About Us

Our History

Company President and founder Russ DeFauw started Performance Office Papers in 1985, operating from a modest 2500-square-foot leased warehouse space in Lakeville, Minnesota. The company was organized as employee-owned and continues to operate as such today; 90% of the shareholders are employees. Today, our modern facility in Lakeville exceeds 160,000 square feet, complete with rail access, and is home for the corporate offices, manufacturing, distribution and warehouse.


Performance is fortunate to have experienced, skilled people in all departments; many have been with us from the beginning in 1985. The experience and dedication of these people provide a foundation for growth while retaining ties to Company roots. Our existence and success is based on quality and service, always recognizing the customer as the key link to our business.


Our transformation from a business forms converter to specialty cut sheets began over 20 years ago. By design, equipment acquisitions were made from the manufacturers that supply paper mills equipment for their cut sheet converting operations. Custom-designed machines from Will, Bielomatic and Pemco occupy our converting plant and allow us to offer the PerFect™ line of converted cut sheets with format flexibility, packaging options and superior quality.


Our mission statement is steadfast and does not change: TO SERVE THE CUSTOMER! Our market is competitive, providing customers with options. Collectively, each decision made, each carton produced, each order shipped is done so with our best effort –toward our ulitimate goal- to serve the customer.