Our Story

Maribeth Sandford started BAG MAKERS in 1980 to provide quality printing, fast service and lower-minimum orders for printed bags. Maribeth bought her first printing press with a loan from her father and started out selling bags by day and printing them by night.

Fast forward to today: BAG MAKERS is now a leading printed-bag supplier in the promotional products industry. We partner with distributors to sell more than 97 million bags each year. We employ more than 415 employees and operate from a 225,000-square foot facility in Union, Illinois, that encompasses office, production and warehouse space.

BAG MAKERS is a printed bag supplier, specializing in non-woven, PET non-woven, paper, plastic, polyester, laminated, cotton/jute, and mesh bags, as well as ribbon, bows and tissue. BAG MAKERS offers a wide variety of creative bag styles and numerous versatile imprint methods to meet customer needs. We also offer custom design capabilities, free artwork services, rush service, and outstanding on-time shipping performance.

Despite our significant growth over the years, BAG MAKERS remains true to its original mission—to earn customer loyalty with top-quality printed bags, outstanding customer service, and on-time delivery. As a result, we are consistently recognized by the promotional products industry as a trusted industry leader and have been named a Counselor Top 40 Supplier, 5-Star Rated ASI Supplier, A+ Rated SAGE Supplier, Counselor Distributor Choice Award Winner, and PPAI Supplier Star Award Winner. We are also proud to be a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and Quality Certification Alliance Accredited Supplier.

Our Commitment to Safe Products

BAG MAKERS follows an extensive compliance program that continuously evaluates and updates our products and processes for product safety. We certify that to the best of our knowledge our products and coatings are in compliance with:

  • The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)
  • The Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972 (CPSA)
  • California Proposition 65
  • The Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act (TIPPA)

Supporting compliance documents are available upon request.

As part of our compliance with the legal requirements of the CPSIA, we also implemented a comprehensive product labeling and online recall tracking program pertaining to a core group of our products, those which the Act considers could be potentially used by children under the age of 12. Please contact us for a complete list of these products.

In addition, we are fully accredited by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA)—an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit accrediting organization for the suppliers in the promotional products industry.

We are committed to ensuring that the bags we manufacture, import and imprint conform to the highest degree of established domestic and international standards regarding product safety, social compliance, environmental stewardship, product quality and supply chain security.

How to Buy Our Bags

We sell our products through a national network of promotional marketing distributorships that specialize in creative marketing and custom-imprinted merchandise. Please consult the Internet or phone directory for a promotional consultant near you.

If you are a global vendor seeking to provide goods or services to BAG MAKERS, please direct your inquiries to research@bagmakersinc.com.