FMN | October 3rd, 2016

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October 3, 2016

Vol. 18 No. 20

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Kendall Breaks Ground On Facility Expansion reported by Greg Kishbaugh A t the beginning of September, Kendall Packaging an- nounced it would dramatically expand its Pittsburg, Kansas, facility. The company, with headquarters in Mequon, Wisconsin, officially broke ground at a ceremony on Septem- ber 21 at the Kansas site, which will see a $10 million, 59,000- square-foot expansion that will double its size.

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The expansion will make room for a new a 10-color flexo- graphic printing press, a solventless laminator, a slitter and other ancillary equipment, with $6 million allocated to the new equipment. The expansion will also have 1,400 square feet allocated for a new on-site wellness center. “This is our second major expansion in three years,” said Eric Erickson III, Kendall Packaging President and CEO. “Between the Pittsburg plant and our facility in Jefferson,Wisconsin, we have invested approximately $17 million in improvements.” (Cont’d on Page 12) Members of Kendall Packaging, including Pittsburg Plant Manager Jack Trostle ( far left ) and company President and CEO Eric Erickson III ( third from right ), break ground on the new facility.

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