Distinguished Service Award presented to Kwik Lok
Kwik Lok was founded by Floyd Paxton, an engineer who saw that packaging technologies were changing in the post-World War II period. In that first year, its unique closure system quickly became the preferred method for keeping bags of Washington State apples safe and fresh. Today, Kwik Lok has six factories and employs more than 330 people and a new generation of the Paxton family manages the business: sisters Stephanie Paxton Jackson, Kimberly Paxton-Hagner and Melissa Steiner.
“This has been a year unlike any other and we are proud of how our Kwik Lok family has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic — from donating face shields From left: Melissa Steiner, Kimberly Paxton-Hagner and Stephanie Jackson. to Yakima Valley College and our local hospitals and clinics, to providing thank-you lunches for mental health workers, to doing everything we can to make sure our employees and our community stay safe,” stated Chief Executive Officer Don Carrell.