By Bakers Journal
Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery was founded in 1981 and started with only four employees, and is now a growing company with a team of 95 associates. The second-generation, family-owned company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Founder Jim Navin acquired the Spee-Dee product line from Franklin Electric Co. and in 1989, he had grown the Spee-Dee cup filler business and entered into the auger filler market with another acquisition. After the purchase of its current 48,000-square-foot facility, Spee-Dee expanded its research and engineering department.
Today, Spee-Dee is still family owned and operated with several employees having worked with the company for more than 20 years. While Navin has retired from daily operations, he remains chairman and his sons are helping Spee-Dee evolve with new filling technologies. Spee-Dee’s second-generation of ownership includes: Dave Navin, President; Mark Navin, Vice President of Sales and Paul Navin, Operations Manager.
While Spee-Dee is known for its rotary, volumetric and auger fillers for dry products, such as baking mixes, the company is entering new markets: Just this year, Spee-Dee launched an automated cannabis packaging system. Accurate filling and weighing of flowers or ground cannabis is made possible with a dual tare gross weighing system that checks the jar tare weight before filling and gross weight after filling—all at high speeds.
Spee-Dee also recently entered the nutraceutical market with its gummy filling system. A patent-pending baffle system streams gummies without clumping allowing for high-speed filling up to 180 bottles per minute. The sanitary gummy filling system integrates with a variety of multihead weighers, and includes a Spee-Dee rotary filler and checkweigher.
Spee-Dee is currently renovating and expanding its facilities to support its entry into new markets, accommodate its 95 employees and be prepared for future growth.