FMN | September 16th, 2019

September 16, 2019 FLEX Serving The Flexographic Printing Industry In Print and Online at ® Vol. 21 No. 19 An N.V. Publication Market News

Graymills Celebrates 80 Years In Business

FPA Analyzes Flexible Packaging The Flexible Packaging Associa- tion’s (FPA) 2019 State of the Flexi- ble Packaging Industry Report pro- vides industry converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts with insight into the performance (growth, reve- nue/volume expectations, profitabil- ity, and capital spending) of the US flexible packaging industry over the past year. Growing Market The total US flexible packaging in- dustry was estimated to be $31.8 billion in annual sales for 2018. The flexible packaging industry includes packaging for retail and institution- al food and non-food, medical and pharmaceutical, industrial materials, shrink and stretch films, retail shop- ping bags, consumer storage bags, and wraps and trash bags. The focus of this report is on the segment of the industry that adds significant value to the flexible mate- rials, usually by performing multiple processes, such as printing, laminat-

by Greg Kishbaugh

E mpowered employees are a company’s greatest — often underutilized — weapon for ensuring long-term success. Put- ting decisionmaking power in the hands of the men and women who are on a company’s front line ensures that everyone, from the management offices to the shop floor, feels a sense of own- ership and responsibility.

Company President Kristen Shields ( right ) stresses the importance of quality control at Graymills.

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Graymills, Broadview, Illinois, understands this well and has used the concept to further its growth in a mature marketplace. The company manufactures ink pumps, metalworking pumps, and parts washers.They are best known for peristaltic or “tube” pumps, which are engineered specifically for flexo and gravure printing applications. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary in business, the compa- ny utilizes an Employee Process Empowerment Team (E.P.E.T)

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