Kendall Packaging History
1948: Kendall Packaging first began in Milwaukee, WI under the direction of Lowell Kendall. The company started out as a contact packager and fabricator of paper products such as nut cups, doilies, place mats, and similar items.
1970: Flexible printing technology advances and Kendall Packaging begins printing on polyethylene. Eric G. Erickson acquires the company.
1987: Kendall acquires a new production facility in Pittsburg, KS. The 40,000 square foot facility houses 10-color, HD printing capabilities, eco-friendly lamination, and high-speed slitters/rewinders.
1992: Kendall Packaging moves the Milwaukee, WI location to a larger facility in Jefferson, WI. Corporate offices remain in Milwaukee, later transferring to the current office in Mequon, WI.
1995: Kendall invests in a new Dri-Tech adhesive laminator and it is installed at the Pittsburg, KS facility.
2002: Multiple Schiavi eco-friendly solvent-less laminators are installed at both locations. Kendall Packaging also installs a PCMC Vision II press at the Kansas facility.
2003: Titan SR-7 Slitters are installed at both locations. The SR-7 has a high-speed rewind and a cantilevered, quick change-over process.
2005: Installation of a new 10-color W&H Novoflex printing press at the Jefferson, WI location. The W&H has 10-color printing capabilities, a 52” web-width, and compatibility between all W&H printing presses.
2008: Titan SR-8 Slitters are installed at both locations. The SR-8 has a high-speed rewind and a cantilevered, quick change-over process.
2009: Installation of a 10-color W&H Primaflex printing press at the Kansas facility. The W&H Primflex has 10-color printing capabilities, a 52” web-width, and compatibility between all W&H printing presses.
2011: Installation of a 10-color W&H Miraflex printing press at the Jefferson facility. The W&H Miraflex has a 10-color printing capabilities, a 52” web width, and compatibility between all W&H presses.
2013: Kendall Packaging breaks ground on a 56,000 square foot expansion at the Jefferson facility. This increases production capabilities and doubles storage capacity.
2014: The Jefferson expansion is completed. New features include sky lights to reduce energy consumption, new lamination and slitting equipment, complete press sleeve storage, and an employee fitness room and wellness program.
2016: Kendall breaks ground at the Kansas location to mark the beginning of a $10 million expansion. The 59,000 square foot addition will include a 10-color flexographic printing press, a solvent-less laminator, slitting equipment, and other ancillary equipment.
2017: The Pittsburg expansion is completed. The facility is designed to look and operate nearly identical as the Jefferson facility.