Packet Envelope Co.
Date: January 08, 2014 10:55PM
My neighbor wants to know about a company called "Packet Envelope Company" (Could be spelled "Packett"). He said he had relatives who worked there and it had something to do with being an off-shoot of the Kool-Aid Company.
The way he heard it when he was a kid, Kool-Aid had 500 women (always) working in a factory somewhere near Municipal Airport (now MDW) and they hired someone who invented a machine that folded the envelopes and had an air jet blow the correct amount of powder into the newly formed envelope and seal it. The machine could fold and fill and seal over 500 envelopes in less than one hour.
After that machine was installed, and 2 or 3 others, that workforce was reduced from 500 "girls" to 30 machine operators. When he asked "what happened to all the "girls" that worked there?" he was told that they went back home and became mothers.
I can't find anything about it, and the Kool-Aid Wikipedia page is no help. I did find something in the Kool-Aid founder's biography that made some allusion to the MDW area plant and mechanization, but that is all.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can supply.