Winston Packaging was founded in 1911 by Alexander G. Gordon, a journeyman bookbinder and entrepreneur, who steered the company through the first two World Wars operating as a modest job shop for commercial printing.
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A fourth-generation, family-owned business adheres to a favorite axiom: Are you here by default, or are you here by design?

James A. Gordon, president and CEO of Winston Packaging in Winston-Salem, N.C., oversees the century-old company that rose from a job shop founded by his great-grandfather to a provider of branded and private-label printed retail folding cartons. In 2008, Gordon’s son became the fourth-generation involved in the business, a distinction only five percent of family businesses in the United States can claim.

Winston prints for national companies such as R.J. Reynolds, Target and Kodak.