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About Assemblies Unlimited

Assemblies Unlimited Inc was started in 1993 by Randy Shaw who had a vision to build a national network of contract suppliers with capabilities in packaging, hand assembly and fulfillment services.  As the network grew so did the customer base and Assemblies Unlimited was in perfect position to support the many manufacturing industries across the country who relied on outsourcing their packaging and assembly projects to a company who had access to world class facilities and equipment, along with the other Top 5 Considerations When Choosing a Contract Packager.

As outsourcing grew in popularity, Assemblies Unlimited built a reputation and industry presence as a full service contract packaging and fulfillment resource who manages packaging projects from design to final assembly and everything in-between, including sourcing of raw materials, inventory control, project management, and final distribution of finished goods.

Our Team

Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw


Over the last 21 years I have strived to build a culture in our company of 1) A great customer experience 2) Unmatched responsiveness and 3) Seamless project management. It is my goal that each customer feels like they can depend on us to understand and manage their project fully by being responsive, accessible and good communicators. These are qualities that many companies pursue but few attain. I believe we have assembled the greatest project and supply-chain managers in the business with the number one goal of helping you design, package and ship a successful retail product. Born and raised in Mt. Prospect, IL, I have a Business Management degree from Northern Illinois University. I have sold for ITW, Molex and for a small Rep firm in Skokie before starting Assemblies Unlimited in 1993.

In my personal time I enjoy golf, church, family and going out to dinner to somewhere new.

Michele Butler

Michele Butler

Customer Service Manager

Twelve years and counting with Assemblies Unlimited has enhanced my packaging knowledge vastly to be able to assist all customers through the most challenging of projects. I focus on a team management style to bring our valued customers, vendors and production together which results in increased communication and effective planning. The absolute best part of this job is building relationships with my customers and being able to call them friends. I have graduated from Elmhurst College with an MBA in 2008 and pending certification in Project Management has definitely been a driving force leading to success in this position.

While I am not checking on production or running down time-sensitive information, I am enjoying a good meal with friends, an evening out with my husband or contemplating the next 5K fun-run.

Len Shaw

Len Shaw

Vice President Sales, Western Region

I provide our customers in the Western States with contract packaging, contract filling and fulfillment solutions for a wide range of products. Our customers include both large and small companies as well as start-ups and entrepreneurs in many different industries. With over 15 years experience in the packaging industry and as a former CFO with an MBA from USC, I am able to help customers increase their sales and profitability with the latest trends in packaging design, cost-effective materials selection and efficient project management. I love pleasing customers with well designed and executed packaging solutions and look forward to working closely with any cpg company who is looking for packaging expertise to help them navigate the contract packaging process from start to finish.

In my free time, I enjoy many outdoors activities in San Diego including running, cycling, golf, tennis and sailing.

Justin Dickert

Justin Dickert

Account Manager

I enjoy sales and project management and have been involved in several successful product launches for small, medium and large tier customers. I enjoy taking initiative and getting involved in every facet of a project to make sure everything runs smoothly. I pride myself facilitating good communication and keeping customers well informed so they can make the best decisions regarding their projects. I try to be a “big picture” guy for your project focusing on how I can make sure that all details are successfully managed correctly and on-time.

I graduated from NIU in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. I started my career in technology/ IT sales and after several years, then joined Assemblies in 2012.

In my free time I enjoy music, nightlife in the city and craft beers.

Jim DeKosta

Jim DeKosta

Sales Manager

I have been with Assemblies Unlimited for over three years and have an extensive background in paper and packaging. I studied hotel restaurant management from Southern Illinois University. I spent 4 years with The Newark Group which was a fully integrated global manufacture of paperboard. After that I worked with Rock-Tenn for 11 years and was responsible for their industrial packaging division. Assemblies Unlimited has allowed me to use my background to provide packaging solutions to all customers for both primary and secondary packaging solutions, including material sourcing and full project management.

In my spare time outside of work I enjoy coaching my daughters soccer team and going to local street festivals and trying new restaurants in the city.

Leo Pastore

Leo Pastore

Project Manager

With a degree in Graphic Design, and a concentration in Package Design, being a Project Manager at Assemblies Unlimited just seemed like a perfect fit for me. I oversee the operations side of projects and make sure they are carried out according to customer requested specifications. My experience allows me to translate a customer’s DETAILED vision into a finished product. Often on-site at our diversely specialized facilities, I make sure all projects are on task, on time, and on budget!

When I am not at one of our production facilities I can be found racing a variety of vehicles, fishing, or with my wife and friends around great home-made food.

Les Shaw

Les Shaw

Customer Service

“Good morning. Thank you for calling Assemblies Unlimited!” This is how I’ll greet you each morning when you call. I am at your service each and every day, eager to assist you in whatever way your project may demand. I have been serving our great customers at Assemblies Unlimited for more than 4 years, serving our customers on the West Coast and more recently at our headquarters, here in the Midwest. My goal each day is to help qualify, coordinate and follow up on details of your project so everything will run smoothly. I love our customers and look forward to speaking with them and serving them each and every day.

I have lived in Colorado Springs, Southern California and I now reside in Glendale Heights, IL. I am a veteran from the United States Marine Corp and have a heart for all those who serve our great country.

When I’m not overseeing the details of your project, you might find me enjoying the company of my 6 adult children (3 boys/3 girls) in a bowling alley, movie theatre or out camping.

More About Assemblies Unlimited

Assemblies Unlimited’s contract packaging and fulfillment capabilities have expanded over the years both  in geography and scope. We serve key markets in the East, Midwest, South and West with mulitple packaging plant locations each with a unique strength.

Plant certifications include AIB, SQF, IFS, GFSI, Organic, and Kosher.

Assemblies Unlimited has had great success supporting custom packaging projects for many industries including accessories, food, retail, cosmetic, toy, nutritional supplement, industrial, chemical, hardware, houseware, printing, lawn and garden, seasonal, gifts, consumer electronics, promotional/premiums, tools and many more.

Our service proposition is that we are flexible, nimble and responsive, and work within tight deadlines that our customers require.  Our 18 years of experience allows us to tap into the latest packaging trends, utilize the most sustainable products and provide turnkey packaging solutions that other packaging companies simply cannot.

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We look forward to working with you!