Placon Debuts Medical Division’s New Brand Identity at Pack Expo 2012

October 12th, 2013

New logo design and brand elements serve to unify Placon's medical services and facilities under one "roof."

Placon Debuts Medical Division’s New Brand Identity at Pack Expo 2012

Placon, a leading US thermoformer of custom and stock retail and food, medical packaging products as well as recycled PET materials, unveiled its new corporate rebranding effort for its medical division at Pack Expo 2012. Effective immediately, all Placon medical will be marketed under the Barger™ (formerly referred to as Barger Packaging, Inc.) name.

“Updating the logo has been a significant and integral part of our overall branding strategy,” stated Scott Duehmig, General Manager, Barger. “The new Barger identity not only helps unify the medical teams in both Madison and Elkhart within Placon, but more importantly, it provides clarity to our customers and prospects that our Barger medical division has two strong platforms located in two facilities under the Placon foundation.  It also works to subtly convey what our brand stands for: ingenuity, integrity and strong customer relationships.”

The rebranding effort emphasizes Placon’s commitment to fully integrate its medical division with locations in Madison, WI and Elkhart, IN under one brand. The decision to place the medical division under the Barger name was based on Barger’s history and reputation in the medical device and pharmaceutical packaging market. Placon didn’t want to lose the brand equity that Barger had built over time, while at the same time, wanted to ensure that Placon’s own brand equity and reputation in thermoform design and manufacturing wasn’t disregarded.

The unveiled unified brand strategy can be clearly seen in the new logo mark on display at Placon’s Pack Expo Booth. Designed in Placon Blue, the logo features a stylized “B” formed with a plus symbol synonymous with the medical field. The plus sign also portrays Placon’s idea of 1 + 1 = 3 illustrating the combined strength in the medical division’s capabilities.

To further tie in Placon with the Barger brand, an “identifier”, namely “Placon’s Medical Specialists” was added to the logo design. States Laura Stewart, VP Sales and Marketing Placon, “The final design communicates to customers and prospects that we are one company and underscores our commitment and concentration to the medical industry with Barger being 100% medical-focused.”

A planned redesign of the website integrating the new logo design will occur in 2013. Since the acquisition, Placon has invested over $1mm at the Elkhart location in infrastructure improvements, software upgrades and new equipment. States Duehmig, “We believe this new identity coupled with our new breadth and depth of services will position Barger for continued future success after more than 40 years of providing innovative packaging systems to the medical device and pharmaceutical markets.”


Barger, owned by Placon, is an ISO 9001 and 13485 medical device packaging designer and thermoformer known for its high-touch, collaborative approach to business.  Barger creatively designs and produces custom or turnkey, non-sterile and sterile barrier packaging systems getting OEM’s products to market quickly and cost-effectively.  Located strategically near Warsaw, IN, Barger is regarded as one of the leading medical packaging thermoformers in North America.

For over 50 years, Placon has been a leading designer and manufacturer of custom and stock plastic packaging, producing innovative retail packaging, quality thermoformed and injection molded food packaging, and protective packaging for medical devices. Placon has manufacturing operations in Madison, WI; West Springfield, MA; Elkhart, IN; and Plymouth, MN, and is currently ranked 17 in Plastics News 2016 Thermoformers Ranking. Placon delivers packaging breakthroughs that inspire better engagement between people and products.For more information, visit


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