Poly-Pak & Ship takes on big state mailing project

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By Dave Bell

A Vandalia company that prepares and mails publications throughout the nation recently landed a job that tested its capacities.
The task involved mailing about 4.5 million booklets that explain a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution.
Though it was a big job, JoAnn Boggs, founder and president of Poly-Pak and SHIP Inc. pursued it – and she beat out several other bidders from around the country.
"We've been trying to get in with the state for years," she said. "Government jobs can keep people busy."
The booklets came to Poly-Pak and SHIP already printed, so the company's job was to label and organize them to get them ready to mail to every residential household in Illinois.
To complicate it even further, the booklet was printed in three different languages – English, Spanish and Chinese.
"We had 10-12 people working on it for about three weeks," Boggs said.
It was to have hit the mail in mid-September.
In essence, the proposed amendment being considered would allow voters to create a petition to recall a sitting governor by a special mid-term election.
Poly-Pak and SHIP was founded by Boggs 25 years ago; it has operated on Vandalia's north end for the past 20 years. The plant is located at 2021 Illini Ave., a few blocks north of Janett Avenue.
Among the company's services are poly-wrapping, labeling, mailing, distribution and fulfillment. It is currently one of the largest independent suppliers of poly-wrapping services in the U.S.
Poly-Pak and SHIP employs about 45 people.