Maxco expands production with BWP Triplewall Corrugator

BW Papersystems is proud to announce that Maxco Packaging, the largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging for the agricultural market in the San Joaquin Valley, has installed a 98”, (2.5m), triplewall corrugator in their new newly-built facility in Fowler, CA. 

The new machine can run triplewall sheets at more than 900 fpm, (275 mpm), and doublewall sheets at 1,100 fpm, (335 mpm). The machine has a top speed of 1,300 fpm, (400 mpm). A VortX Starch System with the capability of producing 330 gallons of starch every 18 minutes was also installed. The new plant in Fowler was built to meet the expanding needs of the original Maxco facility in Parlier, CA. For historical reference, in 2002, a doublewall corrugator was installed in Parlier during the period when both Marquip and United Container were joined with Ward Machinery to form MarquipWardUnited; now  part of BW Papersystems. In 2009, the Parlier corrugator was successfully upgraded to triplewall capability. In 2017, planning began in earnest for a new state-of-the-art facility eight miles away just off the 99 freeway in central California. 

The direction from Max Flaming, President of Maxco, and Joe Sepe, General Manager of Maxco, was clear. “We want the best triplewall corrugator possible.” The BW Papersystems Engineering team worked with Maxco to design a corrugator that would offer sustained production at high speed. The new corrugator will effectively more than double the manufacturing capacity of Maxco.

Commenting on the nearly 20-year relationship between Maxco and BW Papersystems, Joe Sepe stated, “I have enjoyed working with everyone at BW Papersystems for quite some time. They have supported our growth and earned our trust. Shortly after start-up, we were already producing more than 400,000 lineal feet of doublewall and triplewall per 8-hour shift.” Max Flaming commented, “With the growth in our business, it was clear that we needed to expand and build a new facility. BW Papersystems has provided us with the right machine to reach our future potential.” 

With corrugators up to 1,500 fpm, (460 mpm), and converting equipment to support their output, BW Papersystems has a solution for any corrugated manufacturing facility. From Starch to Finish!!  For further information, please contact


BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines extremely strong brands, innovative technologies and long-standing global experience in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and packaging, and stationery, and security-documents industries. BW Papersystems brings together 10 brands—BW Bielomatik (BWB), BWP Zerand, Curioni, JAG SYNCHRO, Kugler-Womako, MarquipWardUnited (MWU), SHM, VortX, WillPemcoBielomatik (WPB) and Wrapmatic—that synthesize manufacturing in the paper process industries. We offer market-leading technology for full corrugators in a variety of configurations, rugged rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers, as well as starch-mixing systems. Customers rely on us for folio-size, cut-size and digital-size sheeting and packaging of paper, board and other materials. In addition, BW Papersystems’ portfolio includes stationery, passport production and specialized paper-converting applications, as well as book-on-demand binding lines, digital print finishing and RFID processing technology. For more, go to


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family