Serving the Fruit Packing Industry Since 1937
Phone: (509) 248-6270


About Us

Who We Are

In 1937, L.P. Michelsen founded Michelsen Packaging Company in Yakima, Washington as a distributor of supplies for the tree fruit industry. His abiding goal was to “provide exceptional customer service.” Through the years, the company has grown to encompass many facets including the manufacturing and marketing of Jiffy® Pads and Kushion Kraft®, Vanguard Premium® cushioning material, raisin trays, molded pulp apple and pear trays and packaging equipment. In addition, Michelsen also operates three complete paper, corrugated and aluminum can recycling centers and a full service trucking division. As an industrial packaging distributor, we represent several manufacturers of packaging supplies, materials and equipment for the Washington & Northern California marketplace. Michelsen Packaging Company currently operates manufacturing and warehousing facilities in five Western U.S. locations. In Washington, we serve you in Wenatchee, Auburn, and two locations in Yakima. We also serve you from Fresno, California. Throughout seven decades of growth, Michelsen Packaging Company has remained true to its founder’s philosophy that exceptional customer service is the number one goal.

Corporate & Social Responsibility

To promote employee development and well-being, our management is based on servant leadership principles. We believe that in order to have a meaningful life, one needs meaningful work. We strive to meet our goals by working as a T.E.A.M. (together everyone accomplishes more). Employees at all levels are empowered to use their good judgment and efforts “to serve those inside and outside the Company.” Continued education and opportunities are available for all employees. Voluntary WISHA inspections to ensure a safe working environment and safe working practices are scheduled regularly. Several communication methods are utilized to penetrate barriers that can hinder cooperation among departments. Our success in achieving a harmonious work environment is reflected in attendance rates. In 2011, fifty percent of 150 non-salaried employees were rewarded for perfect attendance.

Service to the Fruit Industry

We pursue a partnership relationship with our customers and suppliers to offer a high level of service. Our attitude is to help those we serve to become more successful. Educational information about the products we make and sell is offered to support good packaging practices for all customers.

Mission Statement

Michelsen Packaging Company is dedicated to providing uncompromising service, for all inside and outside our Company, through a commitment to performance with unyielding integrity. We value honesty, enthusiasm, initiative, and consistency–that will be the foundation of every relationship. Listening to understand those we serve is a challenge we embrace each day.

Core Values


In order to have a meaningful life, we want meaningful work. We accomplished this together as a TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More).


We make every effort to deliver the best in products and service.


We are 100% accountable for our personal health, behavior and actions. We do what we say we will do with professionalism and integrity.


We believe in one another’s innovation, initiative and personal growth. We treat one another with kindness and respect.


Our individual performance is essential for continued financial strength of our Company.