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ers saw very little disruption when we were going through that move and I think that’s a testament to the team and the region and how they supported each other. From a sales perspective that’s a huge component of the wins that we’ve had in developing a platform for value for our customers.” “We were able to rely on the other facilities in the re- gion that had similar machines that could cover the pro- duction that we couldn’t do because a machine was be- ing moved,” says Kenkel. “All three facilities pitched in, depending on the capacity of the equipment and what we had at the time,” adds Cormier. “Without hesitation the teams swooped in and helped each other out. From sales, customer service, all team members were on board ensur- ing a successful outcome.” Concurrent with the Omaha move, they also installed a Rapidex jumbo flexo-folder gluer with an inline diecutter in Liberty’s flagship operation in Golden Valley, Minnesota, as well an Isowa Falcon flexo folder-gluer in Brooklyn Park, Minn. “All of that capital and installation and motion hap- pened within about six months of each other,” Theis says. Cormier estimates they moved more than 25 machines between 2019 and 2020. “To lay out our facilities to be more productive and add capabilities, we really reset our whole business,” he says. “Collectively as a result the re- gion is that much stronger. It was a significant transforma- tive year for our region and our business,” adds Theis. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
into the rest of the facilities. We have connectivity on a minute by minute basis so from a capacity planning stand- point we can make decisions very quickly for our custom- ers.” The box plants use ERP systems from Amtech and CTI (EFI).
Theis credits the management team and the support provided by the corrugated plants in Minnesota and Illi- nois for Omaha Box’s successful relocation. Most of the assets from the previous location were moved. “Custom- A $50 million capital equipment investment at Omaha Box in- cluded a new 98-inch Fosber Compact Line corrugator.
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