The Birth of a Legacy
With a passion for innovation and a dream for a better life for his family, Louis R. Muskat founded Triangle Packaging Company on May 1, 1923. After over 100 years in business and now under our third generation of Muskat leadership, L.R.’s legacy thrives.
Today, Triangle is one of the only remaining vertically integrated Chicago-based manufacturers in existence. We are known for our rugged, long-lasting designs and sanitary machinery. Our full line of machines includes VFFS baggers, bag-in-box cartoners, multihead weighers and pre-made pouch machines.
Keeping Food Safe Since 1923
While his employer at the time decided the Midwest was not a desirable location for manufacturing, Louis, who was also known as L.R., had a different vision. When the company moved to Buffalo, New York, Louis felt like a successful life was truly in the Midwest, specifically, Chicago. 100 years later, his belief holds true.
Though Triangle originally started as a contract packaging company, as our business saw rapid growth, L.R. pivoted. In 1926, he developed his first packaging machine and sold 6 of them from blueprints alone. Drawing on his experience as a co-packer, he introduced the company’s first carton sealer.
The rest is history!
Over the years, we have changed and expanded our offerings to suit the needs of the packaging industry. Other than that, our dedication to our machines, our people and our community remains the same as it was when L.R. opened Triangle’s doors over 100 years ago.
Partnerships That Last
We have proudly fostered long-lasting relationships with Fortune 500 companies and smaller contract packagers alike. One of our oldest customers is the National Biscuit Company (popularly known as Nabisco), which purchased its first machine from us back in July of 1929. Other long-time customers include Goetze’s Candy, A. Zerega’s Sons, Inc., Tootsie Roll Industries and many more.
Quality Machines, Backed by Superior Support
Our durable equipment, which is backed by our team of experienced support staff, is designed to last for years to come. In fact, many of our customers have enjoyed using their machines for decades.
“The machine we had from the early 1960s was literally just replaced at the end of 2021,” said Todd Goetze, President and COO at Goetze’s Candy Company. “The machinery clearly is built for a long life and holds up.”
Packaging Machinery Set Apart by A Culture of Care
While our machines speak for themselves, it’s our company’s culture that sets us apart–and it’s been that way since day one. Recognizing the importance of our customers and employees, our commitment to family culture and service has been vital to our company's longevity.
From employees who have been with us for over 40 years, to families who have worked with the Muskat family for several generations, Triangle is defined by a culture of care.
Today, the company is still owned and operated by the third generation of the Muskat family, with Bryan L. Muskat as CEO and his brothers Paul Muskat as VP of Business Development, and David Muskat as VP of Manufacturing, Safety and Environmental Services. The fourth generation is also involved in various areas of the day-to-day business. According to PMMI (hyperlink - https://www.pmmi.org/), Triangle is the oldest member still run by its founding family.