Offering the comprehensive range of products normally found at a larger company with the customer service and access of a smaller company is Berk Wiper International’s niche in the wipes market. The Boyertown, PA manufacturer
of nonwoven wipes, toilet tissue and paper towels operates 16
production lines 24 hours per day. These lines convert all types of
materials including DRC, spunlace, airlaid, hydroentangled nonwovens, meltblown, needlepunch, TAD, tissue and towel.
“People who think they need a big company because of the
breadth of products available can find that at Berk Wiper but at
the same time receive all of the benefits of a smaller company—
like a direct relationship with the owners and better flexibility,”
says Larry Berk, CEO.
The Berk family has been in the wiper business for 35 years,
ever since Berk’s father Jack, a career salesman, became interested in the disposables business. He got his start in the family garage when, enlisting the help of his four sons, he bought a
1000-pound bale of clothes to turn into rags. Two brothers cut up
the rags, one sold them and one delivered them in an old pickup
truck. It wasn’t long before the operation moved out of the garage
and the business was diversified into other materials including
nonwovens, until it was sold in 1998.
In 2000, Larry and his brother Jeff Berk, who is the president
and head of sales, started up again and Berk Wiper International
as we know it was born.
The company’s most recent transformation was a name
change from Berk Wiper Converting to Berk Wiper Interna-
tional which Berk says better reflects the company’s inter-
national presence along with a move to the new Boyertown
location which gives
the company more
space and better pro-
The new site con-
tains 16 converting
lines and one lami-
nation line as well as
house space for raw
materials and finished
goods. The space even
includes a sample room containing every single one of Berk’s
many wipes products. These samples are regularly sent out
to new and existing customers to showcase all that the com-
pany has to offer. Multiple freight bays make supply and dis-
tribution easy to manage. Berk sells and distributes products
to all 50 states and 20 countries and sources products from
all over the world.
Currently nonwovens represent about 55% of Berk’s business. A
big piece of Berk’s business is in the medical wash cloth field but
the company has a wipe for every market including jan-san, food
Big Company Selection; Small Company Service
Company offers wide selection, innovation and flexibility.
By Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor