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Welcome to Contempo

Contempo Packaging is a second-generation family business that combines a successful track record of 40+ years with a vision to create beautiful packaging that is also sustainable.

Learn more about our company, our values, and our story! We believe that understanding our background and where we are headed is important for you to know if you are considering being a customer, employee, or partner!

Contempo core values poster
Contempo core values poster

Our 12 core values

We polled the entire team and asked:

“What values do you think would make this company the best in the world, if we followed them every day?”

We took everyone's ideas, refined the list and published our 12 Contempo Core Values.  You see them everywhere as you walk through HQ, and they are a part of each member of the Contempo family.  In your semi-annual evaluations at Contempo, core values are weighed equally to your performance on the job.  

To build a great company, you need great people -- and great people want to work in a great culture.  We don’t just look for top producers -- we look for top producers who embody our core values.  Those are the people who will love their job here, and make Contempo best in the world.

If these sound like your personal values, we’d encourage you to take a look at our jobs section.

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Our Vision for the Future

Founded in 1979, Contempo brings 40+ years of packaging experience to a number of industries!
Continue to service the top fashion and retail clients in the world with excellence.
Emerge as the leading packaging company in the legal cannabis industry.
Drive the world towards sustainable packaging that is actually good for our planet.

Our company name is Contempo Card, because the jewelry display card was the first product the company produced back in 1979, but we offer packaging for just about every industry!


A Family Business With Global Reach

Portrait of Vark Sr., founder of Contempo Card

Vark Sr. worked with his father in the jewelry manufacturing business in Rhode Island.

In the 80’s, Providence, RI was the jewelry capital of the world, and everyone wanted a piece of the jewelry pie. Vark Sr. noticed something odd: while there were hundreds upon hundreds of jewelry manufacturers, there was only one jewelry packaging supplier.

He thought:

“If I can build a packaging company based on exceptional customer service, customers will come.”

This philosophy is still lived by Contempo today. Today, Contempo is a second-generation family business run by Vark Sr.'s two sons, Vark Jr. and Michael.

The biggest change you'll see is Contempo's emphasis on culture as the path to serving customers better than ever.

Times change, but certain principals (like serving customers with all your might) don't.

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