Warren Industries History

Warren Industries was founded in 1973 by entrepreneur Julian Namowicz in Racine, Wisconsin, has experienced steady growth for five decades and now serves customers nationwide.

History

We got our start with packaging board games and deck cards back in the 1970s and by the 1990s became one of the largest contract packagers in the Midwest.  We made a name for ourselves by offering solutions as unique as our customers’ needs. This might mean building a new machine, modifying a packaging designs or implementing new technology.

The company, which was founded in 1973 by entrepreneur Julian Namowicz in Racine, Wisconsin, has experienced steady growth for five decades and now serves customers nationwide from eight locations with manufacturing space totaling 200,000 square feet and warehousing space totaling 750,000 square feet in three states.

The following is a brief history of Warren’s growth:

1975: Betty Crocker® and Random House recipe cards for grocery stores — over 10,000,000 decks produced.


1978: Shrinky Dinks — Warren Industries invented the machines that produced the Shrinky Dinks medium, processed the material and assembled all of their kits for 10 years.


1980: Harlequin’s Silhouette® romance books — Warren packaged and shipped over 250,000 packages weekly for eight years.



1984: Trivial Pursuit® game cards — processed 80% of the cards for all of the games produced. At peak volume, Warren produced 450,000 games per week and, overall, was responsible for the cards accompanying 22,000,000 games.


1987: Gevalia Kaffe — Warren established a relationship with Gevalia Kaffe to package and ship their coffee through direct mail. We continue to service this hugely successful program, averaging over 350,000 shipments weekly.


1988: Pictionary® games — Warren became the exclusive card company and game assembler for Pictionary, totalling over 20,000,000 games.


As an established producer of game cards, Warren has continued to supply such recognizable brands as Who Wants To be A Millionaire?®, Cranium®, SceneIt?®, Outburst® and Monopoly®.

Warren’s co-packing facilities have drawn other major companies to Warren, including: Quaker Oats Company, Mr. Beer®, The Black & Decker Corporation, Prestige Brands (makers of Murine® EYECare), Gloria Jean’s Coffees and The FRS Company. Combined with our direct mailing services, we have packaged and mailed products for Highlights for Children, Reader’s Digest, The Walt Disney Company, National Geographic Society and Random House, including their iconic Golden Books® brand.

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