Our Vision and Mission
To lead the way in innovating reliable, sustainable packaging, and new product solutions that improve the lives of our employees, customers, and communities.
To create an inclusive culture that fosters innovation to increase the success of our customers and health of the planet.
We are more than just bag closures
Family owned and locally inspired. Kwik Lok is the originator of the first bag closure. Created from a need, small closure has grown into an international company that now closes billions of bags every year. Founded in Yakima, Washington, our beginnings are humble and our mission is simple - make sure the food people eat is being kept fresh and safe.
In the 66 years we've been in business, however, we have branched out from our humble bag closure beginnings and we are now pleased to offer bag closures, bag closing equipment, labels, and printing solutions for just about all bagged packages.
Kwik Lok was founded by Floyd Paxton. He was an engineer who saw that packaging technologies, post-World War II, were changing. At that time, his company was supplying wooden, produce-box nailing and labeling machines to the Washington State apple industry.
When apple distributors moved from boxes to bagging, they didn’t like the wire and tape closures in use at the time and asked Floyd for help. That was when he invented the Kwik Lok closure.
In 1954, he formed Kwik Lok Corporation. In that first year, its unique closure system quickly became the preferred method for keeping bags of Washington State apples safe and fresh.
Today we have six factories, we employ over 330 people and our product has been used by billions of people throughout the world. In 2015, a new generation of the Paxton family stepped into our 64-year-old business. We are now owned by sisters Stephanie Paxton Jackson, Kimberly Paxton-Hagner and Melissa Steiner.
Kwik Lok at a Glance
A fresh start
The sisters, along with our board and management team, recognize that global food safety and sustainability go hand-in-hand with our family-forward approach to caring for our employees and customers. The company is using this transition as an opportunity to make a fresh start that builds on our history of commitment to doing right by our customers, employees, families and communitiesLearn more about sustainability
Kwik Lok difference
We believe there is power in collaboration. We understand how our actions and efforts can be amplified when we build upon the efforts of others
One-stop closure system solutions
Easy to use and reuse
Reliable and durable
Save time and money
Qualified technical support 24/7
Solutions that fit a wide variety of package closure needs
What are we up to now?
Find out more about our latest innovations and customer solutions
Dr. Karen Xiao Joins Kwik Lok Board
Kwik Lok CEO to Retire, Don Carrell Appointed to Succeed in the Role
Kwik Lok adds Regional Sales Director in China
2018 Family Business Award Honoree presented by Seattle Business Magazine
Kwik Lok President to retire, Motohiro Kawai appointed to succeed role
Kwik Lok gets stronger through collaboration
Ron Cardey Joins Kwik Lok as VP of Sales
$5.3 million remodel ushers in bright future for Yakima Valley-based Kwik Lok
Kwik Lok Appoints Jeff Buege as CFO
Kwik Lok Highlights Sustainability Path Forward in 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report
Kwik Lok Joins US Plastics Pact