Sensing an opportunity to serve the growing business community of Providence, Rhode Island, Moses Frank founded Union Paper Company in 1898 as a supplier of paper and stationery products. Union Paper grew steadily through the early 1900’s, maintaining a commitment to customer service that lives on today. In 1954, under the leadership of Bud Frank, the company entered into the converting marketplace. Through the investment in the most advanced equipment available at the time, Union quickly became one of the largest converters in the Eastern United States. Printing capabilities were soon added and in 1962, the company moved to its present location in Providence.

Harley Frank, the fourth generation of the Frank family, has continued to guide and grow the company though the turn of the century. In 2005, the company changed its name from Union Industries to Admiral Packaging, Inc. to more accurately reflect its commitment to flexible packaging and in 2010 the company’s retail division Union Paper Co. changed its name to Admiral Packaging. 

Today Admiral Packaging continues to grow and invest heavily in the business, with continual investments in technology and people. 


1898 – Moses Frank establishes Union Paper & Stationery Co., Providence, R.I.

1905 – 2nd generation, Casper & Haskell Frank, join Union.

1954 – H Alan “Bud” Frank, 3rd generation of family management, invests in converting equipment—a bag machine. Union Industries is formed as a division of Union Paper & Stationery Co. Union Industries eventually succeeds Union Paper as the corporate identity.

1956 – Melvin Frank, Bud’s brother,  joins the company

1960 – Printing capabilities are added with purchase and installation of press.

1962 – Union Industries acquires historic American Spinning Mill building. It continues to serve as corporate HQ.

1982 – First laminator is added. Three flexographic printing presses are purchased and installed.

1997 – Bud Frank steps into chairman’s role. Presidency is turned over to his son, Harley Frank.

2004 – Purchase and installation of a new solventless laminator

2005 – Union Industries Inc. becomes Admiral Packaging. The name change reflects its commitment to the flexible packaging market. Union Paper Co. remains a retail division.

2007 – Purchase and installation of 10-color flexographic press.

2008 – Lean Manufacturing is adopted as a management strategy.

            – Purchase and  installation of digital plate making equipment

2009 – Purchase and installation of eight-color flexographic press.

2010 – The company’s retail division, Union Paper Co., changes its name  to Admiral Packaging Inc.

           – Purchase and installation of two state-of-the-art slitters.

2012 – 2016 – Purchased and installed four new wicket and bag machines

2013 – Purchased and installed new pouch machine

2016 – Purchased and installed new turret slitter

           – Purchased and installed new 10-color Miraflex press

           – Building addition added to press room for new Miraflex press




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