One of my favorite things to do is to see food businesses in action and to tour food processing plants. So when my friend and colleague, Ken Wetherell invited me to visit DePaul Packaging to get a firsthand look at their operation, I jumped at the chance.

The more I learn about DePaul Packaging, the more impressed I am. This packaging operation is one of the three core businesses of Portland-based DePaul Industries. The organization has been around for a long time helping people with disabilities to have the opportunity to have meaningful work. They also help food processors stay competitive with a state-of-the-art, commercial-grade food packaging facility.

I had told Ken about my food product business and he offered to discuss it with me at his office and get a tour of the plant.

Ken and I share many interests (food, business, the food business… you get the idea) and when the two of us get together we have no shortage of things to talk about.

Within minutes we had whipped up a flurry of topics and swapped stories about experiences we’d had, resources to make use of, and food people we plan to introduce each other to. And in no time we were drawing diagrams of cool food processing equipment for each other on the large whiteboard at the front of the room. This is the stuff food geeks dream about and we were basking in it.

When Ken took me on through DePaul’s food packaging plant, I gained a real appreciation of just how valuable DePaul’s packaging solutions must be for its customers. They have the machinery and the workforce to provide everything from large, machine-operated packaging solutions to the smallest hand assembly projects.

DePaul offers so many contract packaging options that it would be impossible to list them all. Suffice it to say that, as a food technologist who helps business owners, I was pleased to learn about the many possibilities that exist for food manufacturers in the region.