Welcome to
Vanguard Companies!

Our Story

When Jack Mathes and his wife Bobbie founded Vanguard in 1975, the company sold poly bags with no intention of working in the corrugated industry. Almost 50 years later, Vanguard has continued to expand into new areas in industrial packaging, POP displays, signage, and retail packaging.

Over the years Vanguard has grown from a 32,000 sq. ft. operation in 1975 to a 900,000 sq. ft. operation today. Besides the corporate headquarters, design and manufacturing facility at SubTropolis in Kansas City, Missouri, the company has offices in St. Louis, Missouri, Bentonville, Arkansas, and China.


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Our Capabilities

Vanguard Companies is one of the industry’s largest full-service, marketing and merchandising solution providers.

Vanguard’s expertise in corrugated displays, packaging, e-commerce and fulfillment is demonstrated across every retail category and segment.


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Our Certifications

Vanguard Companies has established a set of standards to identify and maintain management’s commitment to quality for its customers, interested parties, and employees. These written instructions are used to communicate established methods and procedures for performing and managing work.

Vanguard Companies believes in the importance of incorporating world-class standards with third-party auditing and certification to avoid the risk of greenwashing. These certifications include:


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Our Core Values