Homegrown: Precision Packaging Components

James Sanders moves a piece of foam after it was cut into smaller pieces in a die cut machine at Precision Packaging Components in Rienzi. (Lauren Wood)

James Sanders moves a piece of foam after it was cut into smaller pieces in a die cut machine at Precision Packaging Components in Rienzi. (Lauren Wood)

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

Running a plant was something James Alsip dreamed of from the time he began building furniture frames at Benchcraft right after high school.

The 47-year-old entrepreneur realized that dream in only 15 years when he became supervisor of a Benchcraft manufacturing plant in 1995.

Alsip has reached another milestone since founding his own manufacturing company – Precision Packaging Components – in 2008.

“I leased the building in May 2008 and I was the only employee, doing everything,” Alsip said. “I began with an empty building and no customers. After five years there are eight employees and I’ve had two building expansions, have multi-million dollar sales and a debt-free business.”

Precision Packaging
Components designs and builds protective packaging from die-cut PE foam and urethane foam that is used by many industries.

His employees include two sales representatives, but he also sells to distributors who sell his products to a broader clientele.

“I’m probably going to expand to a second building in Guntown to make bubble wrap material, which will create 10 jobs,” Alsip said. “I only have one local competitor, and I’ve been able to build my customer base with good customer service. The industry standard is to ship in 21 days, but our orders generally ship in five days.”

Customers require packaging for products that vary widely – from furniture legs to microchips and electronic switches to custom auto parts, and they’re assured of receiving orders in a timely manner.

Est.: 2008

President/Owner: James Alsip

Employees: 8

Address: 386 Highway 356, Rienzi

Phone: (662) 462-8813