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Our History

The Jones Healthcare Group was founded in 1882 in health and wellness. Then, we focused on apothecary packaging for pharmacists to deliver medication safely to patients and throughout our years, we’ve been proud to introduce a series of “market firsts.”

Today, helping people live longer, healthier lives remains our purpose. Led by the fourth generation of the Jones family, we continue to build progressive platforms that take packaging to the next level and exceed customer expectations with a focus on what matters most – improving consumer well-being.

1882

Founders Henry Jones and Frank Lawson create Lawson & Jones Incorporated

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Pre-gummed labels

1885

Imported stock from England to introduce the first pre-gummed labels to Canada—a precursor to today’s sophisticated pressure sensitive labels

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First litho press in Canada

1889

Imported from Buffalo, New York the first litho press in Canada west of Toronto

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First mechanical carton folder

1913

Imported from Europe the first mechanical carton folder in Canada

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Jones Box and Label

1920

Henry Jones establishes Jones Box and Label to focus on pharmaceutical market

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Evolution

1930- 1940

Evolution and market consolidation.

Building client foundation and expanding offering to include over-the counter and front-store pharmacy products

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Child safety vial

1970s

Introduced first child safety vial to the Canadian pharmacy market

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Adherence card

1980s

Co-developed a blister card designed for multi-med regimes—the adherence card is born

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Full body shrink sleeves

1989

Broadened flexo printing to include full body shrink sleeves

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First dual web laser prescription label

1995

Designed first dual web laser prescription label for Canadian market

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Jones Packaging Inc.

1996

Became Jones Packaging Inc.

Ron Harris and Christine Jones Harris purchase the company from balance of the family

First folding carton convertor to certify to ISO9001 in Canada

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New head office, printing and converting facility

1999

New head office, printing and converting facility

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100% video inspection

2002

First label converter in Canada to adopt 100% video inspection for in-line finishing

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Acquisition of Venalink
Venalink

2004

Acquisition of European adherence packaging leader Venalink, based in the U.K. and Spain

First Canadian carton convertor to certify to ISO14001-2004

Named Canadian International Packaging Group member

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Member of PharmaPact

2006

First and only North American member of Europe-based PharmaPact

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Acquisition of Ivers-Lee
Sustainability

2007

Acquisition of contract packaging leader, Ivers-Lee

First North American packaging convertor to hold sustainability conference

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Komori press

2009

First in the world to acquire a uniquely configured, advanced 13-station, nine colour Komori press

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Corporate realiJoined Canada’s National Research Council Printable Electronics Program and Consortium
Jones

2012

Corporate realignment with three areas of business focus: Printed Packaging, Contract Packaging and Healthcare

Joined Canada’s National Research Council Printable Electronics Program and Consortium as a Tier 1 partner to develop printing technologies for intelligent, monitored medication adherence packaging

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Contract packaging services facility

2013

New state-of-the-art contract packaging services facility opens its doors

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Vial filling

2014

Vial filling is added to packaging services offering

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Dual-sensing Thinfilm

2016

First to successfully integrate and verify dual-sensing Thinfilm NFC OpenSense™ tags for folding cartons on high-speed production lines

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Largest high-speed run
Multi-medication

2018

Produced the largest high-speed run of NFC-integrated folding cartons at 60,000 units

Launched first-ever patient trial program using multi-medication, monitored adherence packaging systems in the UK

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The Pharmacy Store
Resealable multi-panel cartons

2019

First carton converter to develop resealable multi-panel cartons proven against critical-to-quality parameters for pharmaceutical customers in response to Health Canada’s Plain Language Labelling regulations

Launched a first-of-its-kind online ordering platform for pharmacy medication dispensing products, the Pharmacy Store

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Became Jones Healthcare Group

2020

Became Jones Healthcare Group, aligning market focus with the company’s strong roots in healthcare and go-forward vision centred on wellness

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