Friday, 20 April 2012 by David Tuma
Editor's Note: The Belton Economic Development Corporation is promoting existing industries by setting up a series of stories in conjunction with The Belton Journal.
Age Industries has been in business in Belton since 1976 and provides a variety of services including corrugated boxes, cardboard and paper boxes, custom containers and cartons for packaging, shipping, mailing, moving and storage.
They started in Belton with a 15,000 square-foot facility and went through three major expansions, adding 26,000 square feet at their plant in the Belton Industrial Park.
Mike Coe has managed the Belton location since 1992 and is currently the Regional Manager for Age Industries.
"I started with the company sweeping the floors at their plant in Cleburne," said Coe.
Age Industries designs packaging and helps customers with their shipping needs. They design what they sell and work with customers on a daily basis.
They take orders from 20 to 50,000 boxes with their average order in the 5,000 to 20,000 range.
With a business that depends upon repeat customers with unique needs employees are a key to their success.
"I've got employees that are smarter than me," Coe said. "Not only are they good employees, but they work out in the community at various projects. Being able to wake up in the morning and look myself in the mirror has a lot to do with it. It is about telling the truth. Business is business and you have to have a quality product with a good price and back up what you say you are going to do."
Developing business relationships is a key to the success of Age Industries that has six plants and services a wide variety of customers in the United States and Mexico.
They provide packaging from anything from cell phones to augers for Belltec Industries in Belton.
"Everything comes in a box or a bag if you ship it," Coe said. "We help people with their business needs. A big part of what we do is building business relationship in terms of they aren't just a customer."
Age Industries is more than just a box company and they keep up with the changes of the economy and needs of customers by retaining employees and taking care of their customers.
"Retaining employees is a big part of our business," Coe said. "You have to let your employees know you care. Employees here have the opportunity to give input. I have an open door policy on ideas. They also know that I have no problem sweeping the shop floor because that is where I started with this company."
Coe runs Age Industries along with his wife Misty Coe who is the operations manager.
In showing a tour of the plant, Mike spoke with his employees and he knew how long each had been with the company.
"Belton is a wonderful place to run a business," Coe said. "Sam Listi (Belton's City Manager) has been great. The Mayor of Belton, the City Council, BEDC and the Belton Chamber are an asset to us."
To see more of what Age Industries has to offer in terms of packaging solutions, visit www.ageindustries.com.