In approximately 1870, a small machine shop located in Green Bay, Wisconsin began manufacturing parts used for repairing steamboats and simple parts for sawmills. David Hudson and Alexander Sharp took over the shop in 1910 and incorporated. The company name was changed to Hudson-Sharp Machine Company in 1916 and began expanding into paper mill equipment including building the first napkin folder in The U.S.
The company continued to diversify its product line into the 1940's. A change in ownership occurred in 1947 when Sam Campbell and a few close associates purchased the company. The company's product line was further strengthened by the introduction of flow wrapping equipment. The original horizontal flow wrapper in the U.S., the "Campbell Wrapper," was developed and introduced in the late 40's and was used throughout the world in the wrapping of candy, cheese, bakery and various other products.
FMC Corporation acquired Hudson-Sharp in 1956. FMC's Packaging Systems Division continued to develop the flow wrapper product line with the introduction of inverted, dual lane, shrink and polyethylene wrappers in addition to feeding equipment. In 1994, Sasib, an Italian company, acquired the flow wrapper product line from FMC. In 2000, Sasib decided to divest their businesses in the U.S.
In January 2001, John Dykema, who is also President of Circle Packaging Machinery, Inc. (manufacturer of 4-sided seal packaging equipment), formed a separate entity, Campbell Wrapper Corporation, to acquire the flow wrapper product line and other affiliated businesses from Sasib.
The flow wrapper business has an impressive reputation for building high quality, rugged and dependable packaging equipment. Campbell Wrapper Corporation continues to design and develop new products with that mind-set and integrates the latest electronic control technology available. The organization is staffed with experienced personnel, most with continuous service dating back to the FMC era, and is located in a modern 60,000 square foot facility in De Pere, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay.