Carter Paper & Packaging, Dunder Mifflin of the Midwest

Years ago, when I was religiously watching Michael Scott lead the colorful team at Dunder-Mifflin, I had no idea that one day I would be working for a paper company myself. When I tell someone that I work at Carter Paper & Packaging, their response generally involves a correlation to “The Office” and the question, “So which character are you?”  I’d like to say that I identify mostly with Jim, however, I do occasionally part my hair down the middle and get a bit over-excited about paper product details, so perhaps there’s some Dwight in there too.

The truth is everyone here at Carter has a little bit of each of the beloved Scranton characters inside us. I find that we regularly utter phrases that could have been written in the show. In an effort to illustrate this, I would like to share five quotes from “The Office” that could have been said by Carter Paper employees.


“I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.”  -Dwight Schrute

I must say the Carter team is a tenacious bunch, ready to help our customers solve their problems and think outside the box. You really won’t find anyone more passionate about cardboard and toilet paper. Can’t decide on a ply, just stop on by!


“I don’t understand the desire to push sweet potato fries on me. I just want regular fries.” – Jim Halpert

There are two rules regarding food in our office. Number one, always, every time, and for every circumstance bring food to the office when you visit. Number two, never, at all, under any circumstance bring in healthy food. Certainly, there have been attempts to diet, but our team has come to learn that critical thinking skills are honed best by consuming copious amounts of doughnuts. Cake will also be accepted.


“Yes, we will be delivering a shipment of paper today, but I will also be delivering you a big shipment of fun!” -Dwight Schrute

Sure, you can Amazon prime a box of tape and get two-day free shipping, but where’s the fun in that? Order the Carter way and get next day free local delivery, amazing customer service reps that remember your name better than Sam Malone, and a free air guitar with every purchase!


Ken World's Best Boss“Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.” -Michael Scott

In this office, we dance. More often than that, we bust out in random song and bob back and forth. This simple practice heightens morale, fights obesity, and entertains any doughnut bearing visitors. Win, win, win.


“It’s never too early for ice cream” – Michael Scott

I lied, there are actually three food-related rules in our office, and the ice cream rule is possibly the most important. Let me rephrase, I didn’t lie; I misspoke. A Carter Paper team member never lies. You know what else a Carter team member never does? We never refuse ice cream… Ice cream for breakfast is both applauded and encouraged.

Is working at Carter Paper & Packaging like working at Dunder-Mifflin? I think so. Both places share the belief that a group of diverse and differing people could come together and become like family. That is what we do here every day. We are a family. A junk food loving, show tune singing, passionate family changing the world one roll of toilet paper at a time.

Hope to see you soon… don’t forget the doughnuts!


<3 Mandi

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One of the greatest tragedies of my youth was my parents’ unwillingness to purchase my sisters and I a pool. Recently, I was reminded of this when quoting a customer for some plastic sheeting. Not everyone realizes the profound capabilities of plastic sheeting, but I will share such a possibility with you today.


I grew up in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere so summer days were usually spent finding ingenious ways for my sisters and I to entertain ourselves. You can only spend so many days chasing ground squirrels and playing catch before the restlessness sets in. It was on one such day that I hatched an ingenious plan. If mom and dad weren’t going to front the cash for a pool, we were going to make one. Using my ninja skills, I snuck past my napping mother and into the laundry room. I disassembled the laundry hamper and pilfered the PVC tubes that held it together. As I was doing this, my two younger sisters were rummaging through our dad’s workshop and discovered some plastic sheeting and carton sealing tape. Bingo! We were in business. We took our hijacked items and hightailed it to the back of the garage.


Being gifted contractors by nature we assumed the perfect spot for our project. Finding the flattest area next to the water spigot, we cleared the space and began our venture. Appointing my “bravest” sister and using a sledgehammer akin to that of Thor’s MjoInir, I drove four PVC pipes into what was supposed to be the four outer corners of the pool. Step one, relatively simple and complete. I was beaming with pride as my youngest sister shone with the relief of having all ten fingers still intact.

Step two involved the three of us winding the plastic sheeting around the poles to create the sides of the pool. After several trips around, we secured the sheeting with plenty of carton sealing tape, we couldn’t risk any leakage… At that point we all just kind of stared at our creation and I was sure we were all thinking the same thing, how were we going to get a bottom on this thing?!


In retrospect, we probably should have started with the bottom, but it’s not like we had drawn up detailed blueprints for this thing. The despair started to creep in and not wanting to disappoint I knew I had to figure this out. Starting on one side and moving along the bottom and up against the other side we stretched out strips of the sheeting. We secured each seam with the tape and created a fail-safe moisture barrier seal. With the last of the tape laid we stood back and gazed at our masterpiece. To the eyes of anyone else it probably looked like a disaster but to us, it was an absolute work of art.

We began to fill the makeshift masterpiece with the rusty orange water from the well. Having never had a pool we were unaware of the time involved with filling such a space and realized we may have been too ambitious when sizing our pool. After what seemed like ten years our beautiful basin had filled a whopping couple inches! This was just the inspiration needed to force ourselves to continue pressing forward. As unbelievable as it may seem at this point everything was holding up, that is until…. One of the sides burst open and in a matter of seconds the water that took an eternity to fill the pool rushed out onto the ground and washed over our helpless feet. The sting of failure filled the air.



The next few minutes were filled with gnashing of the teeth and weeping. Ok, maybe not to that extreme but the frustration was unbearable. The day seemed wasted, we were supposed to be swimming in glory right now. However, being the leader of the group I quickly came up with a solution. We disassembled our sad failure, salvaged the plastic sheeting and laid the pieces out onto the ground running the hose water over the surface. The rest of the afternoon was spent having the time of our lives on a homemade slip-n-slide. The day was saved and the casualties only included one laundry hamper, a patch of grass, and our next week which was spent grounded. Totally worth it.



So there you have it, the perils and profound possibilities of plastic sheeting. I’m not sure what our customer was intending his sheeting for, but maybe just maybe he was looking into making some stellar slip-n-slides. If you happen to come down here in search for some of your own, I may just give you some tips. If you’re just using it for floor protection or abatement, well that’s okay too.

<3 Mandi

How Quality Packaging Has Grown and Developed Over Time to Serve You Better

When it comes to shipping something special to a friend or a loved one, nothing’s more important than ensuring your item arrives at its destination in the best possible condition. Imagine you send a meaningful package or present to someone special to you: you envision the excited and joyful look on their face as they open their gift. Now, imagine that that present arrives broken and tattered. The impact of your gesture vanishes, all because of poor quality packaging.

We at Carter Paper and Packaging know the importance of shipping items sent in the highest quality packaging.  Our mission focuses on continuously improving our high quality performance in the packaging industry –  but do you know where the packaging industry started to begin with?

Prior to World War II, packaging primarily served the purpose of surrounding and protecting products for transportation and distribution. While this is still the primary function of packaging, a lot of developments and improvements have occurred with product shipments in the past 70 years! As time went on, packing was developed for adaptability – to expand what it could do and what it could look like. It’s main priorities also expanded to answer the increasing demand of consumers.  Nowadays, a package must not only protect the product it is transporting, but it must also promote or sell the item it contains through labeling, help the consumer use the product with well illustrated directions, and maintain the lowest costs for the consumer.

In current times, it seems that there is a different type of package for anything you ship – good news for both shippers and consumers! People can easily ship and transport various shipping cartons, industrial goods, bags, boxes, cans, and countless other holders for limitless consumer products.

The next time you have something special to ship, know that there is a packaging solution for you to get the product there safely through Carter Paper and Packaging – we’re happy to help you with your shipment needs. Give us a call at (309) 637-7711, check us out at or visit us at 3400 SW Washington St.

The Importance of Product Packaging

You may not have thought much about it, but a product’s packaging has a direct effect on the likeliness of you purchasing it. There are times you may have been tempted to buy a product based on its attractive packaging alone. Some companies might be under the assumption that their product and its performance is more important than what the packaging looks like, but the product packaging can play a role in the success or failure of the sales of the product. Read on to learn more about what packaging does for the products they contain, according to The Houston Chronicle:


The primary purpose of product packaging is to protect the product from damage. Product packaging not only protects the product during transit from the manufacturer to the retailer, but it also prevents damage while the product sits on retail shelves.


How a product is packaged may be what attracts the consumer to take a look on the product as is sits on store shelves. For this reason, many companies conduct extensive research on color schemes, designs and types of product packaging that is the most appealing to its intended consumer.


Packaging also plays an important role for portraying information about the product. Outside packaging may contain directions on how to use the product or make the product.

Facilitates Purchase Decision

Packaging may also contain ingredients and nutritional information about the product. This information can help to sell the product because it allows potential customers to obtain the necessary information they need to make a purchase decision. Information contained on a package may propel the reader to buy the product without ever having to speak to a store clerk.


Packaging can also differentiate one brand of product from another brand. Because the product packaging can contain company names, logos and the color scheme of the company, it helps consumers to identify the product as it sits among the competition’s products on store shelves.

If you’re wondering how effective your product packaging is at driving sales, Carter Paper & Packaging, Inc offers our customers a service called a Packaging Assessment. Packaging costs can increase as they move through the supply chain, from raw material to converted product, finished goods to transportation. We can provide in-house expertise to help with custom designs while identifying and minimizing total packaging costs. Please visit our website for more information about our Packaging Assessment service!

Carter Paper and Packaging Is Your Place for Holiday Wrapping

It’s that time of year-chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, the weather outside is frightful, and baby, it’s cold outside. We are ready for winter and everything that means, from the inches of snow, the dropping temperatures. But let’s not forget that it’s also the time of year for the holiday season and all the shopping that comes with it! To quote Dr. Seuss, we think about “The ribbons! The wrappings! The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!”


The one and only con we can see with the holiday season is that it is too short! Before you know it, Thanksgiving will have come and gone, and December 25th will be four short weeks away.  Sometimes, it seems like there are not enough hours in the day to get your holiday shopping done AND wrap everything, not to mention still go out about the daily stresses of your daily routine!


That’s where Carter Paper and Packaging has you covered.  Through more than 60 years in the paper and packaging business, our primary goal has been to satisfy customer needs by providing products that fulfill your requirements. And during the holidays, your requirements are to get exceptional and decorative wrapping paper in a timely manner!


And, if you are anything like us, we at Carter Paper and Packaging not only like to get our shopping done early, but one of our favorite parts of buying holiday presents is wrapping them! We know that the packaging a gift comes in can be just as exciting and thoughtful as the gift itself. A present’s trimmings and wrappings are not only an expression of creativity, but of love and affection, something you can never have enough of, especially this holiday season!


So this season, give yourself the gift of time and plan ahead. Take care of all of your holiday wrapping needs for the “ribbons, bags, packages, boxes and bags” with your friends at Carter Paper and Packaging!

Carter Paper & Packaging’s Fall Clean Up Checklist

Cooler temperatures, cloudy days and students going back to school makes the fall season a great opportunity to get to work on your home or business. If your space was turned into a mess over the past few months, now is the perfect time to pack away the summer fun and get organized before winter. Carter’s Paper & Packaging has put together a helpful checklist to get your home or business organized. Take a look!

  • Declutter your attic or basement – An attic or basement is a great place to throw large items and boxes when they have no other place to go. Sooner or later, you will have to organize this space and we recommend you start now! Store items into labeled boxes based on categories and throw away what you don’t need.
  • Organize closet space – Fall is known for sweaters and boots, not sandals and skirts. This is the perfect time to pack away any summer apparel that is taking up space in your wardrobe. Not to mention, donate any items that you haven’t worn for several years.
  • Store away patio furniture and outdoor accessories – With summer behind us, you’ll want to store and organize any outdoor items you will no longer be using. This includes outdoor furniture (wipe metal and plastic down with a dry cloth), cushions, sports equipment, and playground equipment.
  • Store away your landscaping tools – Start organizing your shovels, sheers, and other tools that will not be necessary come winter. All you have to do is wipe down your tools with an old towel to prevent them from rusting and box them away in the garage.
  • Clean your desk at work – Did you know that a messy or disorganized desk can prevent you from working efficiently? Grab all of the personal items that you don’t need at your desk and set aside in a box to bring home later. Many times, personal items are a distraction and you really only need to keep office supplies that you use on a regular basis on your desk.

Are you in need of cardboard boxes and liners for your fall cleaning project? Carter Paper & Packaging can help! We offer a large variety of paper and packaging supplies for your residential and commercial needs. Let us supply you with moving boxes, corrugated boxes, shipping supplies, bubble wrap, shrink film and much more. If you live in Peoria don’t forget to ask about our FREE local delivery!

Box it, Bag it, Protect it, Seal it. That’s the Carter Paper & Packaging way! Any questions? Give us a call at (309) 637-7711 or visit our website.

Carter Paper & Packaging Says Goodbye to Greg Malek

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the retirement of a valued and important member of the Carter Paper & Packaging team. After 18 years of working for Carter, Greg Malek has retired from his position as Sales Representative and will no longer be responsible for accounts. We wish him well in his new endeavors and hope that retirement treats him kindly!

For almost 2 decades, Greg Malek was an intricate part of Carter Paper & Packaging and helped shape our company into what it is today. During this transition, the team at Carter Paper & Packaging will still provide the same high standards that our customers have come to expect from our company. This includes excellent customer service, products and support.

In light of Greg Malek’s departure, we will be assigning a new Sales Representative to accounts. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact Teri Philips at 309-637-7711. As always, it is our number one goal to satisfy customer needs with the best boxes, packaging and warehouse supplies available.

For over 60 years, Carter Paper & Packaging has been dedicated to providing supplies with fast, reliable and professional service. Just some of the products we can provide you with include moving boxes, office supplies, cardboard and corrugated boxes, shipping supplies, can liners, envelopes, bubble wrap, shrink film and more.

Box it, Bag it, Protect it, Seal it. That’s the Carter Paper & Packaging way! If you have any questions about the retirement of Greg Malek and our transition to a new Sales Representative, please contact our team. Give us a call at (309) 637-7711 or visit for more information.

Moving and Packing Tips

Moving into a new home is exciting but the to-do list can be overwhelming. From packing up household items to transporting furniture in a moving van, you’ll want to make sure your personal items are safely packaged to withstand the transition. Here are some packing tips that will help make the move to your new place as smooth as possible:

Plan Ahead
Experts recommend you start the packing/moving process 6 weeks before moving. Hire trucks and movers beforehand so you do not have to worry about transportation days before the move. Also, be sure to take note of parking laws and restrictions in your area so you are not faced with any surprises on the big day.

Organize Your Packing
When you start the packing process, begin with the items you will not need. This includes out of season items or items you use infrequently. This will help make the days leading up to the move less stressful. Creating a room-by-room packing schedule will help ensure you don’t forget anything important. You can also benefit from labeling boxes in order to keep track of your belongings.

Protect Your Possessions
The possessions that are most important to you can be the most fragile during moving. Take the necessary precautions to ensure your items are packed the right way with enough layers to prevent anything from breaking. Carter Paper & Packaging offers a large selection of packing products that are perfect for boxing, bagging, sealing and protecting.

Since 1954, Carter Paper & Packaging has been providing the Peoria area and beyond with a range of cardboard boxes, corrugated boxes, moving supplies, packaging supplies and more. Next day service is available on most purchases and we even offer free local delivery with a minimum purchase requirement. From a homeowner looking for moving boxes to a large business needing warehouse supplies, our excellent customer service will keep you coming back!

To learn more about Carter Paper & Packaging, see more on our website or call (309) 637-7711.

Box it. Bag it. Protect it. Seal it.