Our origins date back to the end of WWI,
when two brothers, Jim and Roy Puckett, founded the Puckett
Company for the sole purpose of labeling canned salmon shipped
from Alaska's canneries to warehouses located throughout the
Seattle area. The Puckett brothers transported their machines
from one warehouse to the next, labeling cans on site.
|A decade later - in 1929 - seventeen of Alaska's canneries joined forces to create one central facility here in the Puget Sound area responsible for receiving, storing, and distributing canned salmon to the major markets of the world. This facility was called the Salmon Terminals. The Puckett Company was retained to label the product at the Salmon Terminals.
The Salmon Terminals first home was located
at Piers 24 and 25 along the Seattle waterfront at about Spokane
St. and Marginal Way.
Salmon Terminals remained a cooperative
warehouse for almost 30 years until members were bought out
by Olympic Steamship Company. The Puckett Company retained
ownership of the labeling operation until 1973 when, after
more than 50 years labeling canned salmon, the Puckett Company
sold its interest in the labeling equipment to Olympic Steamship.
From 1966 to 1983
Olympic Steamship Company operated Salmon Terminals from West
Seattle next to Pier 5. In the spring of 1983, Salmon Terminals
moved to its current location in Kent.
On July 1, 1987, the equipment of the Salmon
Terminals division of the Olympic Steamship Co. was purchased
and a new Washington corporation ---Salmon Terminals, Inc.
-- was founded.
In July, 2006 we moved into our new warehouse on the border between Kent and Auburn.
The influence of technology
While our mission remains the same as the
Puckett brothers and the original co-op members for our salmon
business, the volume of salmon that passes through our hands
has greatly increased, as well as the level of quality control.
Modern technology allows us to cope with
that increase. Our computerized bar coded pallet tag system,
developed for the salmon industry by Salmon Terminals, allows
us to track each pallet of salmon from the time it leaves
Alaska until it leaves our warehouse for its final market.
Our high speed labeling lines are computerized to record the
output from machines that measure can end deflections and
weights as that equipment screens out cans with potential
defects before the product is labeled. Most recently we have
added the Ivis 360, a computerized camera system that also
screens cans for potential defects.
A look toward
Expanding on our years of experience in
packaging, Salmon Terminals has diversified its services into
products other than salmon. We rainbow pack beverages for
club stores, we do manufacturing assembly, we bundle pack,
and we continue to look for opportunities to work with companies
more interested in growing their businesses than developing
a production floor.
Look through our site and you just might
find we are that provider you've been looking for. We are
small enough to be able to name our customers and their managers,
but have experience and work force to provide you a broad
range of services.
- Assembly and re-packaging
- Bundling and tray wrapping
- Shrink wrapping
- Manufacturing and kitting
- Display assembly
- Fulfillment and distribution
- Cross dock and trans loading
- Container loading and consolidation
- Short and long-term storage
- Insurance recovery and recouping
- Q.C. inspection work