With our “Inside the Beaver Dam” blog series, we give you a peek behind the scenes at a day in the life of a button factory. Today we’re showing you more about the process behind assembling our button packaging orders.
Button packs can have anywhere from two to twenty buttons– okay, so twenty button packs aren’t very common, but since all of our packaging options can be customized to whatever the customer needs, unusual combos aren’t actually that unusual. Buttons for each pack are pressed and then sorted into a bowl where they’re then added one by one to the bag in the case of bag and topper and display packs, or pinned to the card in the case of flat packs.
Every button pack (not to mention every button) is put together by our talented production crew. Production folks come to Busy Beaver from all walks of life, but the majority of them are creatives of some kind– somebody from your favorite band or the artist you admire could very well be the one putting together your button pack. “Artists hang out with other artists,” Director of Operations, Joel Carter, said. “So when somebody goes on tour or moves, they refer their friends to us.” Production Shift Lead Carrie Vinarsky, a talented comic artist herself, said that it helps that working at Busy Beaver means that “you don’t have to wear uniforms.” Joel added, “Yep, it’s casual Friday every day.”
Depending on the size of the order, there can be a production crew of up to a dozen people putting together big packaging orders. That many people working together in one space has been known to create an atmosphere akin to a “button party,” though we’re assured that it only helps productivity!
Want to see more secrets from inside Busy Beaver headquarters? Check out the full Inside the Beaver Dam series.