Sixto Packaging has been recognized as a recipient of the 2013 Florida Companies to Watch award. The family-owned flexible packaging manufacturer has been in business for over 40 years in South Florida.
Manufacturing flexible packaging for renowned brands such as Goya, Café Pilon, Café Bustelo and many others, this Sixto ranks among the top 500 Hispanic businesses and among the fastest growing 100 Hispanic business in the nation.
Earlier this year, Sixto Packaging acquired a larger production facility investing over $3,000,000 in new equipment and infrastructure adding substantial capacity and capabilities to its arsenal of products offered. Being a small converter in an industry landscape largely dominated by giants, Sixto Packaging has used the service-based approach of short-run lengths and short lead time, coupled with vertical integration of quality and consistent converting to overcome challenges. The company specializes in short- and medium runs, and maintains inventory for a number of customers.
“In today’s market situation, customers want to maintain inventory levels low and expect quick production lead times, we strive for two to three weeks,” says Emilio Sixto, vice president. “Our customer knows that we will bail them out of emergencies 99 percent of the time. Many larger converters have large minimum order quantities and will refuse to run shorter runs, particularly when high barrier foil laminations are involved.”
He continues, “We can manufacture reverse-printed, high-barrier laminations for the coffee-and-spice industry, monolayer surface prints for bakery and ice creams, and modified atmospheric packaging for fresh produce in the same week,” says Emilio. We believe that our ability to print, laminate, slit, and make bags and pouches in-house is a clear advantage.”
In its third year, Florida Companies to Watch is presented by GrowFL at the University of Central Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. To be eligible, applicants must employ between six and 99 full-time employees and must have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.