About Pearson

Pearson Packaging Systems specializes in the design, production, integration and service of secondary packaging automation solutions. As a systems provider, Pearson offers a full line of configurable machinery to erect, pack, seal, and palletize top-loaded cartons, cases and trays.

Focused on minimizing total cost of ownership, Pearson Packaging Systems is dedicated to a solution-driven partnership. For sixty years, a diverse set of high-volume manufacturers and distributors has relied on our engineered systems and continuous service support.

Founded in 1955 with the invention of the first automated 6-Pack Carrier Erector, Pearson Packaging continues to be privately held, guided by the vision and support of a Board of Directors comprised of numerous industry veterans.

Throughout its sixty-year history, Pearson has deployed over 19,000 machines worldwide, with some equipment and accompanying field service traveling to locations as remote as Tibet. Designed and built for 24/7, multi-shift environments, our systems and solutions have proven themselves in even the most demanding environments. Some equipment is still going strong at over 35 years of continued runtime supported by our experienced Aftermarket, Parts and Service Departments.

However, not everything will always go perfectly. In that case, Pearson Packaging Systems is committed to stand behind its product and has demonstrated that pledge unfailingly. If it is not right, we will make it right!

To consistently deliver effective and reliable solutions, Pearson’s supply chain focuses on diversity, excellence and safety. Our network of industry partners, including FANUC and Rockwell Automation as well as preferred vendors for individual components all the way to integrated OEM equipment, follow the same rigorous requirements that our customers expect of us. In addition, we are also an active member of the packaging industry’s premier organizations PMMI and OMAC.


First automated 6-Pack Carrier Erector

R. A. “Lefty” Pearson, Bottle Shop Superintendent for Spokane’s Bohemian Brewery, invents the first automated 6-Pack Carrier Erector at home in his garage. The R. A. Pearson Company is born.


A Fresh Perspective

The R. A. Pearson Company moves its operations to the West Plains of Spokane to a newly built 60,000 square foot facility.



The Spokane-based manufacturing facility expands to 110,000 square feet, its current size today.


A Strategic Shift

Pearson embarks on a strategic shift from exclusively building machines to providing complete end-of-line solutions. Reinforced by the name change from R.A. Pearson to Pearson Packaging Systems, the new strategic focus positions the company for consistent growth above market rates.


Becoming Lean

The implementation of lean manufacturing practices supports a renewed focus on improving quality, increasing value, and reducing lead times for customers.


First Integration of Industrial Robotic Systems

Pearson begins offering robotic systems, with the first RTLMX robot being delivered before the year’s end.


Expanding Loading Capabilities

Pearson acquires Goodman Packaging Equipment and adds Gantry Top-Load Case Packing to its product line up, along with a Chicago office.


The Portfolio Continues to Grow

The acquisition of Moen Industries adds Bliss / Tray Forming technology to the company’s portfolio, making Pearson the provider of the industry’s most complete line of secondary packaging solutions.


Formation of Pearson Systems Solutions Group

To support the growing demand for complex turnkey systems, Pearson forms a dedicated group with integration experts – the Pearson Systems Solutions Group.