- SidePouch® - Specialty bags and high speed packaging systems
- AirPouch® - Inflate-on-demand void-fill pillows and cushioning bubbles used in shipping
- AutoSleeve - The most recognized brand in stretch sleeve bottle labelers
What really sets us apart from our competition is our total solutions approach to packaging, including Machines, Materials and Services. We back all of our products with the industry’s largest technical and customer services offering to ensure our customers’ production lines operate at peak performance for many years to come.
If you like what you’ve read so far, feel free to browse our Benefits and Culture pages to find out more about what it’s like to work at Automated Packaging Systems. You can also browse our current job listings.