About AlpinePittsburgh Area Label Printing: A Success Story Made in the USA
With 22 printing presses and 1500 die shapes, Alpine Packaging meets today’s “just-in-time” delivery requirements. With the capability of printing pressure-sensitive label stock and flexible packaging films on the 13”, 10” and 7” wide, six color presses, Alpine continues to earn customer praise for both the results of our four-color process printing and the experience of our knowledgeable label engineers.
Our state of the art platemaking system and dedicated graphic design team are ready to transform your concept into an effective, attention getting label. Our label engineers and friendly customer service team assist with all your printing requirements. At Alpine, labels are custom-made to your expectations.
Alpine’s FDA approved plain or printed poly bags can wrap your hoagies, frozen foods or candy. Need a carton or drum liner? With a warehouse of poly film, Alpine can meet the custom size and strength requirements for your bags, sleeves and sheets.
Press About Alpine
Alpine Labels have been featured in Labels & Labeling Magazine. In an article by Danielle Jerschefske, Alpine’s women owned status in an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry was examined, as well as Alpine’s ability to invest for the future and acquire business in markets seeking work with minority owned companies.
From the issue (June/July 2008): “A stable of Mark Andy presses are a key component in Alpine’s strong reputation for providing a quality product in short order. Lehigh calls Alpine ‘a true just-in-time shop,’ and explains, ‘We can have customers call us in the morning – even with a new setup – and get the job out the door the same day, including platemaking.’”
You can learn more about Labels & Labeling Magazine at www.LabelsandLabeling.com.
Our Mission Statement
Alpine Packaging, Inc is committed to providing high quality customized packaging, continuity in superior service , and customer satisfaction in an employee-friendly environment with the utmost integrity.
Order after order, Alpine has provided us with the highest quality printing handled in a fast and friendly manner. I would highly recommend Alpine Packaging.Tim Deily
The History of Alpine Packaging
At Alpine, we pride ourselves in delivering a personal touch, knowing that friendly, responsive customer service is simply the other side of the coin when it comes to doing the job right. When you look at our history, you’ll understand why we feel that way.
Our label printing heritage had its start over half a century ago in founder Bill Johnson’s garage. Bill had acquired a contract with 3M Company to print price marking labels used in Five-and-Dime stores.
Bill Johnson then pounded the pavement in sales within a partnership company, where he landed a major tire account. After 15 years in the manufacturing and selling of printed labels and tapes, along with cellophane and poly bags, Bill and Sug Johnson decided to establish their own business: Alpine Packaging, Inc. in 1972.
The corporation was built on the once-upon-a-time parking lot of the Vogue Terrace Night Club and the Alpine Hotel. The original 10,000 square foot building was used for the printing of tire labels and converting cellophane bags for the candy industry.
In those days, the type was set-up with zinc letters and numbers, and transferred onto a rubber plate. With only two label presses printing tire labels and one cellophane bag machine making candy bags, Alpine got by with a staff of only seven employees, still a big step up from Bill Johnson’s garage.
In time, the three Johnson children, Bobby, Jill, and Jan expressed interest in the family business, but Mom and Dad said they had to work somewhere else after completing college, then come into the business. Even so, all three had to start at entry level, learning the business of label making from the ground up. It was a true family affair, with Bill and Sug going home for lunch (only 7 minutes away) and bringing back lunch for the “kids.”
All five family members worked together for many years and enjoyed the great times of growing the business. In 2007, Jill and Jan became the current owners of the entire business and today Alpine Packaging is certified as a Woman-Owned corporation.
Commitment to Sustainability
Alpine Packaging follows eco-friendly processes to help protect the environment. Our rubbish costs were reduced by $16,203 in 2016 by adding our comprehensive recycling program and by changing companies for our rubbish collection service. Alpine’s recycling program now includes plastic bottles as well as paper, corrugated boxes and aluminum cans. Learn more about our business’s green practices on our Sustainability page.
Alpine Packaging: The Next Generation
Chase Lehigh, Chad Lehigh, and Katie Grunst will become the third generation at Alpine Packaging. Both have worked at Alpine and are planning on holding other jobs before coming back to the company on a full-time basis.
Katie currently teaches 5th and 6th grade PE and coaches field hockey and lacrosse at an independent school in Dallas, TX. In her second year as Head Coach, Katie led the school’s Varsity Field Hockey team to the 2010 SPC Division II Championship and captured the program’s first title in school history. A 2008 Graduate of Denison University, Katie has a B.A. in History and a minor in Geoscience.
Chase graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills, PA in 2010; and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH in May 2015 with a major in Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Chase studied in San Francisco, CA for a week during his 2013 winter term; focusing on Entrepreneurship with a top digital agency. He was engaged in learning various approaches to creative problem solving with creative companies including IDEO, Imaginers and Disqus. During his summer breaks, Chase has worked part time at Alpine in many aspects of the business, including customer service, marketing, printing, graphic arts, purchasing and production scheduling. Chase did an internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2014.
Chad graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills, PA in 2012; and he attends Miami University in Oxford, OH majoring in Engineering Management. He is a member of the club hockey team as a defenseman. After high school, Chad delayed starting college to pursue his love for ice hockey. He played junior hockey for the Monarchs in New Hampshire, then the following year he played for the Philadelphia Flyers Junior Team. During the summers, Chad worked at Alpine as a production enhancer and material handler, customer service, shipping enhancer and a rewind operator. Chad is interested in continuing his learning of all aspects of the family business.
What’s New at Alpine Packaging
What’s new at Alpine? Our new digital printing press allows for high quality custom labels, small print runs, and sequential numbering capabilities.