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What's In A Name?
Our name may be Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company, but we are much more than paper. Our business started more than 90 years ago selling paper goods to local merchants. Over the last 90 years we have expanded our products and services to include Jan/San equipment and supplies, Industrial packaging equipment and supplies, safety supplies and so much more. We are proud of our name and of our reputation for excellence, so don't let that name fool you!
All Your Jan/San, Packaging & Safety Needs
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
P.P.S. is the company that is big enough to have a huge product selection and great prices but small enough to take care of the details for each client on an individual basis. With over 90 years in business, we have the experience to tackle and problem you face. Give us a call or fill in our customer registration form and let us be your "secret weapon" for efficiently managing your facility.
Not A "Jack of All Trades"
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
P.P.S. is has a huge product selection and great prices but we are still a specialty vendor. We have the training, product knowledge and experience to serve your needs better than the Goliath national brands. Call us to make an appointment with one of our Certified Facilities Consultants and discover why our growing legions of loyal customers highly value our relations.
Is Your Account Manager Really "Dedicated?"
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
As you know, good business is all about relationships. The national brands may be good at getting you hooked, but then they perform the old "bait and switch." They bait you in with their "expert" consultants then switch you to a phone jockey that's still wet behind the ears. Where did the expert consultant go? They moved on to the next prospect, leaving you to train their inexperienced substitute. That will never happen at P.P.S. The initial P.P.S. consultant with whom you developed a relationship based upon trust will stay with you for the life of your account (which we hope will be for many years).
Local Knowledge & Experience
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
You don't care if we are a big, national brand or if we sell kazoos with your logo on them. All that matters to you is if we can help you retain your two most valuable assets: time and money. We save you both by listening to your specific needs and challenges then constructing a custom plan for meeting your needs. We solve your problems in the most time efficient and cost effective way possible. Let us do the "heavy lifting" for you. Contact us today to start making your job easier!
Cost Savings Initiatives
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
As a savvy facilities manager, you know price is not the only factor that affects your bottom line. There are many hidden costs that can impact your profitability. We can help you become more efficient by analyzing your current buying history and by helping to create a plan that will make your buying more streamlined and cost effective. Contact us today to start making your job easier!
The Right Fit
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
In business, more than in any other area, one size does not fit all. Sadly, many businesses have chosen to sacrifice customized specialty service for convenience. There is a better way. We understand you are busy and that won't change. However, we can be your strategic partner, dedicated to helping you manage your time money and facility more efficiently. So, don't be tempted by the flashy promises of the mega-suppliers. While they're building their bottom lines with volume, we are taking the time to get to know you and your unique situation. This allows us to better serve your specific needs. And, don't you deserve that?
Partnership
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
Ask yourself this: Are your vendors truly partners dedicated to your success? In business, success often depends upon forming the right partnerships. At PPS we are wholly dedicated to helping you succeed by helping you manage the details of your jan/san, packaging and safety purchases. Our certified Facilities Management consultants have the knowledge and experience to advise you on the best choices for your specific need.
Schools / Universities
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
Teachers, parents and students all want a clean, safe facility so they can focus on learning. Our Certified Facilities Consultants will educate you on your best choices. We also know your school floors and campus facilities see a lot of daily wear. P.P.S. offers a complete line of safety supplies and equipment. And, we have the knowledge and experience to train you staff in the proper use of all safety equipment and wearables. We have the experience and product knowledge to custom design a cleaning supply program to fit your education facility's needs: safe, durability, low maintenance and good value. Plus, get GHS training and reference materials so your facility and staff stay compliant with the latest regulations.
Industrial / Manufacturing
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
At its best, packaging can make your manufacturing more efficient, enhance your brand and boost your bottom line. Our packaging experts have extensive knowledge of packaging equipment and supplies to improve your operations and transform everyday challenges into cost savings opportunities. From high-efficiency packaging machinery to consumables like tapes, void fillers and shrink wrap, we help you pack it up and ship it out safely and efficiently. We know manufacturing facilities make a mess and we are here to help clean that mess up! Strategic partnership with P.P.S. and our Certified Facilities Consultants can help ensure your purchasing and inventory decisions are as cost effective as possible. Let a P.P.S. consultant conduct an On-site survey to identify cost-saving opportunities before you unnecessarily spend another penny! Stay compliant, stay safe! There are potential safety hazards nearly everywhere in industrial facilities. From GHS training to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), your P.P.S. Consultant has your needs covered. We offer a complete line of safety supplies and equipment. And, we have the knowledge and experience to train you staff in the proper use of all safety equipment and wearables. Bonus: We can help you select and manage your packaging, cleaning and safety inventory to maximize your efficiency and your ROI.
Hospitals / Nursing Homes
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
You know keeping your healthcare facility safe and sanitary is vital. From the entrance to your waiting room to each and every patient room we provide the right products and expert training in usage to maximize facility safety and minimize the spread of pathogens. Ask a P.P.S. Certified Facilities Consultant how we can help you protect your patients and employees by cleaning with hospital-grade, pH neutral disinfectants. Plus, get GHS training and reference materials so your facility and staff stay compliant with the latest regulations.
Hotels / Restaurants
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
Get better user reviews from your guests by making your facility shine! We are here to help your guests feel comfortable and safe by recommending the latest and best products to safely clean and deodorize while reducing impact on the environment and occupants. Our Certified Facilities Consultants have the expertise to custom design a jan/san and safety program that fits your budget and your needs. Plus, get GHS training and reference materials so your facility and staff stay compliant with the latest regulations.
Commercial / Retail
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
Tired of complaints about chemical odors and empty toilet paper dispensers? We can help you by recommending the right jan/san supplies to clean less invasively. We can also help you manage your store room inventory so you always have the supplies you need on hand. We know managing your office building involves responsibilities beyond stocking rest rooms. That's why our Certified Facilities Consultants get the latest training in building safety, sanitation and compliance. We can recommend the right products and techniques to maximize occupant wellness. A clean and sanitary facility means greater tenant satisfaction and better employee productivity. Ultimately, the value of your building relates directly to the Value of Clean. Call us today for a consultation and reap the ROI! Plus, get GHS training and reference materials so your facility and staff stay compliant with the latest regulations.
Our Story
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company
In 1922, 23 year old entrepreneur Jacob Fink, born into a family of entrepreneurs, saw a business need in Scranton, PA: the many mom and pop grocery stores on nearly every corner needed paper bags for their products, so he created a company and started looking for clients. Deliveries were made by truck, and even by the occasional horse and wagon. As he started to get to know his clients' needs, one product became two, two became four, and before long, the company was on its way.

Over the ensuing years, as the company grew, he bought a building at 25 Lackawanna Avenue which consisted of a small warehouse and showroom, with offices on a second floor. The fledgling company was strong enough by the 1930's to survive the Great Depression, and when things became very difficult, warehouse day workers unloading boxcars were paid with a dollar and a shot of whiskey.

By the time World War II rolled around, enough paper and packaging products were added to the company's offerings to take advantage of the industrial boom period. The values that evolved into the company culture were forged in much simpler times:
LISTEN TO THE CUSTOMER
FILL THEIR NEEDS
AND DO IT ALL BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE DOES
Continuing this tradition, Jerry Fink joined the company's ranks in 1946 at the age of 19, shortly after his discharge from the army. After spending a few years learning the ins and outs of each department, during the 1950's and 1960's he began to add cleaning supplies, equipment, and equipment repair services to the company's product line. This was at a time when the best technology had to offer was bleach, ammonia, carnauba wax, and a brand new electrical device known as a "Hoover." This period was one of steady growth, despite the fact that the economy in Northeast Pennsylvania began to experience sweeping changes as the coal mines were depleted and closed. The business saw so much expansion, that in 1967, a 100,000 square foot building at 215 Vine St. in Scranton, PA was purchased, and the company relocated there in 1970. This still serves today as the company headquarters.

In the 1970's, the economy and country continued rapid and dramatic change. The corner grocery stores began to give way to supermarkets; multiple gasoline and economic crises had taken hold and put great stress on the operations of many companies. In 1972, a competitor named Megargee Brothers went out of business and Pennsylvania Paper and Supply was well positioned to absorb the vacuum left in the marketplace. More people were hired, product lines were added, and the steady growth continued. In 1978, the same year Jacob Fink passed away, a furniture maker in the adjacent building named Stacor Corporation needed to downsize, and their building was purchased. This added another 125,000 square feet, so offices and a showroom area were built. It also resulted in a surplus of space, and this presented the opportunity to enter the warehousing and storage industry, which eventually morphed into an affiliate company named FlexStore that survives to this day.

The early 1980's brought the company's first experience with computer technology, as we had relied on #2 pencils exclusively to this point. A room full of equipment was installed that had much less electronic storage capacity than a typical cell phone does today, and it was nearly impossible to get through a day without the system crashing. Despite this initial high expense for limited benefit, the company pressed on and stayed in the front of the wave of technology sweeping the business world, with the help of Douglas Fink, who joined the company in 1985. Numerous and ongoing investments in information technology were made, and these developments ultimately had the company utilizing the best in state of the art distribution and financial management software.

In the early 1990's, two longtime competitors, D&L Supply and Paper Sales Company, saw their owners about to retire, and the company completed an acquisition of both at the end of 1993, the same year Douglas Fink succeeded Jerry as President. This nearly doubled the company's volume, and solidified its leadership position in the marketplace which continues today.

The dawn of the 21st century brought many more challenges and opportunities, which the management team responded to by adding services to the line of products that by now numbered in the tens of thousands. Sovereign Commercial Services was born in 2003, and very quickly became the standard to which all other facilities services companies are held up to, while at the same time growing in just a few short years into the largest and best commercial cleaning company in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

In addition to providing services, the company filled a strong educational need by building the Facility Management Resource Center in 2006. This allowed the company's Certified Consultants to train our clients' staff in the proper products, procedures, safety, and legal compliance issues which have made the janitorial/sanitary supply industry so complex today. It also is outfitted with an equipment training area, to instruct users correctly and keep them up to date with the latest industry innovations. These classes are also conducted on site at our customers' locations in many circumstances.

2008 brought the first edition of our comprehensive Facility Management Resource Book, the best place to locate information and products for just about everything you need to operate a building. This data was mirrored on the company's new website which also expanded our reach to the national marketplace, and allowed for the first time the ability to attract and serve clients from across North America.

In retrospect, even though the company has grown larger and more diversified through the years, we retain and increase our market position by keeping in touch with and maintaining an intimate understanding of the needs of our clients, who in many cases become our friends.

We also codified the core values that kept us so valuable to our customers and adaptable to changing times. We meticulously teach them to each new generation of team members:
OUR CORE VALUES - CARE A LOT:
C
ustomer Focused
A
lways Honest
R
eliance on Facts
E
xpectations Set High
A
ttitude to Win
L
earning Always
O
pportunities for All
T
rust and Respect