Lots of exciting things are happening at Kendall Packaging! As we continue to expand, we're thankful for our growing relationships in Southeast KS.
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Chamber Announces Award Winners
Members of the Pittsburg area business community converged on Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 25. The sold out event celebrated the progress that has taken place over the past year in the Pittsburg area and recognized numerous businesses and community leaders.
“Our annual banquet provides us with a chance to say thank you and to highlight so many of the great businesses and individuals that have played a significant role in making our community a better place to live,” said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the chamber.
Awards presented included:
(BEA = Business Education Alliance)
Finalists for the Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by BKD, LLP, were Pro X Realty, Riggs Chiropractic, and Sweet Designs Cakery.
The finalists for the Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were Amy Gray from Girard High School, Tim Vesco from Frank Layden Elementary School, and Christa Weber from George Nettels Elementary School.
Kendall Packaging, recently announced as the “Employer of the Year” by the City of Pittsburg, is progressing as scheduled to complete a $9 million expansion started last fall. Hiring expectations, facility construction and equipment purchases are all on target for a fall 2017 finish.
Facility construction is nearing completion, and employees have moved into the designated office space within the new building. The company is using several methods to recruit and hire new employees, including the use of job fairs. This project will add 18 new family sustaining jobs in production, maintenance and quality control needed to support the newly extended capacity of the site. Some of the new production equipment has arrived and has been placed into operation, and arrival and start-up of the remaining equipment is on schedule for a fall 2017 completion.
While the purpose of the expansion is to increase the size of the facility and add new equipment and technology to its current manufacturing platform, the project will also benefit employees of Kendall Packaging on a personal level. An on-site wellness center is part of the project plan and will feature work-out facilities for employees and their families. "We want our employees to find a positive work/life balance. Giving them an opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices, through working out in the new wellness center or participating in other company-sponsored wellness activities, is our way of giving back and demonstrating we value their efforts," explained plant manager Jack Trostle. "They work hard; we want to help them have long and healthy careers at Kendall Packaging."
The Wellness Center, a progressive element of the expansion, is expected to be complete and open to employees and their families by midsummer. The 1,200 square foot facility will be accessible from an external entrance for the families and will feature locker rooms, showers and over $38,000 worth of state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
A 30-year corporate resident of the Northeast Regional Industrial Park in Pittsburg, Kendall Packaging broke ground on September 21, 2016, to kick off the expansion that acts as a launching pad for the company’s ability to invest in new technology. By nearly tripling the existing square footage of the plant with this expansion, the project allows the company to continue to deliver on its customer-focused strategy which sets it apart from other companies in the flexible packaging industry.
A $6 million investment in new equipment, including a 10-color flexographic printing press, a solventless laminator, a slitter and other ancillary equipment, will expand Kendall Packaging’s capacity and enable the Corporation to continue to execute its strategy of delivering excellent quality and service to its customers. Kendall Packaging’s commitment to customer service and willingness to go above and beyond to fulfill client requests makes them stand out from their competitors.
Kendall Packaging provides custom packaging solutions for a broad cross section of private label companies and specializes in products in the baked goods, cheese, confectionery, dry foods, frozen foods, meats, pasta, snack foods, personal care and pet food markets. The products featuring their packaging are offered in grocery stores and other retail locations throughout the United States.
The project includes financial incentives from both the State of Kansas and the City of Pittsburg, including an Industrial Revenue Bond issue sponsored by the City of Pittsburg and financed by BMO Harris Bank.
The expansion is projected to be completed and fully functional by late fall 2017, with a grand opening scheduled for December 2017.
Find more information about Kendall Packaging at www.kendallpkg.com.
Left to right: Jack Trostle, Dan Arck, John Ketterman, Marty Beezley, Chuck Smith, Eric Ericson III, Blake Benson, Pam Henderson
Kendall Packaging, a 30 year corporate resident of the Northeast Regional Industrial Park in Pittsburg, Kansas, achieved an integral milestone today with a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off an expansion that acts as a launching pad for the company’s ability to invest in new technology. The project will also allow the company to continue to deliver on its customer focused strategy which sets it apart from other companies in the flexible packaging industry. With up to $10 million in funds secured for the expansion, the flexible packaging manufacturer will more than double its existing facility, add necessary new equipment to its production platform and increase its employment by approximately 30 percent at the completion of the first phase of the project.
Local and state leaders joined together as area economic development partners and Kendall
Packaging VIPs "turned soil" to commemorate the occasion.
"This is a big deal for Kendall Packaging," explained Kendall Packaging President and CEO Eric Erickson III. "In just three years, we've invested nearly $17 million back into our facilities in Jefferson,Wisconsin, and now in Pittsburg. This expansion provides us with a much larger facility to house necessary equipment to strengthen our manufacturing capabilities and ensure we are offering highquality packaging and excellent customer service to our customers. As we expand our production potential, this added space will provide us with opportunities for growth in the future."
The 59,000 square foot expansion increases the plant’s footprint to nearly 100,000 square feet, with plenty of capacity for the new equipment (valued at $6 million) being installed during the project. With the added space and new equipment at the Pittsburg location, Kendall Packaging will have the facilities needed to provide its customers the best quality and service in the flexible packaging industry.
While the purpose of the expansion is to increase the size of the facility and add new equipment and technology to its current manufacturing platform, the project will also benefit employees of Kendall Packaging on a personal level. An onsite wellness center is part of the project plan and will feature workout facilities for employees and their families. "We want our employees to find a positive work/life balance. Giving them an opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices, through working out in the new wellness center or participating in other companysponsored
wellness activities, is our way of giving back and demonstrating we value their efforts," explained plant manager Jack Trostle. "They work hard; we want to help them have long and healthy careers at Kendall Packaging."
Kendall Packaging, a 30-year corporate citizen of Pittsburg, will be expending up to $10 million on an expansion that will support its current growth plan and contribute significantly to area economic development efforts. Through a partnership with the City of Pittsburg, the flexible packaging converter will be more than doubling its current plant size and adding jobs within the near future.
"This is our second major expansion in three years," explained Eric Erickson III, Kendall Packaging president and CEO. "Between the Pittsburg plant and our facility in Jefferson, Wisconsin, we will have invested approximately $17 million in new equipment and added plant capacity. As a corporation, we have experienced an exceptional growth rate and want to continue that trend."
As the expansion officially kicks off during a groundbreaking ceremony on September 21 in Pittsburg’s Northeast Regional Industrial Park, Kendall Packaging will be adding 59,000 square feet to its building and new equipment to complement its manufacturing capabilities. Equipment includes a 10-color flexographic printing press, a solventless laminator, a slitter and other ancillary equipment.
"We really need this expansion," commented Jack Trostle, Pittsburg plant manager. "Right now, we are maxed out as far as what we can do. Our employees are working at full capacity to provide superior customer service and a world-class product. Expanding is the only logical conclusion as we look at our current manufacturing platform."
By adding new equipment and expanding the physical footprint of the plant, Kendall Packaging can add state-of-the-art processes that are an important part of Kendall’s long-term strategic plans.
Kendall Packaging provides custom packaging solutions for a broad cross section of private label companies and specializes in products in the baked goods, cheese, confectionary, dry foods, frozen foods, meats, pasta, snack food, personal care and pet food markets. The products featuring their packaging are offered locally and nationally in grocery stores and other retail locations.
"It is exciting to see Kendall Packaging investing in this plant expansion," commented Blake Benson, Pittsburg Economic Development Director and President of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "They have been a long-time employer and an innovative member of the community."
Agreements with the City of Pittsburg will allow Kendall Packaging to borrow funds from a Community Development Block Grant and an Industrial Revenue Bond issue that will provide low-cost financing for the project and temporary tax abatement on the plant expansion.
Not only does the project mean more business and jobs for Kendall Packaging, but it also leads to more local partnerships. Kendall Packaging selected Tri-State Building as the general contractor for the building expansion, and Triad Environmental Services will be completing the environmental studies and plans needed prior to construction.
"Tri-State Building constructed the building we are currently in and has done some other projects for us along the way. We have a good working relationship with them and feel they are well respected in the community. It's a pleasure to work with them on this expansion," explained Trostle.
With the groundbreaking scheduled in just a couple of weeks, Erickson projects the construction phase to be complete by July 2017, and all new equipment to be up and running by September 2017. Kendall Packaging plans to hire 15 new employees over the next several months to support the expansion.
As Kendall Packaging looks to the future with this expansion, their commitment to quality and service remains the same. "To us, this provides the Pittsburg plant with the platform and foundation to stay current with the emerging technologies in the flexible packaging industry. This means we plan to stay and grow in southeast Kansas for a long, long time," said Erickson.
Since 2001, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) has been recognizing companies for their "outstanding efforts in developing innovative processes, products and management approaches that have had a positive impact on the three pillars of sustainability - people, planet, and profit." This year the FTA presented Kendall as the winner of the Sustainability Excellence Award. The award was presented to Kendall on March 6, 2016 in Forth Worth, Texas. You can read more about Kendall's sustainability efforts in April's issue of the FLEXO Magazine as seen below.
Kendall Packaging is excited to announce our Jefferson, Wis., manufacturing facility has achieved Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000: 2005 Certification as recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the only ISO-based system. Our Jefferson facility joins our Kansas facility, which achieved FSSC 22000 last February.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a globally recognized independent, non-profit organization, founded in 2000 to help control and minimize food safety hazards. The FSSC 22000 is comprised of a System and Review Desk Audit followed by a Certification Audit at the site. A Surveillance Audit is conducted after six months to review the ongoing effectiveness of the system. Prior to becoming GFSI certified, Kendall’s quality management system was ISO-9001 compliant and AIB rated at 945.
Kendall understands the importance of food safety and works each year to further improve its facilities. This certification is part of our continuous effort to improve our safety, processes, and programs. To learn more about the FSSC scheme click HERE.
Kendall Packaging is proud to announce that it has achieved Graphic Measures International (GMI) print packaging supplier certification for Walgreens. GMI is a quality assurance-monitoring firm that validates the process controls and ability to deliver consistent results contracted by Walgreens to manage their private brand packaging print quality assurance program.
GMI conducted an onsite evaluation of Kendall operations, which consisted of a print test andprinter’s ability in the four key areas of manufacturing: prepress, plate making, printing press, and post press.
Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with more that 8,000 stores in all 50 states offering consumer goods and health and wellness solutions. Kendall is now fully certified to produce Walgreens Private Brand packaging.
On May 9th, 2014, Kendall Packaging held a grand opening ceremony unveiling their 56,000 square foot expansion at their Jefferson, WI facility. Governor Scott Walker stopped by to help celebrate the occasion, "This expansion is a testament to Kendall's commitment to Wisconsin and I'm happy to be here to celebrate as they enter the next phase of growth".
Kendall Packaging is proud to announce our Pittsburg, Kansas manufacturing facility has achieved Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 : PAS 223 Certification as recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The FSSC 22000 : PAS 223 standards are equivalent to Level 2 of the SQF code, but seem to be a better fit for the suppliers of flexible packaging.
Understanding the importance of high consumer confidence and the impact of the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Kendall Packaging's Food Safety Team and production partners have spent the last few years understanding the different GFSI schemes and selecting the one that would best complement our lean and flexible culture.
Based on the teams' research, Kendall chose the FSSC 22000 scheme, a complete independent food-safety certification system developed by the non-profit, Foundation for Food Safety Certification. FSSC 22000 : PAS 223 was the best fit for Kendall to transition into a GFSI accredited food safety scheme because our systems were already GMP, HACCP, and ISO-9001 based. This also helped in being able to achieve the certification in only nine months, from pre-assessment, all audits, to certification, all on the first attempt with no major issues. Kendall Packaging is one of the first flexible packaging companies to become certified and joins several major food manufacturing companies in adopting the FSSC model.
The FSSC 22000 scheme that Kendall chose is the only ISO and process-based food-safety management system standard recognized by GFSI and is supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA) and the American Groceries Manufacturing Association (GMA). The certification is intended to ensure the continuous improvement of food-safety management systems and delivery of safe food consumers worldwide. Read more about the FSSC 22000 scheme HERE.
"By achieving GFSI (FSSC) 22000 : PAS 223, Kendall Packaging continues to lead the flexible packaging industry in food safety initiatives," Eric Erickson III, KPC President and CEO said, adding that the certification "demonstrates Kendall Packaging's commitment to producing safe, high-quality food packaging".
The Jefferson, Wisconsin facility is adding the Research and Development processes to the scope of our Food Safety Management System and will begin Stage 1 spring of 2014.