Rocket Industrial

8101 International Drive
Wausau, WI 54401


Rocket Industrial's mission is to help U.S. manufacturers Package With Less™. We strive to package with less waste, less time, less material, and less cost. Why? To help make America's businesses more efficient and competitive, and to protect the one planet we have to live on. Global competitiveness and sustainability are the critical planks in our philosophy. Rocket Industrial started in the mid-1950s as family-owned Packaging Tape Company. Primary products include packaging supplies and consumables, packaging equipment, packaging service, parts and repair, packaging automation and robotics. Our Packaging Health Assessment process audits all aspects of packaging material and process often yielding dramatic material reduction, engineering, back-end production workflow cost improvements. Primary, protective and secondary packaging is tested in our on-site packaging lab, to optimize custom packaging applications. Our vision is to remove substantial packaging cost from our clients' budgets, while removing millions of pounds of packaging waste from our landfills.

We provide customers with the Packlytics material uitilization monitoring system, an internet of things enabled laser metrics tool which tracks, for example, stretch film usage on every load wrapped across all facilities, by pallet, by shift, by plant, with data delivered on-demand anywhere there is an internet connection. 20-minute installation, no PLC interface required, free of charge with supplies/equipment purchase. Film cost reductions of 30% are common with the insights from Packlytics, leveraging data-insights to identify the optimal usage rates and applying uniform standards. Free on-site demonstrations are available for Rocket's packaging equipment and Packlytics monitoring system.  Rocket Industrial curates the optimal product combinations from several hundred vendors including 3M, Arpac, BestPack, Combi, Eagle, Cousins, Eastley, Fanuc, Festo, HeatSeal, Fromm, Highlight Industries, IPG, Loveshaw, Omni Metalcraft, Orgapack, Pearson Packaging, Polychem, Robopac, Samuel Strapping, Schneider Packaging Equipment, Universal Robots, and many more. 

Rocket's primary markets include industrial manufacturing, food (cheese making and processing, meat, fruit and vegetable, grocery and food service), paper, converting and film, and ecommerce, including omni-channel ecommerce packaging support. Interleaver paper production and stocking of other food-contact products are a specialty in our central distribution center, food safety certified by the British Retail Consortium. 

Notably, Rocket Industrial has been rated a “Great Place to Work” by Fortune three years in a row and continues to look for new ways to make it an even better place to work. Rocket Industrial is proud to remain an independent company.  Employment benefits are among the most generous available anywhere, with up to a full week of paid time off for volunteer work in the local community. 




Gary LeMay
Territory Manager


Steve Larsen
Branch Manager

Started in:


  • Centergy

Core Competencies:

Packaging equipment, case sealers, case erectors, tape dispensors, stretch wrappers, banding equipment, shrink wrap systems, labeling systems, conveyors, case packers and palletizers.  We service and provide parts for every viable piece of packaging equipment in active service, and pride ourselves on our preventive maintenance, and ability to source out of circulation parts. Rocket Industrial also provides stretch film, carton sealing tape, industrial tapes, masking tape, high-temp masking tape, flatback tape, double-coated tape, foil tape and duct tape. Specialty tapes including VHB, splicing tape, repulpable tape, foap tape, metal foil tape, glass cloth. Shrink films include high speed shrink, untra-thin, multi-purpose, perfed shrink, shrink bands, bundling films, and PVC shrink. Banding and strapping of steel, polypropylene, polyester, woven and cord. Protective packaging including corner board, edge protectors, foam, air pillows, bubble on demand, packing peanuts, mailers, dunnage air bags. Flexible packaging including liners, pouchers shrink bags, vacuum pouches, lidding films, thermo forming films and machines, form fill and seal films, trays, containers, PVC overwrap films, tray sealing machines, bags, tubing, ziplock bags, trash bags, trash liners, UVI films, UVI bags, VCI films and bags, case liners, drum liners, can liners, printed poly bags, pouches.  Kraft cartons, currugated boxes, RSC, Virgin kraft, Recycled kraft, Bogus kraft, Coared kraft, slip sheets, rools, cut sheets. 

Our janitorial and safety line includes Disposable garments, hairnets, beard covers, shoe and boot covers, arm guards, disposable aprons, lab coats, coveralls.  Exam and industrial gloves of vinyl, poly, latex, nitrile, dipped and lines, cotton and canvas,.  Restroom care products include hand soaps and saniters, air deodorizers, metered aerosols, facial tissue, paper towels, toilet tissue, toilet seat covers, disinfectant sprays, wipers and disposable rages, towel and tissue dispensers, as well as skin care products, geminine hygient products and health care supplies such as first aid kits, ear plugs, safety glasses, etc. 


Turnkey packaging automation projects: Rocket Industrial's team of engineers want you to challenge us with complex back-end production automation challenges. With a strong track record of automation consulting and solid relationships with major robotics, packaging and conveying equipment  vendors, we are eager to explore solutions together. 

Multi-Location Agreements: Rocket Industrial welcoms contracts between your business and ours that provides supplies to all your locations at a negotiated bulk price, with delivery terms designed to meet your space and production needs. 

National distribution network: Although domiciled in Wisconsin, with dozen distribution centers across the country, Rocket is ready to serve wherever you need us. 

Vendor Managed Inventory: Let Rocket Industrial take total responsibility for your packaging inventory. We will manage and replenish your supplies, source new supplies, assure you are never out of stock. With no contract to bind you we let you set min/max levels, approve POs if you like, decide the frequency of our on-site visits. You focus on your KPIs and more critical tasks. 

Packaging Test Lab: We drop it, crack it, freeze it, soak it, fry it, stretch it, puncture it, shock it, shift it, tear it, stack it and smack it, just to find the perfect sweet spot for your package engineering. Let Rocket help you design for distribution, based on performance test data.

Packaging Health Assessment: A great first step for new clients, let us explore your package design, engineering, damage rates, consignee satisfaction ratings, back-end production workflows, labor situation, automation potential, all the variables of your packaging operation, to help you package with less. 

Package Graphic Design: Atune to the critical need for brand harmony our designers investigate your brand standards, your visual expectations, and develop package design solutions that harmonize with your family look while making a brand-true statement. Challenge us. 

Tekcor B2B internet ordering environment: In addition to our B2C ecommerce environment at, we offer a secure, customer-specific ordering envrionment with the ability to review proprietary pricing, purchase history, billing and financial statements, everything you need to manage your account. 

For a complete overview of Rocket's products and services, please see, or call us at 800.826.4405. 

Estimated Annual Gross Sales:
$51 - 100 Million

Supplier to the Defense Industry:
No, have never supplied to the defense industry, but would be interested in doing so

Number of Employees:

We are:
  • Other

Import: Yes

Export: No


  • Automotive
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Defense Industry Supply Chain
  • Energy Systems
  • Food and Beverage
  • Forest Products-Packaging-Lumber
  • Foxconn
  • Lakeshore Manufacturing Cluster
  • Marine Manufacturing
  • Water Industry - Technology or Manufacturing
  • Wisconsin Wind Works


  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Six Sigma
  • Other: BRC For Storage and Distribution

Markets Interested in Serving

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food and Beverage (FAB)
  • Paper Converting
  • Transportation Manufacturing


  • Distribution of Materials and Hardware - Wholesale
  • Engineering, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Manufacturing: Automation Technology

Manufacturing Tier

  • Tier two companies are the key suppliers to tier one suppliers, without supplying a product directly to OEM companies. However, a single company may be a tier one supplier to one company and a tier two supplier to another company, or may be a tier one supplier for one product and a tier two supplier for a different product line.




Rocket industrial (logo)                                                                                        Rocket Industrial

                                                                                                                                  8101 International Drive

                                                                                                                                 Wausau, WI 54401


Media Contact:

Bob Stephan

Director of Marketing



Rocket Industrial CEO John Skoug Named to Green Bay Packers Executive Committee


(Wausau, WI, August 20, 2018) Rocket Industrial, a leading distributor of packaging equipment, supplies and automation to manufacturers is pleased to announce the appointment of CEO John Skoug to the Green Bay Packers executive committee.  Skoug currently serves on the Packers’ 43-member Board of Directors.  Skoug is also Chairman and CEO of Rocket Industrial’s sister company Marathon Cheese.

The Packers executive committee sets policy for the franchise, managing administration and non-football operations. The committee meets monthly and as needed.

“The Packers are such a great Organization,” said Skoug, “I’m truly honored and humbled to be involved at this level. “

Skoug is succeeding Mark McMullen, who is retiring as Packers treasurer. The appointment is pending expected approval at the August meeting of the board.  The executive committee includes Mark Murphy, Packers president and CEO; Thomas Olson, vice president and lead director; Daniel Ariens, secretary; Michael Simmer, Susan Finco and Thomas Olejniczak.

Skoug began his career with 10 years at Wipfli, a regional CPA firm in Wausau, joining Marathon Cheese Corporation in 1987. He is president of the Raymond and Marie Goldbach Foundation, and holds or has held leadership positions with the Northcentral Technical College Foundation, United Way of Marathon County, Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin, Performing Arts Foundations, Marathon Area Swim Association, Junior Achievement-Northcentral District, Wausau Hospital, Inc, and M & I Bank-Wausau.

Headquartered in Wausau, WI, the heart of dairy land USA, Rocket Industrial services world-class clients with a supply chain that spans the United States. With a guiding mission to help U.S. manufacturers Package With Less™ through technology, expertise, and innovation, Rocket Industrial strives to package with less waste, less time, less material, and less cost. #


Now Hiring

Territory Manager

B2B Sales Professional: Do you thrive on competition? 

If you're interested in six-figure earning potential, competing to earn the trust of the best companies in the U.S., this may be the opportunity for you. We seek a rock star new account hunter with a proven track record of business development results. Backed by insanely great service, a team with a strong moral compass, a steady flow of leads and a truly innovative mix of new products and services, you’ll have a well differentiated story to tell.

Your established, growing territory is in God’s Country, east-central Wisconsin, in and around Sheboygan. As Packaging Specialist/Territory Manager you will continually strengthen your packaging and supply chain expertise, consulting customers on the optimal mix of packaging supplies, equipment and automation, plus janitorial and safety products.

Our ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience selling industrial products to manufacturers, works well independently, but within the plan and strategy set forth by company leadership. Should have excellent communication and organizational skills, be competent at multi-tasking and problem solving.

Recently named a "GREAT PLACE TO WORK" in the U.S. for the third consecutive year (and one of only 23 companies in Minnesota and Wisconsin), Rocket Industrial specializes in helping high-performance companies throughout the United States PACKAGE WITH LESS. Less material, less waste, less time, less cost. Over 1/3 of everything in U.S. landfills is related to packaging. Rocket Industrial helps design & optimize retail and industrial packaging, automation/robotics, and supply chain processes by providing expertise across hundreds of best-in-class brands. We are a market leader, consistently winning awards from the brands and suppliers we represent. Founded by Ray and Marie Goldbach, who also founded Marathon Cheese Corporation, the combined enterprises of Marathon Cheese, Rocket Industrial, and (a subsidiary of Rocket that specializes in professional cleaning supplies) employ well over a thousand people nationwide.

Join us in helping companies reduce their packaging waste, and becoming more sustainable. If you’re a person that has a passion for selling, a passion for technology, a passion for packaging sustainability, and views working hard as fun… then join our growing team!

Job Requirements

  • Requires bachelor’s degree in related field (Bus. Admin, engineering, packaging, etc.)
  • Advanced degree or certification in appropriate field preferred
  • Up to 5 years’ experience in Distribution Environment
  • Highly analytical with great business acumen
  • Analyze and interpret information, news, data and research quickly and distil the most relevant information for strategic development
  • Ability to apply knowledge
  • Skill in communication and consensus building
  • Understands math concepts
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize work effectively
  • Analyze work under time constraints
  • Analyze problems, propose solutions, make logical decisions, carry out decisions and follow up with feedback where appropriate.
  • Must be insurable to travel between locations or to attend conferences, shows, etc.
  • Must own reliable means of transportation.

We're flexible on "home base". Starting salary is based on experience and potential, and is guaranteed for at least one year, but could be longer depending on specific circumstances, then base salary plus commission. We compensate for sales expenses, e.g. cell phone, vehicle, meals with customers, customer entertainment, hotel stays. We provide health, dental and vision insurance, flex spending, HSA, 401K with company match, voluntary life and AD&D, life insurance/AD&D, short and long-term disability coverage and pet insurance. The company also offers reimbursement toward a gym membership, children's college scholarship fund, student loan reimbursement, paid volunteer time off and an ongoing professional development.

If you are committed to winning and want to work for an organization that is just as committed to winning, to your success and to being the best, please send your resume.



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