Kwik Lok
  Executive Offices
P.O. Box 9548
Yakima, Wa. USA 98909
  Toll Free (US & Canada): (800) 688-5945
Ph: (509) 248-4770 • Fax: (509) 457-6531
North America Direct Sales


Floyd Paxton - Inventor of the Kwik Lok
Created from a need, the small Kwik Lok closure has grown into a international company that now closes billions of bags every year.  In 1952 Floyd Paxton, Kwik Lok's Founder, whittled the 'first' Kwik Lok out of a piece of plastic while flying home from a business trip to the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Paxton's business was manufacturing box nailing machines – his father's (Hale Paxton) invention.

America was coming out of the war period and industries across the nation were undergoing change.  Mr. McGuire had yet to utter those famous words in the movie The Graduate ...”Plastics”. 

Floyd Paxton knew wooden produce boxes were going to be replaced by cardboard cartons and he was determined to find a new idea.  While visiting the apple packing houses in Washington State, Mr. Paxton was introduced to a new form of packaging – the polyethylene bag. The poly bag showed a lot of promise but had a problem, the closing method.  Mr. Paxton had an idea and the Kwik Lok Bag Closure began to take form in his mind.  Back home in Riverside, California, Mr. Paxton began to turn his simple idea into its finished form.

Shipping the new bag closures from Riverside, California, was not feasible and the bag closing operation was moved to Yakima, Washington. Packing houses around the state soon began buying and using the small idea and Kwik Lok Corporation began producing the closures in a small building located in downtown Yakima.

Yakima Washington Kwik Lok operation buildingIn the early 60's two men working for Kwik Lok had another idea.  Jeri Irwin, a machine designer, and Ted Marquis, Kwik Lok's Sales Manager, began their own company, Commodity Packaging. The new company developed a different type of automatic bagging machine for the baking industry. Commodity Packaging was eventually bought by AMF, Inc and Jeri Irwin and Ted Marquis went on to start two new companies; Irwin Research and Development and Marq Packaging.  As the decade of the 70's emerged, Mr. Paxton’s small idea had had contributed to the growth of other companies in Yakima. The demand for the Kwik Lok closure continued to grow, requiring Kwik Lok to expand the manufacturing capacity in the United States. Today Kwik Lok is manufacturing closures in two plants in the United States, with other plants in Canada, Ireland, Australia and Japan.

Kwik Lok's story stands as testimony to the Free Market – a small piece of plastic and the mind of one man had fostered the development of thousands of new jobs and opportunities.