Who We Are

Welcome to The Packline Co. We are one of Michigan’s top packaging distributors, serving our customers from 3 convenient locations across Michigan.

The Packline Purpose

In 1948, The Packline Co. was founded by Stephen R. Ryder III (Rem) with his partner, Rice Fitzpatrick. We started out with a small facility in Detroit, offering our customers industrial packaging supplies, our purpose has always been to provide our customers with the best possible solutions for their packaging needs and do so with their best interest at heart. We’ve always strived to remain open-minded and innovative, to keep ourselves ahead of the trends. Our packaging know-how is what really helps our customers succeed.


Strategic Packaging Solutions

Ultimately, the packaging solution is where the relationship starts; you need products and we have the best.

Customer Relationships

We’re dedicated to maintaining positive customer relationships through the services we provide.

Industry Innovation

The future is now, and we have our target set on making packaging innovation possible for all of our customers.


Things can change at the drop of a hat, so we are set up to be flexible and adapt to whatever the current demand may be.


We provide protective packaging solutions and custom-branded designs to make your packaging stand out.



We provide the most durable and innovative packaging equipment available in the industry. Whether you are a start-up or a Fortune 500 company we have equipment solutions for you.



We provide services to ensure your products and equipment are always running smoothly.


Our History


Company Founded by Stephen R. Ryder III (Rem) and Rice G. Fitzpatrick, offering a complete line of industrial packaging material, calling it The Packline Company. Located in the Transportation building in Detroit.


We became one of the first distributors for International Staple and Machine, inventor of the retractable anvil stapler. Soon after, added stenciling, stitching wire, strapping, and tape. 


Packline Service Department Established. Moved to a larger facility on Oakman Blvd., Dearborn


Stephen R. Ryder IV joins The Packline Company. Rice Fitzpatrick retires and Packline incorporates.


Moved to a larger facility on Reeck Road, Southgate, MI


Stephen R. Ryder IV buys David R. Ryder interest in Packline. Lynne Ryder joins Packline. Awarded Signode Distribution franchise.


Moves to new modern facility on King Road in Trenton, MI. Melissa Ryder joins Packline


Stephen R. Ryder V joins Packline.


Stephen R. Ryder V establishes northern Michigan’s’ Traverse City branch.


Packline buys the assets of Easy Handling Company in Flint Michigan to broaden footprint in MI.

A Family Company

We are a family-owned and operated company. When you partner with The Packline Co., you become part of our family. While we remain dedicated to our roots, we also have the depth and breadth to serve companies of all sizes. Our commitment to the packaging industry runs parallel to our commitment to our customers and their success.