Local Strapping Company to
Global Packaging Leader

1913

Chicago inventor, Ellsworth E. Flora, and his partner, J. Fremont Murphy, organize the Seal and Fastener Company.

1916

The “Signode” name is adopted.


1923

Signode Britain is formed as the first foreign subsidiary.

1936

Signode International, Ltd. is formed to consolidate all international businesses.

1946

Signode develops the first fully automatic power strapping machine, revolutionizing the packaging business.


1955

Signode is listed on the NYSE.


1962

Plastic strapping and tools are developed and sold.


1964

Signode Steel Strapping becomes Signode Corporation.

1965

Signode develops its own polypropylene strapping, called Contrax®.


1971

Corporate offices move to Glenview, Illinois.

1977

Tenax® polyester strapping is developed.


1982

Signode Corporation becomes Signode Industries Inc. in one of the largest leveraged buy-outs in American business history at that time.

1983

Tape and stretch film packaging systems are added to Signode's product line, making Signode the premier full-line supplier of protective packaging systems.


1986

Signode is acquired by ITW and restructured as Signode Packaging Systems.


1988

Signode launches a Closed Loop Recycling Program that enables companies to recycle used polyester strapping to reduce their packaging waste and disposal costs. Recaptured strapping is used for the manufacture of new strapping.


1990

Signode develops High-Strength Tenax® polyester strapping, which later replaces steel strapping in many applications, including lumber and panel products, cotton bales, brick cubes and paper rolls.


1998

Global industry managers are named to address product development and marketing issues affecting select industries worldwide.


2003

A modular strapping system that consists of separate, lightweight tensioning and sealing modules is developed. This innovative system drastically reduces maintenance costs and downtime on strapping equipment.


2004

Signode introduces its high speed, low maintenance LBX and HBX series General Purpose Equipment line featuring jam-resistant technology, automatic loading, no drives, belts or pulleys and 40% fewer parts than competitive strapping machine models.


2009

Committed to being a leader in sustainability for the packaging industry, Signode develops a thin strap that utilizes 40% fewer raw materials in the manufacturing process without sacrificing performance.


2013

Signode introduces the GripPack, the first battery powered sealer and tensioner for steel strapping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

Signode is acquired by The Carlyle Group and restructured as Signode Industrial Group.

 

 

 

Signode introduces the MOD-GPX modular general purpose strapping machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today

Signode is committed to continued growth through the development of new products and technologies. We annually dedicate substantial resources to the research and development of new opportunities that improve performance, service and product quality.