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The Partnership Supporting Excel’s Continued Growth

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One of the secrets to longevity in any business is sticking to your roots—staying true to the special blend of factors that made your offering stand out in the first place. At Excel Packaging, we have grown and continue to do so, in part, thanks to keeping an eye on just that. What started as two packaging professionals on different sides of the world partnering from time to time, has grown into a prosperous joint venture that spans the generations of two families and includes an expanding team of dedicated packaging professionals. This is the story of how Excel Packaging became the company it is today.


It started with Mike Sommers, based out of Southern California, and Mr. Kim, based out of South Korea. These two individuals each had successful careers in packaging before teaming up. In the early 2000s, they decided to embark on a joint venture. They recognized one another as being dedicated to the quality of a package and to the teamwork it takes to achieve that quality. This assured them that the partnership would be a success in the long run. And, almost 20 years later we can see that they were right!



Myung-Ji, our joint-venture packaging production facility in South Korea.


Since that time, Excel Packaging in California has grown into a team of sales, project management, pre-press, and engineering professionals. In South Korea, our partners have expanded their highly trained production team and their capabilities in conjunction with Excel, creating a state-of-the-art production facility that can handle more and more demand while maintaining that same dedication to quality and innovation that originally brought us together.

The production facility has achieved GMI Certification for color management, accuracy, and consistency. They also have achieved certification at the highest level possible for Food Safety and Quality; they are audited annually by Bureau Veritas to maintain these certifications. Expansion, as well as maintaining the highest safety and quality standards, will continue to be a part of our growth and success story.

factory expansion

Mr. Kim, Mike, and Simon Kim breaking ground on the factory expansion.

On a day-to-day basis, both teams are in constant communication regarding current projects. This contributes to the higher level of collaboration we can count on from one another, and then transform that into the excellent service our customers have come to expect from us. Furthermore, the MJ-Excel Supply Chain maintains a step-by-step process update system that gets updated weekly and distributed to our customers as status reports, so we can meet the critical timelines of demanding product launches. Many customers have visited Korea for audits and as brand representatives for critical product launches. Those customers always come back highly impressed with the degree of professionalism, attention to detail, and general warmth they receive from our production team in South Korea.

mike in korea with the kims

The two families of our story enjoy spending time together.

It’s clear that our two teams are unified by our shared values of teamwork and dedication to quality. That dedication is what makes Excel Packaging stand out from other packaging suppliers. If you’re interested in working with a team like this, don’t hesitate to reach out at 949-831-3900.