DELANO, Calif. — Maxco Supply Inc., the Parlier, Calif.-based carton design and manufacturing company, is now serving south San Joaquin Valley customers from a new distribution hub.

After more than a decade at a smaller leased site, Maxco Supply purchased 40 acres just north of Delano and built the new operation. The hub is in the heart of the Tulare and Kern counties table grape growing region.

Maxco Supply opens Delano distribution hub
                                                              Don Schrack

Max Flaming (right), founder and president of Maxco Supply Inc., Parlier, Calif., talks with long time customer Kenny Kovacevich. Maxco held an open house at the company’s new Delano area distribution hub June 17.

“This is the right area at the right time,” said Mark Flaming, vice president of operations and sales.

The new facility is modeled after the company’s Reedley, Calif. facility, Flaming said, and features nearly 30,000 square feet for gluing and assembling equipment.

Loading is available from both sides of the 300-foot-long structure, he said.

“It’s designed to serve customers at peak times of the day with a minimum of waiting between arrival and departure,” Flaming said.

In addition to gluing and carton assembly areas, the Delano hub contains office space and a large maintenance shop. The company’s manufacturing and printing operations will remain at the Parlier headquarters, Flaming said. The 40 acre site provides ample room for expansion in the future, he said.

Managing the Delano hub will be Steve Grote who started with Maxco full time in 1986.

“I’ve never worked for any other company,” Grote said. “In fact, I worked part-time at Maxco during my high school and college years.”

Maxco Supply has been serving California grower-shippers for 37 years. Max Flaming, Mark’s father and the company’s president, founded Maxco in 1972, but it was while he was attending then-Fresno State College that he began working in the fresh produce container industry.

“At that time, we were making wooden boxes and gluing labels on the ends,” Max Flaming said.

It was the environmental movement that spurred Maxco to switch to other materials for the cartons, he said.

“Concern over the spotted white owl dried up wood supplies in California,” Flaming said.

He points with pride to the fact Maxco Supply has concentrated only on agricultural customers.

“We’re 100% ag,” Mark Flaming said. “We don’t do boxes for Quaker State or any other product that doesn’t come from a farm.”

Maxco’s manufacturing plant prints up to six-color cartons.

“We constantly strive to improve our products while keeping pace with industry trends and technological advances, and we are proud of our record of achievement and customer service,” Max Flaming said.