History of Novey Bag Company
Novey Bag Company officially became a startup back in 1959. Don Novey, had been in the business of buying and supplying industrial bags for almost 20 years, when he took the chance and started out on his own.
The first home for Novey Bag was an old abandoned building with no heat, electricity, or any comforts of the modern office. Don's wife, my mother, was his secretary and bookkeeper. But, with the help of his vendors and customers, over the years he was able to expand Novey Bag and finally move into an old warehouse. The warehouse was located on Armitage and Ashland in Chicago with room for a couple desks, phones, and inventory.
I, Stephen Novey, also worked in the Bag Business with my dad throughout high school on my days off and college during summer breaks. After teaching for a few years, my father asked me to me to join him in his business. In the early 70s I finally joined Novey Bag full time and began as an outside Bag salesman. By then we had moved again to Iron St. in the Stockyards area. Until then, much of the business was new and used cloth bags such as burlap, sisal, and kenaf, usually imported. Paper bags were only one part of the business. I could see this was our future, and eventually built it up such that by the 90s the paper bag business dominated. With my chemistry background I was able to help customers determine which bag would be best for their food products, plumbing supplies, agriculture and garden supplies, chemicals, and building supplies. Plastic bags evolved into their own strong market segment by this time as well. I personally visited all our vendors to better understand the manufacturing process, and I continue to try and visit all our customers in order to understand their business and help choose the best bag for their needs.
My son Joshua has also grown up working in our Bag Business throughout high school and college. After working as a manager for a family owned construction business for several years, I appealed to him to join. This now brings us into our third generation of our family business. Josh brings a lot of administrative skills and customer service skills. He has started to go out and visit our customers, and help them with the best bag choices for their needs.
We look forward to serving as your bag supplier for many years to come, certainly throughout the 21st Century. We remain lean, nimble and eager.