Founded in 1913, Signode is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of protective packaging systems, including pressure-sensitive tapes, stretch films, and plastic and steel strappings in the world. The company serves the transportation, beverage, pharmaceutical, electronics, retail, and pulp and paper industries. It has been approved by the Association of American Railroads for the use of high-strength polyester strapping on lumber and panel products in open-top railcar shipments and on brick cubes in closed railcar shipments. Signode offers a range of maintenance, training and emergency shipping services. Its plants have been certified by the International Organization for Standardization. Signode is one of the largest operating divisions of ITW, which is represented by wholly owned subsidiaries, licensees and joint ventures in more than 100 countries worldwide.