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CROWLEY, La.- When flooding becomes an issue, no matter where in the country, there's a good chance a Crowley company is doing its part to protect homes and businesses with sandbags, which are Made in Acadiana. 

"We stay on 24-hour call here during a flood," said David John, co-owner of JohnPac. "People have called us many a time in the middle of the night to help them out and that's kind of our duty here, it's a partnership with people, so when they need us we're going to be here to help them."

JohnPac has contracts not only with the Army Corps of Engineers for emergency management, but also with the Department of Defense. 

"So all the bags that go to Afghanistan and all over the world to protect our military are made right here," said JohnPac CEO Mary Ellen Henry. 

JohnPac has diversified since its inception in 1953, when John's father first started what was then known as 'The Louisiana Bag Company.'

"We catered to the rice industry back then," said John. "In 1982 my brother Peter and I bought out our father and started doing more industrial packaging, we just figured by diversifying, it would help our business grow."

JohnPac can create 30,000 meters of woven-polypropylene fabric for packaging each day and up to 180,000 bags. It's work that has very small beginnings. 

"We start with pellets of polypropylene," said Plant Manager Dan Schmit. "These are small granules of plastic and we take them and melt them into a plastic sheet."

The sheet is then slit into individual yarns of plastic, which like fabric are then sent to looms where the bags are made. 

"We make small bags for feed/seed, rice, fertilizer, and the pet food industry," said Henry. "We also have a whole other industrial packaging line." 

JohnPac employs 125-130 people, many of them long-time employees. 

"We have great camaraderie and we look after each other and they are our greatest asset," said Henry. 

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